Wednesday, January 18, 2012
ORNL in the News

Neutron Scattering GridNeutron Scattering Provides Window Into Surface Interactions

(Newswise) To better understand the fundamental behavior of molecules at surfaces, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are combining the powers of neutron scattering with chemical analysis. Michelle Kidder and A.C. Buchanan, physical organic chemists, and Ken Herwig, neutron scattering scientist, used neutron scattering to study the physical motion of a chemically attached organic molecule inside a silica nanopore, MCM41...1/17

State finds 'no validity' to allegations against IMPACT Services

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The state said today it has found "no validity" at this point to a series of allegations levied against IMPACT Services on a national hotline for reporting nuclear and chemical incidents...Among the company's clients is the U.S. Department of Energy. According to a previous report, IMPACT is supposed to receive a 4,000-gallon tank that was recently excavated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...1/17


Problems plague cleanup at Hanford nuclear waste site

(USA Today) Seven decades after scientists came here during World War II to create plutonium for the first atomic bomb, a new generation is struggling with an even more daunting task: cleaning up the radioactive mess...1/18

East Tennessee

TVA completes financing to lease Sevier plant

(WATE) The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has completed the financing needed to lease the John Sevier plant in Rogersville. The federal utility said Tuesday it will receive $1 billion for leasing the plant to John Sevier Combined Cycle Generation LLC. TVA will complete the 880-megawatt natural gas-fired plant, then lease it for 30 years...1/18


Protest on Web Uses Shutdown to Take On Two Piracy Bills

(New York Times) With a Web-wide protest on Wednesday that includes a 24-hour shutdown of the English-language Wikipedia, the legislative battle over two Internet piracy bills has reached an extraordinary moment — a political coming of age for a relatively young and disorganized industry that has largely steered clear of lobbying and other political games in Washington...1/17

U.S. losing high-tech manufacturing jobs to Asia

(Washington Post) The United States lost more than a quarter of its high-tech manufacturing jobs during the past decade as U.S.-based multinational companies placed a growing percentage of their research-and-development operations overseas, the National Science Board reported Tuesday...1/17

energy & science policy

DOE official looking at expanding research of small nuclear reactors

(TriCity Herald) Research will be moving forward this year toward development and design certification of small modular nuclear reactors, said Peter Lyons, the Department of Energy assistant secretary of nuclear energy...1/18

science & technology

Single-Celled OrganismsBiologists Replicate Key Evolutionary Step

(Science Daily) More than 500 million years ago, single-celled organisms on Earth's surface began forming multicellular clusters that ultimately became plants and animals. Just how that happened is a question that has eluded evolutionary biologists...1/17

PollutantsPollutants key to climate fix

(Nature News) Buses spew clouds of black exhaust fumes in Mexico City while, in India, wood burnt in rudimentary stoves fills houses with sooty smoke. Methane leaks from gas pipelines in Russia and rice paddies in China, eventually breaking down in sunlight and contributing to the production of smog and ozone...1/17

Gas DerrickShale Gas: A Boon That Could Stunt Alternatives, Study Says

(National Geographic) Shale gas has transformed the U.S. energy landscape in the past several years—but it may crowd out renewable energy and other ways of cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a new study warns...1/17

Other Stories

Lawmakers Proposed $1 Tril In New Spending Last Year

(Investor's Business Daily) Despite endless talk of spending cuts and fiscal restraint in Washington over the past year, lawmakers continued to act as though the government doesn't spend nearly enough...1/17

Homicide drops off US list of top causes of death

(Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette) For the first time in almost half a century, homicide has fallen off the list of the nation's top 15 causes of death, bumped by a lung illness that often develops in elderly people who have choked on their food...1/12

Out there

Illinois law lets motorists salvage fur, food from roadkill

(USA Today) In six years of trapping, one thing has become apparent to Cody Champ: His pursuit of animal pelts isn't cheap, costing him $100 a week just for gas. So, it's little wonder the Illinois man welcomed a recent state law that allows him to get a few freebies, even if he needs a shovel and good gloves...1/17