Wednesday, January 26, 2011
ORNL in the News

Remarks of President Barack Obama in State of the Union Address

(The White House) "At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, they're using supercomputers to get a lot more power out of our nuclear facilities. With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015...."1/25

New Electric Vehicle Chargers Dedicated in Tenn.

(ABC News) The Tennessee Valley Authority and the Electric Power Research Institute dedicated the charging station and showed what it can do at a Tuesday demonstration with electric vehicles built by Nissan, General Motors and Mitsubishi. A TVA statement said Oak Ridge National Laboratory and local power companies are partners in the project, which cost $500,000 to $600,000....1/25

SRNL filter design reduces waste treatment costs

(EurekAlert) Savannah River National Laboratory, in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Savannah River Site's liquid waste operations contractor, Savannah River Remediation, designed a module that allows two or four rotary microfilter systems to be inserted into an existing waste tank....1/25

Program for scientists of tomorrow

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A new doctoral program offered by the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory aims to produce a new breed of scientists prepared to tackle a diverse set of domestic energy problems....1/25

HPCwire Reveals the People to Watch List for 2011

(HPCwire) HPCwire, the most widely recognized and accessed news and information site covering the ecosystem of high performance computing, has published the HPCwire People to Watch in 2011 list. The list includes Edoardo Apra, Sr. R&D Staff, Computational Chemical Sciences Group Center for Computational Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory....1/25

DOE

UPF cost not tied to production hike

(Knoxville News Sentinel) There's been speculation that the dramatic increase in the cost range for the Uranium Processing Facility was driven by an increase in the production capacity for the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge. But Y-12 officials said that's not the case....1/26

East Tennessee

TVA unveils charging station prototype for electric cars

(Knoxville News Sentinel) With nary a sunbeam in sight, TVA and the Electric Power Research Institute on Tuesday unveiled a concept for charging the electric vehicles that are just beginning to hit the local highways....1/26

National

Obama: 'Our Destiny Remains Our Choice'

(NPR) In his second State of the Union address, the president stressed that to revive the economy, stay globally competitive and "win the future," America must reinvent itself....1/26

National science test scores disappoint

(Washington Post) About two-thirds of U.S. fourth-graders failed to show proficiency in science in 2009, the federal government reported Tuesday, meaning that the average student was likely to be stumped when asked to interpret a temperature graph or explain an example of heat transfer....1/25 [Registration Required]

energy & science policy

Aging and failed satellites jeopardize efforts to collect data on climate change

(Washington Post) Understanding climate change requires a breadth of information on variables from atmospheric carbon dioxide to the condition of Arctic ice, and scientists say satellites are vital for this. Yet, continuous, reliable satellite observation is at risk, with some aging satellites in dire need of replacement....1/24

Inside Energy Extra

1/25 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** House cuts budget to 2008 levels
** Gulf 'permitorium' a risk to US: API
** No decision on Browner replacement
** Changes in store for NNSA organization

science & technology

Nanotechnology Gets Star Turn at Speech

(New York Times) Four young researchers joined Michelle Obama for the president's State of the Union address, including one who used nanotechnology for a cancer treatment....1/26

Seahorses' body shape explained

(BBC) Scientists solve the mystery of the seahorse's strange and beautiful shape with slow-motion footage showing how it helps them to feed....1/26

Sexy Futuristic VW Diesel-Electric Gets 261 MPG

(Wired) The mad scientists at Volkswagen have wheeled out a bullet-shaped diesel-electric plug-in hybrid that gets a stunning 261 mpg. VW claims it is the most fuel-efficient hybrid ever, and it shows what's possible when you let your engineers run wild....1/25

Headless Conficker worm lives in computers

(PhysOrg) A unified effort has lopped the head off a treacherous Conficker computer worm but the malicious computer code lives on in infected machines....1/26

Nabokov Butterfly Theory Is Vindicated

(New York Times) Vladimir Nabokov studied butterflies, and he came up with a sweeping hypothesis that, 65 years later, DNA analysis has proven correct....1/26

Guangzhou, China, Wins Sustainable Transport Prize

(National Geographic) Guangzhou, China wins an international sustainable transport prize, for a system that integrates bicycle, bus and rail transport, and makes the large city "more livable."...1/24