Tuesday, May 8, 2012
ORNL in the News

ZBB Energy to Manage Microgrid Power at Pearl Harbor Hickam

(Utility Products) ZBB Energy Corporation, a developer of intelligent, renewable energy power platforms, was awarded a contract to provide a ZBB EnerSystem integrated power management system for a microgrid installation at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam U.S. Military base in Honolulu, Hawaii...Program participants include the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and Naval Facilities Engineering Command, five DoE national labs - Sandia National Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, National Renewable Energy Laboratories), the states of Colorado and Hawaii, and local utilities...5/8

Middlesex teacher to attend elite fellowship program

(Darien Times) James Brochinsky, a seventh and eighth grade teacher at Middlesex Middle School, has been chosen to participate in the prestigious Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) fellowship program taking place this summer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energy's largest, multi-purpose, national research laboratory. Brochinsky joins a group of only 40 middle and high school teachers from across the country selected for this program...5/8

DOE

UCOR completes landfill cleanup on schedule, under budget ... and safely

(Oak Ridger) URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) recently completed a three-year landfill cleanup project on schedule, under budget and without a single work-related injury, not even a first-aid case...5/7

State & Regional

As incentives dim, solar companies shift focus

(AP) ...Ignited by federal stimulus dollars, the industry has enjoyed three years of federal and state incentives that have, for the most part, dimmed. And last year, TVA scaled back its incentives, limiting the most generous payments to systems producing less than 50 kilowatts of power...5/7

Abbott Laboratories must pay $1.5B for marketing off-label use of anti-seizure drug

(Tennessean) Tennessee will get a small portion of a massive $1.5 billion penalty agreed to by drug maker Abbott Laboratories on Monday in connection with how it marketed a major anti-seizure drug...5/8

National

Jetliner Bomb Plot Is Foiled

(Wall Street Journal) The U.S. thwarted a bomb plot by al Qaeda's Yemeni branch aimed at bringing down a jetliner with a more advanced version of an underwear bomb used in a failed 2009 Christmas Day attempt, officials said Monday...5/7

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge group calls for probe of uranium facility's design issues

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A peace activist group waged its growing campaign against the Uranium Processing Facility on two fronts Monday. Members of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance hand-delivered a letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander's Knoxville office, asking the Republican senator to help slow work on the multibillion-dollar project until safety issues raised by a federal review board have been resolved...5/8

UT Students Complete Program with Skills to Tackle World’s Grand Challenges

(Tennessee Today) ...The Grand Challenge Scholars Program is an initiative of the National Academy of Engineering. Only twelve universities in the nation take part in the program, which includes curricular and extracurricular programs meant to prepare students to be the generation that solves the grand challenges facing society...5/7

energy & science policy

U.S. proposes new rules for fracking on federal lands

(Scientific American) The Obama administration unveiled long-awaited rules on Friday to bolster oversight on public lands of oil and natural gas drilling using fracking technology that has ushered in a boom in drilling but also triggered environmental protests...5/4

AIP Endorses Letter Urging Congress to Consider STEM Education a National Priority

(AIP) The American Institute of Physics, along with four of its Member Societies, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Astronomical Society endorsed a letter sent by the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Coalition to Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and Harold Rogers (R-KY) and Ranking Members Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Norman Dicks (D-WA) of the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations...5/7

science & technology

LHC prepares for data pile-up

(Nature) The world’s largest particle accelerator is roaring along at an unprecedented pace, delivering torrents of data to its physicist handlers. But the hundreds of millions of collisions happening inside the machine every second are now growing into a thick fog that, paradoxically, threatens to obscure a fabled quarry: the Higgs boson...5/4

Using Magnetic Bacteria to Construct the Biocomputer of the Future

(Popular Science) As computer components grow smaller and smaller it becomes more and more difficult to manufacture them by conventional means, meaning the nano-hard-drives of the future are going to come at a cost...5/7

Four Factors Critical to the Success of Robotics

(The Atlantic) Robotics has all the hallmarks of a technology brimming with transformational potential. But potentially transformational technologies frequently end up fizzling (remember Segway?). How can you tell whether something like robotics warrants the hype?...5/3

Other Stories

Putin Sworn In As Russia's President For 6 Years

(NPR) Vladimir Putin took the oath of office for a third term as Russia's president on Monday, saying he considers "service to the fatherland and our nation to be the meaning of my life."...5/7