(Tennessee Biotechnology Association) Leaders from across Tennessee's diverse life science sector will present the latest developments in Tennessee-based biofuels, biopharma, biologistics and early-stage venture capital initiatives at the Tennessee Pavilion (booth #2763) during next week's BIO International Convention at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, the Tennessee Biotechnology Association (TBA) and the Tennessee Economic Partnership (TEP) announced today...Paul Gilna, Ph.D., director of the Department of Energy BioEnergy Science Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. As BESC director, Gilna will lead a $25 million-per-year multidisciplinary research center focused on achieving the breakthroughs in basic science needed to make production cellulosic biofuels - biofuels from nonfood plant fiber - cost-effective on a national scale...4/30
(Hearst Electronic Products) Using the latest in aberration-corrected electron microscopy, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and their colleagues have obtained the first images that distinguish individual light atoms such as boron, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. Materials Science and Technology Division researcher Stephen Pennycook said, “This research marks the first instance in which every atom in a significant part of a nonperiodic material has been imaged and chemically identified.”...5/3
(ORNL Press Release) Mark Remec, a senior at Oak Ridge High School, is the winner of the 2010 UT-Battelle scholarship, a four-year scholarship to the University of Tennessee...4/30
(ConnectMidMichigan.com) The state and federal governments are providing $7 million to help a western Michigan company develop wind-energy products. Energetx Composites of Holland makes turbines...Energetx says it's working with Midland-based Dow Chemical Co. and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The company hopes to bring 1,000 new jobs to Holland by 2016...4/30
(Knoxville News Sentinel) Vice President Biden and Energy Secretary Chu today announced $106 million in funding for 37 research projects through DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, and ORNL was among the recipients.
ORNL, in partnership with Georgia Tech, will receive about $1 million for a project related to innovative materials and processes for advanced carbon-capture technologies. According to a project description, "ionic liquids will be integrated into novel hollow fiber membranes to form an ionic liquid 'sponge' that can absorb carbon dioxide."...4/29
(Green Car Congress) Porous Power Technologies LLC, a developer of highly porous, laminable separator membranes for lithium-ion batteries, has signed a $1.41 million cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to accelerate the SYMMETRIX production process...4/30
(Forbes) How the U.S. Department of Energy cleaned up its data center and made it more secure.
Nuclear secrets and the Internet go together like locked doors and master keys. There is so much complexity in software code--not to mention the large quantity of code itself--that trying to find all the security holes and keep them plugged is a full-time job for an army of security experts...5/3
(Green Car Congress) The US Department of Energy is awarding $106 million in funding for 37 research projects selected in the second round by the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)...4/30
(Your Renewable News) Planar Energy, the developer of large-format, solid-state, ceramic-like batteries at half the cost and triple the performance of lithium-ion batteries, today received a $4,025,373 award from the U.S. Department of Energy, as part of its Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) initiative to accelerate transformational energy research projects...5/3
State & Regional
(ChiefExecutive.net) In Chief Executive’s annual survey of best and worst states for business, conducted in late January of this year, 651 CEOs across the U.S. again gave Texas top honors, closely followed by North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. They gave the booby prize for worst state to California, with New York, Michigan, New Jersey and Massachusetts filling out the bottom five-a line-up virtually unchanged from last year...4/30
(Knoxville News Sentinel) As darkness set in across the soaked and battered Middle Tennessee region Sunday evening, Nashville began evacuating homes and businesses along the rising Cumberland River.
The storms that started Saturday have left 11 dead across the state, including five in Davidson County and one in Williamson County. Thousands of cars, homes and basements are filled with water. Entire neighborhoods are submerged, and hundreds of people are in shelters...5/3
(Washington Post) [Registration Required] The slick from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was still too far offshore to see or even smell. At least, it didn't smell worse than the harbor's usual mix of boat fuel and bait. But there were rumors: It would come Sunday, first the sheen and then the thick stuff behind it. People here had heard that just to the west, fishermen were already pulling up shrimp that smelled like diesel fuel...5/2
(New York Times) Law enforcement officials offered a more detailed description of the makeup of the failed car bomb found in Times Square on Saturday night, and said they were reviewing surveillance footage that showed a white man who appeared to be in his 40s walking away from the area as he looked over his shoulder and removed a layer of clothing...5/2
(New York Times) The opening Monday of a monthlong United Nations conference to strengthen the main treaty meant to halt the spread of nuclear arms is likely to be dominated by Iran’s president denouncing the West and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warning that if Tehran gets the bomb, the rest of the Middle East will soon follow...5/2
(USAToday) A federal jury in Knoxville, Tenn., has convicted 22-year-old David Kernell of hacking Sarah Palin's personal e-mail during the 2008 presidential campaign...4/30
(WBIR) The severe storm that killed seven people in western and middle-Tennessee forced the Blount County Rescue Squad to spend much of Sunday afternoon gearing up its swift water rescue teams.
The Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads placed BCRS on standby to potentially deploy to flooded areas such as Nashville...5/2