Monday, June 7, 2010
ORNL in the News

'Zero-waste picnic’: Changing the culture

(Oak Ridger) Oak Ridge National Laboratory workers at a Thursday "zero-waste" picnic used ingenuity to reuse, recycle or eat everything they brought. "Our goal is to end up with no waste," said Kathy Carney, director of the lab's Environmental Protection and Waste Services Division. It was the first picnic of its type at ORNL, part of the lab's sustainability initiative. It was inspired by a similar picnic at another U.S. Department of Energy facility, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash...6/4

New 'Doubly Magic' Research Reveals Role of Nuclear Shell

(Innovations Report) Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the University of Tennessee (UT) and six collaborating universities have performed an unprecedented nuclear reaction experiment that explores the unique properties of the “doubly magic” radioactive isotope of 132Sn, or tin-132...6/7

Antibacterial nanoparticles from bacteria

(RSC) Scientists have found that silver nanoparticles made using bacteria have better antibacterial properties than their chemically synthesised counterparts. Mitchel Doktycz and colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee in the US incubated Shewanella oneidensis bacteria with silver nitrate solution to produce monodispersed silver nanoparticles...6/4

Lithium borate glass for rad detectors

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge researchers are evaluating different types of lithium borate glasses for a couple of projects, including use in radiation detectors for nonproliferation, defense and homeland security applications. According to Lynn Boatner, a group leader ORNL's Materials Science and Technology Division, the detector project is supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)...6/4

DOE

Y-12: Oak Ridge treasure — national resource

(Oak Ridger) For the first time ever, the public will have a chance to see these huge magnets and will also be able to tour inside historic Building 9731. This historic event is a part of the Secret City Festival this year. On June 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a major part of the Y-12 public tour will include Building 9731. The public will be allowed to see inside the historic structure and view the magnets of both the two Alpha and two Beta calutrons...6/4

U of Mich named to national nuclear energy hub

(WLNS.com) The University of Michigan has been named part of a national hub for boosting U.S. nuclear energy research and development. The Ann Arbor university said nine engineering faculty members will lead its part of the Nuclear Energy Modeling and Simulation Energy Innovation Hub. The hub which includes other academic, industrial and government institutions. It's led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...6/3

U.S. gives informal OK to $300 million Argonne upgrade

(Chicago Tribune) Argonne National Laboratory has a baseball stadium-size, X-ray machine that enables scientists to examine a vast array of materials in slivers as tiny as several atoms wide, work that some believe is key to breakthrough research on everything from curing cancer to making the perfect fuel cell. But, its advocates suggest, Argonne's Advanced Photon Source may be growing obsolete...6/6

State & Regional

TVA may have weakened EPA's coal ash stance

(Tennessean) TVA may have weakened the Environmental Protection Agency's stance on regulating coal ash when it was allowed to comment before the public on the issue, a government watchdog group says...6/6

National

U.S. 'secret war' expands globally as Special Operations forces take larger role

(Washington Post) [Registration Required] Beneath its commitment to soft-spoken diplomacy and beyond the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Obama administration has significantly expanded a largely secret U.S. war against al-Qaeda and other radical groups, according to senior military and administration officials...6/4

BP says it sees some progress in capping gulf well, collecting oil

(Washington Post) [Registration Required] BP executives said that their efforts to capture the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico have begun to work and that a containment cap placed over the damaged well Thursday night sucked up about 441,000 gallons of oil -- on Saturday, up from around 250,000 gallons on Friday. That oil was diverted to a waiting ship...6/7

Two Arrested at Kennedy Airport on Terror Charges

(New York Times) Two New Jersey men who were bound for Somalia with the stated intention of joining an Islamic extremist group to kill American troops were arrested at Kennedy International Airport late Saturday, federal and local authorities said on Sunday...6/7

East Tennessee

Japanese developer of maglev rail proposes partnership with city of Chattanooga

(BusinessTN) The Central Japan Railway Co., developer of the maglev high-speed train line in Japan, proposed a partnership with city and regional leaders at the Enterprise Center's quarterly board meeting Thursday...6/4

 

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

6/4/10 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
-Obama to push BP on compensation
-Spitzer warns of spill overreaction
-Senate to vote on spill-free raise
-DOE awards $29M for training
-Sandia joins carbon R&D alliance

science & technology

First Liftoff For Falcon 9

(Popular Science) After launching their smaller Falcon 1 last summer (the first privately-developed liquid-fuel rocket ever to reach orbit), SpaceX is now ready for the first test launch of its larger, more advanced Falcon 9 rocket today. A four-hour, weather-dependent launch window begins now, and you can watch the countdown live. Update: Looks like the test was successful...6/4

U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe

(Wired) Federal officials have arrested an Army intelligence analyst who boasted of giving classified U.S. combat video and hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records to whistleblower site Wikileaks, Wired.com has learned...6/6

Other Stories

Guatemala Sinkhole Created by Humans, Not Nature

(National Geographic) Human activity, not nature, was the likely cause of the gaping sinkhole that opened up in the streets of Guatemala City on Sunday, a geologist says. A burst sewer pipe or storm drain probably hollowed out the underground cavity that allowed the chasm to form, according to Sam Bonis, a geologist at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, who is currently living in Guatemala City.6/3

Bonnaroo's appeal spans generations of music fans

(Tennessean) For a festival that many associate with a college-aged crowd, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has welcomed more than its share of performers in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s over the years. This year, R&B legend Stevie Wonder shares the fest’s coveted Saturday night slot with rap superstar Jay-Z...6/7