Wednesday, February 2, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL Receives Two National Tech Transfer Awards

(Newswise) The Federal Laboratory Consortium awards recognize Oak Ridge National Laboratory employees who have accomplished outstanding work in the process of transferring a technology developed by a federal laboratory to the commercial marketplace. The ORNL recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony in May at the FLC national meeting in Nashville....2/1

Uranium Prices Continue to Surge

(Uranium Investing News) President Obama called for low-carbon energy, including nuclear sources, to provide 80 percent of America's electricity by 2035, in a State of the Union speech that stressed the need for new innovation and direct investment in energy technology. Focusing on several transformative energy related "Apollo projects of our time," Obama mentioned one initiative at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which he indicated utilizes "supercomputers to get a lot more power out of our nuclear facilities."...2/1

ORNL demolitions: 18 down, 27 to go

(Knoxville News Sentinel) According to ORNL environmental manager Dirk Van Hoesen, 18 buildings have been demolished (a total of about 100,000 square feet), with 27 more to go (totaling 80,000 square feet). Most of the demolition work will be accomplished this year, although some may extend into Fiscal Year 2012, he said....2/2

China Takes Lead in Race for Clean Nuclear Power

(Wired) China will launch a program to develop a thorium-fueled molten-salt nuclear reactor. In the 1960s and 70s, the United States carried out extensive research on thorium and MSRs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. That work was abandoned — partly, believe many, because uranium reactors generated bomb-grade plutonium as a byproduct....2/1

East Tennessee

50 years later, UT's first black alumni lead celebration kickoff

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Charles Blair and Theotis Robinson Jr. led a march Tuesday from the Torchbearer statue to University Center as part of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of integration at the University of Tennessee....2/2

Schaad Lumber closing

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Schaad Lumber is a separate business from Schaad Companies, a real estate holding company, and its closing will not have any impact on the other family business....2/1

State & Regional

Gov. Bill Haslam doubts state revenues will come roaring back next year

(Tennessean) Gov. Bill Haslam is casting doubt on predictions that state revenues will come roaring back next year, but he says the state's tax receipts may still rebound enough this year to stave off layoffs and save some programs....2/2

National

Obama presses Mubarak to move 'now'

(Washington Post) President Obama, clearly frustrated by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's intention to retain his hold on power until elections later this year, said Tuesday evening that he has told Mubarak that a transition to representative government "must begin now."...2/2

Major storm wallops nation's midsection

(USA Today) A vast, potent winter storm barreled across the nation's midsection Tuesday, depositing dangerous amounts of ice and snow before aiming for the winter-weary Northeast....2/2

Other Stories

The World's Most Beautiful River

(Slate) The Caño Cristales in Colombia is an otherworldly "river of five colors," a blood-red stream whose floor is polka-dotted with potholes of bright yellow sand and lime-green river plants....2/1

energy & science policy

Businesses Take Flight, With Help From NASA

(New York Times) Last year, the Obama administration pushed through an ambitious transformation for NASA: canceling the Ares I rocket, which was to be the successor to the current generation of space shuttles, and turning to the commercial sector for astronaut transportation....2/1

U.S. unlikely to reach goal of 1 million electrics on the road by 2015, report says

(Washington Post) President Obama's goal of putting 1 million plug-in electric cars on the road within four years is unlikely to be met because automakers are not planning to make enough cars due to uncertain consumer demand, auto industry leaders concluded in a report being released Wednesday....2/2 [Registration Required]

Administration Looks Ahead to FY 2012 Budget Release

(AIP Bulletin) Yesterday the White House announced that the Administration will send its FY 2012 budget request to Congress on Monday, February 14. The submission is a week later than usual because the confirmation of the new director of the Office of Management and Budget was delayed....2//1

Inside Energy Extra

2/1 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Lawmakers mull energy-bill options
** Supreme Court urged to nix CO2 case
** Industry role key to CO2 pipes: DOE
** DOE to empty heating-oil reserve

science & technology

Ship wreck reveals ancient secrets of medicine

(Washington Post) DNA trapped in medicines found aboard a two thousand-year-old Roman ship is yielding clues to health care in the ancient world....2/1 [Registration Required]

Nano research fit for a king: Scientists test strength of composite bonds one nanotube at a time

(PhysOrg) Arthur pulled a sword from a stone, proving to a kingdom that right beats might. Researchers at Rice University are making the same point in the nanoscale realm....2/2

Unknown, Uncontacted Tribe Photographed in Brazilian Jungle

(Wired) A previously uncontacted tribe has been found in Amazon jungle, with aerial photographs giving a glimpse of people who've had no known contact with anyone except their tribal neighbors. Taken by Brazil's Indian Affairs department, the photographs were released Jan. 31 by Survival International, a tribal-advocacy group....2/1

Mars500 crew 'arrives at Red Planet' on simulated mission

(BBC) The crew of the Mars500 simulated mission to the Red Planet have reached a key milestone. The six men, sealed since June inside steel containers representing a spacecraft, have "gone into orbit" at their destination....2/1