Monday, October 24, 2011
ORNL in the News

Graphite FoamOcean Thermal Power Gets Graphite Boost

(Earth Techling) Researchers led by James Klett at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Materials Science and Technology Division have developed a graphite-foam-based heat exchanger that they say is twice as effective as existing heat exchanger technology...10/21

Grass-Roots Petition to Provide Gov Funding for Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor Development

(Yahoo News) A grass-roots effort has been initiated to request US Government funding for research and development of Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor technology...The Aircraft Reactor Experiment and the Molten-Salt Reactor Experiment ran for nearly 5 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1965-1969)...10/24

Mason hopes for budget by Christmas

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ''Well, we've been in the mode of flat budget in (Fiscal Year) '11, essentially flat, so with the Continuing Resolution that means we're flat into this year. So, at the moment, it's sort of steady as she goes," Mason said...10/23

Wind FarmUS casts wide net for cheaper magnets

(Electronics Weekly) Researchers across the globe are discovering effects and materials that could cut the cost of high-strength magnets...The University of Minnesota and Oak Ridge National Laboratory form a separate team attempting to synthesise and phase stabilise iron nitride - in its body centre tetragonal meta-stable form, within an anisotropic nano-composite to form a prototype bulk magnet...10/20

DOE

What Y-12 did well in 2011

(Knoxville News Sentinel) B&W Y-12, the contractor that manages the Y-12 National Security Complex, apparently had a pretty good year, although it'll be a while before the National Nuclear Security Administration issues its report card and doles out the money...10/21

State & Regional

TN economy needs 'serious action,' researcher says

(Tennessean) Tennessee’s per capita economic growth is among the weakest in the country, and the state is growing slower than some of its peers...10/21

East Tennessee

Rental market growing in the housing market slump

(WATE) "Many homes did not sell so they became rentals so there are still more properties than people," said Realty Executives realtor Howard Grower...10/23

Knox County Commission step raises proposal to benefit highest-paid workers

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Knox County's highest salaried employees would earn more money than the lowest paid, under one County Commission proposal to grant step increases rather than the administration's planned across-the-board 3 percent pay raise...10/24

National

Obama announces end of Iraq war, troops to return home by year end

(CBS News) President Obama announced Friday that the United States will withdraw nearly all troops from Iraq by the end of the year, effectively bringing the long and polarizing war in Iraq to an end...10/21

US 'Misery Index' Rises to Highest Since 1983

(CNBC) An unofficial gauge of human misery in the United States rose last month to a 28-year high as Americans struggled with rising inflation and high unemployment...10/20

Jobs Plan Stalled, Obama to Try New Economic Drive

(New York Times) With his jobs plan stymied in Congress by Republican opposition, President Obama on Monday will begin a series of executive-branch actions to confront housing, education and other economic problems over the coming months, heralded by a new mantra: “We can’t wait” for lawmakers to act...

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

10/21 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
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  • AP1000 certification sent to NRC for vote
  • Helix, US discuss Cuba oil spill options
  • BP gets first gulf permit since 2010 spill
  • Whale plan may affect wind leases

science & technology

Biggest Ever Study Shows No Link Between Mobile Phone Use and Tumors

(Science Daily) There is no link between long-term use of mobile phones and tumours of the brain or central nervous system, finds new research published online in the British Medical Journal...10/20

How plants sense touch, gravity and other physical forces

(PhysOrg) At the bottom of plants' ability to sense touch, gravity or a nearby trellis are mechanosensitive channels, pores through the cells' plasma membrane that are opened and closed by the deformation of the membrane...10/21

Ice DiskAn Infant Star System With "Thousands of Oceans'" Worth of Water

(Popular Mechanics) Around a young nearby star, where planets are just beginning to form, scientists have spotted evidence of an ice reservoir that could one day deliver water to the yet-to-be-formed worlds. The discovery could also answer long-standing questions about where Earth's own water came from...10/20

Other Stories

Sony MinidiscArchive Gallery: The History of Recorded Music

(Popular Science) Edison's phonograph, which came about as a happy accident, paved the way for the entire field of recording technology - recordings on thread, ungrooved records for home recording and a whole slew of magnetic wire recorders, initially used during World War II and eventually adopted by civilians...10/21

Out There

XenophyophoreStrange Form of Life Discovered in Ocean's Blackest Depths

(Fox News) Scientists plumbing the depths of the Mariana Trench -- the deepest part of the ocean on the planet -- have identified gigantic amoebas lurking miles and miles beneath the waters.