Wednesday, January 12, 2011
ORNL in the News

Grad students galore at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A couple of new graduate programs shared between long-time partners University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are expected to dramatically boost the number of grad students on the ORNL campus in the next few years and that number will probably double -- projected to reach about 400 -- as ORNL involves other universities in the educational initiatives....1/11

 

Natural dissolved organic matter plays dual role in cycling of mercury

(PhysOrg) Nature has a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde relationship with mercury, but researchers Liyuan Liang and Baohua Gu at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have made a discovery that ultimately could help explain the split personality....1/11

DOE

Tevatron atom smasher to close in September

(PhysOrg) The 25-year-old Tevatron particle accelerator in the US will end its operations in September this year since no funds are available to extend its life for three more years....1/11

State slaps DOE, says it's letting Oak Ridge cleanup lag

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Paul Sloan, the deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, outlined the state's concerns in a strongly worded letter to Ines Triay, DOE's assistant secretary for environmental management....1/12

National

Southeast states 'like a big ice skating rink'

(USA Today) The third snow in three weeks for Mid-Atlantic and New England states began late Tuesday in New York and was likely to reach Massachusetts by midafternoon today....1/12

Police Say They Visited Tucson Suspect's Home Even Before Rampage

(New York Times) The police said they were reviewing the details of their calls to the home of Jared L. Loughner, who was described by a friend as having embraced nihilism....1/12

State & Regional

Beth Harwell takes gavel as speaker of House, makes Tennessee history

(Tennessean) Tennessee lawmakers selected Beth Harwell to be the speaker of the House of Representatives, electing the first woman to the post in the state's history with unanimous support....1/12

Bredesen commutes Edward Harbison's death sentence, pardons 22 others

(Tennessean) Gov. Phil Bredesen on Tuesday pardoned 22 people, exonerated one and commuted the sentences of four, including convicted murderer and death row inmate Edward Harbison....1/12

energy & science policy

America COMPETES Reauthorization Bill Signed Into Law

(AIP Bulletin) COMPETES keeps America on a path of leadership in an ever more competitive world. It authorizes the continued growth of the budgets of three key agencies that are incubating and generating the breakthroughs of tomorrow -- the Department of Energy's Office of Science, the laboratories of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Science Foundation....1/11

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Panel urges major reforms

(BBC) A major US report into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has called for wide-ranging reforms of the oil industry to prevent a repeat of the disaster....1/11

Inside Energy Extra

1/11 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Gulf spill panel offers drilling remedies
** DOE aids Abengoa ethanol plant
** Shale vital to fight poverty: Official
** Decision dooms Fermilab facility

science & technology

Ancient winemaking operation unearthed in Armenian cave

(Washington Post) Scientists have unearthed a surprisingly advanced winemaking operation, surrounded by storage jars, and say it dates back 6,000 years, making it the earliest known site in the world for wine-making with grapes, by far....1/11 [Registration Required]

Lemur See, Lemur Do: Lower Primates Show Glimmer of Culture

(Wired) Black-and-white ruffed lemurs can learn to do complex tasks simply by watching a fellow member of their troop. That lemurs can learn socially like their distant primate relatives, including apes and humans, suggests they possess an underpinning to human-like culture....1/12

Novel technique selects molecules according to their chemical properties and dimensions

(PhysOrg) A new molecular separation system devised by researchers at MIT could add an important new capability: a way to selectively filter out molecules of the same size that have different chemical properties...1/12.

Other Stories

The War of the Worlds, Round 2

(New York Times) Now, researchers say that the largest possible Eris, the rival to Pluto that was discovered six years ago, is actually smaller than the smallest possible Pluto....1/11