Tuesday, September 18, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL Working to Charge Cars On the Fly

(WPLN) Oak Ridge National Lab has been working on getting rid of power cords for all kinds of chargeable devices. Scientists are now close to commercializing wireless chargers for electric cars. There’s no plug with the ORNL design. Equipment is buried under the pavement. It automatically links up over the air when an electric car pulls into a parking space. Researcher John Miller says wireless car charging is just the first step. Charging on-the-go is the ultimate goal...9/17

Sustaining Tennessee: Challenges and opportunities for making good decisions

(Research News) The effects of climate change will have widespread impact on the state, but there are opportunities to offset it by incorporating “climate-friendly” and “climate-resilient” actions into routine management decisions, say scientists from Vanderbilt University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, University of Memphis and the Tennessee Department of Health in a new report...9/17

DOE

An aging arsenal

(Washington Post) Federal officials and many outside analysts are convinced that the government must invest huge sums if it is to maintain the air, sea and land nuclear triad on which the country has relied since the start of the Cold War...9/17

Nuclear Fusion: Magnetically Imploded Tubes

(Science Daily) Magnetically imploded tubes called liners, intended to help produce controlled nuclear fusion at scientific "break-even" energies or better within the next few years, have functioned successfully in preliminary tests, according to a Sandia research paper...9/17

National

U.S. troops ordered to make major reduction in joint operations with Afghan forces

(Washington Post) U.S. troops in Afghanistan have been ordered to significantly scale back on-the-ground operations with Afghan military and police forces after a spike in insider attacks that has seriously undermined U.S. trust in their local allies...9/18

East Tennessee

Fossil museum in East Tenn. marks fifth year

(AP) ...The fossil site was first discovered in 2000 by a construction crew cutting a road near Tennessee Highway 75. It soon came under the purview of ETSU. Paleontologists are still excavating the 4.5-million- to 7-million-year-old site where several species have been found including saber-toothed cat, short-faced bear, elephant, alligator, ground sloth, rhino, the most complete specimen of a red panda in the world and the largest collection of fossil tapirs...9/17

energy & science policy

What Sequestration Would Do to the Country's Science Budgets

(The Atlantic) In a new report, the Obama Administration details what will happen if Congress can't find a budget compromise before January 2013...9/17

Decadal Report on Solar and Space Physics

(AIP) The National Academy of Sciences released a report, “Solar and Space Physics: A Science for a Technological Society,” outlining priorities for the coming decade in solar and space physics...9/17

science & technology

As Genetic Sequencing Spreads, Excitement, Worries Grow

(NPR) Ever since James Watson and Francis Crick cracked the genetic code, scientists have been fascinated by the possibilities of what we might learn from reading our genes...9/18

Microwave weapons: Wasted energy

(Nature) Despite 50 years of research on high-power microwaves, the us military has yet to produce a usable weapon...9/12

Researchers detect fraud with highest accuracy to date

(PhysOrg) Researchers from Brigham Young University have helped create the most robust and accurate fraud detection system to date using information from publicly available financial statements...9/18

Other Stories

You Won’t Need a Driver’s License by 2040

(Wired News) The timeline for autonomous cars hitting the road en masse keeps getting closer. GM’s Cadillac division expects to produce partially autonomous cars at a large scale by 2015, and the automaker also predicts it will have fully autonomous cars available by the end of the decade...9/17