Monday, November 3, 2014
ORNL in the News

Team develops computational model for predicting superconductivity

(PhysOrg) Researchers studying iron-based superconductors are combining novel electronic structure algorithms with the high-performance computing power of the Department of Energy's Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to predict spin dynamics, or the ways electrons orient and correlate their spins in a material...11/3

New material could lead to longer-lasting batteries

(CIO) ...LLZO could lead to batteries that are safer, denser and more longer-lasting than lithium ion. Researchers tested its properties using electron microscopy at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/25

Car Tires Recycled into More Efficient Anodes for Batteries

(LEED Points) Discarded rubber tires may soon find a new use. A team of researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have come up with a method of harvesting the carbon black from them, which can then be used to create anodes for lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles...11/3

Science and Technology

In Texas, The World's Biggest Bat Colony Is Saved From City Sprawl

(NPR) Down a narrow gravel drive and a short walk past cactus and scrub cedars outside of San Antonio, Texas, is a gaping, dark cave mouth, 60 feet wide, nestled at the bottom of a steep hill...11/1

China pulls plug on solar observatory

(Science Magazine) ...Starved of international support and funding, the KuaFu solar observatory has been suspended indefinitely, and project backers acknowledge that it is unlikely to be resurrected...10/31

Energy and Science Policy

House Science Committee Hearing on EPA’s Climate Action Plan

(AIP) A hearing last month of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee produced no surprises.  As expected, there was no evidence of any changes of opinion about the merits of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions...10/31

U.N. Panel Issues Its Starkest Warning Yet on Global Warming

(NY Times) The gathering risks of climate change are so profound that they could stall or even reverse generations of progress against poverty and hunger if greenhouse emissions continue at a runaway pace, according to a major new United Nations report...11/2

DOE

Remembering Clyde Hopkins

(Knoxville News Sentinel) News of Clyde Hopkins’ death earlier this week brought great sadness to many, and it also evoked fond memories of days gone by when Hopkins was a senior manager with Union Carbide and then Martin Marietta, ultimately serving as president of Lockheed Martin Energy Systems...11/1

Energy Department Announces New Investments in Advanced Nuclear Power Reactors

(Energy.gov) Today, as part of the President’s all-of-the-above energy approach and Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced awards for five companies to lead key nuclear energy research and development projects supporting advanced reactor technologies...10/31

Partnerships drive new transportation solutions

(PhysOrg) Hybrid car sales have taken off in recent years, with a fuel-sipping combination of electric- and gas-powered technologies that simultaneously deliver energy efficiency, low emissions, and strong performance...10/27

Local and State

Tennessee tourism: By the Numbers

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee’s tourism industry experienced major growth in 2013 and is continuing to set new records across the state in 2014...11/3

UT Study Finds Saving Lonely Species Is Important for the Environment

(Tennessee Today) The lemur, Javan rhino, and Santa Cruz kangaroo rat are all lonesome animals. As endemic species, they live in habitats restricted to a particular area due to climate change, urban development, or other occurrences...10/30