Tuesday, August 2, 2011
ORNL in the News

Water’s secrets revealed

(R&D Magazine) ...Water is "probably the most weird substance on Earth," says Yang Zhang PhD '10, lead author of the PNAS paper, which was based on his doctoral thesis research...Zhang, now the Clifford G. Shull Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was able to probe their density using a neutron beam from a reactor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology...8/1

Spallation Neutron Source nears restart; Anderson says second Target still in the plans

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Workers are wrapping up a maintenance period at the Spallation Neutron Source, with the restart of the accelerator to get under way Tuesday, according to Ian Anderson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's associate lab director for neutron sciences. Anderson said the plan is to restart at 850 kW and stay at that power level through December, when it's time for another change of the target...8/1

DOE

Department of Energy Considers New Venue for Solar Decathlon 2013

(DOE Press Release) Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that the Department of Energy is considering offers for a new site for Solar Decathlon 2013...8/1

UCOR takes over DOE-Oak Ridge environmental cleanup today

(Oak Ridger) URS CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) took over the environmental cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation for the Department of Energy today (Monday), after a safe, three-month transition...8/1

Love's 'informal history' on electromagnetic separation of isotopes

(Oak Ridger) As a part of the "informal history," Leon Love wrote about the Stable Isotope separation done in Buildings 9731 and 9204-3 (Beta 3). He also noted some information under a heading of, "Those Silver Coils." ...8/1

National

At Last Hour, Debt Bill Moves to Senate

(NY Times) After months of partisan impasse, the House on Monday approved a budget agreement intended to head off a potential government default, pushing Congress a big step closer to the conclusion of a bitter fight that has left both parties bruised and exhausted...8/1

East Tennessee

Study of microscopic parasite gives UT researchers blueprint for future robots

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Even intestinal parasites have their value. For it was while looking at the microscopic Giardia lamblia that Dr. Mingjun Zhang got a vision for the future: tiny, adaptable robots that could swim underwater to perform military missions or even deliver drugs inside the human body...8/1

energy & science policy

Senate Committee Optimistic About Future of Nanotechnology

(AIP) The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Science and Space held a hearing last month to examine the reauthorization of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). Members on both sides of the aisle touted their support for the program because of the potential nanotechnology holds to improve human welfare and create new jobs...8/1

What does the US debt ceiling debate mean for science?

(Nature) Both Republican and Democratic proposals would cut more than US$1 trillion in spending over a decade, amounting to a budget reduction of at least $100 billion per year. Nature examines how this might affect the scientific community...7/28

Inside Energy Extra

8/1 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Fights over funding seen just starting
- House vote on DOI/EPA funding put off
- Greens slam EIA report on subsidies
- Calif. slow in spending DOE funds: IG

science & technology

A Better Lithium Battery?

(Scientific American) Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come one step closer to replacing the lithium-ion batteries that power phones, laptops and electric cars with a device that stores far more energy for the same weight...8/1

China Aims To Renew Status As Scientific Superpower

(NPR) China was probably the world's earliest technological superpower, inventing the plow, the compass, gunpowder and block printing. Then, science in the Middle Kingdom languished for centuries...8/1

Progress Hits Snag: Tiny Chips Use Outsize Power

(NY Times) For decades, the power of computers has grown at a staggering rate as designers have managed to squeeze ever more and ever tinier transistors onto a silicon chip...7/31

Scientists Build Battery in a Nanowire: Hybrid Energy Storage Device Is as Small as It Can Possibly Get

(Science Daily) The world at large runs on lithium ion batteries. New research at Rice University shows that tiny worlds may soon do the same...8/1

Other Stories

The end of Big Oil?

(Fortune) How the break-up of ConocoPhillips could lead to similar moves by oil conglomerates like BP and Exxon Mobil, forever changing the energy landscape...8/1