Tuesday, September 27, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL Discovers Amazing Electrical Properties in Polymers

(Innovations Report) Crystals and ceramics pale when compared to a material researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory discovered that has 10 times their piezoelectric effect, making it suitable for perhaps hundreds of everyday uses...9/26

National Labs Leading Charge on Building Better Batteries

(Energy.gov) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory focused on a key battery component, the anode, where electricity comes out. Most current commercial lithium batteries have anodes made of graphite, a form of carbon. However, scientists at ORNL incorporated a special form of the compound titanium dioxide into the anode instead, and they found significant improvements...9/26

Jack Wells, Director of Science for the National Center for Computational Sciences

(HPC Wire) On July 1 Jack Wells became the director of science for the National Center for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The NCCS is a Department of Energy Office of Science user facility for capability computing, which employs maximal computing power to solve in the shortest time possible problems of a size or complexity that no other computer can approach...9/26

A major gathering on cyber security and information intelligence

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The 7th Annual Cyber Security and Information Intelligence Research Workshop will be held Oct. 12-14 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the lineup of speakers and participants makes for a powerhouse event...9/26




Fermilab Will Double-Check CERN's Revolutionary Faster-Than-Light Claim

(Popular Science) So far, the only thing moving faster than light is speculation. But in the wake of last week’s baffling neutrino news out of CERN, physicists are crunching numbers to test whether these ghostly particles really can move faster than photons...9/26

Thirteen Department of Energy Researchers Honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

(DOE Press Release) President Obama named 13 U.S. Department of Energy researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)...9/26



Slump Alters Jobless Map in U.S., With South Hit Hard

(NY Times) When the unemployment rate rose in most states last month, it underscored the extent to which the deep recession, the anemic recovery and the lingering crisis of joblessness are beginning to reshape the nation’s economic map...9/26

Border bill would expand Homeland Security powers

(USA Today) The bill would give the secretary of Homeland Security authority over federal lands within 100 miles of the U.S. international and maritime borders for "activities that assist in securing the border...9/26

East Tennessee

Fly ash data removed from spreadsheets, TVA engineer testifies

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Engineers who removed certain data from spreadsheets used for groundwater monitoring at the time of the 2008 Kingston coal fly ash spill did so because they thought it would confuse the results for others, including upper-level TVA management...9/26

energy & science policy

FY 2012 Senate Defense Appropriations Bill: Science and Technology Programs

(AIP) The FY 2012 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Total funding provided by this bill, H.R. 2219, is $620,240.5 million.  The House-passed bill recommends total funding of $638,326.8 million...6/26

Inside Energy Extra

9/26 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Greens still opposed to Chukchi sale
- 374 more species may need shield: FWS
- NTSB head urges new pipeline-safety law
- CH2M Hill to pay $1.5M settlement

science & technology

A faster, cheaper method for making transistors and chips

(Physorg.com) It may soon be possible to manufacture the miniscule structures that make up transistors and silicon chips rapidly and inexpensively...9/26

A challenging decade for Britain's mammals

(Physorg.com) This year’s State of Britain's Mammals report shows that over the last decade some of our most endangered mammal species have bounced back but that many others continue to decline...9/27

Security Expert: U.S. 'Leading Force' Behind Stuxnet

(NPR) One year ago, German cybersecurity expert Ralph Langner announced that he had found a computer worm designed to sabotage a nuclear facility in Iran. It's called Stuxnet, and it was the most sophisticated worm Langner had ever seen...9/26

Other Stories

After 3 years, Boeing Dreamliner becomes reality

(Reuters) Boeing's long-awaited dream machine became a commercial reality on Sunday when the lightweight plastic-composites 787 Dreamliner was formally delivered to its first Japanese customer...9/25