Thursday, December 5, 2013
ORNL in the News

Atomic Heritage still hopeful that Manhattan Project Park legislation will pass

(Oak Ridge Today) A bill to create a Manhattan Project National Park that would include Oak Ridge has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives, but now it’s tied up in the Senate...In Oak Ridge, the park could include the X-10 Graphite Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, built after the experimental “Chicago Pile I” at the University of Chicago...12/4

Plant for processing radioactive sludge to cost $100M

(The Republic) A special facility to process highly radioactive sludges — including some waste that dates back to Oak Ridge's work on the World War II Manhattan Project — will cost at least $100 million to design and construct, according to the Department of Energy...The new plant is to be built at the site of DOE's Transuranic Waste Processing Center, which is located west of Oak Ridge National Laboratory...12/3

 

DOE

How will DOE’s dealings on potential enrichment project at Paducah affect USEC & American Centrifuge?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy recently announced plans to negotiate with GE Hitachi on its proposal to reuse the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant for a new enrichment operation known as Global Laser Enrichment...12/4

Better batteries possible with new spectroscopic technique

(PhysOrg) A new technique developed at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source could help scientists better understand and improve the materials required for high-performance lithium-ion batteries that power EVs and other applications...12/5

Obama Administration Expands Better Buildings Challenge to Multifamily Housing, Launches New Programs to Boost U.S. Energy Efficiency

(Energy.gov) Building on $2 billion in financing commitments from the private sector for energy efficiency updates to commercial buildings under the President’s Better Buildings Challenge, the U.S. Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban Development today expanded the Challenge to multifamily housing...12/3

National

U.S. Trade Deficit Drops to $40.6 Billion in October

(AP) The U.S. trade deficit fell in October, helped by America’s energy boom that lifted overall exports to an all-time high...12/4

Large Companies Prepared to Pay Price on Carbon

(NY Times) More than two dozen of the nation’s biggest corporations, including the five major oil companies, are planning their future growth on the expectation that the government will force them to pay a price for carbon pollution as a way to control global warming...12/5

 

energy & science policy

Slashing Fossil Fuel Consumption Comes With A Price

(NPR) Governments around the world have agreed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). That would require an 80 percent reduction in energy sources like coal, oil and natural gas, which emit carbon dioxide into the air...12/2

Ebb in Uranium Enrichment in U.S. Raises Questions About Nuclear Policy

(NY Times) Energy Department officials will shake hands and exchange congratulations with Russian representatives at a Port of Baltimore dockside ceremony on Tuesday as a freighter from St. Petersburg is to arrive with the final shipment of enriched uranium that was once intended for Soviet warheads...12/4

science & technology

Hubble finds water on 5 planets, heralding new era in search for other Earths

(CS Monitor) Scientists have found evidence of water vapor in the atmospheres of five 'hot Jupiter' planets. Refining their ability to find water vapor could be key to the search for life on other planets...12/4

How Tesla Batteries Are Powering an Energy Revolution

(The Atlantic) ...Those Tesla Motors lithium-ion battery packs aren’t just powering electric luxury sports sedans for the 1 percent any more...12/5

Interferometric microscope images the nano-world

(PhysOrg) These images might resemble a planetary surface but actually show a different kind of alien environment: a microscopic view across a damaged laser lens, down to the nanometre level – a millionth of a millimetre, smaller than most individual bacteria...12/5

Other Stories

When should you start cashing in on Social Security?

(Fortune) If you wait until 70 to collect and live to your mid-eighties, you win big. But who says you'll make it that far?...12/4

Here's Why Developing Countries Will Consume 65% of the World's Energy by 2040

(The Atlantic) China and India hold the world's fate in their hands as energy use skyrockets in poorer countries...12/3