Friday, February 11, 2011
ORNL in the News

Ready to Burst

(Biodiesel Magazine) Mike Kass from Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently investigated using ultrasonic acoustic energy to remove precipitate formation in biodiesel...2/10

Is Knoxville Ready for Electric Cars?

(Metro Pulse) Because the lithium-ion batteries were designed in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and because the Tennessee Valley Authority is one of the nation's largest energy providers, the Leaf will be sold in Knoxville to a handful of buyers (who have been on the waiting list for months now) before it is sold in New York City....2/10

High-Performance Innovation

(R & D) At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tenn., one of the world's fastest computers, Jaguar, is serving a test bed not only for the way high-level computing is performed, but also for how the latest software for HPC is being developed. "HPC is enabling things that couldn't be done anywhere else," says Buddy Bland, project director of ORNL's Leadership Computing Facility....2/10

DOE

Arnold Schwarzenegger to Join Secretary Chu at ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

(DOE Press Release) The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will keynote the second annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit....2/10

'Perpetual Care Fund' for Oak Ridge nuke landfill reaches $15.48M

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Perpetual Care Fund is the fund that the state of Tennessee and the U.S. Department of Energy agreed to years ago as a way of making sure that the Oak Ridge waste disposal facility will be monitored and cared for long after it stops receiving wastes and is capped and closed....2/9

State & Regional

Haslam wants extra tax revenues saved

(Tennessean) A surge of tax dollars should be used primarily to rebuild Tennessee's dwindling reserves, not spent, Gov. Bill Haslam told a conference of reporters and editors Thursday....2/11

National

Army Backs Mubarak as Crowds Surge

(New York Times) As tens of thousands of chanting protesters thronged Tahrir Square on the 18th day of Egypt's uprising, the powerful armed forces scrambled on Friday to offer assurances and concessions, endorsing President Hosni Mubarak's refusal to step down while seeking to defuse the outrage and anger it has provoked among protesters....2/11

House Republicans divided on spending cuts; for some, it's $100 billion or bust

(Washington Post) An already wobbly week for House Republicans turned chaotic Thursday as their unruly new majority flatly rejected a spending plan crafted by House leaders, saying its cuts fell far short of fulfilling a campaign pledge to slice $100 billion from federal programs....2/11 [Registration Required]

energy & science policy

House Republicans Propose New FY 2011 S&T Budgets

(AIP Bulletin) Next week the House of Representatives may vote on a funding bill that would make significant changes in some S&T agency budgets. Under an initial version of this bill, the budget for the Department of Energy's Office of Science would be reduced by 18.0 percent or $882.3 million from the current level....2/10

science & technology

New Drilling Method Opens Vast U.S. Oil Fields

(Fox News) A new drilling technique is opening up vast fields of previously out-of-reach oil in the western United States, helping reverse a two-decade decline in domestic production of crude....2/10

Fleas' 'Feet' Unleash That Spectacular Leap

(New York Times) When fleas jump, it is no ordinary leap. The insects can shoot as high as 38 times their body length, about three inches....2/10

Fossil find puts 'Lucy' story on firm footing

(BBC) New fossil evidence seems to confirm that a three-million-year-old ancestor of ours dubbed Lucy could walk upright consistently - one of the major advances in human evolution....2/11

Thousands of New Stars Emerge in Glowing Nebula

(Wired) Thousands of young stars come to the fore in a beautiful new image from the Spitzer Space Telescope. The previously unseen stars were born around 1,800 light-years from Earth in a region called the North American Nebula....2/11

Firefly glow: Scientists develop a safe hydrogen peroxide probe based on firefly luciferin

(PhysOrg) Developed by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, this new bioluminescent probe has already provided the first direct experimental evidence that hydrogen peroxide is continuously made even in a healthy animal....2/11

Other Stories

Report: Chinese hackers targeted big oil companies, stole data

(Christian Science Monitor) Several oil companies were targets of hackers seeking 'proprietary' data about global oil finds, cyber security firm MacAfee reported Thursday. All evidence points to cyber spies in China, it says....2/11