Wednesday, August 15, 2012
ORNL in the News

Surface area key to metal adsorption

(R&D Magazine) HiCap Adsorbents from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Hills Inc., West Melbourne, Fla., have demonstrated an adsorption capacity for a variety of metals—including uranium—that is five to seven times the highest performing conventional adsorbent...8/14

State Revenue Chief

State's revenue chief visits ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee Commissioner of Revenue Richard Roberts, right, talks with State Sen. Randy McNally...Roberts was at ORNL today for briefings with lab Director Thom Mason and Jeff Smith, the deputy lab director for operations...8/13

Pinning force is taken to a new level

(R&D Magazine) Scientists have established that defects within superconducting materials can "pin" magnetic flux lines so that large currents can flow through the materials in the presence of high-applied magnetic fields...Using strain-driven self-assembly methods to create nanostructures that supply these controlling forces, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., and SuperPower Inc., Schenectady, N.Y., have developed the Highest Pinning Force, High-Temperature Superconducting Wires with Double-Perovskite, Tantalate, Nano-Pinning Centers...8/14

DOE

U.S. Energy Department Says Expiration of Tax Credits Threatens Jobs

(NASDAQ) The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said the expiration of wind-energy tax credits at the end of the year threatens to harm an industry that supports about 75,000 jobs...8/14

Corker visits Y-12: 'They're making multiple changes to ensure . . . this never happens again'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Following a briefing today at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said officials are moving swiftly to address the problems uncovered by a July 28 security breach....8/14

State & Regional

Alabama nuclear plant review results in violation

(WBIR) ...The agency said the "white" finding for all three of the facility's units comes after NRC inspectors found that plant operators and employees were unable to adequately perform newly implemented
procedures for a safe plant shutdown...8/14

National

Chinese companies pull out of US stock markets

(AP) Just a few years after Chinese companies lined up to sell shares on Wall Street, a growing number are reversing course and pulling out of U.S. exchanges...8/14

Filling up2012 gas prices head for record

(USA Today) Gasoline prices are up sharply in the past month on surging crude oil costs and refinery woes, and now are likely to make 2012 the costliest year ever at the pump...8/15

East Tennessee

UT Alumni Bring Home the Gold at 2012 Olympic Games

(Tennessee Today) Eight UT alumni brought home a total of ten medals, including five golds, from the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The 2012 medal tally for former UT athletes surpasses the school's previous record of eight medals, which was set at the 1996 Games in Atlanta...8/14

science & technology

Independent labs to verify high-profile papers

(Nature News) Scientific publishers are backing an initiative to encourage authors of high-profile research papers to get their results replicated by independent labs. Validation studies will earn authors a certificate and a second publication, and will save other researchers from basing their work on faulty results...8/14

Remaking History: A New Take On How Evolution Has Shaped Modern Europeans

(Science Daily) Investigators reporting in the Cell Press journal Trends in Genetics say that new analytical techniques are changing long-held, simplistic views about the evolutionary history of humans in Europe. Their findings indicate that many cultural, climatic, and demographic events have shaped genetic variation among modern-day European populations...8/14

UT, NIMBioS Study Finds Bullies Squelched When Bystanders Intervene

(Tennessee Today) A new national anti-bullying ad campaign urges parents to teach their kids to speak up if they witness bullying. One UT researcher has found that in humans’ evolutionary past, at least, helping the victim of a bully hastened our species’ movement toward a more egalitarian society...8/13

Other Stories

Latest Ethanol Mandate Raises Ire of Motorcyclists

(New York Times) However inconceivable it may seem, ethanol has managed to earn itself another enemy. To service-station owners, refiners, vintage-car collectors, economists and car manufacturers themselves, add motorcycle riders. At issue is E15, the fuel blend consisting of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, rather than the typical 10-percent, 90-percent formulation, E10...8/10

Navy in Strait of HormuzWhat's Wrong With This Picture? Oil Up More Than 20% As World Stagnates

(Forbes) Crude oil has been on a tear recently, rising more than 20% since mid-June despite an ailing global economy, the possibility of an implosion in the Eurozone, and a slowdown that spans from China to the U.S...8/14

Martin Fleischmann‘Cold fusion’ scientist Fleischmann dead at 85

(Washington Post) Martin Fleischmann, who had been a well-regarded but relatively obscure British scientist until something that he apparently did not do brought him far more fame and notoriety than anything he had done, died Aug. 3 at his home in Tisbury, England. He was 85...8/14