ORNL in the News

ORNL Breaks Safety Record

(Newswise) UT-Battelle announced today that Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s approximately 5,000 employees and subcontractors recently passed a historic safety milestone by working 4 million hours without a serious injury.  The new record of safe work performance, which began in September 2010, surpasses a previous record of 3.3 million hours in November 2008...2/4

Old reliables: ORNL, Y-12 continue to pace economy

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A couple of days before taking office, Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Haslam traveled to Oak Ridge to talk economic development, joining business and community leaders for a loosely structured forum at Y-12's New Hope Center...'The fact that the former mayor of Knoxville and the next governor of Tennessee chose to hold an economic development forum in Oak Ridge is a tremendous statement to the importance and value of working together to bring jobs to the region,' Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason said...2/7


Alexander named ranking member of Senate Energy and Water panel

(TMCNet) U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., announced today that he will serve as the highest-ranking Republican, known as the "Ranking Member," on the Senate Committee on Appropriations' Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development..."After we reduce spending, we still must set priorities that make it easier and cheaper to create private-sector jobs," Alexander said in a statement today. "This position will allow me to make sure that priorities like research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, nuclear weapons modernization at Y-12, dredging at the Memphis Port, and construction at Chickamauga Lock and the Wolf Creek and Center Hill Dams get the attention they deserve."

Highly Enriched Uranium Materials FacilityY-12 project spurs dispute

(Knoxville News Sentinel) On March 22, 2010, a flock of visiting dignitaries — including U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu— gathered with employees at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant to celebrate the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility...2/7

Bechtel Jacobs ‘accepts full responsibility’ for mixup on waste sent to Utah

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Bechtel Jacobs Co., said it "accepts full responsibility" for misclassified wastes that were sent to the EnergySolutions nuclear landfill in Utah and later cited for violations after EnergySolutions brought that and other problems to the attention of regulators...2/4

State & Regional

Most Tennesseans approve of legislature

(WBIR) As the General Assembly starts a new term with Republicans firmly in control, Jimmy Turner feels good about what the next two years could bring...2/6



Job growth remains sluggish, though unemployment drops to 9%

(Los Angeles Times) Only 36,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in January, the federal unemployment report says, due in part to bad weather but also a reluctance to hire. Unemployment fell to 9%, which some analysts attribute more to a statistical fluke than substantive gains in hiring...2/4

Obama: U.S. Can't Force Out Mubarak

(FoxNews) The United States can't force out Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, but the Egyptian people will no longer allow unresponsive government without representation or free and fair elections, President Obama said in an interview Sunday with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly...2/6

East Tennessee

Love Kitchen sisters set to appear on Oprah

(WBIR) The Love Kitchen sisters are set to meet the queen of talk.  Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner, who co-founded The Love Kitchen, took off on a plane to Chicago Thursday afternoon.  They're set to tape an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show on Friday...2/4

Non-traditional schools gaining support in Knox

(WBIR) Officials from two of Knox County's newest non-traditional schools met with parents Thursday night.  The STEM Academy will open this Fall in the historic L&N Station and will cater to selected students interested in fields that pertain to science, technology, engineering and math...2/4



energy & science policy

DOE Pursues SunShot Initiative to Achieve Cost Competitive Solar Energy by 2020

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced additional details of the Department of Energy's "SunShot" initiative to reduce the total costs of photovoltaic solar energy systems by about 75 percent so that they are cost competitive at large scale with other forms of energy without subsidies before the end of the decade...2/4

White House Blog Post on the President's "Better Buildings Initiative"

(DOE Press Release) Today the President announced an ambitious initiative to make American businesses more efficient as part of his plan to ensure that America wins the future by out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building the competition...2/4

Inside Energy Extra

2/4 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • DOE awards $27M for 'SunShot' projects
  • Obama, Harper discuss oil pipeline
  • API sees broad support for EPA bill
  • CFTC may phase in Dodd-Frank rules

science & technology

Titanoceratops fossil skullNew Dinosaur: Titanic Triceratops Ancestor?

(National Geographic) At 15,000-pound (6,800-kilogram) the prehistoric titan would have rivaled the African elephant-size Triceratops, which weighed more than 11,000 pounds (5,000 kilograms), according to a new analysis of a partial skeleton.  The beast—which had an 8-foot-long (2.4-meter-long) skull—is the biggest dinosaur found so far in North America during the late Cretaceous period, about 74 million years ago...2/4

Egg Car PhotoA Century of Vehicular DIY

(Popular Science) As lovers of science and innovation, few things delight us more than tinkering around with spare parts. In our 138 years of publication, we've showcased scores of similar-minded inventors who could turn scrap heaps into motorcycles, robots, and four-wheelers...2/4

Verizon Wireless Says iPhone Orders Set Record

(Wall Street Journal) Verizon Wireless said Friday that the number of iPhones it sold in the first two hours of availability exceeded the one-day total for any other device's debut in the carrier's history. Verizon Wireless on Thursday allowed its customers to preorder the iPhone for one day, ahead of the official launch on Feb. 10, and stopped taking orders at night...2/4

Other Stories

Giffords' Husband to Lead Shuttle Mission

(Discovery News) Confident that U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is on the road to recovery after surviving an assassination attempt, her husband, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, is returning to the Johnson Space Center to resume training for a space shuttle mission slated for April...2/4