Thursday, August 30, 2012
ORNL in the News

‘Piranha’ — a triple play for ORNL, scientists and Pro2Serve

(Oak Ridger) An Oak Ridge engineering services firm with an international footprint has teamed with three Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists to form a subsidiary and market an award-winning text analysis system...“Piranha can find similar documents to a document of interest, remove duplicated documents such as identical news stories from different sources, and automatically classify documents by topic,” ORNL’s Tom Potok, one of the software’s inventors, stated in a news release. The technology has been used to find and arrest child predators and to uncover illicit activities...8/28

Small Modular Reactors

(Ingenia Online) ...The future looks bright for small modular reactors. The US Electric Power Research Institute, along with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, recently released a study that stated the US has the potential to generate 201 GWe from SMRs...8/29

Biomass Characterization Technology Research Highlighted in Industrial Biotechnology Journal

(PRLog) Biomass recalcitrance can be overcome through improved methods of biomass characterization...Substantial progress is being made in solving the problems of biomass recalcitrance, and Guest Editor Brian Davison, Chief Scientist for Systems Biology and Biotechnology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Science Coordinator for the BioEnergy Science Center of the Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research, gathered leading researchers to share their work and perspectives...8/29

DOE

Energy & Water staffers in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Leland Cogliani and Carrie Apostolou, majority and minority staff members for the Senate Appropriations Energy & Water Subcommittee, are in Oak Ridge this week and reportedly getting briefings at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (today) and the Y-12 National Security Complex...8/29

Energy Department Announces New Investments to Accelerate Breakthroughs in Cost-Competitive Solar Energy

(Energy.gov) Building off SunShot Initiative investments in concentrating solar power announced earlier this week, the Energy Department today announced five new research projects to accelerate innovations that could lower the cost of photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies...8/29

National

NASA launches twin satellites to Earth’s treacherous radiation belts, space weather the quest

(AP) Twin satellites rocketed into orbit Thursday on a quest to explore Earth’s treacherous radiation belts and protect the planet from solar outbursts...8/29

East Tennessee

UT Research Foundation helps faculty start businesses

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Over the last fiscal year the University of Tennessee Research Foundation has helped establish nine startup companies based on technology developed by university faculty...8/30

 

energy & science policy

Fuel-efficient US cars? Obama sets target of 54.5 mpg by 2025

(CS Monitor) US vehicle fleets will need to average 54.5 miles per gallon beginning in 2025, about double the level today and one automakers had for years declared was impossible, according to new fuel-efficiency standards set Tuesday by the Obama administration...8/29

science & technology

New technique could mean super thin, strong graphene-based circuits

(PhysOrg) Integrated circuits, which are in everything from coffeemakers to computers and are patterned from perfectly crystalline silicon, are quite thin—but Cornell researchers think they can push thin-film boundaries to the single-atom level...8/29

Why Is West Nile Virus So Bad This Year?

(Scientific American) A mild winter and a hot, dry summer are part of the reason West Nile virus is spreading like wildfire throughout the country, researchers say...8/29

The Results Are in: Scientists Are Workaholics

(Wired News) Far from academia being a cushy and lazy lifestyle as sometimes portrayed in fiction, researchers know that science is an around-the-clock endeavor. Well, we now have some quantitative data to back this up...8/28

Other Stories

IAEA Establishes Iran ‘Task Force’

(AP) An internal U.N. nuclear agency document has announced the establishment of an “Iran Task Force” to add muscle to its probe of suspicions that Tehran might be attempting to make atomic arms...8/29

What the Apollo 11 Crew Got Paid

(The Atlantic) The astronauts' caveat-laden per diem -- which works out to about $50 in 2012 currency, pre-deduction -- came on top of a relatively modest salary...8/28

Hawking says "look to stars" as Paralympics opens

(Reuters) Wheelchair-bound physicist Stephen Hawking challenged athletes to "look to the stars" on Wednesday as he helped open a record-setting Paralympics Games that will run for 11 days in near sold-out venues...8/29