Tuesday, February 28, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL tool puts spotlight on nation's electricity generation capacity

(Physics Today) A technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory could streamline and strengthen the process for siting power plants while potentially enhancing the nation's energy security...2/27

Location, Location, Location, 700 Million Times

(NY Times) Many arguments lie ahead on what kind of power-generating equipment should be built next. If the choice is nuclear, coal or some types of renewable energy, space will not be a problem, according to a new study sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute, a nonprofit utility consortium...The study, carried out by the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, found locations for 515 gigawatts’ worth of new nuclear plants — nearly five times what exists now — based on considerations like the availability of cooling water and relatively low population density...2/27

DNA and biofuels at a-bomb's birthplace

(The Star) [see article on page 12]...Dunedin born and raised, Dr. Steven Brown is a staff scientist at the United States government Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee. At ORNL Dr. Brown works on a variety of projects related to bioenergy and bioremediation...2/23

Nuclear reactor modeling and simulation (the old-fashioned way) at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Tim Gawne of the ORNL staff came across a bunch of photos that showed a wooden model of a nuclear reactor in the planning process... It wasn't clear which of ORNL's 13 research reactors the model was the basis for, and so I sent an email to Murray Rosenthal, retired deputy director at ORNL who authored a report on the history of nuclear reactors at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/27


Melding the federal team for Y-12/Pantex

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The NNSA Production Office will be a single federal office with geographically dispersed functional leads that enables mission, manages the contract, and provides oversight at multiple NNSA production sites," ...2/27

Secretary Chu Recognizes America's Next Top Energy Innovators

(Energy.gov) It’s official! Secretary Chu recognized the winners of the America’s Next Top Energy Innovator challenge this morning at the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit...2/28



Israel Won't Warn U.S. Before Iran Strike

(NPR) Israeli officials say they won't warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to one U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions. The pronouncement, delivered in a series of private, top-level conversations, sets a tense tone ahead of meetings in the coming days at the White House and Capitol Hill...2/28

East Tennessee

Knoxville airport board looks at offering international flights

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority has taken an early step to see if there is a possibility of offering international flights out of McGhee Tyson Airport...2/27

science & technology

Budget cuts force lay-offs at UN biotechnology centre

(Nature News) An international biotechnology research centre is facing lay-offs and equipment shortages following budget cuts by Italy, one of its main funders...2/27

Have scientists unraveled the mystery of the northern lights?

(CS Monitor) Scientists may have solved a longstanding mystery about the origin of the energetic particles that cause Earth's dramatic aurora displays...2/27

How Big a Battery Would It Take to Power All of the U.S.?

(Scientific American) Energy storage is the key to deploying wind and solar energy on a vast scale, but exactly how much of it will be required remains to be seen...2/27

'Universal' Vaccines Could Finally Allow for Wide-Scale Flu Prevention

(Science Daily) An emerging class of long-lasting flu vaccines could do more than just save people the trouble of an annual flu shot...2/27

Other Stories

Climate Change May Make Mount Everest Unclimbable

(Discovery News) Climate change is altering the face of the Himalayas, devastating farming communities and making Mount Everest increasingly treacherous to climb, some of the world's top mountaineers have warned...2/27

Iran may be "struggling" with new nuclear machine

(Reuters) Iran is still relying on old technology to expand its nuclear program, in what may be a sign it is having difficulties developing modern machines that could speed up production of potential bomb material...2/27