Thursday, October 7, 2010
ORNL in the News

Sequim lab studies underwater electricity's effects

(The Seattle Times) While there is plenty of research and information about how electromagnetic fields from power lines affect animal life on land, it is unknown how marine life would respond to tidal turbines on the ocean floor. That's why super-sized electromagnetic coils are being used in an experiment in the aquatic lab at the Sequim Marine Research Operation for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory near the mouth of Sequim Bay, said Charlie Brandt, the lab's director...As part of the project, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee are examining how electromagnetic fields created by hydrokinetic devices affect freshwater animals in rivers and streams...10/6

UT-Battelle gives $5,000 to benefit Appalachian families

(News Blaze) Low-income families under stress from high utility bills can find relief through a new energy savings program supported by UT-Battelle...UT-Battelle has donated more than $5.7 million to civic and cultural outreach initiatives and economic development programs since becoming the managing contractor of ORNL in 2000...10/6

Supercomputer peeks into the origins of life

(Examiner.com) Simulations done by a supercomputer at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are giving a peek into what contributed to the origins of life. A team of researchers led by the director of ORNL's Center for Molecular Biophysics, Jeremy Smith, used a simulation of molecular dynamics to analyze an organic chemical reaction that could have contributed to the RNA (Ribonucleic acids) evolution into the first life forms on Earth...10/5

Jackson Browne, CSN and Bandit go green

(L&Si Online) Bandit Lites going green might have taken many more years had it not been for Jackson Browne and Crosby, Stills and Nash...Bandit worked with teams from Oak Ridge National Labs and a new firm called GRNLite to develop products that were high quality, bright, feature laden and affordable. After a great deal of collaboration with the think tank in Oak Ridge a number of fixtures emerged that fit the bill...10/6

ORNL hot cells cleanup getting underway

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The long-contested, much disrupted cleanup of old hot cells at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is apparently getting underway, in a real way, although there are lingering issues from contract protests. Safety and Ecology Corp. of Knoxville won the contract award valued at about $50 million back in the spring, but there have been ongoing protests of that work and DOE at one point overrode the protest hold on the contract -- citing the urgency of the threat posed by highly radioactive leaks at the site...10/5

DOE

Stimulus spending on track at DOE in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy received an enormous amount of money via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and one of the requirements was that the money be invested quickly in order to create jobs and help rebuild the economy...10/6

U.S. Department of Energy Announces 2011 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

(DOE Press Release) The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it will hold the second annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 28 - March 2, 2011 at the Gaylord Convention Center just outside Washington, D.C...10/6

State & Regional

TVA holds hearing today on its future use of coal, nuclear power

(Tennessean) TVA will hold a public hearing in Nashville today on the Tennessee Valley Authority's future in terms of the mix of its power sources, including nuclear...10/6

National

US economic growth will lag behind global rate, IMF forecasts

(CS Monitor) The United States may still have the world’s largest economy, but it is no longer the economic engine the world looks to for pulling out of a recession – at least not this time...10/6

East Tennessee

UT leaders gather to narrow search for next president

(WBIR.com) Members of the University of Tennessee Presidential Search Advisory Council met Wednesday morning to discuss the top 15 candidates for the next president of the university...10/6

Nuclear Engineering in Top 10

(Tennessee Alumnus) UT Knoxville’s nuclear engineering graduate program is now a top 10 program, according to the U.S. News and World Report 2011 graduate rankings. The program was ranked ninth in the country, rising three spots from last year...10/6

energy & science policy

Senate Confirms Subra Suresh as National Science Foundation Director

(AIP) The Senate has confirmed Subra Suresh as the new director of the National Science Foundation. He replaces Arden Bement who resigned earlier this year...10/6

NASA Reauthorization Act: Overview, Earth Science, and Space Science

(AIP) S. 3729, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Act of 2010, has been passed by Congress and sent to the President. This bill authorizes $58.4 billion for various NASA programs in FY 2011 (this year), FY 2012 and FY 2013. NASA’s FY 2011 funding will be provided by an appropriations measure that will be acted on by Congress after it returns in November...10/6

Inside Energy Extra

10/6 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Mid-Atlantic grid deal close: Salazar
- Salazar signs first offshore wind lease
- Disorder seen in early spill response
- FutureGen group issues site guidelines
- DOE, Washington sign Hanford pact
- DOE slates 2011 ARPA-E summit

science & technology

2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Creating Complex Carbon-Based Molecules Using Palladium

(Science Daily) The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2010 to Richard F. Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki for developing new ways of linking carbon atoms together that has allowed scientists to make medicines and better electronics...10/6

Scientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery

(NY Times) It has been one of the great murder mysteries of the garden: what is killing off the honeybees? Since 2006, 20 to 40 percent of the bee colonies in the United States alone have suffered “colony collapse.” Suspected culprits ranged from pesticides to genetically modified food...10/6

Other Stories

Hungarian chemical sludge spill 'threatens Danube'

(BBC) Disaster officials say the toxic sludge has killed all the fish in the Marcal, the river first hit by a disaster which has left four people dead and three others missing. Alkaline levels slightly above normal have been detected in two branches of the Danube. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said the spill is an "ecological tragedy"...10/7