Thursday, November 8, 2012
ORNL in the News

Tiny Pores in Graphene Could Give Rise to Membranes

(SMT) 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. But the material may not be as impenetrable as scientists have thought. By engineering relatively large membranes from single sheets of graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition, researchers from MIT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and elsewhere have found that the material bears intrinsic defects...11/7

Reaction Design Introduces Industry`s Most Well Validated Model Fuel Library

(Reuters) ...By creating the Model Fuel Library, Reaction Design has furthered its commitment to empowering engineers to simulate real world applications for automotive and combustion engines...Members include, GE Energy, L’Institut Français du Pétrol Energie Nouvelles, Mazda, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Petrobras, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen...11/7

DOE

U.S. attorneys file motion in case against protestors

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Can protests prevent nuclear war? That was a question that came to mind after reading a motion filed by U.S. attorneys in advance of the trial for three Plowshares protesters who infiltrated the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant July 28 and intentionally defaced the plant's storage facility for bomb-grade uranium...11/7

State & Regional

EPA approves TVA plan for final coal ash cleanup

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Environmental Protection Agency announced today it has approved TVA's preferred plan for dealing with the final cleanup phase of the 2008 Kingston Fossil Plant coal ash spill...11/7

State budget hearings continue in Nashville

(AP) Gov. Bill Haslam, Finance and Administration Commissioner Mark Emkes and David Thurman, the state budget director, are presiding over the annual budget hearings that began Tuesday and will last through next Tuesday...11/8

National

What's the Fiscal Cliff?

(Discovery News) President Obama may have to skip the victory lap as experts warn of economic doomsday...11/7

Fiscal Cliff: Will Obama Yield On Tax Hikes In Time?

(Investor's Business Daily) ...Both parties are committed to avoiding a hard fiscal landing, and they'll likely do so. But that doesn't ensure it will be a smooth ride, and there could be a price to pay in terms of economic growth...11/7

East Tennessee

Professor Discusses Extinction of Tropical Birds at November 9 Science Forum

(Tennessee Today) Alison Boyer, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, has spent the past ten years studying the endangerment and extinction of Pacific island birds. She’ll be discussing her work at the UT Science Forum on Friday, November 9...11/9

energy & science policy

How Obama's Re-Election Will Change His Environmental Policy

(Business Insider) President Barack Obama secured a second four-year term in yesterday’s vote. What is the likely outcome of that historic event on energy and environmental issues?...11/8

It's Official: Sensenbrenner Seeks Top House Science Committee Post

(Science Magazine) One of the U.S. House of Representative's most senior Republicans is seeking a second stint as chair of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Representative F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI) today formally announced that he will seek to be named head of the panel in the new Congress that convenes in January...11/7

science & technology

Sharp Pictures Taken of Objects Hidden Behind an Opaque Screen

(Science Daily) A team of researchers from the Netherlands and Italy has succeeded in making sharp pictures of objects hidden behind an opaque screen...11/6

Improving lithium battery performance

(PhysOrg) University of Delaware doctoral student Wei-Fan Kuan is investigating ways to improve membranes used in lithium batteries by capitalizing on the innate properties of block copolymers...11/8

Robots replace costly US Navy mine-clearance dolphins

(BBC News) After more than 50 years of loyal service, the US Navy tells BBC Future it is ready to replace its pods of highly trained sea mammals with cheaper robots...11/8

Other Stories

Africa’s counting house

(Nature) The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences was set up to breed a new generation of numerical talent. Now it is spreading across the continent...11/7