Tuesday, November 2, 2010
ORNL in the News

ORNL's Amit Goyal R&D Magazine's Innovator of the Year

(Scientific Computing) Amit Goyal, a researcher at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named by R&D Magazine as the leading technology publication's Innovator of the Year. Goyal, who currently chairs the UT-Battelle-ORNL Corporate Fellows Council, is a Battelle Distinguished Inventor whose pioneering research has had a profound impact on the field of high-temperature superconductivity, both in fundamental materials science and in the transition of scientific discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace...11/1

Trees' ability to soak up CO2 has limits

(CBC News) The ability of forests to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere has been overrated, according to a new study by U.S. and Australian scientists. In a paper appearing this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr Richard Norby of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and colleagues argue that an essential element, nitrogen, had previously not been adequately factored into the equation...11/1

Wireless charging in development

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A new concept for charging electric vehicles could deliver power without the plug-in - be it to a car parked in a home garage or driving full-speed down the interstate. Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are taking the idea of wireless charging to a whole new level, with the development of a system that magnetically couples an electric source with a car battery, potentially eliminating the need for a cord to recharge a bevy of new electric-powered vehicles expected to hit the highways over the next few years...11/2

New US solar research facility awarded USD$6 million

(PV Magazine) U.S.-based Michigan Strategic Fund board has approved a COEE (Centers of Energy Excellence) designation and USD$6 million in funding to establish the Solar Valley Research Enterprise...Set to be located in the Midland area, Dow Corning, a cooperative venture with Hemlock Semiconductor in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Lab, was awarded the grant...11/1



How plants keep their mouths shut

(R&D Magazine) Using intense beams of x-rays at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, researchers have uncovered the atomic structure of a protein responsible for closing the “mouths,” or stomata, of plants...10/28

Secretary Chu To Travel to Scotland and Ireland

(DOE Press Release) This week, Secretary Chu will travel to Scotland and Ireland where he will meet with government and academic leaders, as well as American and Irish business leaders who are engaged in clean energy industries...11/1



Yemen Covert Role Pushed

(Wall Street Journal) The foiled mail bombing plot by suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen has added urgency to an Obama administration review of expanded military options that include putting elite U.S. hunter-killer teams that operate secretly in the country under Central Intelligence Agency authority...11/1

State & Regional

Tennessee ranks No. 2 for best business climate

(Nashville Business Journal) The Volunteer State came in at No. 2 on Site Selection magazine’s annual Top Business Climate list, an improvement from the state’s fifth place ranking in 2009. It is the sixth time in the past eight years Tennessee has ranked among the top five...11/1

energy & science policy

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Seeing the Natural World With a Physicist’s Lens

(NY Times) ...Photoreceptors operate at the outermost boundary allowed by the laws of physics, which means they are as good as they can be, period. Each one is designed to detect and respond to single photons of light — the smallest possible packages in which light comes wrapped...11/1

Advance Could Change Modern Electronics

(Science Daily) Researchers at Oregon State University have solved a quest in fundamental material science that has eluded scientists since the 1960s, and could form the basis of a new approach to electronics...10/31

Robotic hand might become a valuable gripper even though it has no fingers

(Washington Post) [Requires registration] It turns out that opposable thumbs aren't critical for getting a good grip. Neither are fingers. Scientists have created a robotic hand that can do such things as serve drinks and draw pictures even though it has no digits...11/1

Other Stories

Now Official: Internet Is Everywhere. 3G Network Now Covers Mt. Everest

(NPR) A cell phone company has installed 8 base stations around Mt. Everest. Now you can Skype from the summit...10/29

UK and France agree to joint nuclear testing treaty

(BBC) The UK and France are to sign treaties agreeing to military co-operation including testing of nuclear warheads...11/2

America's Most Affordable Cities

(Forbes) Oklahoma may be best known for wind sweepin' down the plain and corn that's as high as an elephant's eye. But there's a lot more going on in the Sooner State than Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals would lead you to believe...10/28