Monday, August 22, 2011
ORNL in the News

Neutron history

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Ernie Wollan was a pioneer in neutron-scattering techniques and, had he lived to see the day, undoubtedly would have shared the 1994 Nobel Prize for Physics with his old research partner at Oak Ridge, Cliff Shull...8/21

ORNL microscopy generates new view of fuel cells

(EurekAlert) ORNL researchers applied a technique called electrochemical strain microscopy that enables them to examine the dynamics of oxygen reduction/evolution reactions in fuel cell materials, which may reveal ways to redesign or cut the costs of the energy devices. The team's findings were published in Nature Chemistry...8/15

DOE

Energy Department Applauds World’s First Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Station in Orange County

(DOE News) The fuel cell commissioned today is a combined heat, hydrogen, and power system that co-produces hydrogen in addition to electricity and heat, making it a tri-generation system...8/16

Fed employment at DOE's Oak Ridge office

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As has been apparent for months, the Department of Energy is looking to cut costs at its Oak Ridge field office.

Oak Ridge DOE operations reorganization gets green light

(Oak Ridger) A proposed reorganization of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office has been approved by the U.S. energy secretary, according to DOE-ORO’s acting office manager Paul Golan...8/18

State & Regional

Innovation Valley helps businesses mine region's riches

(Knoxville News Sentinel) With concerns about the global economy dominating the headlines, worries about the strength of our local economy are understandable. Fortunately, the Knoxville–Oak Ridge region is rich in opportunities for business and job growth...8/21

East Tennessee

Scientists trick Beaver Creek into having improved water quality

(Knoxville News Sentinel) When the once meandering Beaver Creek at Halls Community Park was straightened in the 1930s to make room for more usable farmland, people probably didn't foresee the trouble that would follow...8/22

energy & science policy

Tidal turbines: New sparks of hope for green energy from beneath the waves

(CS Monitor) After decades of abandoned plans and crushed prototypes, tidal powers finds new footing off the shores of Eastport, Maine...8/16

Inside Energy Extra

8/19 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
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science & technology

Laser Advances in Nuclear Fuel Stir Terror Fear

(NY Times) Scientists have long sought easier ways to make the costly material known as enriched uranium — the fuel of nuclear reactors and bombs, now produced only in giant industrial plants....8/20

An eBay for science

(Nature News) Last week, Science Exchange in Palo Alto, California, launched a website allowing scientists to outsource their research to 'providers' — other researchers and institutions that have the facilities and equipment to meet requesting scientists' needs...8/19

Climate Footprint of Marcellus Shale Gas Could Be Less Than That of Coal

(Scientific American) A report refutes a recent finding that extracting gas from deep shale basins results in at least as big a greenhouse gas emissions footprint as that of coal...8/19

US military develops 'bigger bang' explosive material

(BBC) The US Office of Naval Research says that it has successfully tested a new type of explosive material that can dramatically increase weapons' impacts...8/19

The Recession's Toll on the Green Economy

(Popular Science)Home energy-monitoring systems have wilted, green job growth is lackluster, and we're left to worry about the state of green tech...8/19

Other Stories

Rebels Seize Most of Tripoli

(Wall Street Journal) Libyan rebels seized control over most of Tripoli on Monday amid scenes of jubilation, a day after surging into the city's center and meeting little resistance from Col. Moammar Gadhafi's defenses, though heavy clashes were reported at Col. Gadhafi's compound and the leader's whereabouts remained unknown...8/22