Monday, August 27, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL researchers probe invisible vacancies in fuel cell materials

(Oak Ridge Today) Knowing the position of missing oxygen atoms could be the key to cheaper solid oxide fuel cells with longer lifetimes. New microscopy research from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is enabling scientists to map these vacancies at an atomic scale...8/26

High-rad surprises expand ORNL cleanup project, put other nuke rehabs on the shelf

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The cleanup of old hot cells at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the big efforts funded with Recovery Act money, has been a devil from the beginning -- with higher radiation fields than expected and more legacy nuclear materials than detailed in the original scope of work awarded to Safety and Ecology Corp...8/26

DOE

Fired Y-12 guard claims he's a scapegoat for embarrassing security breach

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A security police officer said he was fired because he apparently wasn't rough enough with protesters during the July 28 predawn break-in at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge...8/24

Better Batteries: Charged Up Over Energy Storage

(The Atlantic) Increasing interest in storing energy for the nation's power grid and the desire to extend the range of electric vehicles is attracting millions for research and development of more efficient battery systems...8/23

National

U.S. Incomes Fell More in Recovery Than Recession

(Bloomberg News) American incomes declined more in the three-year expansion that started in June 2009 than during the longest recession since the Great Depression, according an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Sentier Research LLC...8/23

State & Regional

Gallatin Fossil Plant to receive $1B in TVA upgrades

(Tennessean) The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to spend as much as $1 billion at the Gallatin Fossil Plant by 2017 by installing a series of pollution controls designed to reduce harmful emissions by as much as 95 percent...8/27

energy & science policy

Physics Societies Call for Action to Avoid Automatic Federal Budget Cuts

(AIP Unless Congress and the Administration strike an agreement, automatic reductions of approximately 8 to 9 percent will be made to the budgets of most federal programs in early January 2013...8/24

House Energy and Commerce Committee Examines Nuclear Regulatory Commission Governance

(AIP) During a July 24 hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee members of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy and the Subcommittee on Energy and Power discussed issues relating to the governance of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission...8/24

science & technology

Intriguing Habitats, and Careful Discussions of Climate Change

(NY Times) ...With many zoos and aquariums now working with conservation organizations and financed by individuals who feel strongly about threatened habitats and species, managers have been wrestling with how aggressive to be in educating visitors on the perils of climate change...8/26

How Pacific Island Missile Tests Helped Launch the Internet

(Wired News) There are a thousand stories about the origin of the internet, each with their own starting point and their own heroes...8/27

Other Stories

Chinese solar industry slumps, faces cloudy future

(AP) Chinese solar panel makers that grew quickly over the past decade are suffering big losses due to slumping global sales and a price war that threaten an industry seen by communist leaders as a role model for hopes to transform China into a technology leader...8/23