Monday, April 4, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL, Industry Collaboration Puts Spotlight on Solar

(NewsWise) Four manufacturers of solar energy components are working with the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to address some of their biggest challenges...4/1

$12M contract goes to Lancaster co.

(Buffalo Business First) Harper International has finalized a contract with the United States Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory for a full pilot scale carbon fiber process line valued at greater than $12 million.

ORNL to share neutrons with Japanese researchers while J-PARC recovers from earthquake/tsunami damage

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In a message to staff earlier this week, Ian Anderson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's neutron sciences chief, provided an update on the situation at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex...4/2

Spacecraft VoyagesThe Trillion Mile-Per-Gallon Engine

(Forbes) On August 20, 1977, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched the Voyager space probe from Cape Canaveral, Florida...Oliver Delaire, a scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is spearheading research with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology using neutron scattering and computer simulations to tweak the structure and dynamics of thermoelectric materials...4/2

ORNL's Pennycook Named Materials Research Society Fellow

(PhysOrg) Stephen Pennycook of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been elected to the class of 2011 fellows of the Materials Research Society...4/2

DOE

Report raps Steve Westly over stimulus money doled out to cleantech firms

(MercuryNews.com) Steve Westly's career has long straddled the worlds of progressive politics and alternative energy. Now, Westly's roles bankrolling green-energy firms such as Tesla Motors (TSLA) and alternative-energy-friendly politicians such as President Obama have drawn questions about whether the former eBay (EBAY) executive and Democratic state controller's investments unduly benefitted from his political connections...4/2

Y-12 lends hand for baby, bereavement

(Oak Ridger) East Tennessee Children's Hospital will dedicate its new "Butterfly Room" on Monday morning, with special recognition to the employees of B&W Y-12 in Oak Ridge...4/1

State & Regional

Teacher morale hits rock bottom

(Tennessean) For Principal William Moody, finding good teachers isn't the problem. "If these weren't good teachers, I wouldn't let them through the door of this building," said Moody, principal at Two Rivers Middle School. The problem is keeping them...4/4

 

National

Deal needed to avoid budget train wreck; Dems push for $33 billion, Republicans want more cuts

(Washington Post) Political ideologies and government spending realities are speeding trains headed toward a nasty crash in Washington this week barring a compromise between Republicans in the House and Senate Democrats aligned with President Barack Obama in the battle to contain America’s soaring debt...4/4

U.S. Shifts to Seek Removal of Yemen’s Leader, an Ally

(New York Times) The United States, which long supported Yemen’s president, even in the face of recent widespread protests, has now quietly shifted positions and has concluded that he is unlikely to bring about the required reforms and must be eased out of office, according to American and Yemeni officials...4/3

East Tennessee

Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon draws record crowd

(WBIR) One of Knoxville's largest sporting events has set a brand new record. More than 6,700 people took part in Sunday's Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, marking the race's largest field to date...4/4

energy & science policy

Academic and Business Associations Express Concern About Science Funding and Call for Entitlement Reform

(AIP) At recent hearings on two FY 2012 budget requests for science agencies, appropriations subcommittee chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) has called for changes in the nation’s entitlement programs. 

FACT SHEET: National Clean Fleets Partnership

(Energy.gov) In 2008, America imported 11 million barrels of oil a day. On Wednesday, the President announced a bold goal of cutting that amount by one-third by 2025. To achieve this goal we will harness a broad range of resources including domestic oil and gas production, while at the same time leveraging cleaner, alternative fuels and technologies that increase efficiency in the vehicles we drive...4/1

Inside Energy Extra

4/01 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • DOE nuclear loan plans continue: Silva
  • House panel probes Yucca Mt. decisions
  • Senate votes on EPA amendments put off
  • Republicans introduce broad energy bill
  • Atlantic wind line seeks right-of-way

science & technology

EMMA AcceleratorNew Type of Particle Accelerator Beams Its Way to a World First

(Science Daily) A new technology that promises a range of applications from treating cancer to powering safer nuclear reactors has reached another world first in its development...4/1

Zhuchengtyrannus magnusLong Lost Cousin of T. Rex Identified by Scientists

(Science Daily) Scientists have identified a new species of gigantic theropod dinosaur, a close relative of T. rex, from fossil skull and jaw bones discovered in China...4/1

Other Stories

Restrictions On Advertising Could Cost Internet Users

(Forbes) If some regulatory advocates have their way, Web surfers could soon be paying the equivalent of a "privacy tax" on Internet sites and services they currently enjoy largely free of charge. That's because a vociferous cabal of privacy advocates are pressuring Congress and the Obama administration to regulate more tailored forms of online advertising...4/4