Tuesday, July 19, 2011
ORNL in the News

GrapheneHydrogen may be key to growth of high-quality graphene

(Phys.Org) Findings of researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrate that hydrogen rather than carbon dictates the graphene grain shape and size, according to a team led by ORNL's Ivan Vlassiouk, a Eugene Wigner Fellow, and Sergei Smirnov, a professor of chemistry at New Mexico State University. This research is published in ACS Nano...7/18

Celebrating ORNL's new research digs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is hosting a shindig Tuesday a.m. for its new Oak Ridge National Laboratory's $95 million Chemical and Materials Sciences Building...7/18

Evidence BoxFlawed forensic evidence explains Casey Anthony acquittal, experts say

(CNN) As public outrage reaches critical mass over Casey Anthony's release from jail, trial observers who agreed with the jury's verdict say holes in the state's forensic case help explain why she was acquitted in daughter Caylee's death...Arguably, the most disputed testimony came from Dr. Arpad Vass, the inventor of a new method of testing air for chemicals indicative of decomposition. Vass, a forensic researcher at Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, also does research at a University of Tennessee outdoor laboratory -- popularly known as the "the body farm" -- where human corpses are left to decay while scientists study the decomposition process...7/17


U.S. Department of Energy and Ad Council Launch Consumer Education Campaign: Save Money By Saving Energy

(PR Newswire) U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Ad Council today launched a national consumer education campaign to help consumers save money on utility bills...7/19

Audit slams DOE's management of K-25 demolition

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The cost of tearing down the K-25 uranium-enrichment facility and disposing of the waste could ultimately cost more than $1.2 billion, according to a federal audit that slammed the Department of Energy's years-long management of the big cleanup project...7/18

Oak Ridge shortchanged on cleanup, Haslam says

(Tennessean) Gov. Bill Haslam says he is concerned that Oak Ridge has not been getting its fair share of environmental cleanup money...7/19

East Tennessee

Six small nuclear reactors could be built at Clinch River Breeder Reactor site in Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridger) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, said the nation should proceed with building small modular nuclear reactors. Six of the small reactors have been proposed for the former Clinch River Breeder Reactor site in west Oak Ridge...7/18


Debt-ceiling crisis still eludes compromise

(Washington Post) Republican lawmakers moved ahead Monday on a doomed plan to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget, one day after President Obama met with the top two House GOP leaders in hopes of reaching a debt-limit agreement that could win approval from the hostile House...7/18

Record heat stretches from Rockies to East Coast







(USA Today) Much of the Midwest suffered Monday with heat and high humidity that won't loosen their grip for days. More than 1,000 high-temperature records have been broken this month, Weather Channel meteorologist Mark Ressler said...7/19

U.S. Officials Reportedly Met With Qaddafi Advisers, Seeking Libyan Leader's Exit

(Fox News) Representatives of Muammar al-Qaddafi's embattled government held face-to-face talks with U.S. officials in neighboring Tunisia over the weekend, a Libyan government official said Monday, describing the meeting as a first step in opening dialogue...7/18

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

7/18 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
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  • BML chief: lawsuits not 'paralyzing'
  • Dems seek higher rig-inspection fees
  • Wind groups banking on oil pipeline
  • Agencies eye costs of wind power
  • IG warns lab on conflicts of interest

science & technology

Non-Africans Are Part Neanderthal, Genetic Research Shows

(Science News) Some of the human X chromosome originates from Neanderthals and is found exclusively in people outside Africa, according to an international team of researchers led by Damian Labuda of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Montreal and the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center. The research was published in the July issue of Molecular Biology and Evolution...7/17

VestaDawn Spacecraft Successfully Enters Orbit Around Huge Asteroid

(Popular Science) After a somewhat harrowing waiting period, NASA confirmed over the weekend that its Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta...7/19

Undersea VolcanoesGiant Undersea Volcanoes Found Off Antarctica

(National Geographic) A chain of giant, undersea volcanoes has been found off Antarctica, scientists say. All told a dozen previously unknown peaks were discovered beneath the waves—some up to 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) tall, according to the British Antarctic Survey...7/15

The unplanned impact of mathematics

(Nature News) As a child, I read a joke about someone who invented the electric plug and had to wait for the invention of a socket to put it in. Who would invent something so useful without knowing what purpose it would serve? Mathematics often displays this astonishing quality...7/14

Other Stories

Borders' seeks approval to liquidate

(Forbes) There will be no storybook ending for Borders. The 40-year old book seller could start liquidating its 399 remaining stores as early as Friday...7/18