Wednesday, December 18, 2013
ORNL in the News

Reactors go wireless

(Nuclear Engineering International) Up until about five years ago, cyber-security fears and electromagnetic interference concerns were keeping wireless technologies away from most US nuclear facilities...Oak Ridge National Laboratory has started monitoring HFIR cooling fans with wireless vibration sensors. The sensors are conventional accelerometers that are connected with a few feet of wire to a wireless hub...12/17

ORNL’s Robert Wagner gets leadership award

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Robert Wagner, director of the Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will receive the 2014 International Leadership Citation from the Society of Automotive Engineers...12/16




Department Of Energy Issues Solicitation For Federal Loan Guarantees For Advanced Fossil Energy Projects

(Mondaq) On December 12, 2013, the Department of Energy's Loan Program Office ("DOE") has announced the Final Advanced Fossil Energy Projects Solicitation ("Solicitation"), which is a new $8 billion loan guarantee program under Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005...12/16

Oil WellU.S. Energy Department: Diversification of energy supplies benefits all parties

(Trend) The diversification of energy supply is beneficial to all parties, acting Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs of the U.S. Department of Energy Jonathan Elkind said at the signing ceremony of the final investment decision on Shah Deniz-2 project...12/17


Senate vote clears budget deal for passage this week

(USA Today) The Senate on Tuesday cleared a key procedural hurdle for final passage of a two-year, bipartisan budget deal before the end of the week...12/17

Survey: U.S. income gap is holding back economy

(CBS News) The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn't bad just for individuals. It's hurting the U.S. economy. So says a majority of more than three dozen economists surveyed last week by The Associated Press...12/17

State & Regional

TN runs risk of shortfall for year

(The Tennessean) Tennessee’s general fund tax collections fell $22 million short of projections in November, the fourth month of the state’s budget year, Finance Commissioner Larry Martin said Tuesday...12/12

energy & science policy

Ernest MonizThe Science of U.S. Energy: A Q&A with Secretary Ernest J. Moniz

(Scientific American) When extreme weather such as Hurricane Sandy hits, energy infrastructure is often the first thing to fail. In a world that must adapt to climate change, building resilience into such infrastructure may prove key...12/13

science & technology

Exposing the Roots of the Lithium Battery Problem

(Science Daily) The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops, smartphones and electric vehicles could have significantly higher energy density if their graphite anodes were to be replaced by lithium metal anodes...12/17

Sleipner Oil FieldsSeabed scars raise questions over carbon-storage plan

(Nature News) Like a porpoise on the prowl, the sleek submersible HUGIN tracks its prey with sonar chirps. But the hunter set loose in the waters of the North Sea is not pursuing fish...12/17

Snow Ball Earth EvidenceRock weathering may have led to 'Snowball Earth'

(PhysOrg) A team of researchers conducting a field study in the Mackenzie Mountains in northwest Canada is suggesting rock weathering almost a billion years ago, may have led to the entire planet being encased in ice for 55 million years...12/17

Other Stories

U.S. Energy Outlook: More Oil, More Gas, Less Carbon. Yay America!

(Forbes editorial) The federal government’s Energy Information Administration is out today with an early version of its Annual Energy Outlook for 2014. Their headline finding: that the United States will continue to grow less dependent on foreign oil as the miracle of our tight oil boom adds to supply and more efficient vehicles reduce demand...12/16

Are multivitamins a waste of money? Editorial in medical journal says yes

(CNN) More than half of all adults in the United States take some sort of multivitamin; many do so in hopes of preventing heart disease and cancer or even to aid with memory...12/17