Thursday, September 12, 2012
ORNL in the News

$4.1 million for UT-ORNL fusion research

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A research team from the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory is using $4.1 million over five years to look at the materials needed for nuclear fusion power reactors. "Led by Brian Wirth, UT-ORNL Governor's Chair for Computational Nuclear Engineering, the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) project will receive $2.3 million from the Department of Energy for the first year with plans for a total of $11.5 million over five years...9/12

ORNL's Loft and Roof Model Exhibits Exceptional Performance in All Weather Conditions

( The recent loft-and-roof model that was field-tested at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is proficient in keeping building interiors cool during summer and counters heat loss during winter, an all-season advantage rarely found in conventional loft-and-roof architecture...9/12

ORNL’s newly licensed neutron detector will advance research

(Oak Ridge Today) ...“This ORNL detector system, developed for DOE’s Spallation Neutron Source, can determine the time and position of the neutrons captured, enabling extremely accurate neutron time-of-flight measurements,” said Yacouba Diawara of the Instrument and Source Design Division at ORNL...9/13


Energy Department Launches SunShot Prize Competition to Install Solar Energy Systems at a Fraction of Today’s Price

( As part of the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, which is working to make solar energy competitive with other forms of energy without subsidy by the end of the decade, the Energy Department today announced the start of a new competition to make it faster, easier, and cheaper to install rooftop solar energy systems...9/12

Elderly nun praised, criticized at congressional hearing on nuclear weapons plant intrusion

(AP) An 82-year-old Roman Catholic nun accused of breaching security at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee with two fellow peace activists elicited both praise and criticism Wednesday at a congressional hearing on the intrusion...9/12

Protesters considered 3 weapons sites before choosing Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Greg Boertje-Obed, the last of three Plowshares protesters to be released from jail, said Wednesday that the peace activists had been planning the break-in at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant for many months — using publicly available maps and other resource materials to help guide their efforts...9/13


Protesters Storm U.S. Embassy Compound In Yemen

(AP) Chanting "death to America," hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen's capital and burned the American flag on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on American diplomatic missions in the Middle East...9/13

East Tennessee

Chattanooga meeting on MOX fuel draws a crowd

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) More than 100 people crowded a room at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Tuesday to talk about using a largely untried fuel in local nuclear reactors to help keep plutonium out of the hands of terrorists...9/12

Science Forum Kicks Off with Look at New Radiation Therapy for Pets

(Tennessee Today) The campus community and public are invited to enjoy a serving of “digestible science” at the weekly Science Forum brown bag lunch series, which kicks off Friday at UT. The first program will feature Nathan Lee, assistant professor of radiation oncology, presenting A New Radiation Therapy for Cancer in Pet Animals...9/12

State & Regional

Tennessee uses a number of programs to drop obesity rate

(The Tennessean) Widespread efforts to change Tennesseans’ diet and exercise habits are paying off, with the state’s percentage of obese residents dropping for two consecutive years – something that hasn’t happened in more than a decade...9/12

energy & science policy

Study: Food crisis imminent within next decade if no change to climate policy

(PhysOrg) The report, led by the University of Leeds and published by the UK-based Centre for Low Carbon Futures, highlights China, Pakistan and Turkey as the most seriously affected major producers of wheat and maize and urges policymakers to focus attention on climate change adaptation to avert an imminent food crisis...9/12

science & technology

Deep-sea research: Dive master

(Nature) At an industrial hangar in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a plush toy dog stands guard next to a 5-tonne titanium sphere. Polished to a high shine, the 2.2-metre orb reflects the lights overhead and the faces of passing scientists, who come to ogle the US$11-million engineering marvel — a container strong enough to ferry researchers 6,500 metres down to the bottom of the ocean...9/12

The Sky Is the Limit for Wind Power

(Scientific American) Wind turbines on land and offshore could readily provide more than four times the power that the world as a whole currently uses. Throw in kites or robot aircraft generating electricity from sky-high winds and the world could physically extract roughly 100 times more power than presently employed—and the climatic consequences remain minimal...9/11

New Breed of Robotics Aims to Help People Walk Again

(NY Times) When Joey Abicca pokes a metal crutch into the ground with his right arm, tiny motors start whirling around his left leg, lifting it and moving it forward. When he does the same with his left arm, the motors whir to life again and his right leg takes a step. The metallic whine is like something out of the movie “RoboCop.” ...9/11

Ultrafast Chips that Run on Light: Nanoswitch Breakthrough Brings Us Closer

(Time) ... thanks to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, who’ve managed to create the world’s first “all-optical photonic switch” — a switch that’s essentially run on light...9/12

Other Stories

Does the West Nile outbreak signal an epidemic of viral epidemics? Yes and no.

(Washington Post) We are swimming in a sea of viruses. A hundred times smaller than bacteria, these tiny things are little more than stripped-down packets of genetic material with some protein padding. By strict definition, they aren’t even alive...9/12