May 3, 2010
ORNL in the News

Tennessee Biotechnology Association Announces Speaker Lineup for BIO International Convention May 4-6 in Chicago (Focus on TNInvestco, Biofuels, Biopharma and Biologistics)

(Tennessee Biotechnology Association) Leaders from across Tennessee's diverse life science sector will present the latest developments in Tennessee-based biofuels, biopharma, biologistics and early-stage venture capital initiatives at the Tennessee Pavilion (booth #2763) during next week's BIO International Convention at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, the Tennessee Biotechnology Association (TBA) and the Tennessee Economic Partnership (TEP) announced today...Paul Gilna, Ph.D., director of the Department of Energy BioEnergy Science Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. As BESC director, Gilna will lead a $25 million-per-year multidisciplinary research center focused on achieving the breakthroughs in basic science needed to make production cellulosic biofuels - biofuels from nonfood plant fiber - cost-effective on a national scale...4/30

New imaging technique shows individual boron atoms

(Hearst Electronic Products) Using the latest in aberration-corrected electron microscopy, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and their colleagues have obtained the first images that distinguish individual light atoms such as boron, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. Materials Science and Technology Division researcher Stephen Pennycook said, “This research marks the first instance in which every atom in a significant part of a nonperiodic material has been imaged and chemically identified.”...5/3

Oak Ridge student wins $20,000 UT-Battelle scholarship

(ORNL Press Release) Mark Remec, a senior at Oak Ridge High School, is the winner of the 2010 UT-Battelle scholarship, a four-year scholarship to the University of Tennessee...4/30

Government Grants For Wind Energy

( The state and federal governments are providing $7 million to help a western Michigan company develop wind-energy products. Energetx Composites of Holland makes turbines...Energetx says it's working with Midland-based Dow Chemical Co. and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The company hopes to bring 1,000 new jobs to Holland by 2016...4/30

ORNL gets ARPA-E award for carbon capture work

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Vice President Biden and Energy Secretary Chu today announced $106 million in funding for 37 research projects through DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, and ORNL was among the recipients. ORNL, in partnership with Georgia Tech, will receive about $1 million for a project related to innovative materials and processes for advanced carbon-capture technologies. According to a project description, "ionic liquids will be integrated into novel hollow fiber membranes to form an ionic liquid 'sponge' that can absorb carbon dioxide."...4/29

Porous Power Signs $1.41M CRADA with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Commercialize a New Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing Process

(Green Car Congress) Porous Power Technologies LLC, a developer of highly porous, laminable separator membranes for lithium-ion batteries, has signed a $1.41 million cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to accelerate the SYMMETRIX production process...4/30


Keeping Out The Bad Guys

(Forbes) How the U.S. Department of Energy cleaned up its data center and made it more secure. Nuclear secrets and the Internet go together like locked doors and master keys. There is so much complexity in software code--not to mention the large quantity of code itself--that trying to find all the security holes and keep them plugged is a full-time job for an army of security experts...5/3

ARPA-E Selects 37 Projects for $106M in Funding in Second Round; Electrofuels, Better Batteries and Carbon Capture

(Green Car Congress) The US Department of Energy is awarding $106 million in funding for 37 research projects selected in the second round by the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)...4/30

Department of Energy Awards $4 Million to Planar Energy Under Its Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy Initiative

(Your Renewable News) Planar Energy, the developer of large-format, solid-state, ceramic-like batteries at half the cost and triple the performance of lithium-ion batteries, today received a $4,025,373 award from the U.S. Department of Energy, as part of its Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) initiative to accelerate transformational energy research projects...5/3

State & Regional

Best/Worst States for Business 2010

( In Chief Executive’s annual survey of best and worst states for business, conducted in late January of this year, 651 CEOs across the U.S. again gave Texas top honors, closely followed by North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. They gave the booby prize for worst state to California, with New York, Michigan, New Jersey and Massachusetts filling out the bottom five-a line-up virtually unchanged from last year...4/30

