Tuesday, October 16, 2012
ORNL in the News

New techniques stretch carbon nanotubes, make stronger composites

(EurekAlert) Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new techniques for stretching carbon nanotubes (CNT) and using them to create carbon composites that can be used as stronger, lighter materials in everything from airplanes to bicycles...Researchers involved with the work came from NC State, Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, Donghua University, Marshall Space Flight Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory...10/15

Double trouble at SNS

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Research experiments at the Spallation Neutron Source have been shut down for a couple of weeks because operators received data feedback suggesting that failure was imminent in the vessel that holds the mercury target. According to Kelly Beierschmitt, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's associate lab director for neutron sciences, the signals were virtually the same as last month when an end-of-life condition was detected, prompting the subsequent changeout of the stainless-steel vessel...10/15


U.S. to Help Create an Elite Libyan Force to Combat Islamic Extremists

(NY Times) The Pentagon and State Department are speeding up efforts to help the Libyan government create a commando force to combat Islamic extremists like the ones who killed the American ambassador in Libya last month and to help counter the country’s fractious militias, according to internal government documents...10/15


GAO report says DOE's results on Recovery Act-funded cleanup projects difficult to validate

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Many of the Department of Energy's Environmental Management projects funded with Recovery Act dollars have been completed, and DOE has said the work created job and helped accelerate the cleanup activities at multiple sites...10/16

Three-way funding DOE's Oak Ridge museum

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Just about every option imaginable has been studied in recent years as the Department of Energy tried to find other funding sources for the American Museum of Science & Energy in Oak Ridge. The Dept. of Energy has looked at the possibility of giving the museum to the city or otherwise transitioning the museum to private hands, but so far the mandate from Washington to reduce the government funding hasn't come to fruition...10/15

East Tennessee

Tech 20/20 studies ingredients for tech success in East Tenn.

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tech 20/20 spends most of its resources on up-and-coming technology-based entrepreneurial endeavors. But a recent study done by the not-for-profit consulting group looked at how East Tennessee's business past can help shape the region's future...10/16

UT Study Confirms Solar Wind as Source for Moon Water

(Tennessee Today) Three years ago University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researchers helped to discover water on the surface of the moon. Now, they are piecing together the origin of that water: solar wind...10/15

CROET moves headquarters to Commerce Park

(Oak Ridge Today) ...the partnership between CROET and Tech 20/20 has played a key role in economic development in Oak Ridge, with projects including the Center for Entrepreneurial Growth’s accelerator fund and the Halcyon Commercialization Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/16

energy & science policy

Federal plan designed to create large solar energy plants

(Phys Org) The Obama administration has formally adopted a plan to help create large-scale solar energy plants, offering incentives for solar developers to cluster projects on 285,000 acres of federal land in the western U.S and opening an additional 19 million acres of the Mojave Desert for new power plants...10/15

science & technology

Global biodiversity priced at $76 billion

(Nature) Protecting all the world's threatened species will cost around US$4 billion a year, according to an estimate published today in Science...10/11

A New Theory Of The Mysterious Origins Of Ball Lightning

(Popular Science) Ball lightning is one of those phenomena that is more or less universally understood to be amazing when experienced anecdotally but potentially terrifying when experienced firsthand...10/15

25 Severely Threatened Species Close to Extinction

(AP) Twenty-five species of monkeys, langurs, lemurs and gorillas are on the brink of extinction and need global action to protect them from increasing deforestation and illegal trafficking, researchers said Monday...10/15

NOAA: Around World, September Tied Record For Warmest Temperatures

(NPR) According to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, "the average global temperature across land and ocean surfaces during September was 0.67°C (1.21°F) above the long-term 20th century average."...10/15

Physical Internet would increase profits, reduce carbon emissions, study finds

(Phys Org) The Physical Internet – a concept in which goods are handled, stored and transported in a shared network of manufacturers, retailers and the transportation industry – would benefit the U.S. economy and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study by engineers at the University of Arkansas and Virginia Tech University...10/16

Other Stories

Devices Go Nose to Nose With Bomb-Sniffer Dogs

(NY Times) At a binational armaments and security research center here in eastern France, Dr. Spitzer and his colleagues are working on a sensor to detect vapors of TNT and other explosives in very faint amounts, as might emanate from a bomb being smuggled through airport security...10/15