Wednesday, July 10, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL wins six R&D 100 awards

(Oak Ridge Today) Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received six R&D 100 awards, presented each year by R&D Magazine in recognition of the year's most significant technological innovations...7/9

ClimateMaster Trilogy 40 Q-Mode Geothermal Heat Pump, developed by ClimateMaster and ORNL...Ed Vineyard, Moonis Ally, Jeffrey Munk, Bo Shen, Keith Rice, and Anthony Gehl

Distribute The Highest Selected Textual Recommendation, developed by ORNL’s Robert Patton, Thomas Potok, Chad Steed, and Jim Treadwell.

Adaptable I/O System for Big Data, or ADIOS, was developed by ORNL, Georgia Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, and North Carolina State University. The ORNL team consisted of Scott Klasky, Qing Liu, Norbert Podhorszki, Hasan Abbasi, Jeremy Logan, Roselyne Tchoua, Jong Youl Choi, and Yuan Tian.

SYMMETRIX HPX-F Nanocomposite Separator for Improved Lithium Ion Battery was jointly developed by Porous Power Technologies LLC and ORNL. ORNL’s participants were David Wood III, Claus Daniel, Wallace Porter, Amit Shyam, Cristian Contescu, Rosa Trejo, Edgar Lara-Curzio, Jane Howe, Harry Meyer III, Jianlin Li, Ralph Dinwiddie, Curt Maxey, Hsin Wang, and Beth Armstrong.

Da Vinci Fuel-in-Oil, or DAFIOTM, Measurement System, developed and jointly submitted by Da Vinci Emissions Services Ltd., Cummins Inc., and an ORNL team that includes James Parks, William Partridge, and David Sims.

V-shaped External Cavity Laser Diode Array, developed by ORNL’s Bo Liu, Yun Liu, and Yehuda Braiman.

DOE

NNSA national labs, Y-12 earn 11 R&D 100 awards

(Oak Ridge Today) Four National Nuclear Security Administration sites—Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia national laboratories, along with the Y-12 National Security Site—have received a total of 11 of R&D 100 Awards from R&D Magazine...7/9

State & Regional

Geologists studying New Madrid Seismic Zone, which includes Tennessee

(WBIR) The U.S. Geological Survey is conducting low-level flights across sections of Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee this week looking for clues about the New Madrid earthquake fault zone...7/10

Tennessee boasts above-average share of healthcare jobs as aging population fuels growth

(Chattanooga Times-Free Press) ...Across Tennessee, Brookings found that health care represented a bigger part of the economy in all of the state's major urban areas. Health care accounted for 11.4 percent of jobs in Knoxville, 11.1 percent in Nashville, 10.9 percent in Memphis and 10.6 percent in Chattanooga...7/9

 

National

Lac MeganticBrakes key in train explosion in Lac-Megantic, railway chief says

(CNN) The driverless train that barreled into a small Quebec town and derailed, unleashing a deadly inferno that killed at least 13 people, may have had its brakes inadvertently disabled, the chairman of the company operating the train said Tuesday...7/9

Boston bomb suspect heads to first public court hearing

(USA Today) Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing will watch as the young man who could face the death penalty for the attack appears in court for the first time since he was found bleeding and hiding in a boat in a suburb days after the April 15 explosion...7/10

East Tennessee

TVA's rising rates driving away industry giants

(The Tennessean) Formed in 1933 under President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal to spur economic development during the Great Depression era, the federally owned Tennessee Valley Authority for decades has been known for providing some of the lowest electricity rates in the nation...7/7

energy & science policy

House FY 2014 Department of Energy Funding Bill: National Nuclear Security Administration

(AIP) The House Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  H.R. 2609 was passed by the committee by a vote of 28 to 21...7/9

science & technology

SpaceX's Reusable Grasshopper Can Now Fly to 1000 Feet

(Popular Mechanics) Reusable rocketry is creeping higher and higher into the atmosphere. Grasshopper, the SpaceX rocket that can take off into the sky and then steer itself back to its launch pad, reached an altitude of 325 meters (just more than 1000 feet) during a test this weekend at a SpaceX launch site in Texas, seen here...7/8

50 mm WindowMaterials scientists devise window that mutes sound but allows air to pass through

(PhysOrg) A team of materials scientists in South Korea has created a type of window that mutes noise while simultaneously allowing air to move through. In their paper they've uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the team describes their window and how it was constructed...7/9

Other Stories

What Gmail Knows About You

(The Atlantic) When Google hands over e-mail records to the government, it includes basic envelope information, or metadata, that reveals the names and e-mail addresses of senders and recipients in your account...7/8

Deal boosts blind’s access to texts

(Nature News) An international treaty approved on 27 June is a major victory for people with visual impairments. The 186 member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization came to a historic agreement to remove copyright obstacles that have hampered the global availability of textbooks and other published works in accessible formats such as braille, large print and audio...7/9

Out there

Destroyed MonitorUS agency baffled by modern technology, destroys mice to get rid of viruses

(Ars Technica) The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is an agency in the Department of Commerce that promotes economic development in regions of the US suffering slow growth, low employment, and other economic problems. In December 2011, the Department of Homeland Security notified both the EDA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that there was a possible malware infection within the two agencies' systems....7/9