Tuesday, August 6, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL research reveals new challenges for mercury cleanup

(Oak Ridge Today) ...Earlier this year, a multidisciplinary team of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory discovered two key genes that are essential for microbes to convert oxidized mercury to methylmercury, a neurotoxin that can penetrate skin and at high doses affect brain and muscle tissue, causing paralysis and brain damage...8/5

Evatran(TM) Completes over 1500 Hours of Wireless Charging Trials with High Profile Fleets

(AI-Online) Evatran announced that it has logged over 1500 hours of charging time on its Plugless(TM) L2 wireless charging systems installed across the country through its Apollo Trial Program...The Company is currently working with Oak Ridge National Lab on a three-year DOE grant to integrate high power wireless charging technology into production electric vehicles...8/6

 

DOE

UCOR celebrates two years in Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridge Today) It’s been two years since UCOR, the federal government’s cleanup contractor in Oak Ridge, started working in the Secret City...8/4

U.S. Wind Energy Production and Manufacturing Reaches Record Highs

(Energy.gov) The Energy Department released two new reports today showcasing record growth across the U.S. wind market -- increasing America’s share of clean, renewable energy and supporting tens of thousands of jobs nationwide...8/6

State & Regional

TVA green certification to aid jobs recruiting

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA, which puts its stamp of approval on property shovel-ready for a variety of businesses, is working on a program to certify cities and counties as sustainable...8/5

National

U.S. tells citizens in Yemen to leave immediately

(Reuters) The United States told its citizens in Yemen on Tuesday to leave immediately and ordered the evacuation of non-essential U.S. government staff because of the threat of terrorist attacks....8/6

East Tennessee

Graduates recall Oak Ridge Schools' proud heritage

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...In a novel way to welcome educators back for the new school year, graduates of Oak Ridge High School — classes 1946 through 2013 — went one-by-one onto the high school auditorium stage and introduced themselves...8/6

Knox County is approaching AAA rating, says S&P

(WBIR-TV) Knox County's financial standing is looking bright, as Standard & Poor's upgrades the county's financial outlook from stable to positive...8/5

energy & science policy

NSF Cancels Political Science Funding

(Scientific American) Political scientists are usually busy in early August, polishing proposals for grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). But not this year...8/5

science & technology

How Much Energy Does the US Use?

(The Atlantic) We all know the US consumes a massive amount of energy but it's hard to wrap your head around the numbers. How much do we rely on oil? Do renewable resources make up a significant portion of our energy use?...8/5

Disappearance of coral reefs, drastically altered marine food web on the horizon

(PhysOrg) If history's closest analog is any indication, the look of the oceans will change drastically in the future as the coming greenhouse world alters marine food webs and gives certain species advantages over others...8/5

New Water Splitting Technique Efficiently Produces Hydrogen Fuel

(Science Daily) A University of Colorado Boulder team has developed a radically new technique that uses the power of sunlight to efficiently split water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen, paving the way for the broad use of hydrogen as a clean, green fuel...8/1

Powering the Future: Running on hydrogen

(CBS) When it comes to cars, Toyota thinks hydrogen fuel cells are one of the technologies of the future. And the company isn't alone...8/5

Other Stories

University of California adopts open-access publishing policy

(Nature) The faculty of the University of California (UC), the largest public research university in the world, have adopted an open-access policy in which they commit to make their research articles freely available to the public...8/3

Inside Japan's invisible army

(Fortune) The country's constitution bans it from having a traditional standing army. But its so-called Self Defense Force is one of the world's most sophisticated armed bodies...8/5