Tuesday, October 4, 2011
ORNL in the News

ASM International Honors Battelle CEO for His Sustained Leadership and Contributions to Advanced Materials Research

(Live-PR) At Battelle, important words in the corporate lexicon are "simultaneous excellence." ASM International will recognize Battelle President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth for following that philosophy in his professional life with the 2011 Medal for the Advancement of Research....10/3

A new technique for understanding quantum effects in water

(PhysOrg) A team from the Institut Laue-Langevin, University of Bath, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Stanford University has validated a new theoretical model for water's structure by measuring subtle differences between the molecular organisation of light and heavy water that result from quantum mechanics....10/4

DOE

Energy, bioscience vulnerable to budget cuts

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The government's Oak Ridge facilities have enjoyed unusually prosperous times over the past decade. Even during the recession, the Oak Ridge operations have been propped up, to a certain degree, by Recovery Act funding....10/3

Energy Department Revises NEPA Regulations to Improve Efficiency

(DOE Press Release) The U.S. Department of Energy will save time and money in its environmental reviews of many proposed energy projects under revised regulations approved September 27, 2011, to implement the National Environmental Policy Act....10/3

National

Senate hits China for 'cheating' to steal US jobs

(Christian Science Monitor) The Senate voted Monday to advance a bill that would punish China for manipulating its currency to drive exports. If it became law, the bill would risk a trade war over US jobs....10/4

State & Regional

Tennessee maintains top credit rating

(Tennessean) Two of the agencies that rate government bonds have reaffirmed their AAA ratings for Tennessee, and a third has said it may upgrade the state following an annual review of the state's finances....10/4

energy & science policy

U.S. touts fruit and vegetables while subsidizing animals that become meat

(Washington Post) While the U.S. urges people to eat fruit and vegetables, federal incentives to farmers reflect an entirely different agenda. In large part, the government supports raising animals that become meat....10/3

Inside Energy Extra

10/3 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Democrats pull curtain on Solyndra talks
** Ex-DOE loan chief backs Solyndra aid
** Shell upbeat over Alaska plans: exec
** Coal group sues EPA over CAIR rule

science & technology

Can Answers to Evolution Be Found in Slime?

(New York Times) In a study of slime molds, scientists are learning more about how they cooperate, which ties into some of the deepest questions in evolution....10/4

3 U.S.-born scientists win physics Nobel for revealing universe's expansion is getting faster

(Washington Post) Three U.S.-born scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for their studies of exploding stars that revealed that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said American Saul Perlmutter would share the $1.5 million award with U.S.-Australian Brian Schmidt and U.S. scientist Adam Riess....10/4

Distant supernova shows Universe defies gravity

(BBC) Astronomers have confirmed one of the most profound discoveries ever made about the nature of the Universe: it is expanding at a faster and faster rate....10/4

Novel Energy-Storage Membrane: Performance Surpasses Existing Rechargeable Batteries and Supercapacitors

(Science Daily) Researchers in Singapore have developed a novel membrane with a performance that surpasses existing rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors....9/29