Monday, September 9, 2013
ORNL in the News

Reverse combustion? Turning carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuel back into fuel

(PhysOrg) With almost 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) released each year from burning coal, gasoline, diesel and other fossil fuels in the United States alone, scientists are seeking ways to turn the tables on the No. 1 greenhouse gas and convert that troublesome CO2 back into fuel. Those efforts to unring one of the bells of global warming are the topic of a symposium here today at the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society...Participating is Viviane Schwartz from Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/8

metal insulationThis week’s HOT articles

Take a look at this week’s selection…

(RSC Blogs) The Royal Society of Chemistry has recommended this article as HOT.

A persistent metal–insulator transition at the surface of an oxygen-deficient, epitaxial manganite film
Paul C. Snijders, Min Gao, Hangwen Guo, Guixin Cao, Wolter Siemons, Hongjun Gao, Thomas Z. Ward, Jian Shen and Zheng Gai

 

DOE

Y-12 earns communications honors

(Oak Ridge Today) The Y-12 National Security Complex received awards for its public relations, technical communications, and films during three events earlier this year...9/8

State & Regional

Gov. Haslam: UAW's Chattanooga efforts hurt business recruitment

(Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said today that business recruitment to the state is being hindered by the United Auto Workers' organizing efforts at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant...9/6

Energy firms call on TVA to open grid to more solar

(WBIR) In the early morning hours of Aug. 1, emails flooded into the Tennessee Valley Authority's computers from homeowners and companies vying for a spot in the federal agency's small-scale solar energy program...9/6

National

US: Proven link of Assad to gas attack lacking

(Houston Chronicle) The White House asserted Sunday that a "common-sense test" dictates the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response. But Obama's top aide says the administration lacks "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence"...9/8

East Tennessee

University of Tennessee professor and student develop device to detect biodiesel contamination

(Science Codex) In 2010, a Cathay Pacific Airways plane was arriving in Hong Kong when the engine control thrusts seized up and it was forced to make a hard landing—injuring dozens. The potential culprit? Contaminated fuel....9/5

science & technology

Japanese Maglev TrainJapan’s Levitating Train Hits 310 MPH in Trials

(WIRED) It’s currently the world’s longest and fastest stretch of maglev train, reaching speeds as high as 310 mph in a demonstration last week. But Japan’s L-Zero only lives on 26 miles of test track, and we’re still more than a decade away from completion...9/5

Interstellar WindsInterstellar Winds Buffeting Our Solar System Have Shifted Direction

(Science Daily) Scientists, including University of New Hampshire astrophysicists involved in NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission, have discovered that the particles streaming into the solar system from interstellar space have likely changed direction over the last 40 years....9/5

Mount PinatuboScientists studying solar radiation management as a way to cool planet

(The Washington Post) The 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, a volcano in the Philippines, blasted enough fine particles and sulfur dioxide gas into the atmosphere to envelop the Earth in a high-altitude cloud for the better part of two months...9/9

Other Stories

Obama administration had restrictions on NSA reversed in 2011

(The Washington Post) The Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails, permitting the agency to search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its massive databases, according to interviews with government officials and recently declassified material....9/8

Out there

elementsFYI: What Would Happen If Every Element On The Periodic Table Came Into Contact Simultaneously?

(Popular Science) There are two ways to go about testing this, neither of which are practical. One requires the energy of dozens of Large Hadron Colliders. The other could yield a cauldron-full of flaming plutonium...9/3