Thursday, March 31, 2011
ORNL in the News

Harper: Carbon fiber processing line for ORNL

(Chemical Engineering) Harper International has finalized a contract with the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory for a full pilot scale carbon fiber process line valued at greater than $12 million...3/31

Bluefin awarded contract to develop mine and IED neutralization variant of HAUV

(Shepard) Bluefin Robotics, a leader in the design and manufacturing of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, was awarded a contract to develop a robotic ship hull mine and Improvised Explosive Device identification and neutralization capability for use in Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal...The Bluefin Team-consisting of Bluefin Robotics, Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/30

Plutonium Found In Soil Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant

(International Business Times) ... Combined with the detection of radioactive water in the basements of the turbine buildings at reactor Nos. 1 and 2, it seems clear that radioactive materials have been escaping, though it isn't always clear what the source is, says Jim Rushton, an expert in nuclear energy at the Oak Ridge national Laboratory...3/30

New Roane State program celebrates first graduating class

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Twenty students recently became the first graduates from Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center...Classes are primarily held in the Halcyon Commercialization Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/30



Y-12 complex is runner-up in company contest

(WATE-TV) The Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge has finished runner-up in Bechtel's 2010 Project Management Excellence Awards...3/31

DOE Advisory Committee Briefed on Budget Outlook

(AIP) ...Under this request, the budget for the Office of Science would increase 9.1 percent as compared to the FY 2010 level...3/30


CIA Sends Teams of Operatives to Libya

(AP) While the White House debates whether to arm rebels battling Muammar Gaddafi's troops, U.S. officials have acknowledged that the CIA has sent small teams of operatives into Libya and helped rescue a crew member of a U.S. fighter jet that crashed...3/31

East Tennessee

McGhee Tyson Airport has new walk-through scanners

(Knoxville News Sentinel) McGhee Tyson Airport has new walk-through metal detectors, although it is unclear if the airport will be getting full-body imaging equipment anytime soon...3/31

Experts discuss nuclear disaster in Japan

(The Daily Beacon) On Tuesday, in the Toyota Auditorium of the Baker Center, a panel of experts from academia, the national laboratory community, industry and radiological emergency response discussed the earthquake- and tsunami-caused nuclear reactor accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant near Sendai, Japan...3/31

energy & science policy

House Appropriations Hearing on FY 2012 Request for DOE Nuclear Weapons Activities

(AIP) Earlier this month the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing to review the FY 2012 budget request for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)...3/30

President Obama to Outline Plan for America's Energy Security

(DOE Press Release) In 2008, America imported 11 million barrels of oil a day.  By 2025 - a little over a decade from now - we will have cut that by one-third...3/30

Wind, Sun Power Still Face Hurdles

(Wall Street Journal) The slow-motion crisis at a Japanese nuclear plant has rekindled worries about relying on atomic power for electricity. Climbing oil and gasoline prices are again draining wallets. And President Barack Obama Wednesday outlined plans to cut U.S. reliance on foreign oil, including boosting ethanol output...3/30

Inside Energy Extra

3/30 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- US to find 'more oil at home:' Obama
- BOEM mulls extending lapsing leases
- BOP design needs much work: Bromwich
- Feinstein questions spent-fuel policy

science & technology

Google Chooses Kansas City, Kansas, as Broadband Mecca

(Wired Science) There’s no place like home — especially if you live Kansas City, Kansas, where houses will soon be connected to the net by fiber-optic cables that Google promises will deliver 1-gigabit-per-second internet connections — roughly a hundred times faster than a typical 10-Mbps cable connection...3/30

Fast-Recharge, Lithium-Ion Battery Could Be Perfect for Electric Cars

(Science Daily) ...The 3-D Li-ion battery recharges in minutes, rather than hours, and could bring closer the day in which electric cars can recharge as quickly as gas-powered vehicles "fill it up" at the pump...3/30

Other Stories

President Assad's defiant speech stuns Syrians who call for more protests

(CS Monitor) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad struck a defiant stance Wednesday, blaming “conspiracies” for two weeks of unprecedented antiregime protests and stopping short of offering a widely anticipated reform package...3/30

France urges world nuclear review after Japan crisis

(Reuters) French President Nicolas Sarkozy called on Thursday for a reform of global nuclear standards by the end of the year during a first visit by a foreign leader to Japan since the earthquake and tsunami that triggered its atomic disaster...3/31