Friday, March 11, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL fuel cell manager speaks to Austin-East JETS Club

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Dave Stinton, manager of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Fuel Cell Program, visited Austin East High School's Junior Engineering Technology Society Club Feb. 17 as part of the Vols4STEM Program, a group that connects educators with STEM professionals....3/10

Should We Tap The Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

(NPR) The Strategic Petroleum Reserve holds about 75 days worth of U.S. oil imports. So tapping it can affect prices, but only in the short term. And prices were rising (though not nearly as quickly) even before the protests in North Africa started earlier this year. "We have rising prices due to recovery of demand," said Paul Leiby, who studies energy policy at Oak Ridge National Lab. "On top of that, we have a short term event. We need to decide how important it is to address the short-term event."...3/9


Department of Energy Announces New Funding to Support the Next Generation of American Scientists and Engineers

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the launch of two new fellowship programs designed to attract the country's best and brightest scientific minds to work on advanced clean energy technologies. The two fellowship programs - the Postdoctoral Fellowships Program and the SunShot Initiative Fellowships Program - will prepare budding scientists and engineers for careers in clean energy....3/10

East Tennessee

Meeting on coal surface mining reviews ridgetop plan

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Opponents of coal surface mining along ridgelines of the North Cumberland Plateau and those in favor of the practice both sent clear messages Thursday night to representatives of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining....3/11


Huge Earthquake Triggers Tsunami Off Japan's Coast

(New York Times) A devastating tsunami hit the coast of northeast Japan on Friday in the aftermath of an 8.9 magnitude earthquake about 80 miles offshore, killing at least 23 people and injuring many more....3/11

Tears, No New Fears At Muslim Radicals Hearing

(NPR) Thursday's much ballyhooed event drew a crush of media and onlookers, but provided little fresh information and not much drama....3/11

State & Regional

State's campuses oppose gun bill

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The three largest public universities in the state have announced their opposition to any legislation that would broaden current gun laws on campus....3/11

energy & science policy

House Panel Votes to Strip E.P.A. of Power to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

(New York Times) ) A House subcommittee voted on Thursday to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gases, chipping away at a central pillar of the Obama administration's evolving climate and energy strategy....3/11

science & technology

Visit to An American Rare Earth Metals Mine

(Popular Science) Mining operations at Missouri's Pea Ridge iron mine ceased in 2001, but the owner hopes Chinese dominance over rare earth metals will spur the milling and crushing equipment to start humming again by the end of this year....3/10

New View of How Humans Moved Away From Apes

(New York Times) Anthropologists studying living hunter-gatherers have radically revised their view of how early human societies were structured, a shift that yields new insights into how humans evolved away from apes....3/11

Motion-capture helping reveal how kangaroos hop

(PhysOrg) Scientists in Australia, the UK and US have for the first time used infrared motion capture technology outdoors to work out how kangaroos distribute their weight and the forces as they hop along....3/11

New Technology Would Dramatically Extend Battery Life for Mobile Devices

(Science Daily) Technophiles who have been dreaming of mobile devices that run longer on lighter, slimmer batteries may soon find their wish has been granted....3/10

Laser-Powered Tractor Beam Could Move Tiny Particles

(Wired) Another piece of Star Trek technology has become a reality. Captain Kirk would instantly recognize new blueprints developed by a team of Chinese scientists as plans for a tractor beam....3/11