Tuesday, July 26, 2011
ORNL in the News

Electromagnetic Separation of Isotopes at Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridger) Amid all the changes at Y-12 over the years, including work being done by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in several of the original Manhattan Project-era buildings at Y-12, one program remained constant and consistently produced desired results. It was known as the Stable Isotope Program and was managed by the Electromagnetic Separation of Isotopes Department of the Isotopes Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...7/25


Oak Ridge establishes carbon fiber composites consortium

(Composites World) ...For the past decade ORNL has led the Department of Energy's low-cost carbon fiber initiative. ORNL is designing and constructing the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility, a $35 million pilot plant capable of producing up to 25 tons of new low-cost carbon fibers from several different precursors....7/25


ORNL charting a path toward exascale computing

(Knoxville News Sentinel) When Oak Ridge National Laboratory begins receiving the first cabinets of Titan, the new hydrid supercomputer from Cray, it'll be the start of a transition to the post-Jaguar era and that's going to be important in the effort to keep the U.S. at the leading edge of scientific computing and to push the boundaries toward exascale and who knows where else...7/25


Rare coupling of magnetic and electric properties in a single material

(Physorg.com) Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have observed a new way that magnetic and electric properties — which have a long history of ignoring and counteracting each other — can coexist in a special class of metals...7/25

U.S. Department of Energy and India Partner to Advance Accelerator and Particle Detector Research and Development

(DOE Press Release) The U.S. Department of Energy today announced that it has signed an agreement with the Indian Department of Atomic Energy to help advance scientific discovery in the field of accelerator and particle detector research...7/25

State & Regional

Smyrna solar farm will be 'learning lab'

(Tennessean) Middle Tennessee’s first major solar farm makes its debut today in Smyrna, where about 3,500 solar panels will gather enough energy from the sun each year to power the equivalent of 100 homes...7/25


Parties Head to Showdown as Obama Warns of a ‘Crisis’

(NY Times) The Democratic-led Senate and Republican-led House on Monday barreled toward a showdown on competing plans to cut spending and raise the debt limit as a resolution to the intensifying crisis remained farther from sight just one week before a possible federal default...7/25

East Tennessee

Tennessee Awaits Tons Of German Nuclear Waste

(NPR) The city of Oak Ridge, Tenn., is anticipating the arrival of nearly 1,000 tons of nuclear waste from Germany. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved a plan in June for an American company to import and burn low-level nuclear waste from Germany...7/26

Magazine says Knoxville, Tenn. among nation's best values

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine announced Monday that Knoxville made its list of 10 cities that provide the best value, based on low living costs, strong economies and great amenities. The city came in at No. 5 on the Kiplinger's list, just behind Colorado Springs and just ahead of Lexington, Ky. The top-ranked city was Omaha, Neb...7/25

energy & science policy

House Passes FY 2011 DOE Funding Bill – With Amendments

(AIP) By a one vote margin, the House of Representatives agreed to increase ARPA-E funding by $79.6 million over the original committee version of the FY 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  Under this amendment offered by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ARPA-E funding would be maintained at its current level...7/25

Inside Energy Extra

7/25 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- House starts debate on DOI, EPA funding
- Hastings floats proposal to reorder DOI
- Keystone XL bill needless: White House
- DOE, ASHRAE team up on energy standards

science & technology

Higgs boson 'hints' also seen by US lab

(BBC News) The Higgs boson sub-atomic particle is a missing cornerstone in the accepted theory of particle physics. Researchers have been analysing data from the Tevatron machine near Chicago...7/24

Scientists Determine Photons Can Travel No Faster Than The Speed of Light

(Popular Science) Hong Kong scientists claim to have proved that a single photon cannot travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum, making time travel seemingly impossible. These findings are consistent with Einstein’s claim that the speed of light is the “traffic law of the universe” or, otherwise put, that nothing can travel faster than light...7/25

Major Step Toward Creating Faster Electronics Using Graphene

(Science Daily) ...Research institutes and universities around the world are already looking at ways to build devices such as touch-screens, ultrafast transistors and photodetectors. Now new research from the creators of the material promises to accelerate that research, and potentially open up countless more electronic opportunities...7/24

Other Stories

Mysterious Statue Once Featured at Machu Picchu

(Discovery News) A mysterious stone statue, possibly the portrait of the great Inca emperor Pachacuti, once stood in Machu Picchu, according to archival research...7/25