Wednesday, September 14, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL Discovers New Material for Fast-charging Batteries

(Tom's Guide) Hansan Liu, Gilbert Brown and Parans Paranthaman of the Chemical Sciences Division discovered that titanium dioxide creates a highly desirable material that increases surface area and features a fast charge-discharge capability for lithium ion batteries....9/13

Forecasting Human Behavior by Supercomputing Global News

(Science Daily) A paper published September 7 in the peer-reviewed journal First Monday combines advanced supercomputing with a quarter-century of worldwide news to forecast and visualize human behavior, from civil unrest to the movement of individuals...Using the large shared-memory supercomputer Nautilus at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Kalev Leetaru of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign combined three massive news archives totaling more than 100 million articles worldwide to explore the global consciousness of the news media...9/8

DOE

DOE Awards More Than $30 Million to Help Universities Train the Next Generation of Industrial Energy Efficiency Experts

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced more than $30 million for 24 universities in 23 states across the country to train undergraduate- and graduate-level engineering students in manufacturing efficiency to help them become the nation's next generation of industrial energy efficiency experts....9/13

Eschenberg popular choice as OR chief

(Knoxville News Sentinel) At the end of this month, John Eschenberg will become DOE's interim manager in Oak Ridge, replacing Paul Golan, who's held the job on an acting basis since April, when Gerald Boyd retired....9/14

National

US Embassy attack raises concerns of a shift in Taliban strategy

(Christian Science Monitor) The US Embassy attack and others around Kabul cause few casualties but may signal the Taliban's desire to engage in a politically and psychologically effective war of attrition....9/13

Fed set to give economy therapy, not shock treatment

(Reuters) The Federal Reserve, facing rising global financial strains and recession fears, is poised to increase downward pressure on longer-term interest rates next week in a bid to accelerate a sputtering U.S. recovery....9/14

energy & science policy

FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill for the Department of Energy: Science

(AIP Bulletin) The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill....9/13

A Setback Could Force NASA to Bid for a Plan B

(New York Times) Delays by the Russian space agency in the launching of the next crew to the space station could disrupt NASA's plans....9/13

Inside Energy Extra

9/13 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Gates, Immelt urge more US R&D spending
** Officials face grilling over Solyndra
** DOE finalizes $1.2B loan aid for Abengoa
** Flawed paperwork slow permits: Bromwich
** BLM backs online onshore auctions

science & technology

New 'super-Earth' that is 36 light-years away might hold water, astronomers say

(Washington Post) Astronomers on Monday announced the discovery of 50 new planets circling stars beyond the sun, including one "super-Earth" that is the right distance from its star to possibly have water on its surface....9/13

Study reveals laughter really is the best medicine

(BBC) People feel less pain after a good laugh, because it may cause the body to release chemicals that act as a natural painkiller, research has suggested....9/13

The Twilight Of The Big Bang

(NPR) We live at the end of an era. We live in one of those singular moments in history when one scientific and culturally accepted concept of cosmic origins is fading and others, yet unproven, vie for ascendency....9/13