Thursday, August 22, 2013
ORNL in the News

Zinkle, Seetharaman Named Editors for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions

(Newswise) Steven J. Zinkle, chief scientist of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate and a Corporate Fellow at ORNL, has been named the second of two editors of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions E: Materials for Energy Systems...8/21

ARPA-E awarding $36M to 22 projects in RANGE program for transformative EV storage

(Green Car Congress) ...Oak Ridge National Laboratory will create a battery technology that replaces conventional safety components with a material that changes from liquid to solid upon application of external force....8/22

Potential breakthrough in superconducting wires

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Controlling nano-level defects in superconducting wires can result in “unparalleled and customized performance,” Oak Ridge National Laboratory said last week, based on results of a new study from a team headed by star researcher Amit Goyal...8/21


Y-12 nuke operations due for scrutiny

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Detailed information about the safety of Y-12’s nuclear operations could be available for public consumption and discussion at a federal safety board hearing scheduled for Oct. 22 in Knoxville...8/22

Looking ahead: Y-12′s workforce projections

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Almost lost amid the reservoir of information on the nuclear weapons complex in the government’s Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan for Fiscal Year 2014 are some details on the workforce projections at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge...8/21


Obama Heads Back To School To Talk College Affordability

(NPR) ...The president will spend the next two days on a bus tour of New York and Pennsylvania that includes stops at three colleges and a high school. At each stop, he'll be talking about ways to make college more affordable...8/21

East Tennessee

15 Knox area companies make Inc. 5000

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Fifteen Knoxville area companies made the 2013 Inc. 5000 ranking of the fastest growing private companies in the country...8/21

energy & science policy

A new approach to making climate treaties work

(PhysOrg) International collaboration on climate change mitigation depends to a great extent on how agreements are designed...8/21

science & technology

The next generation's best and brightest take on climate change

(Fortune) The news on global warming isn't getting any better. A draft summary of the next big United Nations climate study, as reported by the New York Times, concludes with nearly 100% certainty that human activity is the main cause behind the earth's heating...8/21

Supercapacitors Amp Up as an Alternative to Batteries

(National Geographic News) Imagine charging your cell phone in just a few seconds. Or consider how transportation would be transformed if it took only a few minutes to fuel up an electric car...8/20

How A Look At Your Gmail Reveals The Power Of Metadata

(NPR) Sometimes, you have to give up a little privacy in order to find out how much—or how little—privacy you really have. So I handed over the keys to my Gmail account to Cesar Hidalgo, a professor at the MIT Media Lab, and the designer of a program called Immersion...8/21

Chemical engineers' research may lead to inexpensive, flexible solar cells

(PhysOrg) Work by a team of chemical engineers at Penn State and Rice University may lead to a new class of inexpensive organic solar cells...8/22

Other Stories

Romanian science in free fall

(Nature) After 11 years away from Romania, developmental biologist Ioan Ovidiu Sirbu thought carefully before returning home to continue his scientific career...8/21