Friday, October 19, 2012
ORNL in the News

Scientists find ozone causes forests to use more water, reducing availability in the Southeast

(Phys Org) U.S. Forest Service and Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have found that rising levels of ozone, a greenhouse gas, may amplify the impacts of higher temperatures and reduce streamflow from forests to rivers, streams, and other water bodies. Such effects could potentially reduce water supplies available to support forest ecosystems and people in the southeastern United States...10/18

178 tasks during 46-day reactor outage

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Ron Crone, the research reactors chief at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, said 178 maintenance, upgrade and operations activities were completed during the lengthy(46-day) fall outage at the High Flux Isotope Reactor. The research reactor returned to action on Oct. 9 and will run -- this being its 444th fuel cycle -- until Nov. 2, the next scheduled outage...10/18

State officials tour ORNL, say work there is "revolutionary"

(WBIR-TV) Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey calls the Oak Ridge National Laboratory an unbelievable facility with hidden treasures. Ramsey toured ORNL with State Senator Ken Yager on Thursday afternoon. The two met with lab officials and talked about the lab's partnerships with the state...10/18

Magnetism in thin insulating films at room temperature

(Phys Org) Researchers at the University of Twente's MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology have succeeded in producing ultrathin films with an unusual combination of properties. At room temperature they do not conduct electricity, but they are magnetic...The researchers collaborated with fellow scientists at Stanford University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/18


Taking down K-25's North Tower, etc.

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The external stairwells, elevator shafts and transite/asbestos siding have already been removed, and it looks like demolition of the historic K-25 Building's North Tower could begin next week, according to Mark Whitney, the Department of Energy's environmental manager in Oak Ridge...10/18

SRNL Researchers Awarded $6.3 Million in DOE Solar Grants

(The Aiken Leader) Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) researchers have received two separate grant awards as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative, a collaborative national effort that aims to drive solar energy to be cost-competitive with other energy sources by 2020...10/16


CIA seeks to expand drone fleet, officials say

(AP) The CIA is urging the White House to approve a significant expansion of the agency’s fleet of armed drones, a move that would extend the spy service’s decade-long transformation into a paramilitary force, U.S. officials said...10/18

State & Regional

TN unemployment rate drops in September

(Tennessean) Tennessee’s unemployment rate ticked downward in September but still remains higher than the national rate, according to figures released Thursday...10/19


energy & science policy

How to build science capacity

(Nature) Eight leaders propose ways to boost research in their countries in the next decade...10/17

science & technology

"Lethally Hot" Earth Was Devoid of Life—Could It Happen Again?

(NPR) Extinctions during the early Triassic period left Earth a virtual wasteland, largely because life literally couldn't take the heat, a new study suggests...10/18

Fuel Cell Technology Could Help Cut CO2 Pollution

(Scientific American) A new technology might be able to strip the CO2 from power plant emissions, and generate more electricity at the same time. Armed with new Department of Energy money, a Connecticut company announced this week it is moving forward with a carbon capture project that it thinks could revolutionize the technology...10/18

Core sample sends carbon clock farther back in time

(Nature) The carbon clock is getting reset. Climate records from a Japanese lake are set to improve the accuracy of the dating technique, which could help to shed light on archaeological mysteries such as why Neanderthals became extinct...10/18

Other Stories

Why China will open up further

(Fortune) Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman argues that, to maintain stability, the Chinese may adopt some democratically inclined reforms...10/18

Avoiding Future Stock Market Crashes

(Science Daily) A 72-year study of the Dow Jones could help avoid the kind of stock market crash that struck the world economy in 2008...10/18

How the Indian Government Became the Largest Employer in the World

(Time) ... steps being taken by the Indian government to provide employment opportunities for every one of the country’s 1.2 billion citizens...10/19