Wednesday, February 15, 2012
ORNL in the News

US Energy Secretary touring Oak Ridge Laboratory

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is touring the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Nuclear Modeling and Simulation Energy Innovation Hub...2/15

New study explores proteins in Yellowstone bacteria for biofuel inspiration

(PhysOrg) Studies of bacteria first found in Yellowstone's hot springs are furthering efforts at the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center toward commercially viable ethanol production from crops such as switchgrass..."Consolidated bioprocessing is like a one-pot mix," said Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Richard Giannone, coauthor on a BESC proteomics study that looked at one microorganism candidate...2/14

Lawmaker wants to inform others about ORNL work

(Oak Ridger) U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann recently completed his first year in Congress..In the next year -- Congress returned to the nation's capitol Jan. 17 -- Fleischmann said he'll continue to advocate for work that's being done at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex. "I constantly have to push for what goes on here," he said...2/14

ORNL hopes to win advanced batteries research project

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been highly successful in recent years by winning scientific competitions, and the lab has its sights set on another big prize: a five-year, $120 million project to focus research on advanced batteries and electrical energy storage...2/15

DOE

Obama's budget: Oak Ridge, NNSA hikes

(Oak Ridger) National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Tom D’Agostino has highlighted “the strong support for NNSA” in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget request, which was delivered to Congress on Monday...2/14

State & Regional

Deal saves state wildlife commission, gives it a new name

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A legislative impasse that threatened existence of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission was potentially eliminated Tuesday with House committee approval of a bill that would change the commission's name but not its basic functions...2/15

National

CarrierU.S. carrier crosses Hormuz amid rising Gulf tensions

(Reuters) A U.S. aircraft carrier strike group sailed through the Strait of Hormuz Tuesday more than a month after Iran warned a different carrier -- USS John C. Stennis -- not to return to the Gulf as Iranian navy boats sailed by...2/14

Tentative payroll tax pact reached

(USA Today) Congress neared a deal late Tuesday to extend the payroll tax break and unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed as well as head off a scheduled Medicare payment drop to doctors who treat seniors through the end of the year as part of a $160 billion legislative package...2/14

energy & science policy

FY 2013 Request would Maintain but Delay NSF, DOE Science, and NIST Budget Doubling

(AIP) ...“We think, and the President thinks, that it is absolutely key to the country’s future to continue to make these investments in research and development and STEM education in order to have the sort of future that I think all Americans want and expect.”...2/14

Obama Proposes $27 Billion Budget for Department of Energy

(Yahoo News) According to the Department of Energy, President Barack Obama has made a $27 billion budget request for fiscal year 2013 to pursue an "all of the above" approach to energy development in the nation. Here are the details...2/14

science & technology

Large Hadron ColliderLHC to Crank Up Collision Energies for 2012

(Discovery News) The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) performed extremely well in 2011 and now engineers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) near Geneva, Switzerland, want to crank up the juice through 2012...2/14

Geothermal pondDebate bubbles over the origin of life

(Nature News) How life began is one of nature’s enduring mysteries. Fossil and biological clues have led scientists to estimate that cells originated on this planet about four billion years ago, but exactly what catalysed their emergence has remained elusive...2/13

NASA's Mars Budget Takes a Beating, Leaving Europe to Fly Joint Missions Solo

(Popular Science) Of the panoply of dollar values and percentages that made headlines during yesterday’s federal budget unveiling, there’s one number that stands out that nonetheless received almost no mention yesterday: Five...2/15

Other Stories

Gas prices' earliest-ever rise above $3.50 a bad sign for motorists

(The Morning Call) American motorists have seen the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline rise above $3.50 a gallon on just three occasions, but it has never happened this early in the year...2/14

AppleApple crosses $500-per-share mark

(USA Today) Powered by the popularity of its mobile devices, such as the iPhone, Apple's stock continues its breathtaking rise that knocks down any thresholds that stand in its way...2/14