Tuesday, October 9, 2012
ORNL in the News

New uses for Carbon Fiber: Rogers says ‘team effort’ involves ORNL, others

(Oak Ridger) Carbon fiber is a reinforced polymer product used in several applications, most often in the sporting goods and automotive industries.
“You already see carbon fiber in fly rods and bicycles,” said Tom Rogers, director of industrial partnerships and economic development at ORNL. But it’s “a team effort” — involving many people at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and many other organizations — to bring carbon fiber composites into mainstream use, said Rogers, who recently spoke about carbon fiber, and the Lab’s efforts to bring the product to the marketplace...10/8

Lithium in action: Advanced imaging method reveals fundamental reactions behind battery technology

(PhysOrg) Exactly what goes inside advanced lithium-air batteries as they charge and discharge has always been impossible to observe directly. Now, a new technique developed by MIT researchers promises to change that, allowing study of this electrochemical activity as it happens...The tests used a novel solid-state version of a lithium-air battery made possible via collaboration with Nancy Dudney and colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/8

Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, October 2012

(Newswise) ELECTRICITY-- Spotlight on outages...AUTOMOTIVE -- Calculate your trip....INSTRUMENTATION -- Focus on perfection...LIGHTING -- Next-generation source...10/8

National

U.S. diplomatic security unit under scrutiny after Libya attack

(Reuters) The attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi on September 11 has sharpened congressional scrutiny of a State Department office that protects diplomats in the world's most dangerous corners, as lawmakers ask whether it fatally misjudged the dangers of post-revolution Libya...10/9

DOE

Cook says he's confident NNSA will meet W76 commitments to the Defense Dept.

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Dept. of Energy's Inspector General last week released a report suggesting that the National Nuclear Security Administration is at risk of not meeting its Defense Dept...10/8

State and Regional

Coal no longer king in TVA region

(Commercial Appeal) While TVA's half-century-old Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis continued consuming piles of coal to make electricity, agency officials gathered on the other end of the state last week to dedicate a sleek, $775 million facility that represents a quantum shift in how the Mid-South gets its power...10/8

energy & science policy

Immigration Discussions Surrounding the Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math Workforce

(AIP) Discussions on Capitol Hill have recently turned to reforming the immigration system to grant visas to highly skilled workers in science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM)...10/8

science & technology

Proteins remember the past to predict the future

(Nature) Insight into what makes biological machines efficient could improve scientific models...10/4

French and U.S. Scientists Win Nobel Physics Prize

(NY Times) Two physicists who developed techniques to study the interplay between light and matter on the smallest and most intimate imaginable scale won the Nobel Prize in Physics Tuesday...10/9

Other Stories

Cyberattacks against US rising unchecked: study

(PhysOrg) The number of cyberattacks targeting US organizations has doubled over the past three years, leading to hefty losses, a study released Monday showed...10/8

100-Million-Year-Old Spider Attack Recorded in Amber

(Wired News) ...Trapped in a piece of amber, the juvenile spider appears to be on the cusp of devouring a male wasp that was caught in its web. Such a grisly scene between spider and prey has never before been found in the fossil record...10/8

European nuclear power plants ill-set for disaster

(New Scientist) It's just as well earthquakes and tsunamis are comparatively rare in Europe, because the continent's nuclear power plants are ill-equipped to cope with them, a report has revealed...10/9

North Korea warns US on missiles after South deal

(BBC News) North Korea says it has missiles that can hit the US mainland, in a statement two days after South Korea unveiled a missile deal with the US...10/9