Friday, August 31, 2012
ORNL in the News

US Energy Dept. unveils new investments to spur breakthroughs in cost-competitive solar

(Renewable Energy Magazine) The US Dept. of Energy has announced five new research projects to accelerate innovations that could lower the cost of photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies...The University of Colorado will use tools at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to research high-temperature inexpensive materials for concentrating solar power technologies...8/30

Walters State Community College partners with Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(WATE-TV) The first week of class at Walters State Community College kicked off with a big announcement. The school has signed a partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory that gives students the chance to work with the scientists at one of the world's premier research facilities...Physics, chemistry and engineering students will be allowed into ORNL to learn how to conduct expert research...8/30

National

How the U.S. Fights the Zeta Cartel, From Spies to Sanctions

(Wired News) ...Earlier this month, the Pentagon deployed 200 Marines to Guatemala in a sign the U.S. is getting more direct in going after the Zetas...8/31

DOE

Air-testing mock warheads

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration this week, in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command, announced successful test flight tests using a Joint Test Assembly of the B61 Mod 7 (B61-7), B61 Mod 11 (B61-11), and the B83 strategic bombs...8/30

DOE Monitoring Energy Infrastructure, Responds as Isaac Makes Landfall

(Energy.gov) As Hurricane Isaac was making its way toward the Gulf Coast, the Energy Department was preparing for its role as the focal point for energy response and restoration efforts, monitoring energy infrastructure and coordinating responses across the federal community, state and local governments, and industry...8/29

East Tennessee

UT professor shows magic of science

(Knoxville News Sentinel) While Al Hazari's demonstrations — whether shooting a pom-pom into the air or changing sodium hydroxide from purple to yellow with the help of dry ice — appeared to be magic, they weren't...8/31

State & Regional

TN will get $1.2 million in e-book price-fixing case

(The Tennessean) Tennesseans will get back as much as $1.2 million from three major publishers as the result of a price-fixing settlement...8/30

Space Institute Researchers Make Clinical Trials a Virtual Reality

(Tennessee Today) Clinical trials can be time-consuming, expensive and intrusive, but they are also necessary. Researchers at the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma have developed an invention that makes clinical trials more efficient by moving them into the virtual world...8/30

energy & science policy

Research and Science Education Subcommittee Discusses Business-Research University Partnerships

(AIP) During the August 1 hearing of the Research and Science Education Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Members heard from the business community about their partnerships and collaborations with research universities...8/30

science & technology

Nanoparticle Safety Still Unknown

(Discovery News) Once the subject of sci-fi flicks and techno-thrillers, nanomaterials are now mainstream. These tiny particles can be found in hundreds of consumer products from camping gear to anti-stink socks, while helping medical researchers deliver drugs by fooling the body’s defense mechanisms...8/30

Photonic Interactions Measured at Atomic Level

(Science Daily) By measuring the unique properties of light on the scale of a single atom, researchers from Duke University and Imperial College, London, believe that they have characterized the limits of the ability of metals to be used in devices that rely on the enhancement of light...8/30

After the Higgs: The new particle landscape

(Nature) Physicists are planning the powerful accelerators they will need to study the Higgs boson and its interactions in detail....8/29

Other Stories

Report on Iran Nuclear Work Puts Israel in a Box

(NY Times) For Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday offered findings validating his longstanding position that while harsh economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation may have hurt Iran, they have failed to slow Tehran’s nuclear program. If anything, the program is speeding up...8/30

North Korea makes "significant" nuclear reactor progress: IAEA

(Reuters) North Korea has made significant progress in the construction of a light water atomic reactor over the past year, a U.N. watchdog report said, a facility that may extend Pyongyang's capacity to produce material for nuclear weapons...8/31