Friday, February 4, 2011
ORNL in the News

'Tall order' sunlight-to-hydrogen system works, neutron analysis confirms

(PhysOrg) "Making a, self-repairing synthetic photoconversion system is a pretty tall order. The ability to control structure and order in these materials for self-repair is of interest because, as the system degrades, it loses its effectiveness," ORNL researcher Hugh O'Neill, of the lab's Center for Structural Molecular Biology, said....2/3

Developing a potential life-saving mathematical tool

(R & D) "If a surgeon had a way to more accurately predict whether a patient is likely to suffer a leak or rupture, he could be in a better position to help that patient," said Robert Patton of ORNL's Computational Sciences and Engineering Division. "We believe our method to quickly extract and organize information from reports will be a huge asset to surgeons and their patients."...2/3

Obama preaches energy, jobs during Penn State visit

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Mr. Obama embraced a previously announced initiative in which Penn State researchers are coordinating the development of an energy research campus at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. That research hub is among three in the country, along with Cal Tech and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory....2/4

DOE

Six ARPA-E Projects Illustrate Private Investors Excited About Clean Energy Innovation

(DOE Press Release) In a little over one year, six projects that received a total of $23.6 million in seed funding from the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Project Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) have generated more than $100 million in outside private capital investment...2/3

East Tennessee

Arrest in snakebite death called part of larger probe

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) State officials have charged a man they call a "major player in the transportation and importation of poisonous snakes into the state of Tennessee," opening a new chapter in the investigation of an East Ridge man's snakebite death Sunday....2/4

National

White House, Egypt Discuss Plan for Mubarak's Exit

(New York Times) The Obama administration is discussing with Egyptian officials a proposal for President Hosni Mubarak to resign immediately and turn over power to a transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman with the support of the Egyptian military, administration officials and Arab diplomats said Thursday....2/4

Bernanke's Victory? Chairman Speaks More Of Deficit Than QE2

(Forbes) Speaking to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spent more time on fiscal policy and the deficit than on monetary policy....2/4

energy & science policy

America's power grid too vulnerable to cyberattack, US report finds

(Christian Science Monitor) The utility industry and US regulators need to boost computer-security standards to fend off a cyberattack on the power grid, says a tough new report from the Energy Department....2/3

science & technology

Microbiologists Aim to Optimize Bio-Ethanol Production

(Science Daily) Food versus fuel -- this rivalry is gaining significance against a backdrop of increasingly scarce farmland and a concurrent trend towards the use of bio-fuels....2/3

Tiny Water Flea Clocks In Record Number Of Genes

(NPR) Imagine a creature that can grow its own spear and helmet when threatened by an attacker. It sounds like fiction, but it's true. And now, researchers have sequenced the 200 million letters of DNA that make up the genome of the tiny animal....2/4

Close Look at a Flu Outbreak Upends Some Common Wisdom

(New York Times) A new study of a 2009 epidemic of H1N1, or swine flu, at a Pennsylvania school found that the disease most likely spread through a child's network of friends — not in class....2/3

Amazon drought 'severe' in 2010, raising warming fears

(BBC) Last year's Amazon drought was worse than the last big one, in 2005, raising new fears for the region's capacity to absorb CO2 from human activities....2/3

Why Keeping Little Girls Squeaky Clean Could Make Them Sick

(NPR) There's a growing body of research showing that children exposed to lots of germs early in life are less likely to develop allergies, asthma or autoimmune disorders as they grow up....2/3

World's Most Powerful X-Ray Laser Illuminates Hidden Protein World

(Wired) In brilliant bursts of light from the world's most powerful X-ray laser, physicists have taken snapshots of living viruses and see the 3-D shape of proteins frozen in nanometer-scale crystals....2/4