Wednesday, October 10, 2012
ORNL in the News

Imaging Method Reveals Lithium Batteries in Action


(Laboratory Equipment) 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...10/9

Gladstone scientists discover gene 'bursting' plays key role in protein production

(Innovations Report) Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have mapped the precise frequency by which genes get turned on across the human genome, providing new insight into the most fundamental of cellular processes—and revealing new clues as to what happens when this process goes awry...Michael Simpson, PhD, from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, is also a senior author on this paper...10/9

 

DOE

Y-12 uranium project's redesign after $500 million already spent raises questions, anxiety

(Knoxville News Sentinel) John Eschenberg, federal project director for the Uranium Processing Facility, said it's possible the project team could have squeezed all of the necessary equipment into existing designs for the new 350,000-square-foot production center at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...10/10

State & Regional

Tennessee among top states for digital technology

(AP) Gov. Bill Haslam announced this week that the state was among six to receive an A-minus in the 2012 Digital States Survey, one of the nation's longest running examinations of technology use in state government...10/9

National

U.S. Drones Navigate Murky Legal Path In Pakistan

(NPR) The U.S. has been carrying out drone strikes in Pakistan for some eight years, but it's done so under a policy that has emerged piecemeal over that time...10/6

East Tennessee

Four Professors Named Fulbright Scholars

(Tennessee Today) The Fulbright Program is a prestigious international exchange initiative that awards about 1,100 grants to American scholars each year. Funded by the US government, Fulbright Scholars are chosen based on their leadership and academic merits and their abilities to teach, conduct research, and contribute to solutions for shared international concerns...10/9

energy & science policy

US biologists decry funding changes

(Nature) “This is the farthest I think that I’ve stuck my neck out,” says Sarah Hobbie, an ecologist at the University of Minnesota in Saint Paul. Policy changes at the US National Science Foundation (NSF) are giving life scientists in some fields fewer opportunities to apply for funding, so Hobbie is now at the forefront of a campaign to persuade the NSF to rethink its approach...10/9

Obama Administration Announces $20 Million for 10 Public-Private Partnerships to Support American Manufacturing and Encourage Investment in the U.S.

(Energy.gov) ...The 10 partnerships were selected through the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, which is a competitive multi-agency grant process announced in May 2012 to support initiatives that strengthen advanced manufacturing at the local level...10/9

science & technology

Tantalum: A metal for Bond villains

(Fortune) Tantalum is a rare element in high demand. To control tantalum is to control a key part of the 21st-century supply chain: Half of all tantalum mined goes into electronic capacitors, which store an electric charge. And it is expensive -- $130 per pound, vs. its rarer cousin, tungsten, at $28. Here's what you need to know....10/9

2 U.S. Scientists Win Nobel Chemistry Prize

(AP) Americans Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka won the 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for studies of protein receptors that let body cells sense and respond to outside signals. Such studies are key for developing better drugs...10/10

A way to assess the carbon emissions of your building

(NewScientist) How much CO2 does the building you live in give off? What about your office? For the most part, mapping urban carbon emissions has been based on broad figures that don't home in on specific buildings or streets. A computer program called Hestia can now record and map carbon emissions with a new level of detail...10/9

Other Stories

To Cut Office Stress, Try Butterflies and Meditation?

(Wall Street Journal) ...Job pressures are the No. 2 cause of stress after financial worries, a recent survey shows. And while most of us struggle to manage the stress of a demanding boss or a mounting workload on our own, more employers are trying to help...10/9