Wednesday, June 1, 2011
ORNL in the News

Gas tanks are draining family budgets

(Associated Press) "Drivers try to do what they can, but they have to go almost all the places they go," says David Greene, a researcher at the Center of Transportation Analysis at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and manager of the Department of Energy website fueleconomy.gov. "There's no magic gizmo that will drastically change someone's gasoline use."...5/31

Solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station finished at Oak Ridge lab

(Oak Ridger) A new charging station where up to 25 electric vehicles can recharge their batteries at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will likely be the largest in Tennessee....5/27

DOE

DOE's summer bus tours in Oak Ridge, June 6-Sept. 2

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy will start its 2011 bus tours of the Oak Ridge facilities on Monday, June 6, and continue through Friday, Sept. 2....5/31

Other Stories

U.S. arms makers said to be bleeding secrets to cyber foes

(Reuters) Top Pentagon contractors have been bleeding secrets for years as a result of penetrations of their computer networks, current and former national security officials say....5/31

 

National

House rejects proposal to raise debt ceiling

(Washington Post) With an August deadline looming, the House overwhelmingly refused Tuesday to raise the legal limit on government borrowing, setting the stage for a long, sweaty summer of haggling over the shape of the largest debt-reduction package in at least two decades....6/1

State & Regional

Federal budget cuts target program to restock fish hatcheries in Tennessee

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The budget calls for $6.3 million in reduced funding for federally operated fish hatcheries that raise trout to offset - or mitigate - habitat alterations brought about by the construction of federal dams....6/1

energy & science policy

Organizations Urge Congress to Make DOE Office of Science a Funding Priority

(AIP Bulletin) The $30.6 billion allocated is down $1 billion from last year, and is approximately $6 billion less than the Obama Administration requested....5/31

Inside Energy Extra

5/31 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Ex-utility CEO picked for Commerce Dept.
** First post-freeze permit leads to discovery
** Cove Point seeks right to order LNG imports
** NY to sue US for study of shale gas

science & technology

List of cyber-weapons developed by Pentagon to streamline computer warfare

(Washington Post) The Pentagon has developed a list of cyber-weapons and -tools, including viruses that can sabotage an adversary's critical networks, to streamline how the United States engages in computer warfare....6/1

Inspectors Pierce Iran's Cloak of Nuclear Secrecy

(New York Times) The world's atomic watchdog unveiled new details of what they call "possible military dimensions" of Iran's nuclear program....5/31

Next-To-Last Space Shuttle Flight Lands On Earth

(NPR) After logging 122 million miles during 25 spaceflights, space shuttle Endeavour and its six astronauts returned to Earth on Wednesday, closing out the next-to-last mission in NASA's 30-year program with a safe middle-of-the-night landing.....6/1

New NASA Map Reveals Tropical Forest Carbon Storage

(Science Daily) A NASA-led research team has used a variety of NASA satellite data to create the most precise map ever produced depicting the amount and location of carbon stored in Earth's tropical forests....6/1