ORNL in the News

Han Lauter Searching for a solid that flows like a liquid

(R&D Magazine) A series of neutron scattering experiments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and other research centers is exploring the key question about a long-sought quantum state of matter called supersolidity: Does it exist?...2/2

Oak Ridge cleanup gains momentum

(Oak Ridger) ...DOE and local officials are working together on a plan that will transform hundreds of acres at the old K-25 complex into an industrial park with the resources needed to attract new companies and manufacturing plants, some potentially linked to technologies being developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/1

ORNL, partners earn FLC honor for cookstove technology

(PhysOrg) Envirofit International, the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Colorado State University have won a Federal Laboratory Consortium award for excellence in technology transfer for a clean-burning cookstove designed for the developing world...2/2

ORNL's ties to 4 firms in Innovator Challenge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Four of the startup companies participating in "America's Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge" are using technologies developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/2

New ORNL technology to help KUB customers understand their bill

(WATE) (Video at Link) If you think there's a problem with your utility charges or how your meter's being read, all you may be able to do is call your utility company. However, a program by Oak Ridge National Laboratory aims to change that...1/27

DOE

U.S. Department of Energy won't help Georgia monitor radiation near Savannah River Site

(Augusta Chronicle) The U.S. Department of Energy will not honor its 2010 offer to help Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division restore a program to monitor radiation levels in Georgia counties near Savannah River Site...2/2

Final Memorandum of Agreement for historic preservation, K-25 mitigation plans; sets stage for demolishing North Tower

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge office is moving forward with what apparently will be the final phase of an agreement with historic preservation parties to include plans to mitigate the loss of the K-25 uranium-enrichment plant, which is being torn down...2/2

State & Regional

TVAMild Weather Impacts TVA's First Quarter 2012 Results

(Wall Street Journal Market Watch) Milder weather than last year in the Tennessee Valley Authority's service region drove sales of electricity down 5 percent for the three-month period ended Dec. 31, 2011, compared with the same period last year, TVA said Friday in its quarterly report to the Securities and Exchange Commission...2/3

National

U.S. Factories Pick Up Pace In Jan., Hiring Growth

(Investor's Business Daily) U.S. factories got busier for the third month in a row in January just as the biggest European and Asian countries saw improved manufacturing activity as well...2/1

FBI: Cyber threat might surpass terror threat

(CBS News) Today, FBI Director Robert Mueller told the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that he believes "the cyber threat will equal or surpass the threat from counter terrorism in the foreseeable future."...2/2

East Tennessee

Burchett and Rogero call for Gloria Ray's resignation

(WBIR) Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero are both calling for Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation President and CEO Gloria Ray to step down...2/2

science & technology

Thousands of Scientists Vow to Boycott Elsevier to Protest Journal Prices

(Science Insider) A movement to boycott scientific publishing giant Elsevier because of the high price of its journals is rapidly gathering steam. Nine days after it started, more than 2600 scientists—including several Field Medalists—have signed a petition at thecostofknowledge.com in which they pledge not to publish papers in Elsevier's journals, nor referee other researchers' studies, or do other types of editorial work for the company...2/2

New alien planet is perfect for life, scientists say

(Fox News) A potentially habitable alien planet — one that scientists say is the best candidate yet to harbor water, and possibly even life, on its surface — has been found around a nearby star.

Wolfe-SimonIs This New Study the Nail in the Coffin of "Arsenic Life"?

(Popular Science) Microbiologist Rosie Redfield, at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, spent several months trying to reproduce the results of an experiment conducted by a team led by Felisa Wolfe-Simon...2/2

Other Stories

Trans-Alaska PipelineHow Much Life Is Left in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline?

(Popular Mechanics) The oil companies that run the Trans-Alaska Pipeline suggest that if oil flows drop too low, the line could be compromised. But others say that the industry's numbers are wrong and are actually part of a campaign to open up currently off-limits areas like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling...2/1

Out there

PythonPythons Eating Through Everglades Mammals at "Astonishing" Rate?

(National Geographic) From rabbits to deer to even bobcats, invasive Burmese pythons appear to be eating through the Everglades' supply of mammals, new research shows. Since the giant constrictors took hold in Florida in 2000, many previously common mammals have plummeted in number—and some, such as cottontail rabbits, may be totally gone from some areas...1/30