Tuesday, April 12, 2012
ORNL in the News

Tom Wilbanks: ORNL standard-bearer

(Knoxville News Sentinel) While hopskotching around ORNL the other day doing what I do, I made a point of stopping to talk with Tom Wilbanks at his new office location on the west end (in a building that the lab apparently shares with Pro-2-Serve and maybe others). It'd been way too long since I'd seen Wilbanks -- a top scientist and stand-up guy whose smarts are nicely paired with generosity and warmth...4/11

College’s ACE program aims at growing composites industry

(Oak Ridger) Roane State Community College's new Advanced Composites Employment (ACE) accelerator is more than a training program. The grant-funded ACE program is expected to help companies, including small businesses, learn how they can use breakthroughs in the composites industry to grow and create jobs...Partners in the ACE project include...Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/11

Cancer Therapy Gets a Boost from New Isotope

(PR Newswire) A new medical isotope project at Los Alamos National Laboratory shows promise for rapidly producing major quantities of a new cancer-treatment agent, actinium 225 (Ac-225)...Los Alamos will be pursuing this goal in conjunction with research teams at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory...4/11

DOE

Fusion energy progress by Livermore scientists

(San Francisco Chronicle) ...A team of physicists and engineers at the $3.5 billion National Ignition Facility said they fired an array of 192 laser beams, focused "in perfect unison," and created a single pulse of energy that for 23 billionths of a second generated a thousand times more power than the entire United States consumes in a single second...4/11

State & Regional

Tennessee Law Will Allow Teachers to Challenge Climate Science

(Scientific American) In a state famous for putting evolution on trial in the 20th century, teachers will now be able to avoid instructing students on the science behind global warming...4/11

Moody's says Watts Bar overruns could push TVA rates up

(Times Free Press) The delay in finishing the Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor could force electricity rates higher in the Tennessee Valley, according to a new financial assessment of TVA...4/11

National

North Korea insists rocket launch does not flout deal with U.S.

(Washington Post) North Korea did not blast off its long-range rocket Thursday, the beginning of its stated five-day window for the controversial test, but the country reiterated a message that it plans to go ahead with the blast and shouldn’t be penalized for it...4/12

East Tennessee

UT Team Takes on Energy Department’s Rooftop Solar Challenge

(Tennessee Today) ...UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public is participating in the US Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge, an effort to encourage wider use of solar energy by streamlining the permitting processes, cutting red tape, and lowering the costs for rooftop solar systems...4/11

energy & science policy

Secretary Chu Announces $30 Million for Research Competition to Develop Next Generation Energy Storage Technologies

(Energy.gov) Underscoring President Obama’s commitment to energy security for America’s warfighters, and to a sustained, comprehensive strategy to ensure a secure energy future for all Americans, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a $30 million research competition that will engage our country’s brightest scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs in improving the performance and safety of energy storage devices...4/11

science & technology

Computing's next milestone is "thinking"

(Fortune) Thinking is something uniquely human. Frankly, computer scientists don't really understand how we do it. That isn't stopping them from trying...4/11

Satellite proposed to send solar power to Earth

(Physorg.com) Artemis Innovation Management Solutions has been given some seed money by NASA to look deeper into a project the company first proposed last summer; namely, building a satellite that could collect energy from the sun and beam it back down to Earth to add to the electrical grid...4/11

Scientists Link Rise In Quakes To Waste-Water Wells

(NPR) Scientists who watch for earthquakes have discovered a big increase in the number of small quakes in the middle of the country. It's an area that's usually pretty quiet geologically. The scientists suspect the quakes are caused by waste-water wells...4/12

Slow progress to cleaner coal

(Nature) ...With many of the world’s nations dragging their feet on cleaning up fossil-fuel emissions, even slow progress stands out...4/11

Other Stories

Libraries are about transformation, not just books

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ..."At the (recent) Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference, the keynote speaker, Joan Williams-Frye, said it best: 'Libraries aren't about books, and they aren't about information, they are about transformation...4/11