Tuesday, August 21, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL researchers improve soil carbon cycling models

(Oak Ridge Today) A new model developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory helps scientists understand the role that soil will play in future climate change, a press release said...“Soil is a big reservoir of carbon,” said co-author Melanie Mayes of ORNL’s Environmental Sciences Division. “And most of the soil carbon cycling models in use today are so vastly simplified that they ignore the fact that...8/20

High Flux Isotope Reactor to shut down Friday for extended fall outage; test targets for Pu-238 production now in reactor

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The High Flux Isotope Reactor will be shut down Friday for its extended fall outage, one of the two longest maintenance periods of the year. Oak Ridge National Laboratory's reactor chief, Ron Crone, said today there will be "extensive preventive maintenance on many of the reactor systems and the cold source."...8/20


Russia warns West over Syria after Obama threats

(Reuters) Russia warned the West on Tuesday against unilateral action on Syria, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama threatened "enormous consequences" if his Syrian counterpart used chemical or biological arms or even moved them in a menacing way...8/21


Wind Energy In America: Supporting Our Manufacturers

(Energy.gov) An interesting trend has taken shape in recent years -- U.S. wind manufacturing has undergone a dramatic expansion. That means the equipment used to build U.S. wind farms -- including towers, blades, gears, and generators -- is increasingly being made right here in America...8/16

East Tennessee

Manhattan Project 70th anniversary party plans under way

(Oak Ridger) Local officials are working to plan events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the start of the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge...8/16

MTSU partners with Oak Ridge consortium

(The Daily News Journal) Middle Tennessee State University continues to strengthen its credentials as a scientific research institution by becoming one of only 105 universities in the country to gain full membership with the Oak Ridge Associated Universities...8/21



energy & science policy

Record Heat, Drought Pose Problems for U.S. Electric Power

(National Geographic News) Record heat and drought conditions across the United States this summer have plagued power plants that require cool water to produce electricity...8/17

science & technology

Photosynthesis-like process found in insects

(Nature) ...Aphids are unique among animals in their ability to synthesize pigments called carotenoids. Many creatures rely on these pigments for a variety of functions, such as maintaining a healthy immune system and making certain vitamins...8/17

Arctic sea ice set to hit record low

(BBC News) Scientists at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center said data showed that the sea ice extent was tracking below the previous record low, set in 2007...8/21

Helix Collapse Fails to Crush Hope for Vertical Wind Turbines

(National Geographic News) Helix's wind turbines, seen here at the Burning Man festival in 2007, illustrate the aesthetic appeal of vertical axis wind technology, but critics of the concept say it has too many flaws to be viable...8/20

Quantum Processor Can Compute Prime Factors

(Science Daily) Computing prime factors may sound like an elementary math problem, but try it with a large number, say one that contains more than 600 digits, and the task becomes enormously challenging and impossibly time-consuming...8/19

Other Stories

Abundant Natural Gas and Oil Are Putting the Kibosh on Clean Energy

(Wired News) New methods of extracting gas and oil, combined with efficiency gains in nearly every industry, mean that we are now minimizing demand and maximizing supply. And that’s a good thing, right? Not so fast...8/21