Wednesday, May 2, 2012
ORNL in the News

Distributed Energy Storage Offers National Security and Consumer Benefits

(Market Watch) The National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt) issued, today, a white paper detailing the benefits that would result from widespread deployment of distributed energy storage (DES) systems...The 13-member working group included ABB, American Electric Power, Altairnano, Boston-Power, DTE Energy, Dow Chemical Company, Dow Kokam, Duke Energy, EaglePicher Technologies, General Motors Company, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and S&C Electric Company...5/1

Longtime UT, ORNL researcher dies

Dr. Jesse Poore(Knoxville News Sentinel) Jesse Poore, a longtime educator, researcher and software engineer who had a joint appointment at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, died April 25. He was 69...5/2

DOE

Y-12 racks up P2 Awards

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Y-12 National Security Complex was among the big winners when the National Nuclear Security Administration handed out its Pollution Prevention (P2) Awards...5/1

Building Tomorrow's Smart Grid Workforce Today

(Energy.gov) Many community colleges, universities, utilities and manufacturers across America are taking smart, pragmatic steps to train the next generation of workers needed to modernize the nation’s electric grid...5/1

Mark Whitney to be DOE's environmental chief in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Mark Whitney will be the U.S. Department of Energy's new cleanup chief in Oak Ridge, effective in August, DOE announced today...5/1

State & Regional

Bill requiring drug tests for welfare benefits heads to Haslam

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) People applying for welfare benefits in Tennessee could be required to undergo drug testing under a bill on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam...5/1

National

Blind Chinese Dissident Leaves U.S. Embassy for Medical Treatment

(New York Times) Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident who fled house arrest last month in a dramatic escape from security forces, left the American Embassy compound for treatment at a medical facility in Beijing, an American statement said on Wednesday in the first public acknowledgment by the United States that it knew of his whereabouts...5/2

Obama makes surprise trip to Afghanistan to sign key pact, mark bin Laden raid

(Washington Post) President Obama outlined his plan to end America’s longest foreign war during a visit here Tuesday colored by election-year politics and economic uncertainty, declaring that “this time of war began in Afghanistan, and this is where it will end...We have traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war,” the president said at a U.S. military base...5/1

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge faces $171,000 EPA fine, avoids far higher amount

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The city of Oak Ridge faced what could have been $4 million to $5 million in fines and penalties for violations of the federal Clean Water Act, City Attorney Ken Krushenski said. Instead, after talks, a settlement proposal of $171,000 has been reached...5/2

energy & science policy

Sound science policy center gets a million-dollar boost

(Nature News Blog) The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has received a US$1-million donation from Lewis Branscomb (pictured), a physicist and former IBM vice-president, to set up a Center for Science and Democracy...4/30

America's clean energy policies need a reality check, say Stanford researchers

(Science Codex) America's approach to clean energy needs to be reformed if it is to meaningfully affect energy security or the environment, according to two new articles by Stanford writers...5/1

science & technology

Spy-High: Amateur Astronomers Scour the Sky for Government Secrets

(Scientific American) Earlier this year Iran's defense minister put the world on notice: His nation had developed the ability to "easily" watch spacewalking astronauts from the ground...5/1

Jurassic Pain: Giant 'Flea-Like' Insects Plagued Dinosaurs 165 Million Years Ago

Giant Flea(Science Daily) It takes a gutsy insect to sneak up on a huge dinosaur while it sleeps, crawl onto its soft underbelly and give it a bite that might have felt like a needle going in -- but giant "flea-like" animals, possibly the oldest of their type ever discovered, probably did just that...5/1

US satellite laws under scrutiny

(Nature News) Advocates of international trade and collaboration in space technology thought that they were making headway against rules that restrict both in the name of US security...5/2

Viewing the lungs in 4D

Lungs(Medical Xpress) Researchers from Monash University have developed a 4D dynamic functional lung imaging method, which allows them to study breathing lungs in unprecedented detail...5/2

Other Stories

Facebook Is Urging Members to Add Organ Donor Status

(New York Times) Nearly 7,000 people in the United States die each year while waiting for an organ transplant. It is a number that Facebook hopes to lower with its vast network of 161 million members in this country...5/1