Thursday, April 14, 2011
ORNL in the News

Thom Mason: 'I think it's a pretty good outcome'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason said this afternoon that the Continuing Resolution (CR) for 2011 means there will be cuts in lab programs, but the funding picture for the rest of the year is not nearly as bad as some envisioned."Overall, I think it's a pretty good outcome," Mason said in a telephone interview...4/13

Chilling: Cold Snaps Will Persist in Warming World

(Our Amazing Planet) Although the planet is warming overall, events of extreme cold are still likely to persist on each continent for the next century, researchers say...Investigators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory used nine global climate models assuming moderate levels of greenhouse gas emissions (the gases that build up in the atmosphere and trap heat) to compare the climates of 1991 to 2000 with 2091 to 2100...4/12

Hydropower Legislation Flies Through Committee

(Renewable Energy World) ...A new study by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory shows that the U.S. could add 12,600 MW of renewable power capacity to the grid by adding hydropower to 54,000 existing dams. Of the 84,000 dams in the U.S., only 3 percent are used to generate electricity, the study found. Most of that potential – 8,000 MW – is concentrated at 100 dams in the south and Midwest...4/13


Energy Department's National Labs Avoid Major Disruptions

(Science) Since early February, scientists supported by the Department of Energy's Office of Science have been bracing for massive layoffs at the department's 10 national laboratories and the temporary closure of many of the large user facilities located there...4/12

Department of Energy Announces Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, EcoCar2: Plugging into the Future

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, David Sandalow, announced the official launch of the EcoCar2: Plugging into the Future competition and the sixteen university teams that were selected to participate...4/13

Quake risk bolsters need for Y-12 project

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The vulnerability to an earthquake of the primary uranium processing center at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge underscores the need for a new facility built to modern seismic standards...4/13

DOE Accepting Applications for Time on Government Supercomputers

(HPC Wire) The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that proposals are now being accepted for the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program...4/13


Obama Stokes Deficit Fight

(Wall Street Journal) President Barack Obama asked Congress to adopt a mix of revenue increases and spending cuts to tame the nation's long-term budget deficits, in a combative speech that portrayed Republicans as backing "tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires" while demanding sacrifice from the nation's seniors, poor and the middle class...4/14

State & Regional

Budget bill offers less for Tennessee

(The Tennessean) Law enforcement agencies in Tennessee, along with arts groups, those who help the poor, and numerous other public and private organizations that receive federal tax dollars would be competing for a smaller pool of funds, according to details of the budget deal for the rest of the fiscal year that emerged Tuesday...4/13


energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

4/13 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Obama budget plan spares clean energy
- House panel votes to speed OCS drilling
- BLM to reconsider oil-shale options
- Livermore lab chief to leave in October

science & technology

U.S. Lagging in Using Technology, Study Shows

(NY Times) The United States continues to lag other nations in its use of computing and communications technology, according to an annual study issued Tuesday by the World Economic Forum...4/12

Atlas Gives Scientists New View of the Brain

(Wall Street Journal) Scientists funded by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen unveiled a $55 million computerized atlas of the human brain Tuesday, offering the first interactive research guide to the anatomy and genes that animate the mind...4/13

Physicists Build Big Bang in a Box

(Wired Science) Sitting on a bench at the University of Maryland is the first-ever desktop model of the Big Bang. Don’t worry, the 20-micrometer—wide device simulates how light behaved and time flowed at the universe’s spark, not the explosion itself...4/13

Top 5 Places to Harvest Energy from Action

(Discovery News) The unscientific term is “mooching.” Scientists and engineers want to capture movement from cars, speeding trains, liquid in pipes and even a human heartbeat to generate power...4/13

Other Stories

Japan's government downgrades its outlook for growth

(BBC) The Japanese government has downgraded its assessment of the economy in the wake of the devastation caused by last month's earthquake and tsunami...4/13

World Health Officials Debate Whether To Destroy Last Existing Samples of Smallpox

(Popular Science) Humanity’s worst scourge, the smallpox virus, may finally wind up on death row in May if health officials decide to destroy the last known samples...4/13