Friday, January 14, 2011
ORNL in the News

Gov.-elect Haslam talks strategies for regional economic development

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Haslam was the headliner at this morning's forum on economic development sponsored by the Innovation Valley. Other speakers included Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason....1/13

New microscopy technique could advance battery performance

(Medill Reports) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed electrochemical strain microscopy, a new method to detect the motion of lithium-ions on a nano-scale, which could enhance lithium-ion battery performance....1/13


America to end its search for the 'God particle'

(Christian Science Monitor) The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) is pulling the plug on the Tevatron, the only American particle collider capable of finding the Higgs boson, or 'God particle.'...1/13

East Tennessee

STEM school approval a vote for innovation

(Knoxville News Sentinel) [Opinion] The Knox County school board moved forward with a science and technology academy at the historic L&N Station on Wednesday, establishing the system's first standalone magnet school. The school will focus on the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math....1/13


A Clamor for Gun Limits, but Few Expect Real Changes

(New York Times) Gun rights advocates and lawmakers said that there was little chance the attack would produce new legislation or a change in a national culture that has long been accepting of guns....1/14

State & Regional

Haslam talks regional development, jobs in Oak Ridge

(WBIR-TV) Throughout the campaign, Tennessee Governor-Elect Bill Haslam trumpeted a plan for creating jobs in Tennessee and says when he's officially in office this weekend, that priority will not change a bit....1/14

energy & science policy

Obama administration cracks down on mountaintop mining

(Washington Post) The Environmental Protection Agency took the unusual step of revoking a permit Thursday for the country's largest surface mine, a setback for the controversial practice of "mountaintop removal" that helps produce 10 percent of the nation's coal....1/13 [Registration Required]

science & technology

The Spin Doctor

(PhysOrg) An electron spin can be compared to the needle of a compass that points either north or south. Some electrons in a full shell point up, canceling out the electromagnetic fields of an equal number of electrons that point down....1/13

Milky Way's dark-matter satellite in stargazers' sights

(BBC) Scientists have proposed a means to track down the dark dwarf galaxies that should be orbiting the Milky Way, saying they have found evidence of one....1/14

In Highlighting Radon's Risks, Context Needed

(NPR) Every January, the Environment Protection Agency and other federal agencies hit the airwaves to tell us that radon gas can kill and that every home should be tested. But that message skips over many complexities surrounding the risks from radon....1/14

Other Stories

Detroit auto show proves how important small cars will be

(USA Today) The business case against small cars is strong. Simplified, it goes like this: Americans don't want them, won't pay the dramatically higher prices required for them to be profitable — and don't need them because gas still is cheap.