Friday, August 2, 2013
ORNL in the News

ASTM International cites ORNL’s Sokolov

(Oak Ridge Today) Mikhail Sokolov of Oak Ridge National Laboratory has received the Award of Merit from the American Society for Testing and Materials International...Sokolov was honored for his contributions to successful symposia on nuclear technology and applications and for his work on transition range fracture toughness standards...8/1

Feldman elected ASME fellow

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Matt Feldman of Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical. Engineers. AMSE Fellows are peer-nominated and chosen by the ASME board of governors. Feldman works in ORNL’s Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division...8/2

August 2013 story tips from Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(PhysOrg) Green battery...By substituting lignin for highly engineered, expensive graphite to make battery electrodes, researchers have developed a process that requires fewer steps and offers better performance...8/1

DOE

ORAU gets $6.5M contract from Pennsylvania Health Dept.

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...“ORAU will assist the Department of Health in meeting its mission to fund Pennsylvania research organizations to conduct biomedical, clinical and health services research projects...8/1

Fermilab: High Energy Physics on the Prairie

(Scientific American) ...Although its Tevatron accelerator, four miles in circumference, closed in 2011 and CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Europe has superseded it for experiments involving the highest energy levels, particle physics remains alive and well in many studies at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory...7/23

Fusion Energy Quest Faces Boundaries of Budget, Science

(National Geographic) ...The target chamber at the U.S. National Ignition Facility was meant to be a corridor for almost limitless power from fusion energy...7/26

National

U.S. 'Extremely Disappointed' At Russia's Asylum For Snowden

(NPR) ...The Obama administration's displeasure was clear:"We are extremely disappointed that the Russian government would take this step despite our clear lawful requests in public and private to have Mr. Snowden expelled to the U.S. to face the charges against him,"...8/1

East Tennessee

The Crazy True Story Of How A Handful Of Climate Advocates Painted A Red Town Green

(Climate Progress) ...Knoxville is slowly morphing into a green jobs powerhouse. By 2011, the Knoxville metro area had the fastest-growing clean jobs sector in the country, according to a recent Brookings report, and the second-highest percentage of green jobs nationally...7/31

Journalist lectures on career

(The Daily Beacon) Frank Munger, a journalist who has focused on Y-12 and Oak Ridge National Labs for the past 30 years, spoke on his experiences at the Pollard Technology Center in Oak Ridge on July 26...8/2

energy & science policy

Growth of Global Solar and Wind Energy Continues to Outpace Other Technologies

(Worldwatch Institute) Global use of solar and wind energy continued to grow significantly in 2012. Solar power consumption increased by 58 percent, to 93 terrawatt-hours (TWh), and the use of wind power increased by 18 percent, to 521 TWh...7/30

science & technology

The Simplest Periodic Table We've Ever Seen

(Popular Science) In this beautiful, easy-to-read periodic table, created by London-based graphic designer Alison Haigh, each element is represented by a visualization of its electronic structure, rather than by numbers and letters...8/1

Climate change occurring 10 times faster than at any time in past 65 million years

(PhysOrg) ...Stanford climate scientists warn that the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift in the past 65 million years...8/1

New Tools for Keeping the Lights On

(NY Times) After the lights went out for 50 million people from the Northeast to the Midwest on Aug. 14, 2003, investigators found readings from two obscure instruments that would have given them an hour’s warning — plenty of time to solve the problem if the devices had been wired to provide a stream of critical data...7/31

Our Once And Future Oceans: Taking Lessons From Earth's Past

(NPR) One of the most powerful ways to figure out how the Earth will respond to all the carbon dioxide we're putting into the atmosphere is to look back into the planet's history...8/2

Other Stories

Brazil's science investment reaches record high

(Nature) Brazil's investment in science has reached an all-time high, with the science ministry's budget increasing from 8.6 billion reals (about US$3.8 billion) in 2012 to 12.7 billion reals (around US$5.6 billion) this year, according to science minister Marco Antonio Raupp...8/1