ORNL in the News

Neutron Scattering and Full-Spectrum Solar Cells

(Energyblog) Oak Ridge National Lab and North Carolina State University scientists are helping to develop medicines that will block the spread of viruses. Using the Bio-SANS instrument at ORNL’s High Flux Isotope Reactor, these researchers are studying how viruses change their structure as they move between different host species. Through small angle neutron scattering they were able to compare the structural details of viruses from mammalian and insect cells...1/28

Four ORNL teams win Gordon Battelle Prizes; $5K grants go to 4 local schools

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Four research teams from Oak Ridge National Laboratory were tapped for the inaugural Gordon Battelle Prizes that recognize top advancements at labs where Battelle plays a significant management role. The awards include $5,000 grants for schools of the winners' choice...1/31

Eureka: $20 Million for Science and Math

(Tennessee Alumnus) A consortium of Tennessee universities, led by UT, has won a $20-million grant from the National Science Foundation to boost energy-related research and education...Joining UT Knoxville and the UT Space Institute in the collaborative group are schools from the Tennessee Board of Regents system, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and private universities, including Vanderbilt...1/31

DOE

Almost half of K-25 buildings are demolished

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...More than 220 of the 500 facilities at the former K-25 Site have been demolished, said Ben Williams of DOE's Oak Ridge Office. Those demolished buildings accounted for nearly 60 percent of the total "footprint" at the 1,500-acre site, which is now part of the East Tennessee Technology Park...1/31

State & Regional

Tennessee Veterans Business Association Strikes Positive Chord

(PRNewswire) Formed just months ago, the Tennessee Veterans Business Association has struck hard and fast on behalf of veteran-owned businesses...1/31

Nissan Progresses Construction of Electric Vehicle Battery Plant in Tennessee

(PRNewswire) Construction is progressing on Nissan's manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tenn., which will produce lithium-ion batteries to power the Nissan LEAF zero-emission vehicle. The all-electric Nissan LEAF will be produced at Nissan's vehicle assembly facility in Smyrna beginning in 2012...1/26

National

On Mubarak, U.S. charts a delicate course

(Washington Post) The Obama administration, after initially underestimating the force and determination of anti-government demonstrations in Egypt, appeared Monday to have settled on a public and private course of action that officials hope will lead to President Hosni Mubarak's departure from office sooner rather than later...2/1

East Tennessee

Ayres Hall: Better than New

(Tennessee Alumnus) ... Ayres Hall is nearly 90 years old, and after a massive renovation, the building is looking better—and operating more efficiently—than ever...1/31

 

energy & science policy

Hawaii's 'Big Wind' Power Project Stirs Up Fans, Foes

(NPR) In Hawaii, hearings begin Tuesday for the state's Big Wind project. The plan is for a massive wind farm of hundreds windmills to span several islands. It's the largest renewable energy project for a state racing to get off oil...2/1

Inside Energy Extra

1/31 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Bingaman, White House to mull standard
- DOE seeks input on easing regulations
- Support builds for anti-regulation bill
- Schools urge change in DOE reviews

science & technology

The Race to Save the Bats

(Popular Mechanics) An epidemic has wiped out millions of bats across the U.S. and Canada. To save this species, scientists must quickly find the disease's weakness...1/31

Inquiry into UK cuts in science

(BBC News) The House of Commons science committee has launched an inquiry into cuts in astronomy and particle physics funding...1/27

New Transistors: An Alternative to Silicon and Better Than Graphene

(Science Daily) ...A discovery made at EPFL could play an important role in electronics, allowing us to make transistors that are smaller and more energy efficient...1/30

Bacterial Biofilms Beat Teflon in Repelling Liquids

(Wired Science) Slimy mats of bacteria called biofilms may be the most liquid-repellent materials in nature, researchers have discovered...1/31

Gulf Spill Dispersants Surprisingly Long-lasting

(National Geographic News) Massive amounts of chemical dispersants pumped into the Gulf of Mexico to break up the BP oil spill remained deep underwater for months, new research shows...1/27

Other Stories

Will Egypt’s Revolution Mean Oil Armageddon?

(Forbes) [editorial] So far Egypt’s Suez Canal is operating normally. There has been no threat of closure, and there probably won’t be. Why? Because if the Suez were to be blocked the U.S. would have no choice but to step right into the mud of Egyptian politics to pry it open again...1/31