Tuesday, March 13, 2012
ORNL in the News

Chopping down FACE adds to CO2 results, confirms increased storage in soil

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The final results from FACE research site in Oak Ridge revealed that elevated carbon dioxide concentrations in the air can increase carbon storage in the soil. "The increased storage of carbon in soil could help to slow down rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations," the lab said in announcing the results...3/12

17 layoffs at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Jeff Smith, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's deputy lab director for operations, confirmed Monday that layoffs notices were issued to employees in the lab's neutron sciences directorate...Smith said Monday the newly announced layoffs are not directly tied to budget cuts or shortfalls, but are being carried out as part of an effort to get the right "skill mix" of employees moving forward at the Spallation Neutron Source...3/12

DOE

Mercury's priority rising, but cleanup years away

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy in recent months has elevated the priority of mercury cleanup in Oak Ridge, and last week — at a budget workshop — indicated that some other projects in the planning stages could be delayed in order to accelerate work at the mercury-laden Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...3/13

State & Regional

Tennessee February revenues beat projections by $23M

(WBIR-TV) Tennessee revenue collections for the general fund beat expectations by $23 million in February...3/8

National

Afghan Shootings Could Complicate U.S. Mission

(NPR) ...President Obama has expressed regret for all the incidents, but his administration has shown no sign that it will change policy as a result of the most recent shootings...3/12

East Tennessee

McIntyre seeks extra $35M in 'bold' schools budget proposal

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Knox County Superintendent Jim McIntyre is hoping to increase the school system budget by 18.9 percent over the next five years...3/13

energy & science policy

Is "All of the Above" the Right Strategy for U.S. Energy? A Q&A with Steven Chu

(Scientific American) The U.S. government aims to improve energy production from renewables to oil, but what does that mean in practice?...3/12

House Hearings on FY 2013 National Science Foundation Budget Request

(AIP) Almost without exception, members of the House appropriations and authorization committees expressed strong bipartisan support for the FY 2013 request for the National Science Foundation...3/12

science & technology

Nanotube Technology Leading to New Era of Fast, Lower-Cost Medical Diagnostics

(Science Direct) Researchers at Oregon State University have tapped into the extraordinary power of carbon "nanotubes" to increase the speed of biological sensors, a technology that might one day allow a doctor to routinely perform lab tests in minutes, speeding diagnosis and treatment while reducing costs...3/9

A New Hub for Solar Tech Blooms in Japan

(National Geographic News) Rising electricity prices and limited supply threaten to hamper the recovery for manufacturers. So it makes sense that Solar Techno Park, the first solar-power research facility focusing on multiple technologies in Japan, is operated not by the government but by a unit of the Tokyo-based JFE, the world's fifth-largest steelmaker...3/12

Other Stories

Darpa Director Bolts Pentagon for Google

(Wired News) Darpa director Regina Dugan will soon be stepping down from her position atop the Pentagon’s premiere research shop to take a job with Google...3/12