Thursday, September 22, 2011
ORNL in the News

Compound for Li-ion cells enables 256mAh/g capacity

(EE Times Asia) Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory have come out with a new material that they claim can enhance the power and energy density and safety of Li-ion batteries and notably shrink charge time. A team led by Hansan Liu, Gilbert Brown and Parans Paranthaman of the Department of Energy lab's chemical sciences division found that titanium dioxide creates a material that increases surface area and features a fast charge-discharge capability for Li-ion batteries...9/22

GIS Enables the Humanitarian Response: A Perspective from the United Nations

(Directions Magazine) ...In the first hours and days of the emergency there had not yet been a comprehensive assessment to quantify the total number of people affected. To have rough figures from which to plan, OCHA obtained vector data for inundated areas produced by the Dartmouth Flood Observatory based on the first satellite images available. These vectors were overlaid with the 2008 Landscan data from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/22


GAO: Y-12 contracting plan built on uncertainties

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Government Accountability Office this week released a report that raises questions about the projected cost savings — about $895 million over 10 years — that could be achieved by combining the management contracts at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge and the Pantex Plant, another weapons production facility in Texas...9/21


DOE Highlights Clean Energy Jobs, Announces Major New Energy Efficiency Milestone

(DOE Press Release) One day before Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman highlights the clean energy jobs created with support from the Obama Administration, the Energy Department announced that the weatherization program under the Recovery Act has now made more than 500,000 low-income homes nationwide more energy-efficient...9/21

Out-of-box approach aids Y-12 cleanup

(Oak Ridger) The Y-12 National Security Complex has completed cleanup of the last of 16 high-contamination storage yards, a milestone reached using a new approach that accelerated cleanup and saved money...9/21


GOP House leaders rebuked on spending

(Washington Post) The surprise defeat in the House Wednesday of a special funding measure to keep the federal government functioning past Sept. 30 was a sharp rebuke of the GOP leadership that controls the chamber and a testament to the fragility of the majority itself...9/21

U.S. sharpens warning to Pakistan

(Washington Post) The Obama administration has sharply warned Pakistan that it must cut ties with a leading Taliban group based in the tribal region along the Afghan border and help eliminate its leaders, according to officials from both countries...9/20

East Tennessee

East Tennessee firm to participate in big military contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) An East Tennessee defense contractor has been tapped to participate in a large contract aimed at safely moving supplies to U.S. troops in Afghanistan...9/21

State & Regional

Japan's recovery felt in TN

(Tennessean) Six months after an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, more than half of the country’s tsunami-stricken manufacturing sector has recovered, and Japanese auto and solar power companies may expand in Tennessee...9/21

energy & science policy

FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill: National Science Foundation

(AIP) The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2012 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill.  This bill provides funding for the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration...9/21

NASA Will Award $1.6 Billion to Speed the Development of Commercial Space Taxis

(Popular Science) NASA has announced a $1.6 billion contract running through 2014 to develop complete end-to-end cargo and crew transportation between Earth and the International Space Station...9/20

Inside Energy Extra

9/20 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- House turns down stopgap funding bill
- House energy panel OKs pipeline bill
- Republicans upset over Solyndra silence
- Obama promises veto of EPA bills
- Anderson to direct re-use of DOE sites

science & technology

Bacteria Make Hydrogen Fuel From Water

(Wired News) ...The process is still fundamentally electrochemical. Sea water and fresh water are placed on opposite sides of a membrane that allows ions through, but prevents the passage of water molecules...9/21

10 Scientists Among 2011 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” Winners

(Scientific American) Twenty-two individuals will soon be a half-million dollars richer, having won this year’s so-called genius grants. The MacArthur Foundation announced its 2011 fellows September 20, a mix of scientists, artists, musicians and others selected “for their creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future,” ....9/20

Fermilab faces life after the Tevatron

(Nature) Like an old and celebrated race track, the giant particle accelerator known as the Tevatron is down to its final laps...9/21

Other Stories

Polio strain spreads to China from Pakistan

(BBC News) Polio has been found in China for the first time since 1999 after spreading from Pakistan, the World Health Organization has confirmed...9/20

Africa Rising: Nigeria plans to build nuclear power plants

(CS Monitor) Africa could be home to an unlikely boom in nuclear power plant construction, as Nigeria plans to join South Africa as the continent's second nuclear nation...9/20