Monday, January 31, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL project attracts notice

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It was about 8:30 Tuesday evening when Doug Kothe, nuclear engineer and director of the Consortium for the Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, got a call from ORNL colleague Jess Gehin...1/31

ORNL, others honored for element 117 discovery

(Oak Ridger) The National Nuclear Security Administration Friday congratulated Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for receiving a Gordon Battelle Prize for scientific discovery and technology impact. The prize recognizes LLNL and Oak Ridge National Laboratory for their roles in the discovery of a new element on the periodic table, which is tentatively called element 117...1/28

Visualization at Supercomputing Centers

(Vizworld) Wes Bethel (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) , Kelly Gaither (TACC), Hank Childs (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), and Sean Ahern (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) are among the leaders today in the visualization community. They, along with John van Rosendale, Dale Southard, and Eric Brugger, have published a whitepaper titled: Visualization From the Skinny Guys at Big Supercomputer Centers...1/28


Y-12 GM Darrel Kohlhorst talks about the pay freeze, pay raises at the Oak Ridge plant

(Knoxville News Sentinel) During a sit-down interview with Darrel Kohlhorst a few days back, I asked the Y-12 General Manager what kind of feedback he'd received about the pay freeze in effect for the next couple of years. I also asked him about his potential compensation...1/30

State & Regional

Tennessee job growth expected, but not robust increase

(WBIR) An economic forecast from the University of Tennessee says the state won't recover all of the jobs it lost during the recession for another three years. The annual report to the governor by the UT Center for Business and Economic Research says job growth is expected to gain vigor in 2011, but non-farm employment won't fully recover until 2014...1/28

Alderson pulls out of running for Anderson County mayor

(Oak Ridger) Mark Alderson, who has served since Jan. 5 as Anderson County's interim mayor, has withdrawn his name from the list of those who will be considered by County Commission Monday night to lead the county until 2012...Alderson has spent almost 30 years working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory/UT-Battelle as a firefighter and emergency medical technician...1/28

Bill Theobald: Tennessee gains influence in Congress despite new faces

(Tennessean) (editorial) Members of the state's congressional delegation have won committee assignments for this Congress that will give Tennesseans a voice on how much they'll pay in taxes, what their children will learn in school, and how much federal funding the state will get...1/30





Obama administration aligns itself with protests in Egypt with call for 'orderly transition'

(Washington Post) The Obama administration firmly aligned itself on Sunday with the protest movement that has overtaken Egypt, calling for an "orderly transition" to a more representative government amid rising U.S. concern that the demonstrations are turning violent and that unrest could spread across the Arab world...1/31

Home Prices Sink Further

(Wall Street Journal) Home values are falling at an accelerating rate in many cities across the U.S.  The Wall Street Journal's latest quarterly survey of housing-market conditions found that prices declined in all of the 28 major metropolitan areas tracked during the fourth quarter when compared to a year earlier...1/31

U.S. Default Would Be Finance `Disaster,' Not on Table, House Speaker Says

(Bloomberg) A U.S. default would be a “financial disaster” and the issue is not “even on the table,” Speaker of the House John Boehner said.  Boehner said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” that the Obama administration must be willing to work with Republicans to cut spending if it seeks an increase in the government’s debt ceiling...1/31

East Tennessee

Telethon raises $1,159,000+ for East TN Children's Hospital

(WBIR) Generosity in the East Tennessee area will once again improve the lives of countless sick children and babies at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Sunday evening's Children's Miracle Network Telethon raised more than $1,159,000 for the cause...1/31

energy & science policy

House Science Committee Chairman and Ranking Member Respond to State of the Union Address

(AIP) The Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee have given some initial indications of the likely response of the committee and Congress to the science and technology proposals in President Obama’s State of the Union.  Both issued statements following the address...1/28

Inside Energy Extra

1/28 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • Chu elaborates more on 'clean' coal
  • US monitors Mideast turmoil: Chu
  • Shell files first under new BOEM rules
  • Upton hits NRC; commission responds
  • Gas lobby gears up over pipe safety

science & technology

11 Ways Science and Technology Are Waging War on Winter

(Popular Science) Here in New York City, we've just been hit with yet another round of snow, and it got us thinking: There must be somebody working on a way to get rid of this fluffy white menace. As it turns out, there are lots of people working on it! Here are some of our favorites...1/27

Humans Left Trees 4.2 Million Years Ago

(Discovery News) Early human ancestors stopped swinging in trees and started walking on the ground sometime between 4.2 and 3.5 million years ago, according to a new study.  This key moment, when our ancestors became anatomically and behaviorally less ape-like, coincides with increased cooling, more defined seasonality, and a grassland growth spurt...1/28

Other Stories

Cold truths about electric cars' cold-weather shortcomings

(Washington Post) It is a basic fact of physical science that batteries run down more quickly in cold weather than they do in warm weather, and the batteries employed by vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf or the Chevy Volt are no exception...1/28

Egypt's Tombs, Temples Under Siege

(Discovery News) Egyptians are bravely defending their cultural heritage, according to a statement from Ismail Serageldin, librarian of Alexandria and director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.  “The young people organized themselves into groups that directed traffic, protected neighborhoods and guarded public buildings of value such as the Egyptian Museum and the Library of Alexandria,” he said...1/30