Thursday, January 20, 2011
ORNL in the News

Brookings report: clusters good for the economy

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Governors looking to boost job creation in their states should cultivate industry clusters that focus on existing businesses and home-grown start-ups, says a Brookings Institution report released on Wednesday..."Oak Ridge National Lab -- the world's largest multidisciplinary research institution -- and the University of Tennessee, with a $242 million annual research budget, have helped catalyze an agricultural R&D cluster in Eastern Tennessee's Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley around biofuels...1/19

Saint-Gobain Joins US-China Clean Energy Research Center Consortium to Advance Energy-Efficiency in Buildings

(PR Newswire) Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building products manufacturer, has been selected to join the U.S. Department of Energy's U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center for Building Energy Efficiency (CERC BEE)...The CERC BEE features a consortium led by Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory that includes Oak Ridge National Laboratory and industry research partners, such as Saint-Gobain...1/19

Chattanooga-based research institute backers seek $6.25 million

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) A Chattanooga-based medical research firm that would compile data from Ivy League scientists investigating diseases -- including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's -- will allow the city to capitalize on its high-tech framework, supporters say...[Stephen] Meyer said a major incentive for number-crunching scientists to reroute their research is the Jaguar, a supercomputer housed in Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn. He said the group will use "Chattanooga infrastructure" to send data to the Northeast...1/19

DOE

Wamp: DOE could be on chopping block

(Oak Ridger) Proposed budget cuts in Congress could cut funding for U.S. Department of Energy facilities in Oak Ridge, and local leaders should convene a conference to explain the importance of the work conducted here to new state and federal officials, former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp said Tuesday...1/19

Hanford: More than 1,600 layoffs planned

(Tricity Herald) Two Hanford contractors announced late this afternoon that more than 1,600 employees will have to be laid off as federal economic stimulus spending comes to an end...1/19

Secretary Chu Announces New Efforts to Promote Clean Energy in Tribal Communities

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today two new initiatives to promote tribal energy development and continue strengthening the partnership between the Department of Energy and tribal nations...1/19

National

Chinese President Hu Jintao finds bipartisan rebuke from Capitol Hill

(Washington Post) As Chinese President Hu Jintao was being feted at the White House Wednesday, a bipartisan collection of congressmen gave a much sharper welcome to the leader of the world's most populous nation, questioning China's handling of its domestic economy and its alleged human rights abuses...1/19

East Tennessee

UT's New President Faces a Daunting Array of Issues

(Metro Pulse) ...Once he wanted to be a vet and spend his time taking care of cows and horses. Now he has to be president of the University of Tennessee...1/19

State & Regional

Freshwater mussels in TN rivers, elsewhere need protection, U.S. says

(Daily News Journal) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed Endangered Species Act protection for the sheepnose and the spectaclecase, two freshwater mussels found in river systems in the eastern half of the United States...1/19

 

energy & science policy

Treasury Secretary Highlights Importance of Investment in R&D

(AIP) ...Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner discussed a number of issues that will be on the agenda, and also spoke about what the U.S. must do to be more competitive...1/19

Inside Energy Extra

1/19 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- DOI outlines more regulatory change
- BOEM grants first 2011 well permit
- House Republicans outline energy goals
- US execs envy China's pace on energy
- EPA, Chrysler partner on hybrid minivan

science & technology

Going "All The Way" With Renewable Energy?

(National Geographic News) In a world where fossil fuel provides more than 80 percent of energy, what would it take to go completely green? Could the world switch over to power from only the wind, sun, waves, and heat from the Earth in only a few decades?...1/17

The Mass Extinction of Scientists Who Study Species

(Wired Science) Scientists who classify, describe, and examine the relationships between organisms are themselves going extinct...1/19

Can the U.S. Compete With China on Green Tech?

(NY Times) The Obama administration has sought to promote green technology as a growth engine in the U.S. But even with some government support, new firms have a hard time competing with foreign producers...1/19

Quandary: Scientists Prefer Reading Over Publishing 'Open Access' Papers

(Science) Scientists love open-access papers as readers, but as authors they are still skeptical, according to a new study of available journals and researchers’ attitudes on the topic...1/14

Amoebas show primitive farming behaviour as they travel

(BBC News) A species of amoeba - among the simplest life forms on Earth - has been seen "farming" the bacteria it eats...1/19

Other Stories

China GDP Expands 9.8% Despite Tightening Measures

(Wall Street Journal) China's economy unexpectedly accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2010 despite a series of tightening measures, spotlighting Beijing's difficulties managing growth and fueling market concerns about further government moves to combat inflation...1/20