Thursday, August 29, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL’s ‘oxygen sponge’

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory today announced that lab scientists have a developed a new “oxygen sponge” that can readily absorb or shed oxygen atoms at low temperatures...8/28

Separate from the Rest

(R&D Magazine) Lithium-ion battery separators prevent the anode and cathode layers from contacting each other, allowing cell potential to be maintained and safe operation of the battery. The SYMMETRIX HPX-F polymer-ceramic composite separator, developed by Porous Power Technologies and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, achieves this functionality while improving safety over conventional polyolefin membranes...8/28

UT names nuclear materials expert as 13th UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair

(Oak Ridge Today) Steve Zinkle, an authority on the effect of radiation on materials in fission and fusion nuclear reactors, has been named the thirteenth University of Tennessee–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair...8/28

Clearing Big Data Hurdles

(R&D Magazine) For Big Data applications I/O needs to be efficient and scalable so that large data sets can be accessed quickly and fed to applications for processing. With this goal in mind, a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory has created ADIOS, a software framework designed to handle the I/O requirements of Big Data projects...8/28

DOE

Positive report on Y-12's microwave casting

(Knoxville News Sentinel) There have been multiple setbacks with the development of microwave casting for production use at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and as a go-to technology of the future Uranium Processing Facility...8/28

Lab Breakthrough: How Energy Department Research Saves Lives

(Energy.gov) Researchers at the National Energy Technology Lab have developed a platinum-chromium alloy that is used to make heart stents that are thin, flexible, corrosion resistant and visible on x-rays...8/28

State & Regional

Investment bank UBS adding 1,000 jobs in Tennessee

(AP) Financial services firm UBS AG says it will consolidate back office functions in Nashville, creating 1,000 jobs in the city over the next five years...8/28

National

U.S. rejects Syrian request that U.N. inspectors stay longer, possibly delaying military strike

(Washington Post) The Obama administration appeared Wednesday to be forging ahead with preparations to attack Syria. It dismissed a Syrian request to extend chemical weapons inspections there as a delaying tactic and said it saw little point in further discussion of the issue at the United Nations...8/28

East Tennessee

UT debuts new treatment for cancer patients

(WBIR-TV) UT Medical Center is now treating cancer patients with a new radiotherapy system. The Varian True Beam system is the latest, most advanced system for delivering radiation treatments for cancer patients...8/28

Professors unearth Roman fort in Middle East

(Daily Beacon) While some were relaxing over the summer vacation, UT archaeologists made a monumental discovery in the deserts of the Middle East...8/29

energy & science policy

Yale biology professor to guide national science policy

(Yale Daily News) President Barack Obama has nominated Yale biology professor Jo Handelsman to serve as associate director for science at the Office of Science and Technology Policy...8/3

science & technology

A Cooler Pacific May Be Behind Recent Pause In Global Warming

(NPR) A study in the journal Nature could help explain why the Earth's average temperature hasn't increased during the past 15 years — despite a long-term trend of global warming...8/29

Butterfly Wings + Carbon Nanotubes = New 'Nanobiocomposite' Material

(Science Daily) Leveraging the amazing natural properties of the Morpho butterfly's wings, scientists have developed a nanobiocomposite material that shows promise for wearable electronic devices, highly sensitive light sensors and sustainable batteries...8/28

'Zero knowledge' may answer computer security question

(PhysOrg) In the age of the Internet, it's getting harder and harder to keep secrets. When you type in your password, there's no telling who might be watching it go by. New research at Cornell may offer a pathway to more secure communications...8/29

Google Glass: Surgery Tool Of The Future?

(Popular Science) ...Seeing a live feed of a surgery from the surgeon's perspective seems a whole lot more useful to a medical student than observing in-person, where much of the nitty-gritty of the procedure is obscured by the people actually operating on the patient....8/28

Other Stories

The New York Times Web site was taken down by DNS hijacking. Here’s what that means.

(Washington Post) Just weeks after The Washington Post had our own run-in with the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), the New York Times is down, and the SEA is claiming responsibility. Other sites, including Twitter, have also been attacked...8/27

Why Are Chemical Weapon Attacks Different?

(National Geographic News) ...what makes chemical weapons attacks more unacceptable than conventional military attacks, which have been raging in Syria since the start of the civil war there more than two years ago?...8/28