Friday, July 27, 2012
ORNL in the News

APGA Calls on DOE to Clarify its Position on NGVs

(PR Web) Today, the American Public Gas Association (APGA) sent a letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu, requesting that the Department provide an explanation of DOE's position on natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in light of recent anti-NGV testimony by Dr. David Greene (of the DOE-sponsored Oak Ridge National Laboratory) before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee...7/26

SwRI, Industry Collaborators Receive $3.8 Million from U.S. DOE to Develop Concentrating Solar Power Combustor for Solar Plants

(Business Wire) Southwest Research Institute and industry collaborators Solar Turbines Inc., Oak Ridge National Laboratories, German Aerospace Center and San Diego State University have been awarded a $3.8 million contract by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a novel gas turbine combustor for a concentrating solar power (CSP) hybrid gas turbine system...7/26

DOE

DOE appoints seven new members to advisory board

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. Department of Energy recently appointed seven new members to its Oak Ridge Environmental Management advisory board. The new members fill vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board...7/26

East Tennessee

High Tunnel Production PlantsEast Tennessee crops better off than drought states, but farmers hope for more

(WVLT) Farmers in east Tennessee are fairing better than their neighbors to the west. While the Midwest continues to suffer from extreme drought, farmers here are seeing corn and soybean crops begin to grow...7/26

Long-term ORAU/NRC relationship extended for another five years

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge Associated Universities has supported the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission with technical assistance and site cleanup verification since 1981...7/26

National

Hospitals Are Worried About Cut in Fund for the Uninsured

(New York Times) President Obama’s health care law is putting new strains on some of the nation’s most hard-pressed hospitals, by cutting aid they use to pay for emergency care for illegal immigrants, which they have long been required to provide...7/26

Deadline Looms for UN Arms Treaty

(Fox News) A bipartisan group of 51 senators on Thursday threatened to oppose a global treaty regulating international weapons trade if it falls short in protecting the constitutional right to bear arms...7/26

State and Regional

Tennessee School Districts Show Significant Growth On 2012 Statewide Assessments

(The Chattanoogan) The Tennessee Department of Education announced Thursday that student performance on the 2012 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program improved significantly in school districts across the state...7/26

energy & science policy

BiofuelsUSDA, DOE Announce New Investments in Biofuels

(Clean Technica) ...The USDA and DOE, through the Biomass Research & Development Initiative, are aiming to create sustainable and economically efficient biomass to boost supplies of bio-based products and renewable fuels...7/27

science & technology

Entropy Can Lead to Order, Paving the Route to Nanostructures

(Science Daily) Researchers trying to herd tiny particles into useful ordered formations have found an unlikely ally: entropy, a tendency generally described as "disorder."...7/26

Semiconductor

Physicists create world's smallest semiconductor laser

(PhysOrg) Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with colleagues in Taiwan and China, have developed the world's smallest semiconductor laser, a breakthrough for emerging photonic technology with applications from computing to medicine...7/26

Early Africans mated with mystery species of humans

(Washington Post) The human family tree just got another — mysterious — branch, an African "sister species" to the heavy-browed Neanderthals that once roamed Europe. While no fossilized bones have been found from these enigmatic people, they did leave a calling card in present-day Africans: snippets of foreign DNA...7/26

Out there

Jellyfish Made From Rat Cells Swims Like the Real Thing

(Wired Science) Now Frankenstein can have a pet jellyfish. A team of scientists has taken the heart cells of a rat, arranged them on a piece of rubbery silicon, added a jolt of electricity, and created a “Franken-jelly.” Just like a real jellyfish, the artificial jelly swims around by pumping water in and out of its bell-shaped body. Researchers hope the advance can someday help engineers design better artificial hearts and other muscular organs...7/23