Tuesday, August 14, 2012
ORNL in the News

DOE selects 7 projects for up to $21.75M in funding to develop stronger and lighter materials for cars and trucks

(Green Car Congress) The US Department of Energy has selected for funding seven new projects to accelerate the development and deployment of stronger and lighter materials for the next generation of cars and trucks...Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Fiber Orientation and Fiber Length Distribution Prediction for Injection Molded Long Carbon Fiber Composites...8/14

Curiosity’s power pack contains rugged technology

(R&D Magazine) The Curiosity rover that recently landed on Mars contains a significant contribution from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which developed and fabricated the protective iridium alloy cladding that's central to the generator that powers the rover...8/8

DOE

Y-12 contractor given 'show cause' notice; could lose contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In the wake of last month's stunning security breach at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, the federal government issued a "show cause notice" to managing contractor B&W Y-12...8/14

Energy Department Investments to Develop Lighter, Stronger Materials for Greater Vehicle Fuel Economy

(Energy.gov) As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to reduce the United States’ reliance on foreign oil and save drivers money at the pump, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today seven new projects to accelerate the development and deployment of stronger and lighter materials for the next generation of American-made cars and trucks...8/13

The World's Largest X-Ray Generator, the Z Machine, Inspires Art

(The Atlantic) Used to study the physical properties of dense stars like white dwarfs, Sandia National Laboratory's Z Machine looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie...8/13

National

From Battlefield to the Border

(Wall Street journal) The U.S. military is joining with border-patrol officials in a new initiative that could bring dozens of surveillance blimps from the battlefields of Afghanistan to America's border with Mexico...8/13

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge officials sign memo to save K-25 history, Alexander Inn

(Oak Ridger) The U.S. Department of Energy, the state Office of Historic Preservation, the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the city of Oak Ridge and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance have signed a formal agreement to preserve the historic contributions made by Oak Ridge's K-25 site to the World War II Manhattan Project...8/13

State & Regional

Cleaner power equals healthier air in Tennessee

(The Tennessean) ...the air in Tennessee and nationwide improved by 19 percent in 2010, the year that the NRDC analyzed for its report, from a year earlier. This is because power companies are moving to cleaner-burning natural gas instead of coal where possible; and thanks to federal Environmental Protection Agency standards are closing older, high-polluting plants and installing pollution controls on other plants...8/14

energy & science policy

Climate: US call for 'flexibility' on warming spurs row

(PhysOrg) The United States ran into crossfire on Wednesday after it called for "flexibility" in climate talks, even if this approach could not guarantee meeting the UN's target on global warming...8/8

science & technology

Scientists 'Waltz' Closer to Using Spintronics in Computing

(Science Daily) Aiming to use electron spins for storing, transporting and processing information, researchers from IBM and scientists at ETH Zurich, a leading European university, have revealed the first-ever direct mapping of the formation of a persistent spin helix in a semiconductor...8/13

How A Virus In Snakes Could Offer Clues To Ebola In Humans

(NPR) Scientists have found a surprising link between deadly Ebola virus and a disease that's been killing boa constrictors in zoos and aquariums...8/14

Superfund Cleanup Stirs Troubled Waters

(NY Times) This is not what a Superfund site is supposed to look like. There are no rusting barrels, no antifreeze-green slime oozing up from the ground. There’s just a deep bend in the serpentine Passaic River, a gaggle of pushy Canada geese and a lone rower in a single scull making good time on the calm, dark waters...8/13

Other Stories

China Drills Into Shale Gas, Targeting Huge Reserves Amid Challenges

(Discovery News) ...a new chapter in Chongqing's history is being written, as hydraulic fracturing rigs assembled this summer in this undulating landscape to drill into one of China's first shale gas exploration sites...8/8