Tuesday, December 4, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL’s Smith, Sokolov elected AAAS fellows

(Oak Ridge Today) Two researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory—Sean Campbell Smith and Alexei Sokolov—have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fellow is the highest honor bestowed by the AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science...12/3

Catching waste energy with common materials

(Sentinel-Tribune) Researchers at Michigan State University are working on a new low-cost approach to recapturing the heat energy that is lost in car exhaust and many other industrial processes, in search of a way to improve efficiency and decrease waste...The U.S. Department of Energy is financing the research, which involves a partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory; the University of Michigan; the University of California, Los Angeles; and Northwestern, Ohio State, and Wayne State universities...12/3


Manhattan Project Sites Part Of Proposed Park

(NPR) Congress is considering whether to turn three top-secret sites involved with creating the atomic bomb into one of the country's most unusual national parks...12/4

Reviewing UPF: who's doing what?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) There have been multiple reports of what's taken place and what's taking place since the National Nuclear Security Administration admitted that it had a problem with the design of the multibillion-dollar Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...12/3


Obama And Boehner Are Still Far Apart On Fiscal Cliff, But Don't Panic — Yet

(NPR) It's apparently still too early for any of Washington's top policymakers to start blinking in the "fiscal cliff" stare-down. So there's no need to panic — yet...12/3



State & Regional

Solar installer diversifies as incentives dry up

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Seven years ago, David Bolt got in the green business by retrofitting his house to produce as much energy as it consumed. As Bolt began touting the benefits of solar and other energy-saving measures, many potential customers shied away from the newfangled technologies...12/3

Tennessee can play key role in nation's energy future

(Knoxville News Sentinel) [Opinion]...Tennessee is uniquely influential when it comes to the nation's energy outlook, and Tennesseans will hold particular sway in the coming months as long-debated national energy issues reach critical decision points...12/2

East Tennessee

UT fracking deal has both pitfalls and potential

(Knoxville News Sentinel) [Opinion] The University of Tennessee's new initiative to study the effects of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from deep underground could provide valuable information on the practice, but there are perils to the environment and to UT's academic integrity...12/2

UT Competing in National App Contest on Workplace Safety and Health

(Tennessee Today) ...The UT contest entry, “Working Safely is No Accident,” was designed as a tool that will educate young workers ages 13 to 24...12/3

energy & science policy

Groups Press to Focus U.S. Energy Strategy

(Wall Street Journal) With the Obama administration considering a reshuffling of top energy jobs in its second term, former administration officials and political heavyweights from both parties are calling on the White House to craft a national energy strategy, an elusive goal since Richard Nixon was president...12/3

science & technology

Global CO2 Emissions from Fossil-Fuel Burning Rise into High-Risk Zone

(Scientific American) Record emissions of carbon dioxide mean atmospheric concentrations have reached levels that lead to the highest temperature increases...12/3

New Lighting Could Replace Fluorescents, CFLs, and LEDs As The Light Source Of The Future

(Popular Science) Like the desktop printer and the fax machine, the fluorescent overhead light might soon see a diminished role around the office...12/3

Highly efficient p-type dye-sensitized solar cell with cobalt-based electrolyte

(PhysOrg) Photovoltaics continues to be an expensive technology. Dye-based solar cells may represent a more cost-effective alternative to traditional solar cells...12/4

Curiosity Hints at Mars Organics, Perchlorate

(Discovery News) NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has discovered complex chemistry on the Red Planet, as well as hints of long-sought organic compounds that could aid primitive life, scientists announced today...12/3

Other Stories

Mexican scientists pin hopes on incoming president

(Nature) ...Mexico's research community is hoping that he will also put the country's scientific house in order. To do that, he will need to boost science funding and re-energize Mexico's scientific culture...11/30

Japan's ruling party promises to phase out nuclear power

(PhysOrg) Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda promised Tuesday to rid Japan of nuclear energy in coming decades as he set out his party's platform before next month's general election...12/28