Friday, January 21, 2011
ORNL in the News

CERC BEE Consortium Selects Saint-Gobain as its Industrial Research Partner

(AZoBuilding) The CERC BEE features a consortium led by Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory that includes Oak Ridge National Laboratory and industry research partners, such as Saint-Gobain. In its role as an industrial research partner of the CERC BEE, Saint-Gobain will work collaboratively with CERC BEE research labs, share the company's expertise in building science, provide technical support, offer access to the company's research facilities, and supply materials, equipment and more....1/21


Chattanooga-based research institute backers seek $6.25 million

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Stephen E. Meyer, a consultant with Volkert Inc., said a major incentive for number-crunching scientists to reroute their research is the Jaguar, a supercomputer housed in Oak Ridge National Laboratory. "Having the Jaguar shortens the time to having high-impact drugs available for patients," Meyer said. "Eventually, we'll have a patient database -- without the names -- to determine how effective different drugs are for the average individual."...1/19


U.S., China Sign Agreement to Establish Center of Excellence on Nuclear Security

(DOE Press Release) The Department of Energy announced the signing of a government-to-government agreement with the People's Republic of China to establish a Center of Excellence in China to promote effective nuclear security and safeguards. U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and China Atomic Energy Authority Chairman Chen Qiufa signed the memorandum of understanding, which was announced during the state visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to Washington....1/29

Department of Energy Offers First Conditional Commitment for a Loan Guarantee for Advanced Biofuels Plant

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the offer of a conditional commitment to Diamond Green Diesel, LLC, the proposed joint venture between Valero Energy Corporation and Darling International Inc., for a $241 million loan guarantee....1/20

East Tennessee

Sandhill cranes hunting proposal may be deferred

(Tennessean) Members of the state's wildlife commission have recommended that a proposal to allow hunting of sandhill cranes in Tennessee be put off for two years....1/21


House GOP group proposes deep spending cuts over next decade

(New York Times) Congressional conservatives on Thursday demanded far more dramatic reductions in government spending than House GOP leaders have recently proposed, in the first sign of a fissure between old-guard Republicans and tea-party-backed newcomers....1/21 [Registration Required]

Lawmakers Try, Fail to Pin Down Hu

(Wall Street Journal) Chinese President Hu Jintao, on the third day of his state visit, pressed his message that deeper cooperation is good for the U.S. and China, while U.S. lawmakers sought to pin him down on points of contention....1/21

State & Regional

TVA scores legal victory

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA won another round in a court fight against lawsuits from the utility's huge coal ash spill, with a magistrate saying no to plaintiff lawyers who asked to seek damages in a class action....1/20

Tennessee lawmakers pursue cut in Hall investment tax

(Tennessean) Democratic and Republican lawmakers are working on bills that would increase the amount of money exempt from the so-called "Hall tax," reduce the number of senior citizens who have to pay the tax — or possibly even eliminate it over a period of several years....1/21

energy & science policy

Lack of Transmission Lines Is Restricting Wind Power

(New York Times) The lack of transmission lines — and the relatively low price of natural gas — has thwarted the ambitions of wind-power advocates to expand the use of this alternative energy source in Texas....1/20

Inside Energy Extra

1/20 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** House GOP seeks $26B in energy cuts
** DOE to look at shale gas again
** DOE awards 1st loan aid for biofuels
** Arizona solar plant gets $967M in aid
** Barrasso to take aim at EPA regulation

science & technology

In Pursuit of Qubits, Uniting Subatomic Particles by the Billions

(New York Times) Radio waves are used to entangle 10 billion pairs of particles in a silicon crystal, making qubits that will linger as long as several seconds — a lifetime in quantum computing....1/20

New 'Giant' Species Of Crayfish Found In Tennessee Creek

(NPR) Researchers Christopher Taylor, from the University of Illinois, and Guenter Schuster, from Eastern Kentucky University, reveal the discovery in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. The Barbicambarus simmonsi is about 5 inches long — double the length of most crayfish in the region....1/20

2010 hits global temperature high

(BBC) 2010 was the warmest year since global temperature records began in 1850 - although margins of uncertainty make it a statistical tie with 1998 and 2005....1/20

To protect giant pandas, China must preserve old-growth forests, study says

(Washington Post) A major study suggests that if China wants to save its pandas, it should preserve old-growth forests. The study shows that pandas prefer old trees, perhaps because they contain large cavities that can be used as maternity dens. ...1/17

Research finds practicing retrieval is best tool for learning

(PhysOrg) New research from Purdue University says practicing memory retrieval boosts science learning far better than elaborate study methods....1/21

Calif. Plants Put a Wrinkle In Climate Change Plans

(NPR) As the globe warms up, many plants and animals are moving uphill to keep their cool. Conservationists are anticipating much more of this as they make plans to help natural systems adapt to a warming planet. But a new study in Science has found that plants in northern California are bucking this uphill trend in preference for wetter, lower areas....1/21