Friday, September 21, 2012
ORNL in the News

New research uncovers path to defect-free thin films

(R&D Magazine) A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Ho Nyung Lee has discovered a strain relaxation phenomenon in cobaltites that has eluded researchers for decades and may lead to advances in fuel cells, magnetic sensors and a host of energy-related materials...9/20

Small is beautiful: Viewing hydrogen atoms with neutron protein crystallography

(PhysOrg) ...Recently, scientists at the University of Toledo, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutron crystallography – a technique that even at lower resolutions can locate individual hydrogen atoms by leveraging scattering properties of the hydrogen isotope deuterium...9/20

Y-12 security fallout at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) I talked earlier this week with Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason and, among other things, I asked him about the impact at ORNL from the recent security breach at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant. "There's no question that the impacts are being felt across the DOE system," Mason said, noting that any site with Category I nuclear materials -- including ORNL with its stockpile of uranium-233 -- is getting additional scrutiny...9/20

DOE's Bill McMillan to oversee ORNL cleanup

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Bill McMillan has been named federal project director for the Dept. of Energy's Environmental Management work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. "As federal project director, McMillan oversees all cleanup, decontamination, decommissioning, waste storage and disposal operations at the site...9/20

National

Panetta: U.S. Surge Troops Out Of Afghanistan

(AP) Nearly two years after President Barack Obama ordered 33,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to tamp down the escalating Taliban violence, the last of those surge troops have left the country, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday in Auckland, New Zealand...9/21

DOE

41 layoffs at K-25/K-27 cleanup projects

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy's cleanup manager confirmed that 41 employees were laid off Thursday, reducing the workforce on the K-25 and K-27 decommissioning and demolition projects...9/21

East Tennessee

Mediation urged as trial moves forward in 2008 massive coal ash spill

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Plaintiffs suing TVA over the Kingston coal ash spill are asking a judge to order both parties to enter mediation before proceeding with the damages phase of a federal trial...9/21

State & Regional

Tennessee jobless rate rose to 8.5 percent in August

(The Commercial Appeal) Tennessee's unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent in August, the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development reported Thursday. The jobless rate was up one-tenth of a percentage point from the July revised rate of 8.4 percent...9/20

energy & science policy

Existing Technologies Could Cut Vehicle Fuel Use in Half

(Scientific American) Fuel efficiency of new vehicles could improve by 50 percent in the next two decades and put the world on track to curb global warming if policies are implemented to spur the adoption of automotive technologies that already exist, according to a set of reports released yesterday by the International Energy Agency...9/19

science & technology

How Manufacturing Could Get Better With a Dose of Networked Data

(The Atlantic) Tucked away in a makerspace inside a corporate office park, we found a company trying to bring the Internet age to manufacturing with machine vision. This is where augmented reality gets serious...9/20

Start-Stop Tech Signals Relief for City Drivers

(Discovery News) Start-stop tech has a bunch of names. It's sometimes called idle-stop, idle elimination and micro-hybrid. Whatever the name, this system is finally becoming more prevalent in new vehicles as carmakers aim to improve fuel efficiency without having to invest in manufacturing new, fully hybrid vehicles...9/19

Glass has potential to be stronger, researchers say

(PhysOrg) Glass is strong enough for so much: windshields, buildings and many other things that need to handle high stress without breaking. But scientists who look at the structure of glass strictly by the numbers believe some of the latest methods from the microelectronics and nanotechnology industry could produce glass that's about twice as strong as the best available today...9/21

Single-Atom Writer a Landmark for Quantum Computing

(Science Daily) A research team led by Australian engineers has created the first working quantum bit based on a single atom in silicon, opening the way to ultra-powerful quantum computers of the future...9/19

Other Stories

How ‘Silent Spring’ Ignited the Environmental Movement

(NY Times) “Silent Spring” was published 50 years ago this month. Though she did not set out to do so, Carson influenced the environmental movement as no one had since the 19th century’s most celebrated hermit, Henry David Thoreau, wrote about Walden Pond...9/21