Friday, December 13, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL shows off Carbon Fiber Technology Center

(WBIR-TV) Scientists, engineers, business leaders and vendors have been meeting this week in East Tennessee at a high tech conference. The Composite World 2013 Carbon Fiber conference wrapped up Thursday morning with a tour of the Oak Ridge National Lab's Carbon Fiber Technology Center. Industry representatives from around the world toured the facility. The lab's goal is to find ways of making lower cost carbon fibers...12/12

Rooting out carbon’s effect on plant growth

(AGU Blogosphere) In 1988, scientists at the Tennessee Oak Ridge National Environmental Research Park planted a scattering of Sweetgum seedlings to fill a space equivalent to a running track. Nearly 10 years later, after the trees had matured, construction crews plopped four rings of 40-foot PVC pipes into the floor of the new deciduous forest. In 1998, two sets of pipes switched on and began blowing carbon dioxide into the trees’ air supply, non-stop for 12 years...12/12

DOE

Fleischmann, Duncan raise concern about DOE rule changes on transfer of surplus properties

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., whose district includes the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge facilities, has joined with other congressmen whose districts include DOE operations in a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to raise concerns about DOE rule changes they believe could hurt future efforts to transfer surplus land for economic development...12/11

DOE to support another modular reactor project

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy today announced an award to NuScale Power LLC to support efforts to design, certify and help commercialize innovative small modular reactors. The award was made as part of a funding opportunity announced back in March the exact amount of award has not been determined...12/12

National

Deal to quell budget wars sails through U.S. House

(Reuters) A breakthrough budget deal that avoids a government shutdown in January and blunts automatic spending cuts easily won passage in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, laying the groundwork for two years free of funding crises...12/12

U.S. considers cellphones on flights but no calls

(Washington Post) The federal government on Thursday moved closer to allowing cellphone use during flights, but with a catch: Passengers won’t be able to use the devices to make calls...12/12

East Tennessee

UT Named Best Value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

(Tennessee Today) UT is one of the best values in public higher education, according to the new Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. The magazine’s annual “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” ranks American colleges based on affordability and academic quality...12/12

energy & science policy

Horizon 2020 Fires €7.8 Billion Funding Gun

(Science Magazine) The European Commission has launched its first funding competitions as part of Horizon 2020, Europe's flagship research and innovation program...12/11

States look to alternative fuel vehicles for efficiencies

(Washington Post) States interested in squeezing every last efficiency out of their budgets are increasingly turning to vehicles that run on alternative fuels or use less gas, initiatives officials say could end up saving millions of dollars over the long run — while helping to spur an emerging industry...12/13

science & technology

Bibliometrics: Global gender disparities in science

(Nature) Despite many good intentions and initiatives, gender inequality is still rife in science. Although there are more female than male undergraduate and graduate students in many countries, there are relatively few female full professors, and gender inequalities in hiring, earnings, funding, satisfaction and patenting persist...12/11

Accused of Harming Bees, Bayer Researches a Different Culprit

(NY Times) Bayer cares about the bees. Or at least that’s what they tell you at the company’s Bee Care Center on its sprawling campus here between Düsseldorf and Cologne...12/11

Data to expose 'sleeping ice giant'

(BBC News) Scientists have finally begun mapping one of the least explored regions of Antarctica - the Recovery Catchment. The new survey data should reveal how this vast tract of ice in the east of the continent is likely to respond to a warming world...12/13

Collapse of the Universe Is Closer Than Ever Before

(Science Daily) Maybe it happens tomorrow. Maybe in a billion years. Physicists have long predicted that the universe may one day collapse, and that everything in it will be compressed to a small hard ball....12/12

Other Stories

U.N. Report Confirms Chemical Weapons Were Used In Syria

(NPR) Chemical weapons were used in Syria's civil war, according to a team of international chemical weapons experts sent to investigate claims of chemical attacks...12/12