Thursday, January 13, 2011
ORNL in the News

EIMA Commends Brick Institute’s Research on Exterior Wall Performance

(WConline.com) The EIFS Industry Members Association today commended the research accomplished by the NAHB Research Center comparing moisture resistance among typical residential exteriors, while lamenting the absence of a proven exterior wall cladding – exterior insulation and finish systems, known as EIFS...The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is concluding the third part of a three part study on wall performance (moisture control and energy efficiency) that includes EIFS, stucco, brick, vinyl siding, and fiber cement board...1/12

Natural Dissolved Organic Matter Plays Dual Role in Cycling of Mercury

(Science Daily) Nature has a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde relationship with mercury, but researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have made a discovery that ultimately could help explain the split personality..."Until now, reactions between elemental mercury and dissolved organic matter have rarely been studied in anoxic environments," said Baohua Gu of the the lab's Environmental Sciences Division..."This study demonstrates that in anoxic sediments and water, organic matter is not only capable of reducing mercury, but also binding to mercury," said co-author Liyuan Liang...1/12

DOE

New Glass Stronger and Tougher Than Steel

(Science Daily) Glass stronger and tougher than steel? A new type of damage-tolerant metallic glass, demonstrating a strength and toughness beyond that of any known material, has been developed and tested by a collaboration of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the California Institute of Technology...1/12

State & Regional

Most Literate Cities

(Tennesean) Nashville is among the top 25 most literate cities, according to a study by Central Connecticut State University. CCSU based its rankings on factors like newspaper circulation, bookstores per capita, education levels of residents and the quality of the library system, among others...1/12

National

Facing Challenge, Obama Returns to Unity Theme

(NY Times) When President Obama took the stage here Wednesday to address a community — and a nation — traumatized by Saturday’s killings, it invited comparisons to President George W. Bush’s speech to the nation after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the memorial service President Bill Clinton led after the bombing of a federal office building killed 168 people in Oklahoma City in 1995...1/12

East Tennessee

Volkswagen's new Passat debuts in hometown of Chattanooga

(AP) Volkswagen's new Passat has made its hometown debut at a Chattanooga ceremony that doubled as a tribute to Gov. Phil Bredesen as the lead recruiter of the automaker...1/12

Sold on switchgrass: Farmers finding gamble on biofuel crop paying off

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Van Shaver had never considered a career in farming until switchgrass came along. One of the first 16 farmers to plant switchgrass under contract with Genera Energy in 2008 as part of a state-funded bioenergy initiative, the home maintenance contractor and Loudon County school board member now has 90 acres under cultivation on his wife's family farm...1/12

energy & science policy

The Lost Years for Alternative Energy?

(The Atlantic) [Opinion]...There are three kinds of problems with U.S. oil dependence: environmental (particularly climate change), economic, and national security...1/12

The most powerful states for solar

(Fortune) It turns out that subsidies -- not the sun -- are what really drive solar projects. Photovoltaic plants simply aren't cost-efficient without tax breaks and other government carrots...1/13

OSTP Director Issues Memorandum on Scientific Integrity

(AIP) John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, has issued a “Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies” on scientific integrity..1/12

Inside Energy Extra

1/12 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Texas loses bid to block EPA rules
- EPA delays GHG rule for biomass
- US lags China on clean energy: Immelt
- Energy teamwork a topic for Hu visit
- Court schedules Yucca Mt. arguments

science & technology

Is Technology Making Us Lonelier?

(Time) Digital communication is so pervasive that most of us don't even bother to question its role in society...1/10

2010 ties 2005 as warmest year on record, researchers say

(Washington Post) Last year has tied 2005 as the warmest year on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies announced Wednesday...1/12

Rock-Munching Mollusks A Model For Artificial Bones

(NPR) A tiny marine creature called a chiton might hold the key to better artificial teeth and bones. This rather unexpected possibility comes from a relatively new branch of science called biomaterials. These are materials that are inspired by what plants and animals make but tweaked to make useful new products...1/13

On Last Field Day, a South Pole Detour

(NY Times) ...Our work on the glacial moraines in the Transantarctic Mountains is much the same. The five of us fan out and scour the moraines, making a mental inventory and collecting what is interesting and different from the exposed bedrock...1/12

Other Stories

Amid Downturn, Sunbelt Gains College Grads

(Wall Street Journal) College graduates continued to relocate to many fast-growing cities in the Sunbelt during the recession, a possible sign of the region's economic appeal, according to Census data released Tuesday...1/12

China burns with old king coal

(Reuters) ...Coal has left many of China's cities sinking and choking, its water supplies contaminated and a large section of its workforce suffering from chronic health problems...1/11