Thursday, June 23, 2011
ORNL in the News

Startling thermal energy behavior revealed by neutron scattering

(PhysOrg) A discovery by researchers working at the Spallation Neutron Source upends long held assumptions about the microscopic behavior of materials in an equilibrium condition....6/22

Oak Ridge wins 8 R&D 100 awards

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ORNL has done well historically in the program and now has a total of 164 R&D 100 Awards. "Winning seven of these prestigious awards is a testimony to the talent and creativity of a remarkable staff. Our researchers do a tremendous job of delivering our mission of scientific discovery and innovation," ORNL Director Thom Mason said....6/22

DOE

Department of Energy Projects Win 36 R&D 100 Awards for 2011

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Department of Energy researchers have won 36 of the 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential....6/22

East Tennessee

KUB: Wait could be days before power's back after storm

(Knoxville News Sentinel) According to the Knoxville Utilities Board, the storm that struck Tuesday night caused outages for more than 127,000 customers at its peak....6/23

National

Obama announces plan to bring home 33,000 'surge' troops from Afghanistan

(Washington Post) President Obama charted a middle course Wednesday for ending the U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, outlining a departure plan that will remove troops faster than his commanders had requested but more slowly than many of his political allies would like....6/23

Fed cuts growth forecast; no hint of more support

(Reuters) The Federal Reserve on Wednesday cut its forecasts for U.S. economic growth, but offered no hint of further monetary support, saying the recovery should gradually pick up heading into 2012....6/23

energy & science policy

Environmentalism doesn't work without subsidies from government, business leaders say at conference

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) It would be nice to have an economy based on renewable goods, zero dependence on foreign oil and a fleet of electric cars transporting workers to and from their job, local officials agreed Tuesday....6/22

Inside Energy Extra

6/22 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** DOE research nabs 36 innovation 'Oscars'
** House debates bill to speed EPA decisions
** DOE backs $1.4B loan for solar roof units
** Chu to bring jobs message to Nevada

science & technology

West Coast boasts underwater Serengeti, study finds

(Washington Post) A decade-long effort to track top marine predators off the West Coast shows the eastern Pacific Ocean is teeming with animal hot spots....6/22

'Pandora' galaxy cluster crash yields dark matter clues

(BBC) The Pandora cluster - so named because it comprises so many unusual phenomena - is a mess of four galaxy clusters that have collided over the course of 350 million years....6/22

Evolution to the Rescue: Species May Adapt Quickly to Rapid Environmental Change, Yeast Study Shows

(Science Daily) Evolution is usually thought to be a very slow process, something that happens over many generations, thanks to adaptive mutations....6/23