Tuesday, July 27, 2010
ORNL in the News

ORNL summer internships draw "best, brightest" college students

(WBIR.com) Every summer, more than a hundred college students take over microscopes and computers at Oak Ridge National Lab. Katherine Nadler's research is funded by the Department of Homeland Security. "I'm working on sensor detection of explosives," the Maryville College student said inside a lab at ORNL's bioscience department. Michael Pearse and his team are also working on sensors for some pretty serious research...7/25

New supercomputer at ORNL to be used for climate research

(Knoxville News Sentinel) With the recent arrival of a Cray XT6 supercomputer that will be used exclusively for climate research, Oak Ridge National Laboratory now houses the top computers of three federal agencies - the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "We're pretty proud of what we've been able to accomplish," ORNL's Buddy Bland said. "East Tennessee is clearly becoming the computing capital of the world." The Cray XT6, which belongs to NOAA, is the baby of the bunch, and it's just getting started...7/26

DOE Establishes Research 'Hub' For Solar Fuels

(SustainableBusiness.com) The U.S. Department of Energy announced an investment of $122 million over five years to establish a a so-called Energy Innovation Hub to develop revolutionary methods to generate fuels directly from sunlight...In May, the Department announced that a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory will establish a Hub on modeling and simulation for nuclear reactors. The selection for the remaining Hub will be announced over the coming months...7/26

Reactor restart set for July 28 at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ORNL's High Flux Isotope Reactor, shut down since July 10 for maintenance and refueling, is scheduled for restart on the 28th. That's according to Ron Crone, the lab's reactors chief, who I talked with earlier today. "Everything has been relatively routine," Crone said of the outage...So far this year, there have been 335 scientific users at the High Flux Isotope Reactor, where neutron-scattering experiments are performed. Based on that number, the lab will exceed its goal for the year -- 360 users -- during the next fuel cycle, according to Crone...7/26


Corker tours Y-12 facility in Oak Ridge

(AP) U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Energy and Natural Resources committees, started his tour of U.S. nuclear weapons facilities on Monday. Corker began his tour on Monday at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge...7/26

State & Regional

Eaton Advances Integrated Solar Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Collaboration with Tennessee Valley Authority and EPRI

(AMN) Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corp. announced its collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for a prototype integrated solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station to be erected at EPRI's research laboratory in Knoxville, Tenn. Additional stations are planned for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Nashville, Chattanooga and another site in Knoxville...7/26


Afghan War Leak Sets Off Effort to Control Damage

(Wall Street Journal) White House officials, already on the defensive over Afghan war strategy, scrambled over the weekend to keep an impending leak of a trove of secret military documents from eroding the support of Pakistan, a key ally, for U.S. operations against al Qaeda and related militant groups...7/26


East Tennessee

East Tenn. gets that sinking feeling as holes open

(USA Today) Sinkholes have opened on a couple of heavily traveled routes in East Tennessee...state troopers were warning drivers on Monday about a hole in a westbound lane of Interstate 40 in Roane County, near the Harriman exit...7/26

energy & science policy

Senate FY 2011 Department of Energy Funding Bill: JDEM, NNSA

(AIP) The following is additional material from the recently released Senate Appropriations Committee report accompanying the FY 2011 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act...7/26

Inside Energy Extra

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science & technology

Experts Fuss Over Cost Of Nuclear Fusion Research

(NPR) ITER's promise of clean, nearly limitless power has won support from politicians. But the experiment's multibillion-dollar price tag has critics wondering whether it's really worth the cost...7/27

Engineers use rocket science to make wastewater treatment sustainable

(PhysOrg.com) Stanford engineer Brian Cantwell and colleagues originally designed this nitrous oxide thruster for spacecraft. A similar device could be used at wastewater treatment plants to decompose nitrous oxide gas into hot air...7/26

New Titanic expedition will create 3D map of wreck

(PhysOrg.com) A team of scientists will launch an expedition to the Titanic next month to assess the deteriorating condition of the world's most famous shipwreck and create a detailed three-dimensional map that will "virtually raise the Titanic" for the public...7/27

Largest Particle Accelerator 'Rediscovers' Fundamental Subatomic Particles

(Science Daily) The world's largest particle accelerator -- Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) -- has yielded its first measurements of fundamental subatomic particles, so far confirming physicists' Standard Model but also paving the way to future discoveries that may offer new insights into the forces that govern the universe...7/26

Incredibly detailed map of Mars hits the Web

(CS Monitor) Ever wanted to explore the surface of Mars? Now you can – at least virtually - thanks to a powerful camera aboard a spacecraft in orbit around Mars that has made the most accurate global map of the red planet in history...7/23

Other Stories

Japan women have longest lifespan for 25 years in row

(Reuters) Japanese women have held the record for the world's longest life expectancy for 25 years in a row, with an average life span of 86.44 years as of 2009...9/26