Monday, July 23, 2012
ORNL in the News

Boron aids the nanotube process

(Technicaltextiles.net) A carbon nanotube sponge that can soak up oil in water with unparalleled efficiency has been developed with help from computational simulations performed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory...7/20

ORNL says new wood-burning steam plant will pay for itself

(TMC.net) Oak Ridge National Laboratory's new Biomass Steam Plant was four years in the making, one of the longest of the lab's many modernization projects over the past decade. But it's supposed to pay dividends -- saving money and being gentle on the environment -- for the next quarter century and perhaps beyond...7/20

ORNL celebrates Women in Science

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Virginia Dale, left, a Corporate Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, takes a look at the exhibit of Shelly Ren (in the Neutron Sciences Directorate) at the poster session associated with last week's Women in Science celebration...7/22

DOE

The Laser Beam 1,000 Times as Powerful as the U.S.

(Time) The National Ignition Facility, located in Livermore, Calif., came online in March 2009, and its goals are manifold: its primary mission, with funding by the National Nuclear Security Administration, is to duplicate what happens in contemporary nuclear weapons, in part to render underground nuclear testing unnecessary...7/19

Kelly named as new manager of DOE’s Oak Ridge Office

(Oak Ridger) Larry Kelly has been selected as the new manager of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office...7/2-

About 50 Oak Ridge security jobs to be cut

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Up to 51 Oak Ridge security jobs will be eliminated over the next couple of months, the government's contractor confirmed...7/23

National

US poverty on track to rise to highest since 1960s

(AP) The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net...7/22

State & Regional

E-book use up 77 percent this year in Tennessee

(AP) Downloads in the state's Regional E-book and Audio Download System (READS) increased 77 percent in the past year...7/23

TN universities lag in turning innovations into jobs

(The Tennessean) Tennessee’s well-funded university research centers generate great ideas for an almost infinite variety of new products and services. But most of those innovations never reach the marketplace, never create jobs or spawn new companies...7/23

energy & science policy

House Armed Services Committee Reviews NNSA Management

(AIP) ...Problems in the relationship between NNSA and DOE were highlighted in a recent report by a committee of the National Research Council...7/20

Subcommittee Examines NASA Derived Technology Transfer Activities

(AIP) A July 12 hearing in the House Science, Space and Technology’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee highlighted National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) investments which have generated technology that has had direct economic and social benefits...7/20

science & technology

Scientists create highly transparent solar cells for windows that generate electricity

(PhysOrg) UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that is an advance toward giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside...7/20

Invasive Pests, Or Tiny Biological Terrorists?

(NPR) Long before the era of post-Sept. 11 security precautions in the U.S., an unknown person or group of people may have begun carrying out a series of bioterrorism attacks in California. The target? Menthol-scented eucalyptus trees...7/22

Europe nears first approval for gene therapy treatment

(Nature) Europe’s drugs regulator has for the first time recommended a gene therapy medicine for approval...7/20

Gilt-Trip: Scientists Add Gold to Boost Lithium Car Battery Range

(Scientific American) A rechargeable, air-breathing battery that can store up to 10 times the energy of today's conventional lithium ion batteries could be just the breakthrough that makes electric cars practical—if it ever leaves the laboratory...7/19

Other Stories

Smooth as Water, Strong as Steel: The Undulating Roof of London's Olympic Pool

(The Atlantic) The graceful design of London's Aquatic Center has a backbone of steel weighing more than 3,000 tons, held together with 70,000 bolts...7/20