Monday, January 3, 2011
ORNL in the News

Oak Ridge area, Knoxville leaders pen ‘legacy’ letter to EM chief Triay

(Oak Ridger) "We are writing to express our deep concern about environmental legacies that remain at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Reservation," the Dec. 22, 2010, letter begins...The "large number of excess, contaminated Cold War-era buildings" pose a barrier to ongoing modernization of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex. "As you know, ORNL and Y-12 are considered to be among our nation's premier science, energy and national security assets," the letter writers remark. "Delays in addressing demolition of DOE's huge legacy facilities are taking valuable resources away from ORNL and Y-12 missions that are vital to our national interest."...12/31

DOE lauds UT-Battelle

(Knoxville News Sentinel) UT-Battelle, the managing contractor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, scored 94 (out of 100) on its annual report card from the U.S. Department of Energy and received a fee of $10.05 million.  The overall rating was the same as fiscal 2009, with the fee up slightly. Jeff Smith, ORNL's deputy director for operations, said UT-Battelle worked very hard to make sure the performance was sufficient to "give DOE every reason to extend our contract."...1/1


The potential of concentrated solar energy

(Reve) Concentrating solar power could meet 10% of electricity demand, according to an esteemed American study, although the wider development of this technology will require the construction of several power plants for back-up...1/3

The Trickle-Down Effect Of Cape Wind

(WBJournal) 2010 will be remembered as the year that Massachusetts became the first in the nation to move forward with offshore wind power. Attaining first mover advantage in offshore wind will give Massachusetts a leg up in the significant job creation that is going to come from this important new energy sector...1/3

State & Regional

Tennessee climate change is so subtle it's hard to gauge

(Tennessean) The U.S. Department of Agriculture chief calls climate change "one of the greatest threats facing our planet," but little attention is being paid to it in Tennessee's farming world...1/3

Advocacy group wants state leaders focused on infrastructure

(TheCityPaper) As 2011 approaches and the state sees new mayors, public works directors and General Assembly members assume their positions, a grass roots organization is calling attention to Tennessee's infrastructure needs — which total approximately 9,000 projects and $37.3 billion...12/29


Rising oil prices poses another problem to recovery

(ctpost) People said goodbye to 2010 Friday night and opened the door to a 2011 where energy prices are poised to once again play a determining role on the direction of the economy...1/1

Congress Targets Spending

(Wall Street Journal) The Republican majority that takes over the House this week plans an ambitious drive to slash government spending by tens of billions of dollars in the next few months, a strategy that ensures that the capital soon will be consumed by intense debate over how and where to reduce the size of government...1/3

Obama signs 9/11 health bill

(CNN) Obama signed the bill during his Hawaiian vacation, with no signing ceremony held. In a statement issued later, the president said he was "honored" to sign the bill, which pays for health care for responders believed to have been sickened by pollution at the ruins of the World Trade Center in New York...1/2

East Tennessee

Henley Bridge closed for major repairs






"It's in pretty bad shape, and if you look underneath the bridge, you can see that it's in dire need of being repaired," said Jack Stout, Sr. Project Engineer for Thompson Engineering.

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

12/30 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
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  • Transocean refuses chemical board inquiry
  • Green groups charge EPA coal-ash errors
  • Calif. champions regional climate pact
  • D'Agostino shares arms-control award

science & technology

New Prehistoric Crocodile Found in "Kitchen Counters"

(National Geographic) Fossils of a new species of ancient crocodile cousin have been found in limestone once destined for Italian kitchen countertops, a new study says...12/30



Blood test to spot cancer gets big boost from J&J

(Phys.Org) Boston scientists who invented the test and health care giant Johnson & Johnson will announce Monday that they are joining forces to bring it to market. Four big centers also will start studies using the experimental test this year...1/3

Intel's upcoming Core chips to secure streaming movies

(ComputerWorld) Intel on Monday said that it was building a hardware security layer in its next-generation Core chips to prevent streaming movies from being copied. The chip feature, called Insider, includes an end-to-end protection layer and management feature to unlock high-definition movies from online streaming services, said Karen Regis, consumer Consumer Client Marketing Manager at Intel...1/3

Other Stories

The Goods: January 2011's Hottest Gadgets

(Popular Science) Start the new year off right with a pocket camcorder toting a projector, a garbage bag that's green, an all-in-one Bluetooth adapter for your car and more...12/30

What Is Net Neutrality? What Does This Mean To You?

(International Business Times) As the name indicates, Net Neutrality (also known as Network Neutrality or Internet neutrality) is all about creating a neutral internet. The term supports the view that Internet traffic should be treated equally.  The term also backs that internet should be an open platform like any other utility used in our home like electricity as Internet has already become part and parcel of our lives and has been indispensable...1/3