ORNL in the News

E.P.A. Offers Fuel-Economy Labels for Used Cars

(NY Times) Realizing that sellers and shoppers might want to see official data about a used vehicle’s fuel efficiency, the Environmental Protection Agency now offers an online tool to generate a do-it-yourself window sticker...“We have fuel economy data on about 30,000 light-duty vehicles — cars, mainly — dating back to 1984 models,” said Bo Salisbury in a telephone interview...“We’ve been kicking around this idea for some time. What really got us going was the cash-for-clunkers program in 2009. With that, we started getting demand for labels like these.”...3/16

Popeye Would Love this Sustainable Hydrogen Fuel Made from Sunlight and Spinach

(Simply Green) Breakthroughs in sustainable hydrogen fuel technology are coming fast and furious, and the latest one seems like something out of an episode of Popeye. Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have confirmed a system for converting visible light into hydrogen fuel based on an ordinary, off-the-shelf ingredient from the produce section of a local market: spinach...3/16

Could what occurred in Japan happen in Oak Ridge?

(Oak Ridge Observer) While there’s hardly a chance of a tsunami in Oak Ridge, there are earthquake concerns. And as media reports – some exaggerated, others not – have caused concern about nuclear power around the world, we felt Oak Ridge residents would appreciate knowing what are the chances of a meltdown happening here...3/16

Asylum Research Introduces Electrochemical Strain Microscopy for Energy Storage Research

(Nanotechwire) Asylum Research, the technology leader in Scanning Probe and Atomic Force Microscopy (SPM/AFM), has announced the new Electrochemical Strain Microscopy (ESM) imaging technique for its Cypher and MFP-3D AFMs. Developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Asylum Research, ESM is an innovative scanning probe microscopy technique capable of probing electrochemical reactivity and ionic flows in solids on the sub-ten-nanometer level...3/16

 

DOE

Oral Testimony of Energy Secretary Steven Chu at the House Energy and Commerce Committee

(DOE Press Release) Chairman Upton, Ranking Member Waxman, Mr. Barton, Mr. Dingell and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the President's Fiscal Year 2012 budget request for the Department of Energy...3/16

New bill in support of sick nuclear workers

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Jared Polis, D-Colorado, have introduced legislation to support sick workers at sites in the U.S. nuclear weapons complex....3/16

State & Regional

Quake faults could affect Sequoyah, Watts Bar

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) The two reactors at TVA’s Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Soddy-Daisy have the nation’s fourth-highest earthquake risk, according to assessments by the Nuclear Regulatory Agency...3/17

TVA reactors modified to help avoid explosions

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Three nuclear reactors at TVA’s Browns Ferry plant are the same basic design as those that suffered explosions at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in Japan, however TVA’s reactors were modified years ago to prevent conditions that could lead to such explosions, a TVA official said Wednesday...3/17

National

Nuclear Agency Tells a Concerned Congress That U.S. Industry Remains Safe

(NY Times) Facing questions about the implications of Japan’s nuclear catastrophe for power plants in the United States, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s top official said Wednesday at two Congressional hearings that his agency would take a methodical look at Japan and incorporate lessons from the disaster...3/16

East Tennessee

2010 census: Knox County fastest growing

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Knox County showed a growth rate of 13.1 percent — the highest among Tennessee’s top four counties — to 432,226 people, according to figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau based on the 2010 census...3/16

UT graduate programs ranked in nation's top 10

(WBIR-TV) Three of the University of Tennessee Knoxville's graduate programs in business, engineering and law are being ranked in the top 10 in the nation...3/16

Clean water help coming from Knoxville to Japan

(WBIR-TV) Since a massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, help has been pouring in to the country, and some of it is coming from right here in East Tennessee...3/16

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

3/16 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- US urges broader evacuation in Japan
- Battle lines drawn over drill bills
- Reilly calls API-based group workable
- EPA proposes powerplant mercury rule

science & technology

Scientists Project Path of Radiation Plume

(NY Times) A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific, and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday...3/16

How Is Japan's Nuclear Disaster Different?

(National Geographic News) For decades, Three Mile Island and Chernobyl have served as shorthand for the nightmare of nuclear power generation gone awry. In the wake of Japan's deadly earthquake and tsunami last week, the still-unfolding disaster of Fukushima Daiichi has come closer than any nuclear crisis in history to making it a fearsome trio...3/16

Large Hadron Collider Could Be World's First Time Machine, Researchers' Theory Suggests

(Science Daily) If the latest theory of Tom Weiler and Chui Man Ho is right, the Large Hadron Collider -- the world's largest atom smasher that started regular operation last year -- could be the first machine capable of causing matter to travel backwards in time...3/15

Other Stories

High Radiation Severely Hinders Emergency Work to Cool Japanese Plant

(NY Times) Amid widening alarm in the United States and elsewhere about Japan’s nuclear crisis, military fire trucks began spraying cooling water on spent fuel rods at the country’s stricken nuclear power station on Thursday...3/17

U.S. Drones Are Now Sniffing Mexican Drugs

(Wired News) According to a previously undisclosed agreement between President Barack Obama and his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon, the Pentagon is authorized to fly unmanned surveillance flights over Mexico, a big expansion of U.S.-Mexico information-sharing on counternarcotics...3/16

Nissan says plant that makes Leaf to remain closed through Sunday

(AP) The plant in Japan that assembles the electric Leaf vehicle did not resume work Wednesday as planned and has extended a suspension of operations at least through Sunday, Nissan officials said...3/17