Thursday October 27, 2011
ORNL in the News

Romanian Ambassador at UT to Speak, Meet with Students, Tour Knoxville

(Tennessee Today) The Romanian ambassador to the United States is at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, this week to give a public lecture, talk with students, tour the city, and meet with local dignitaries...On Friday, Vierita will tour Oak Ridge National Laboratory and meet with UT President Joseph DiPietro...10/26

First-of-a-kind tension wood study broadens biofuels research

(Physorg.com) Taking a cue from Mother Nature, researchers at the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center have undertaken a first-of-its-kind study of a naturally occurring phenomenon in trees to spur the development of more efficient bioenergy crops...10/26

 

DOE

Solving the Mystery of the Billion-Dollar Bond, Double Bond

(DOE Press Release) Recently, researchers in the Energy Department’s Brookhaven National Laboratory figured out how an enzyme, a protein machine that specializes in driving high-speed chemical reactions, “knows” how to insert double bonds with pinpoint precision in plants' fatty acids...10/26

State & Regional

TVA sees future in small reactors

(Tennessean) TVA is eager to help lead the way to a new concept in nuclear plants — small reactors that would be factory-built, hauled to a location and buried underground...10/27

National

Deficit panel doubtful discretionary cuts will make dent

(USA Today) The congressional "supercommittee" seemed skeptical that discretionary budget cuts could do much to help meet their $1.5 trillion deficit-reduction goal, even as they held a rare public hearing Wednesday to discuss the 40% of the budget that goes to non-entitlement spending...10/27

East Tennessee

Field of pipe dreams? ET switchgrass at a crossroads

(Knoxville News Sentinel) While making fuel from grass is still a dream in the pipeline, farmers, researchers and industry representatives gathered on a perfect autumn Tuesday at the Color Wheel Farm in Monroe County to take stock of the road traveled so far...10/25

energy & science policy

Senators Mikulski and Hutchison on Proposed FY 2012 Funding for NSF, NASA, NIST

(AIP) In an effort to get the FY 2012 appropriations bills passed, the Senate is taking a new approach by bundling three of the twelve funding measures into a single bill...10/25

Inside Energy Extra

10/26 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Interior plans to combine OSM, BLM
- Democrats seek probe of nuclear loan aid
- Offshore drilling safety group forms
- BP gets first gulf permit since Macondo
- Peak oil advocates press DOE for action

science & technology

Geothermal Mapping Report Confirms Vast Coast-To-Coast Clean Energy Source in U.S.

(Science Daily) New research from SMU's Geothermal Laboratory, funded by a grant from Google.org, documents significant geothermal resources across the United States capable of producing more than three million megawatts of green power -- 10 times the installed capacity of coal power plants today...10/26

Stretchable graphene transistors overcome limitations of other materials

(Physorg.com) When it comes to fabricating stretchable, transparent electronics, finding a material to make transistors from has been a significant challenge for researchers...10/26

Brazilian Eyes In The Sky Focus On The Disappearing Rainforest

(Scientific American) Armed with new drones, Brazilian authorities are sending them out over the wilderness to hunt for poachers and illegal mining and logging...10/26

Other Stories

Fallout forensics hike radiation toll

(Nature News) The disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March released far more radiation than the Japanese government has claimed...10/25