Wednesday, September 1, 2010
ORNL in the News

Thermoelectrics: Unearthing hidden 'talent'

(Nanowerk) Khuong Ong and Ping Wu from the A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing in Singapore and David J. Singh from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the USA have uncovered two materials with previously unknown thermoelectric functionality. The two materials are platinum cobalt oxide and palladium cobalt oxide, both with a 'delafossite' structure more commonly associated with oxides of copper and iron....9/1

LED North America licenses thermal graphite foam from ORNL

(LEDs Magazine) LED North America hopes to solve the heat problem that plaques LED-based solid-state lighting with a new graphite foam material. Developed by the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the foam has a crystal structure that offers high thermal conductivity and light weight. LED North America has signed an exclusive licensing agreement to use the foam....8/31



Secretary Chu Announces Two Million Smart Grid Meters Installed Nationwide

(DOE Press Release) At an event Tuesday at Battelle headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that two million smart grid meters have been installed across the country, helping to reduce energy costs for families and businesses....8/31

East Tennessee

Ruby Falls, Rock City And Incline To Be Initial Sites For Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

(Chattanoogan) Ruby Falls, Rock City and the Incline will be the initial sites in the Chattanooga area to offer charging stations to owners of electric vehicles through the national EV Project. The announcement of these commitments was made at a meeting of the Chattanooga Area Advisory Board for the EV Project at EPB. There will be 37 such Blink smart charging stations deployed in the metropolitan area at publicly accessible sites designated through the "EV Micro-Climate process."...8/31


Obama Turns Page On Iraq, But Story Isn't Over

(NPR) As he ended the combat mission in Iraq, President Obama called on the American people to put the energies once devoted there into the fighting in Afghanistan and the rebuilding of the U.S. economy. But he also foreshadowed what analysts say will be a difficult and dangerous job of training Iraqi forces to maintain their country's security....9/1

State & Regional

Sen. Lamar Alexander wants coal ash hearing in TN

(Tennessean) Sen. Lamar Alexander is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to hold an extra hearing in Tennessee on regulation of coal ash, following criticism from environmentalists. Alexander said in a letter sent Tuesday to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson that a hearing should be held in Roane County to get Tennesseans' perspective....9/1



energy & science policy

Obama could kill fossil fuels overnight with a nuclear dash for thorium

(Telegraph [UK]) There is no certain bet in nuclear physics but work by Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia at CERN on the use of thorium as a cheap, clean and safe alternative to uranium in reactors may be the magic bullet we have all been hoping for...8/31

Inside Energy Extra

8/31 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Offshore inspectors get tougher rules
** Court ruling boosts offshore wind farm
** Reid touts renewable power measure
** Panel eyes prospects for nuke workers
** Chu touts stimulus-funded smart meters
** Solar panel redux at the White House?

science & technology

They Crawl, They Bite, They Baffle Scientists

(New York Times) Ask experts why bedbugs disappeared for 40 years, why they came back, why they don't spread disease, and you hear one answer: "Good question."...8/31

Increased carbon in atmosphere may explain bumper crop of poison ivy

(Washington Post) The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has grown by 22 percent since 1960, which may not be so good for humans but is great for poison ivy and other vines, according to the journal Environmental Health Perspectives....8/31

Mammoth-killing space blast 'off the hook'

(BBC News) The theory that the great beasts living in North America 13,000 years ago were killed off by a space impact can now be discounted, a new study claims....8/31

Other Stories

Troves of lithium, valuable for batteries, boost mood in Bolivia and Afghanistan

(Washington Post) Afghanistan isn't the only country trying to hitch its wagon to lithium's star. Bolivia, too, has vast deposits and has also started to refer to itself as "the Saudi Arabia of lithium."...8/31