Thursday, September 5, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL September 2013 story tips

(PhysOrg) Mass grave detection... BIOENERGY – Super microbe...CLIMATE – Mapping where trees survive, thrive...HELIUM – Selective sieving membrane....MEDICAL – Improving drug design...9/4

DOE funds 38 transportation tech projects; three at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy today announced grant awards totaling $48 million for transportation-related research projects, including three materials projects at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/4

DOE

Energy Department Awards $45 Million to Deploy Advanced Transportation Technologies

(Energy.gov) ...the Energy Department announced today more than $45 million for thirty-eight new projects that accelerate the research and development of vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency, lower transportation costs and protect the environment in communities nationwide...9/4

State & Regional

TVA among top power companies for economic development

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA has again made Site Selection magazine’s list of power companies that do the best job of economic development...9/3

Jobs keep coming, but TN companies struggle to find qualified workers

(The Tennessean) Gov. Bill Haslam has been trekking across Middle Tennessee making one new jobs announcement after another during the past few weeks, and the numbers are mounting, into the thousands...9/5

National

U.S. Competitiveness Up, Ranking Fifth, Survey Says

(NPR) U.S. competitiveness among global economies suffered after the 2008 global economic crisis. Four years after the crisis, the U.S. slipped in the World Economic Forum's annual competitiveness ranking. This year it's back up a bit...9/4

East Tennessee

David Duncan named to ORAU post

(Knoxville News Sentinel) David Duncan has been named associate director of Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ scientific and technical resource integration program, ORAU announced today...9/3

Baker Center celebrates 10 years of preserving public policy

(WBIR-TV) A center dedicated to preserving Tennessee politics and public policy celebrated its 10th anniversary on Wednesday by holding a reception....9/5

energy & science policy

The APS/AIP Science and Technology Postdoctoral Policy Fellowship at the US Department of Education

(AIP) The American Physical Society (APS) and American Institute of Physics will jointly sponsor a science policy fellowship at US Department of Education (ED) within the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development (OPEPD)...9/3

science & technology

How Sunlight Reflected Off a Building Can Melt Objects

(National Geographic News) The "Walkie Talkie Building," a name Londoners have given a distinctively shaped skyscraper near Saint Paul's Cathedral, has been in the news this week after reflected sunlight from its mirrored facade melted the side mirrors and panels on a Jaguar XJ parked on a nearby street...9/4

Scientists Demonstrate Leaner System For Quantum Encryption

(NPR) Scientists have demonstrated the ability to scale-up an 'uncrackable' computer encryption system that utilizes quantum physics to ensure security...9/4

The Color of Fire: How Palette Choice Impacts Maps of Yosemite’s Rim Fire

(Wired) ...Robert Simmon made the new map with a sequential color scale. This makes the order of the progression much more clear — and a lot more elegant too, while managing to remain scary....9/4

Other Stories

China backs Russia over Syria at G20 summit

(Reuters) China warned on Thursday that military intervention in Syria would hurt the world economy and push up oil prices, reinforcing Vladimir Putin's attempts to talk U.S. President Barack Obama out of air strikes...9/5