Tuesday, September 10, 2013
ORNL in the News

Getting the MPG claimed for your car is tough

(DNJ) ...Increased stop-and-go driving could reduce fuel efficiency 27%, according to Edmunds researchers David Greene and Zhenhong Lin at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Aggressive drivers can expect 18% lower economy with frequent acceleration and lane changes...9/8

Zinc-air battery set to challenge dominance of lithium-ion

(Renew Economy) ...In doing research at Pennsylvania State University and Oak Ridge National Labs, Howard Wilkins says researchers were looking for a material for the contact lens that didn’t let oxygen in. Somewhat similarly, with the zinc fuel battery, they were looking for a way to make the electrolyte ionically conductive, but oxygen limiting...9/9

DOE

Wilcox never gave up on plan to preserve K-25 history, former DOE manager says

(Oak Ridge Today) The fight to preserve the history of the K-25 site in west Oak Ridge was long and arduous. Among the challenges were federal funding battles and deteriorated building conditions...9/8

Solar Decathlon 2013: Meet the Teams

(Energy.gov) In two weeks, collegiate teams from across the globe will converge at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, for the final phases of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013...9/9

State & Regional

Biologists reintroduce endangered mussel to Tenn.

(AP) Biologists have reintroduced an endangered mussel to Tennessee's Duck River. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the last time the winged mapleleaf mussel was seen in the Duck was more than 20 years ago...9/10

National

Obama Push to Hit Syria Takes Detour

(Wall Street Journal) President Barack Obama's campaign for an attack on Syria took an unexpected turn as his administration inadvertently gave the Assad regime a potential way out that spawned second thoughts on Capitol Hill and enthusiasm among international opponents of a military strike...9/10

East Tennessee

UT fracking plans on hold for now

(WBIR-TV) Plans to profit from natural gas underground are on hold for the University of Tennessee. Consul Energy entered a "no bid" with the university, meaning the company has no interest in fracking with UT...9/9

Physics Research Aims to Build Better Nanowire Networks

(Tennessee Today) Nanowire networks have become very common in electronic devices. But given their scale, they can be tricky to make. Working with physics professor Hanno Weitering, graduate student Saban Hus set out to develop a new way to grow ultrathin wires in which the wires grow with equal distances between them...9/9

energy & science policy

Energy's unexpected jobs boom

(Fortune) The rapid rise in shale gas and tight oil in the United States constitutes nothing less than a revolution in oil and natural gas. No longer can there be any doubt about the dramatic change in America's energy position...9/5

science & technology

$2 million X prize seeks new sensors to study ocean acidification

(Nature) Scientists who study ocean acidification must confront a fundamental problem: It is hard to measure exactly how much the ocean’s pH is changing. Today’s sensors don’t work well at depth or over long periods of time, and they are too expensive to deploy widely. That is where the US$2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X Prize comes in...9/9

One Map, A World of Temperatures

(The Atlantic) ...When people talk about Big Data, they often talk in terms of Messianic solutions for economy-size systems. Roads and highways. Diagnoses and treatments. Buyers and sellers...9/6

Scientists Demonstrate New Method for Harvesting Energy from Light

(Science Daily) Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated a new mechanism for extracting energy from light, a finding that could improve technologies for generating electricity from solar energy and lead to more efficient optoelectronic devices used in communications...9/9

Trees Write Air Pollution Record In Wood

(Scientific American) The red cedar trees of Grant County, West Virginia can tell a fascinating tale. Because locked inside them is the history of U.S. air pollution in the 20th century...9/8

Other Stories

Mapping the 'Geography' of the Internet

(The Atlantic) The Internet isn't a place where everyone shouts at each other. It's a collection of lots of small places where people are chatting among themselves...9/9