Wednesday, October 24, 2012
ORNL in the News

James HackSupercomputing Director and National Council Recommend Climate Modeling Advances

(Super Computing Online) Experts, including ORNL's James Hack, search for ways to build knowledge of the Earth system A committee formed by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Research Council (NRC) has released a report recommending ways to advance climate modeling over the next two decades...10/23

Graphene MembranesTiny pores in graphene could give rise to membranes

(MIT News) Much has been made of graphene’s exceptional qualities, from its ability to conduct heat and electricity better than any other material to its unparalleled strength...By engineering relatively large membranes from single sheets of graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition, researchers from MIT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and elsewhere have found that the material bears intrinsic defects, or holes in its atom-sized armor...10/23

Commercializing technology at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In his talk last week at the Dick Smyser Community Lecture Series, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason discussed efforts to develop an "entrepreneurial culture" at ORNL and promote efforts to commercialize technologies developed at the Oak Ridge lab...10/24

ORNL, TVA, UT tech experts attending cyber security summit

(Oak Ridger) Technology experts in government, private business and academia will be gathering in Knoxville this week for the eighth annual East Tennessee Cyber Security Summit...10/23

Neutron OscillationsNeutron experiments give unprecedented look at quantum oscillations

(PhysOrg) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found that nitrogen atoms in the compound uranium nitride exhibit unexpected, distinct vibrations that form a nearly ideal realization of a physics textbook model known as the isotropic quantum harmonic oscillator...10/23

DOE

Delaware judge approves Solyndra bankruptcy exit plan, government lawyers likely to appeal

(Washington Post) A Delaware judge is overruling government objections and approving a bankruptcy exit plan for failed solar power company Solyndra LLC. Under the plan approved Monday, the Department of Energy stands to recover little if any of a $528 million loan to Solyndra from the Obama administration...10/24

Dept. of Energy confirms tank leak at Hanford nuclear reservation

(Kansas City Star) The Department of Energy has confirmed that its oldest double-shell tank is actively leaking radioactive and hazardous chemical waste from its inner shell...10/23

State & Regional

Haslam optimistic about state's credit rating

(The Commercial Appeal) Gov. Bill Haslam said meetings with three credit agencies this week went well and he is optimistic about the outcomes...10/23

National

Syrian CeasefireUN envoy: Syrian government agrees to cease-fire

(CNN) After 19 months of incessant violence, the Syrian government has agreed to a cease-fire during the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday, which begins Friday, special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said...10/24

Plan for hunting terrorists signals U.S. intends to keep adding names to kill lists

(Washington Post) Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting list called the “disposition matrix.”...10/24

East Tennessee

Election board satisfied by Knox Mayor Burchett's answers on campaign report questions

(WATE) State election officials decided Tuesday to take no action following their look into irregularities reported in Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett's campaign finance records...10/23

science & technology

Why the Climate Silence in the Debates?

(Discovery News) With the debates over and nary a word on climate change, many are asking what the significance of the silence means. This is the first time in decades that climate change has not been addressed during a presidential debate...10/24

Fuller Picture of Human Expansion from Africa

(Science Daily) A new, comprehensive review of humans' anthropological and genetic records gives the most up-to-date story of the "Out of Africa" expansion that occurred about 45,000 to 60,000 years ago...10/22

Easter Island statues 'walked' out of quarry

(Nature News) Easter Island’s gargantuan stone statues walked. That is the controversial claim from archaeologists who have demonstrated the feat with a 4.4-tonne model of one of the baffling busts. They describe their work in the Journal of Archaeological Science...10/23

YakitoriEating Cooked Food Made Us Human

(Popular Science) Gathered around a blazing fire, our ancient ancestors probably huddled to pass the archaic kebab, munching cooked meat and figuring out how they might share it and plan to get more of it. Eating cooked food allowed these early hominids to spend less time gnawing on raw material and digesting it, providing time--and energy--to do other things instead, like socialize...10/22

Other Stories

Man Getting WoodHigh Fuel Costs Spark Increased Use of Wood for Home Heating

(National Geographic) Many Americans are bracing for high heating bills this year, but the frosty New England winter won't put a chill on Erik Fey and Kathleen Rutty-Fey's energy budget. The Feys are one of many families reducing their costly household oil or gas dependence by turning to a traditional fuel with newfound popularity: wood....10/22