Tuesday, January 25, 2011
ORNL in the News

Program for scientists of tomorrow

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A new doctoral program offered by the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory aims to produce a new breed of scientists prepared to tackle a diverse set of domestic energy problems. Created as part of the new Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, a collaboration between UT and ORNL, the program combines energy science and engineering and allows students to focus on a particular area of research while also taking coursework related to other fields theirs likely will intersect...1/25


G2 in the spotlight; ORNL played key role on Global Threat Reduction Initiative project

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration today received a top award from the Project Management Institute for development of G2 -- an advanced information system that's used to instantaneously keep track of all things important on global projects to secure materials of potential use in weapons of mass destruction...1/24

New DOE Bioenergy Web Site Has ORNL Roots

(Newswise) Policy makers, industry, researchers and the public have a new way to gain and share information about biofuels with the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework, or KDF, developed by a team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and sponsored by the Department of Energy...1/25

How to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Transportation

(Greenchipstocks.com) “The Gulf oil disaster tragically reminds us that our oil dependence carries significant risks for our security and environment,” said Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change...The study was written by David L. Greene, corporate fellow of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Steven Plotkin, a staff scientist with Argonne National Laboratory’s Center for Transportation Research...1/24

Scrambling to Close the Isotope Gap

(Science) ...Last year, NNSA awarded $2 million to GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy in Wilmington, North Carolina, to speed up efforts to commercialize Mo-99 production through neutron capture...Producing Mo-99 by absorbing neutrons eliminates the need for U-235. The separation process also generates far less radioactive waste than traditional methods do. It does require extremely powerful neutron sources, however, such as the High Flux Isotope Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...1/21


Demolition work under way at K-33 Building

(Oak Ridger) Demolition work has begun on another giant building at a former uranium enrichment plant in West Oak Ridge. This time, it's the 32-acre K-33 Building on the western side of the former K-25 Site...1/21

Departments of Energy and Commerce Announce New Partnership to Further Cooperation on Renewable Energy Modeling and Forecasting

(DOE Press Release) The Department of Energy and the Department of Commerce today announced a new agreement to further collaboration between the agencies on renewable energy modeling and weather forecasting, which will help enable the nation's renewable energy resources to be used more effectively by business and entrepreneurs...1/24


State of the Union: The crafting of a speech

(CS Monitor) A former White House speechwriter tells what goes into drafting the State of the Union address and how the annual message to Congress has changed since the days of quill pens...1/24

State & Regional

Bioscience sector provided one quarter of recent new jobs in Memphis and Tennessee

(Commercial Appeal) Bioscience industries in Tennessee and the Memphis region beat national averages in 2008 and 2009, and the sector remains a "legitimate star" in national and local economies...1/24

Endangered Places in the South

(Tennessean) The Southern Environmental Law Center has announced its 2011 Most Endangered Places in the South, including the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. The SELC hopes to raise public awareness about threats to the environment throughout the South...1/24

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

1/24 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Obama seen making clean-energy push in Tuesday's State of the Union address
- Shift tact on energy security: Lugar
- EEI seeks 'reasonable' rules from Obama
- DOI drops plan for faster wind review
- DOI accepting adviser nominations

science & technology

Scientists Rethink the Kilogram

(Time) Monday kicks off an urgent meeting between some of the greatest minds in science, a debate that could result in a rethinking of the most elemental scientific measurements. Will the kilogram ever be the same?...1/24

New Device May Revolutionize Computer Memory

(Science Daily) Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new device that represents a significant advance for computer memory, making large-scale "server farms" more energy efficient and allowing computers to start more quickly...1/24

Science pubs quench a thirst for knowledge

(USA Today) ...Last year, new science pubs started in at least 27 cities across the country, from Kirkland, Wash., to Washington, D.C., said Jennifer Larese, outreach coordinator for NOVA scienceNOW at WGBH public television in Boston, which uses grant money to promote science pubs...1/22

Other Stories

USDA acknowledges a hand in one mass bird death

(CS Monitor) One in a series of mysterious mass bird deaths in the past month was the product of a USDA avicide program, which began as operation Bye Bye Blackbird in the 1960s...1/20

Could Climate Change Have Led To The Fall Of Rome?

(NPR) Rome may have fallen hundreds of years ago, but much of the civilization the Romans built still dots the landscape today. One team of scientists recently unearthed a different kind of Roman artifact that may hold a strange clue to the empire's downfall...6/22

The People’s Electric, Ready to Claim Power

(NY Times) The Nissan Leaf has arrived, bringing with it a new era of all-electric transportation. Now, will the charging infrastructure follow?...1/25

Confusion, blame follow Moscow airport bombing

(Washington Post) Two suicide bombers, a man and a woman, may have carried out the attack on Domodedovo Airport here Monday that killed 35 and injured more than 100, a Russian investigator told a state-controlled news agency Tuesday...1/25