Friday, January 20, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL, Coast Guard partner to determine maximum blend level for biobutamol

(Biofuels Digest) In Tennessee, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the U.S. Coast Guard have embarked on a three year project to determine the highest acceptable levels of biobutanol in gasoline engines, and biodiesel in their diesel plants...1/20

 

It’s not “American Idol,” but here’s an energy-related reality competition you could really vote in

(Thomas Net News) ...finally, here’s a “reality” competition that may be worth your effort. The Department of Energy has created a unique contest called “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator,” and you, dear reader, have a say in the outcome...TrakLok will be using an Oak Ridge National Laboratory-developed technology, to tag, track, locate and communicate with cargo containers, and trailers.

 

DOE

Y-12 outsources uranium work to Lynchburg

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded a five-year, $15.8 million contract to Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group to process highly enriched uranium scrap from the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge. The work will be done at B&W's Lynchburg facility, according to information from the company and NNSA...1/19

State & Regional

Dolly teaming up with Gaylord Opryland for new attraction

(WBIR) Dolly Parton is helping bring another big family tourist attraction to the state, this time in Nashville. Dollywood is teaming up with Gaylord Entertainment to open an entertainment complex across Briley Parkway from The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center...1/19

National

BP May Pay U.S. $25 Billion for Gulf Spill, Morgan Stanley Says

(Bloomberg) BP, the operator of the Macondo well that caused the worst U.S. oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, may reach a settlement with the U.S. for as much as $25 billion, Morgan Stanley said.

US sees new interest from Taliban in peace talks

(Fox News) The Obama administration is moving ahead with plans for negotiating with the Taliban, confident that talks offer the best chance to end the 10-year-old war in Afghanistan.

East Tennessee

UT-Knoxville spends record on research in 2011

(WATE) The University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus spent a record $153.8 million in research and public service programs for federal and state governments and private industry in fiscal year 2011...1/20

science & technology

Inventory Lists 19,232 Newly Discovered Species During Latest Count

(Science Daily) More than half of the 19,232 species newly known to science in 2009, the most recent calendar year of compilation, were insects -- 9,738 or 50.6 percent -- according to the 2011 State of Observed Species (SOS) report released Jan. 18 by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University...1/18

Comet disappearing into sunComet Seen Vaporizing in Sun's Atmosphere—A First

(National Geographic) For the first time, a death-diving comet has been observed as it vaporized in the sun's atmosphere, thanks to new data from a NASA satellite. More than a thousand known comets are so-called Kreutz sungrazers, a family of icy bodies that pass very near to the sun's surface on their orbits through the solar system...1/19

Biofuel from beneath the waves

(Nature News) Bioengineers have devised a way to produce ethanol from seaweed, laying the groundwork for a biofuel that doesn't sacrifice food crops. Yasuo Yoshikuni and his colleagues at the Bio Architecture Lab in Berkeley, California, engineered the bacterium Escherichia coli so that it could digest brown seaweed and produce ethanol....1/19

Other Stories

7 "Healthy" Foods that Pack a Hefty Fat Punch

(Forbes) It’s mid-January, and you’re still on track to fulfill your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and lose weight. You finally broke your soda habit, you avert your eyes in the cookie aisle, and you make yourself eat popcorn instead of chips whenever possible...1/20

Out there

Space ShuttleWhat Happens if I Put Rocket Fuel in My Gas Tank?

(Popular Science) If your car is a diesel, it will run. Liquid hydrogen, the fuel that powered the space shuttle’s main engines, could work, says Manuel Martinez-Sanchez, an aeronautics and astronautics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But keeping hydrogen liquid requires maintaining it at a temperature below about –432°F. Storing it in a garage would be tricky, as would keeping it from freezing the engine...1/18