Monday, February 28, 2011
ORNL in the News

What's lost in the House budget cuts

(Washington Post) (scroll down)

Fully half of U.S. economic growth since 1945 can be attributed to investments in science and technology. Our colleagues Paul Alivisatos, Eric Isaacs, Sam Aronson and Michael Kluse - the other directors of the Department of Energy's Multi-program National Laboratories - agree that the competitive advantage the United States retains in technological innovation would be seriously jeopardized by extensive cuts to research proposed in House Resolution 1 for fiscal 2011...2/27

Nissan seeks approval for solar-powered car-charging station

(Tennessean) In yet another sign of Nissan's commitment to electric vehicles, the automaker wants to build a solar-assisted auto charging station — the first the automaker has built — at its Nissan Americas headquarters in Franklin...This charging station is a small part of a nationwide effort to build vehicle charging stations throughout the United States by next year. Nissan has been working with TVA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute in Knoxville...2/25

Recovery Act spending at Oak Ridge sites

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As of the end of 2010, the total spent on EM work at ORNL was $68.9 million. By Sept. 30, that total is projected to reach $149 million...2/27



Scientists work to make personalized genomics affordable for patients

(R&D Magazine) In 2008, a research team led by Aleksei Aksimentiev, assistant professor in the physics department at the Univ. of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, began a project to create machines for personal genome sequencing that will be more accessible to hospitals. Using Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Jaguar, one of the world's fastest supercomputers, Aksimentiev and his team is developing a nanopore approach, which promises a drastic reduction in time and costs for DNA sequencing...2/25

Delphi-Led Partnership Selected to Showcase Technology at 2011 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit; Delphi, International Rectifier and Oak Ridge National Laboratory working to implement $8.4 million award to develop next-generation HEV/EV electronics

(Smartgrid) Delphi Automotive has been selected to participate in the prestigious Technology Showcase at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, co-hosted by the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) and the CleanTechnology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI) Feb. 28 to March 2 at the Gaylord Convention Center just outside Washington, D.C...2/25





DOE outlines remaining Oak Ridge cleanup work

(Oak Ridger) U.S. Department of Energy officials on Thursday said they have made significant progress cleaning up federal facilities using economic stimulus funding; and they outlined some of the work that remains to be done -- from cleaning up contaminated soil to demolishing buildings...2/25

State & Regional

TN teachers union gets mixed grades

(WBIR) Melanie Collins has few harsh words for the union she left three years ago.  Some of its political stances haven't agreed with hers. But she says it has done good work for teachers as well - public advocacy, an hour for planning each day, the ability to eat lunch without having to watch dozens of students at the same time...2/27






Obama welcomes governors to White House

(Associated Press) President Barack Obama welcomed the nation's governors to the White House on Sunday night, joking that the black-tie dinner shared some of the qualities of the Academy Awards taking place in Hollywood...2/27

Behind a Rise in Auto Sales, Easier Credit

(New York Times) Detroit is crowing that the auto industry is back, but so far, at least, it is a success story built as much on a revival in lending as on the development of desirable cars...2/27

East Tennessee

Schools poised to offer local produce for meals

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Much of the tomatoes, lettuce and other vegetables served this spring for public school lunches will be grown locally, according to Knox County Schools' new director of school nutrition and food services, Jon Dickl...2/27




energy & science policy

FY 2012 Request for Defense Science and Technology Programs

(AIP) “The 2012 Budget invests in the Department of Defense’s (DOD) long-term scientific and technological innovation to ensure that the Nation has access to the best defense systems in the world...."2/25

FY 2012 Request for National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

(AIP) The budget for NIBIB would increase by 1.8 percent or $5.7 million from $316.4 million to $322.1 million under the FY 2012 budget request submitted by President Obama to Congress...2/25

Inside Energy Extra

2/25 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • Short CR plan targets energy for $480M
  • Parnell still hopeful about Alaska line
  • USDA taking steps to boost biofuels

science & technology

Shuttle Discovery docks at the Space Station for its final mission

(CSMonitor) Resupply activity aboard the International Space Station moves into full swing today as the combined crews from the space shuttle Discovery and the space station begin offloading cargo and preparing for the first of two space walks Monday...2/27

"Thunder Thighs" Dinosaur Thrashed Predators to Death?

(National Geographic) A newfound dinosaur species that used its "exceptionally powerful" thighs to kick predators likely had a bad temper to boot, one expert says. The 46-foot-long (14-meter-long) Brontomerus mcintoshi had an immense blade on its hipbones where strong muscles would have attached, according to a new study...2/23

Other Stories

Web's Hot New Commodity: Privacy

(Wall Street Journal) As the surreptitious tracking of Internet users becomes more aggressive and widespread, tiny start-ups and technology giants alike are pushing a new product: privacy.  Companies including Microsoft Corp., McAfee Inc.—and even some online-tracking companies themselves—are rolling out new ways to protect users from having their movements monitored online...2/28

Comcast, NBC deal opens door for online video

(PhysOrg) New Internet video services from companies such as Netflix and Apple are offering a glimpse of a home entertainment future that doesn't include a pricey monthly cable bill...2/28