Wednesday, March 7, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL-Led Team Advances Science of Carbon Accounting

(Newswise)...In developing their approach, a team led by Daniel Hayes of the Department of Energy’s ORNL took advantage of inventory records from the United States, Canada and Mexico that track changes in the amount of carbon in various reservoirs such as plants, soils and wood...3/6

Solar CellNew approach aims to slash cost of solar cells

(Energy-Enviro Finland) U.S. national laboratories and a start-up company have teamed on a new approach to lower the cost of the finished solar panels, according to NREL News...U.S. Department of Energy' National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed the technology to grow high-quality silicon. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) developed the metal foil that has the correct crystal structure to support that growth.

DOE/industry supercomputing summit

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Energy Secretary Steven Chu is scheduled to speak Wednesday (March 7) at a summit in Austin to discuss cooperative efforts between DOE's national labs with high-end supercomputing capabilities and industry leaders such as AMD, Cray and Nvidia. According to info released by DOE, Oak Ridge National Laboratory organized the summit "to engage industry leaders about the opportunity to utilize the Department's supercomputing capabilities to accelerate the development and design of new products and to improve industrial competitiveness."...3/6

DOE

Odyne Systems Delivers Five Plug-in Hybrid Work Trucks Supported by the U.S Department of Energy

(Power Industry News) Odyne Systems, LLC, a leader in hybrid systems for medium and heavy duty trucks, received project approval from the Department of Energy in 2009 under a Congressionally Directed Project to accelerate the development of plug-in hybrid systems that reduce fuel utilization up to 50% and reduce emissions...3/5

Gassenheimer and BidenGreen Firms Get Fed Cash, Give Execs Bonuses, Fail

(ABC News) President Obama's Department of Energy helped finance several green energy companies that later fell into bankruptcy -- but not before the firms doled out six-figure bonuses and payouts to top executives, a Center for Public Integrity and ABC News investigation found...3/6

State & Regional

Tennessee would lose 179 jobs under Air Force plan

(WBIR) The Air National Guard in Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville would lose 160 jobs by October 2013 under a plan the Air Force released Tuesday...3/6

National

Obama announces new housing initiatives

(WVLT) President Obama is announcing new mortgage relief for members of the military and veterans as well as homeowners with government-insured loans. The initiatives are the latest administration attempt to help borrowers struggling under a depressed housing market...3/6

CBS News exit poll: Gas prices loom large in the South on Super Tuesday

(CBS News) Gas prices were an important factor for a significant majority of voters in primary states today, according to CBS News early exit polling. And as in other states that have voted in the Republican presidential nominating contests, the economy is the top issue for primary voters today, and electability remains the most important candidate quality...3/7

East Tennessee

Dotson SchoolPreservationists list 16 endangered historic sites

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Three area structures with ties to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Great Depression and segregation have been added to the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance's 2012 Endangered Heritage list announced Monday...3/6

science & technology

Dark MatterDark Matter Blob Should Not Exist, But There It Is

(National Geographic) An unusual patch of sky devoid of galaxies could hint at the existence of more than one type of dark matter, scientists say. Dark matter at the center of Abell 520, a cosmic "train wreck" of galaxy clusters located about 2.4 billion light-years away, is not behaving as predicted, according to new results from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope...3/6

Basque Roots Revealed Through DNA Analysis

(Science Daily) The Genographic Project has announced the most comprehensive analysis to date of Basque genetic patterns, showing that Basque genetic uniqueness predates the arrival of agriculture in the Iberian Peninsula some 7,000 years ago...3/6

TevatronBoost for Higgs from Tevatron data

(Nature News) A hint of the Higgs boson, the missing piece in the standard model of particle physics, has been found in data collected by the Tevatron, the now-shuttered US particle collider at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois...3/7

Other Stories

Google PlayGoogle Rebrands Android Market, Google Music as 'Play'

(PCMagazine) Google said Tuesday that it rebranded its Android Market, Google Music, and its online eBookstore as a single brand, Google Play. Over the next few days, Google will upgrade its Android Market app to Google Play, the company said in a blog post. ..3/6

TransCanada PipelineTransCanada readies new route for Keystone oil pipeline

(USA Today) A Canadian company that wants to build a 1,700-mile oil pipeline through the U.S. to the Texas Gulf Coast will be ready shortly to submit plans for a new route that avoids the environmentally sensitive Nebraska Sandhills region, a TransCanada executive said Tuesday...3/6

Foreign Industrial Investment Is Reshaping America

(Forbes) Declinism may be all the rage in intellectual salons from Beijing to Barcelona and Boston, but decisions being made in corporate boardrooms suggest that the United States is emerging the world’s biggest winner. Long the world leader as a destination for overseas investment, the U.S. is extending its lead as the favored land of overseas capital....3/6