Wednesday, August 28, 2013
ORNL in the News

Development of natural refrigerant heat pump receives grant from U.S. Department of Energy

(PR Newswire) Part of a Department of Energy (DOE) project to reduce energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions, S-RAM Dynamics has been awarded a grant to help commercialize a new heat pump that does not use any high global warming refrigerants....The system is being developed in coordination with Purdue University and performance testing will be done at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a leading innovator of heat pump technology...8/27

Big Rig Redesign Still Going Strong

(HPC Wire) An HPC-developed technology is helping to save billions of gallons of fuel each year. In 2011, South Carolina-based BMI Corp. partnered with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop the SmartTruck UnderTray System...Last week, the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) announced that BMI-offshoot SmartTruck Systems has sold more than 25,000 UnderTray Systems to trucking fleets in North America...8/26


U.S. Department of Energy Provides Additional Funding to Support B&W mPower™ Project

(InvestorCenter) The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) (NYS: BWC) announced today that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated an additional $20.5 million in funding to its Cooperative Agreement with Babcock & Wilcox mPower, Inc. (B&W mPower) under the Small Modular Reactor Licensing Technical Support Program...8/27

US Energy Secretary: Reality Is Taking The Bloom Off Of The Shale Boom Rose

(Business Insider) It's time to get real about the prospects for shale oil and gas development transforming global markets, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said yesterday...8/27

State & Regional

Ayers HallObama's Pay-for-College-Performance Plan Is Standard in Tennessee

(Bloomberg Business) For a glimpse of what President Obama's proposed higher-education overhaul may look like if it ever becomes law, you may need to go no further than Tennessee...8/27

Tennessee High School Students Publish in Top Science Journal

(NimBios) Two Tennessee high school students have now done what many scientists strive for: publishing their research in a top science journal....8/27


US lays groundwork for possible Syria strike

(AP) The Obama administration is laying the groundwork for potential military action in Syria in the coming days, with intelligence agencies readying additional evidence about last week's alleged chemical weapons attack and high-ranking U.S. officials declaring there was "no doubt" that Bashar Assad's government was to blame...8/28

U.S. seeking $6 billion from JPMorgan to settle mortgage claims: source

(Reuters) U.S. government housing finance authorities are pressing JPMorgan Chase & Co for at least $6 billion to settle lawsuits over bonds backed by subprime mortgages, according to a person familiar with the matter...8/27

East Tennessee

New Henley Bridge timeline excites S. Knoxville businesses

(WBIR) TDOT has some great news for drivers heading to and from South Knoxville. One lane in each direction on the Henley Bridge will reopen before Thanksgiving. That's several months ahead of the expected February 2014 date...8/27

energy & science policy

New Energy Model Offers Transparency to Let Others Replicate Findings

(Science Daily) Computer models are used to inform policy decisions about energy, but existing models are generally "black boxes" that don't show how they work, making it impossible for anyone to replicate their findings...8/27

science & technology

Science MoralityJust thinking about science triggers moral behavior

(Nature News) Public opinion towards science has made headlines over the past several years for a variety of reasons — mostly negative. High profile cases of academic dishonesty and disputes over funding have left many questioning the integrity and societal value of basic science, while accusations of politically motivated research fly from left and right...8/27

ununpentiumNew Super-Heavy Element 115 Confirmed

(LiveScience) Scientists say they've created a handful of atoms of the elusive element 115, which occupies a mysterious corner of the periodic table. The super-heavy element has yet to be officially named, but it is temporarily called ununpentium, roughly based on the Latin and Greek words for the digits in its atomic number, 115...8/27

Baby with ElectrodesBabies Learn to Recognize Words in the Womb

(Science Magazine) Be careful what you say around a pregnant woman. As a fetus grows inside a mother's belly, it can hear sounds from the outside world—and can understand them well enough to retain memories of them after birth, according to new research...8/26

Other Stories

Outgoing US official warns of 'major cyber event'

(PhysOrg) Outgoing US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday warned of a "major cyber event" in the future that would have a "serious" impact on American society. In what she described as "a kind of open letter to my successor," Napolitano warned of terrorist threats, major weather events and the need to reinforce US border security...8/27

Charging Station LogoTesla, Japan Drive EV Charging Station Expansion

(Investor's Business Daily) The number of fast-charging stations for electric vehicles will soar to nearly 200,000 worldwide by 2020, up from just 1,800 or so last year, says research firm IHS Automotive. Japan is home to half of today's fast-charging stations, and it will continue to utilize CHAdeMO technology, says IHS Automotive...8/27

Out There

Mind ControlWatch A Professor Control Another Professor's Mind From Across Campus

(Popular Science) Hello, mind control! Researchers at the University of Washington say they've created the first non-invasive brain interface between two humans--i.e., they've basically achieved telepathy. Previous work has allowed basic communication between two brains, but this is the first time it's been shown in two humans...8/27