Thursday, November 7, 2013
ORNL in the News

DOE's Most Promising New Tech: Bioenergy

(Forbes) Bioenergy has shown the best results of the new energy technologies embraced by the Department of Energy in the last decade, the acting head of DOE’s Office of Science said in Chicago Tuesday...The nation’s three Bioenergy Research Centers opened in 2007, each with $25 million in funding for an initial five years. They’ve just been refunded at $25 million per year...The three BRCs are led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, and by a collaboration of the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Michigan State University in East Lansing...11/7

Perfect faults: A self-correcting crystal may unleash the next generation of advanced communications

(EurekAlert) Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology have joined with an international team to engineer and measure a potentially important new class of nanostructured materials for microwave and advanced communication devices...11/6

November story tips from Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(PhysOrg.com) Miniature Maximization...proving efficiency and performance of tiny engines like those used in remote-controlled planes is the focus of a report that may thrust the technology into this century...MATERIALS – Transient doping success...Using a scanning tunneling microscope tip, scientists at the University of Rostock, Germany, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have accomplished something thought to be virtually impossible...BIG DATA – Powerful pattern discovery...Analyzing vast amounts of information to identify suspicious activities could become easier with EAGLE, a technology developed by a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Rangan Sukumar...VEHICLES – ORNL inverter a boost for EVs...While batteries receive a lot of attention, Oak Ridge National Laboratory inventor Gui-Jia Su noted that inverters, which convert direct current into alternating current, play an equally important role in powering hybrid electric vehicles...11/5

DOE

Energy Department Invests $12 Million to Slash Red Tape and Speed Solar Deployment for Homes and Businesses

(Energy.gov) As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to ensure America’s continued leadership in clean energy and double renewable electricity generation once again by 2020, the Energy Department today announced eight teams to spur solar power deployment by cutting red tape for residential and small commercial rooftop solar systems...11/6

Team unveils carbon nanotube jungles to better detect molecules

(PhysOrg) Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have developed a new method of using nanotubes to detect molecules at extremely low concentrations enabling trace detection of biological threats, explosives and drugs...11/6

 

National

U.S. Signals Flexibility as Iran Nuclear Talks Resume

(NY Times) Negotiators from Iran and six world powers convened on Thursday as American officials signaled that the United States is prepared to offer Iran limited relief from economic sanctions if Tehran agrees to halt its nuclear program and reverse part of it...11/7

East Tennessee

“Archaeological Discoveries from Space” Is Topic of Next Science Forum

(Tennessee Today) The use of satellite technology in making archaeological discoveries will be the topic of the next science forum. Devin White, assistant professor of anthropology and senior research scientist of geocomputation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will present “Archaeological Discoveries from Space” on Friday, November 8...11/6

Plans for South Waterfront Park Unveiled

(Metro Pulse)...Almost nine years ago, Mayor Bill Haslam announced the South Knoxville Waterfront Development project. It was to be his administration’s magnum opus, his legacy...11/6

energy & science policy

Senator Warren Says Fighting for Science Is a Top Priority

(Science Magazine) The only U.S. senator to receive a research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) says one of her top priorities in her first term is to increase federal support for academic research...11/5

science & technology

Neuroelectronics: Smart connections

(Nature) Computer chips inspired by human neurons can do more with less power...Today, as a bioengineer at Stanford University in California, Kwabena Boahen is among a small band of researchers trying to create this kind of computing by reverse-engineering the brain...11/6

Scientists Close in on Planet's Oldest Ice

(Scientific American) ...At nearly double the age of the current oldest ice core, which goes back 800,000 years and was also found in Antarctica, the yet-to-be-drilled "Oldest Ice" core is a sort of holy grail for researchers studying past climates...11/6

Storing solar energy for a rainy day

(Fortune) One of the great -- and somewhat obvious -- shortfalls of solar power is that these systems cannot generate electricity when the sun's not shining. Now a number of companies including Tesla, BYD, and Bosch are offering a new generation of lithium ion battery storage systems...11/6

Carbon Dioxide Levels In Atmosphere Hit Record High

(Time) The report out Wednesday from the United Nations World Meteorological Organization found the greenhouse gas measure at 393.1 parts per million in 2012, exceeding the 350 parts per million that some scientists and environmental advocates have pegged as the maximum safe limit...11/6

Circle of Life: The Beautiful New Way to Visualize Biological Data

(Wired News) When Martin Krzywinski took a systems administrator job at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Center, he didn’t plan on becoming a pioneer of 21st century biological data visualization. In fact, he didn’t even have a biology background: He’d done his graduate studies in physics and math...11/6

Other Stories

Apple Dominates List Of The World's Most Valuable Brands

(Forbes) ...a Forbes’ study of the top brands illustrates that the Apple name is as strong as ever. Apple is the most valuable brand in the world for a third straight time at $104.3 billion, up 20% over last year...11/6