Wednesday, April 6, 2011
ORNL in the News

Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge national Laboratory

(Newswise) MILITARY: H2O from diesel . . . ELECTRONICS: Plasmonic sensors . . .
SENSORS: Thwarting tax evaders . . . CLIMATE: Extreme cold still in forecast . . .
ELECTRONICS: Phase transitions breakthrough . . .
VEHICLES: "Just in time" . . . . 4/5

Science fellow launches biofuel project at Indiana high school

(Lafayette Journal & Courier) Eighth-grade math and physics teacher Theresa Wilson spent two weeks in the Seimens Teachers as Researchers program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory working alongside researchers attempting to create alternative energy sources, including more efficient methods to produce ethanol....4/6

Mason talks budget as crunch time nears

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ORNL Director Thom Mason has worked hard in recent weeks to make sure decision makers in Washington understand the impact that deep cuts in the 2011 budget would have on energy research and other priorities....4/6

TextOre license puts ORNL's Piranha in its tank

(R & D Magazine) TextOre's licensing of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Piranha is enabling the Virginia-based company to introduce a powerful search and mining tool capable of processing large amounts of text data from the Internet....4/5

UT students named Barry Goldwater Scholars

(UT Daily Beacon) Three UT undergraduates have been named 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars. Junior Mark Walker is a member of the Chancellor's Honors and Haslam Scholars programs. He has been actively researching at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory since the summer after his freshman year....4/6


Departments of Energy and Interior Announce $26.6 Million in Funding to Develop Advanced Hydropower Technologies

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced $26.6 million in funding for research and development projects to advance hydropower technology, including pumped storage hydropower....4/5

SunShot Projects to Advance Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing in the U.S.

(DOE Press Release) Solar manufacturing Partnerships will boost American competitiveness in the global solar energy industry and lower the cost of clean, renewable energy....4/5

Interim OR manager doing double-duty for DOE

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Paul Golan, announced earlier as the interim manager of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Operations, will retain his other job as federal site manager at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California....4/6


White House, GOP Fail To Reach Budget Agreement

(NPR) A partial shutdown of the U.S. government appeared increasingly imminent Tuesday as White House talks between President Obama and congressional leaders ended — publicly, at least — in stalemate....4/6

Republicans embrace Rep. Ryan's government budget plan for 2012

(Washington Post) House Republicans announced a far-reaching vision for a leaner federal government on Tuesday, presenting a 2012 budget blueprint that would privatize Medicare for future retirees, cut spending on Medicaid and other domestic programs, and offer sharply lower tax rates to corporations and the wealthy....4/6

East Tennessee

Fukushima reactor fallout arrives in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The first evidence of Fukushima fallout in Oak Ridge has been confirmed, with radioactive I-131 measured in precipitation at three sampling sites, according to information posted on the Environmental Protection Agency's RadNet site....4/6

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

4/5 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Deep energy cuts in GOP 2012 plan
** White House threatens veto of EPA bill
** Pemex may join US spill-control group
** Potential 12 GW seen from untapped dams

science & technology

Climate 'technical fix' may yield warming, not cooling

(BBC) Whitening clouds by spraying them with seawater, proposed as a "technical fix" for climate change, could do more harm than good, according to researchers at the European Geosciences Union meeting....4/6

New horseshoe orbit Earth-companion asteroid discovered

(PhysOrg) Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland has announced the discovery of an asteroid near Earth called Asteroid 2010 SO16. While finding near-Earth asteroids is not unusual, there is something quite rare about this particular asteroid in that it orbits the sun in what is referred to as a horseshoe orbit....4/6

Electron Microscopy: New Type of Genetic Tag Illuminates Life in Never-Before-Seen Detail

(Science Daily) Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and colleagues have created a new type of genetic tag visible under an electron microscope, illuminating life in never-before-seen detail....4/6

SpaceX Promises Biggest Rocket Since Saturn V

(Wired) SpaceX is poised to take a giant leap with the biggest rocket since the Saturn V carried men to the moon, and it could blast off by early 2013. Elon Musk's private space startup announced Tuesday that the 22-story Falcon Heavy will carry more than 117,000 pounds into low Earth orbit, giving it twice the lift capability of the space shuttle or the Delta IV heavy rocket built by Boeing–Lockheed Martin. Musk says it'll be far cheaper, too....4/6

At Particle Lab, a Tantalizing Glimpse Has Physicists Holding Their Breaths

(New York Times) Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are planning to announce Wednesday that they have found a suspicious bump in their data that could be evidence of a new elementary particle or even, some say, a new force of nature....4/6

Other Stories

U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan's Nuclear Plant

(New York Times) United States government engineers sent to help with the crisis in Japan are warning that the troubled nuclear plant there is facing a wide array of fresh threats that could persist indefinitely, and that in some cases are expected to increase as a result of the very measures being taken to keep the plant stable, according to a confidential assessment prepared by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission....4/6