Record-breaking flood displaces thousands in Middle Tennessee

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As darkness set in across the soaked and battered Middle Tennessee region Sunday evening, Nashville began evacuating homes and businesses along the rising Cumberland River. The storms that started Saturday have left 11 dead across the state, including five in Davidson County and one in Williamson County. Thousands of cars, homes and basements are filled with water. Entire neighborhoods are submerged, and hundreds of people are in shelters...5/3


Oil spill threatens Gulf region's ecosystem and fishing, tourism and shipping industries

(Washington Post) [Registration Required] The slick from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was still too far offshore to see or even smell. At least, it didn't smell worse than the harbor's usual mix of boat fuel and bait. But there were rumors: It would come Sunday, first the sheen and then the thick stuff behind it. People here had heard that just to the west, fishermen were already pulling up shrimp that smelled like diesel fuel...5/2

Police Seek Man Taped Near Bomb Scene

(New York Times) Law enforcement officials offered a more detailed description of the makeup of the failed car bomb found in Times Square on Saturday night, and said they were reviewing surveillance footage that showed a white man who appeared to be in his 40s walking away from the area as he looked over his shoulder and removed a layer of clothing...5/2

U.S. Is Pushing to Deter a Mideast Nuclear Race

(New York Times) The opening Monday of a monthlong United Nations conference to strengthen the main treaty meant to halt the spread of nuclear arms is likely to be dominated by Iran’s president denouncing the West and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warning that if Tehran gets the bomb, the rest of the Middle East will soon follow...5/2

East Tennessee

Former U-Tenn. student guilty of hacking Palin's e-mail

(USAToday) A federal jury in Knoxville, Tenn., has convicted 22-year-old David Kernell of hacking Sarah Palin's personal e-mail during the 2008 presidential campaign...4/30

Blount County Rescue Squad mobilizes for flood assistance

(WBIR) The severe storm that killed seven people in western and middle-Tennessee forced the Blount County Rescue Squad to spend much of Sunday afternoon gearing up its swift water rescue teams. The Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads placed BCRS on standby to potentially deploy to flooded areas such as Nashville...5/2

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

5/3 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
-Gulf study could impact August sale
-Waxman expands Horizon investigation
-Obama comments on Ky. miner deaths
-DOE may sharpen checks on standards

science & technology

5 myths about electric cars

( So many myths persist about electric vehicles. I've driven every single one that will be out this year, so let me use my bully pulpit to dispel some of the more common rumors, half-truths and innuendos...5/1

9 Super-Cool Uses for Supercomputers

(Yahoo News) Supercomputers are the bodybuilders of the computer world. They boast tens of thousands of times the computing power of a desktop and cost tens of millions of dollars. They fill enormous rooms, which are chilled to prevent their thousands of microprocessor cores from overheating. And they perform trillions, or even thousands of trillions, of calculations per second...4/30

New Study Confirms Recycling Plastics Significantly Reduces Energy Use And Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(Chemical Online) A new study confirms that recycling plastics, specifically PET and HDPE, results in significant savings in energy and greenhouse gas emissions. The study used life cycle inventory (LCI) methodology to quantify the energy requirements, solid wastes, and atmospheric and waterborne emissions for the processes required to collect postconsumer PET and HDPE packaging, sort and separate the material, and reprocess it into clean recycled resin...5/3

Other Stories

Please DO Feed the Bears, Biologist Says

(National Geographic) It flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but one solution to control nuisance black bears in the United States may be to offer them snacks, one biologist says. Especially in the western United States, black bears will often break into cars, homes, and campsites in search of food. And as humans increasingly move into bears' habitats, more bear-human interactions have been occurring, experts say...4/29

Mask of the Mummy

(National Geographic) There's a real crocodile behind that mask, according to new computed tomography (CT) scans of a 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummy (pictured). The 8-foot-long (2.4-meter-long) artifact—wrapped in once colorful linen and outfitted with a stylized mask—is one of two crocodile mummy bundles scanned this month at the Stanford School of Medicine in California...4/30