Wednesday, March 21, 2012
ORNL in the News

Plotting The Next-Generation U.S. Power Grid

(Forbes) A team of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute have created a kind of Google Earth for siting large-scale electric power plants in the United States...3/20

Experimental journalist: Frank Munger blogging live Wednesday from OR lab

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Live, from Oak Ridge National Laboratory! Senior writer Frank Munger will be blogging today from ORNL, where he'll be talking with scientists, visitors and taking a close-up look at some of the lab's world-class research facilities — as well as some of the historical venues that date to the World War II Manhattan Project...3/21

Union workers to vote on contract extension at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Hourly workers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will vote Thursday on a possible three-year contract extension with UT-Battelle, the managing contractor at ORNL...3/21

UT Nuclear Security Institute

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The University of Tennessee today announced the launch of the UT Institute for Nuclear Security in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Lab, the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, and Oak Ridge Associated Universities...3/20

DOE

Report underscores seismic concerns at key Y-12 facility

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A new government report underscores a long-held concern that a severe earthquake could essentially destroy Y-12's 9212 complex, a 60-year-old facility where bomb-grade uranium is processed in various forms...3/21

Lab Game-Changers in Our Past and Future

(Energy.gov) ...Recently, America's Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge offered startup companies access to the 14,000 patents (in the past, we’ve used the stat: 15,000 patent and patent applications) held by the National Labs, at a reduced cost. As a result, 36 companies signed 43 option agreements allowing them to license the cutting-edge technologies...3/20

National

U.S. exempts 11 states from Iran sanctions; China, India exposed

(Reuters) The United States exempted Japan and 10 EU nations from financial sanctions because they have significantly cut purchases of Iranian oil, but left Iran's top customers China and India exposed to the possibility of such steps...3/21

East Tennessee

VW eyeing largest solar park in state

(Times Free Press) Construction is to start soon on a solar park estimated to cost about $30 million that will supply a big chunk of power to Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant...3/17

science & technology

Original Einstein manuscripts to be posted online

(AP) Albert Einstein’s complete archives -- from personal correspondence with half a dozen lovers to notebooks scribbled with his groundbreaking scientific research -- are going online for the first time...3/19

Search for Amelia Earhart Starts Again

(Discovery News) With support from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the US State Department and Discovery Channel which will be documenting the expedition for a television special later this year, the expedition will be carried out by the The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating the last, fateful flight taken by Earhart 75 years ago....3/20

Black bears found to have surprising wound healing capabilities during hibernation

(Physorg.com) For most mammals, small cuts and scrapes to the skin during times of low body temperature or slowed metabolism usually means a reduced ability to heal and a higher incidence of infection...3/21

Laser-Tuned Nuclear Clock Would Be Accurate for Billions of Years

(Wired Science) Researchers have proposed building a nuclear clock that would lose only one-tenth of a second over 14 billion years, the current age of the universe...3/20

Other Stories

"Lost" Great Wall of China Segment Found?

(National Geographic News) A forgotten section of the Great Wall of China has been discovered deep in the Gobi Desert—and outside of China—researchers say.