Wednesday, May 11, 2011
ORNL in the News

Dalhousie to honour eight

(Halifax [N. S.] Chronicle Herald) Eight people will receive honorary degrees from Dalhousie University from May 24 to June 1. The recipients include Thom Mason, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who led a $1.4-billion project known as the Spallation Neutron Source project. The Dartmouth native graduated from Dalhousie with a science degree in 1986....5/10

Nuclear simulation takes a budget hit

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ORNL Director Thom Mason said the recent budget allocations for Fiscal Year 2011 indicate that CASL will receive a little less than $16 million in funding....5/11

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(PhysOrg) MATERIALS: Stir in extrusion tech . . .
MATERIALS: Nanodots to the rescue . . .
COMPUTING: Parareal boost for fusion . . .
MATERIALS: Details of disorder . . . .5/10

Chris Ludtka wins $20K UT-Battelle Scholarship

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Chris Ludtka, a senior at Oak Ridge High School, is winner of the $20,000 UT-Battelle Scholarship. His parents Gerald Ludtka and Gail Mackiewicz-Ludtka are researchers in ORNL's Materials Processing research group....5/10


Department of Energy Offers $90.6 Million Conditional Commitment Loan Guarantee to Support Colorado Solar Generating Facility

(DOE Press Release) The loan guarantee will support the construction of the Alamosa Solar Generating Project, a 30 megawatt net capacity High Concentration Solar Photovoltaic generation project located in south-central Colorado near the city of Alamosa....5/10

Y-12 protest willful, priest says

(Knoxville News Sentinel) "I did it willfully," the 82-year-old Catholic priest said Tuesday. "I was full of good will that in some way something very positive could happen here. Nobody gave me a badge or anything else. It wasn't necessary. I was where I had to be."...5/11


Debt Ceiling Hangs Over Deficit Reduction Talks

(NPR) Top lawmakers from both parties agree that sooner or later they'll have to vote to raise the debt limit. But the vote may come at a price....5/11

State & Regional

Browns Ferry nuke plant hit with 'red' level violation

(Tennessean) The Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant was flagged by federal authorities with a "red" level violation, the highest in terms of safety significance, for a cooling system valve that failed, which will mean closer scrutiny of the TVA operation....5/11

Memphis largely spared as Mississippi River floodwaters near historic high

(Christian Science Monitor) For one day at least, the allure of Elvis Presley, blues music, and juicy barbecue are temporarily playing second fiddle to Mississippi River floodwaters that crested at nearly 48 feet Tuesday – the city's highest level in 74 years....5/11

energy & science policy

House Science Committee Lauds Potential of Nanotechnology

(AIP Bulletin) The House Subcommittee on Research and Science Education held a friendly hearing to oversee the work of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the federal government's program to foster coordination and collaboration between the 25 agencies engaged in nanotechnology research....5/10

U.S. Reaches a Settlement on Decisions About Endangered Species

(New York Times) The Interior Department, facing an avalanche of petitions and lawsuits over proposed endangered species designations, said Tuesday that it had negotiated a settlement under which it will make decisions on 251 species over the next six years....5/11

Floods along the Mississippi River lead to renewed calls for a change in strategy

(Washington Post) The battle to tame the swollen Mississippi River intensified Monday as the river crept higher in Memphis and the Army Corps of Engineers opened a spillway in Louisiana to relieve stress on the levees....5/10

Inside Energy Extra

5/10 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** GAO hits DOE over Yucca Mt. decision
** Bingaman plans oil-drilling vote soon
** Senators target tax breaks for 'Big 5'
** Goldman Sachs unit gets DOE loan aid
** US, greens strike deal on sage grouse

science & technology

New Nanosensor Sniffs Bombs, One Molecule at a Time

(Wired) Michael Strano, an associate professor of chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, spent the past two years testing out the boundaries of nanotech in explosives detection. For less than $200,000, he took it practically to the atomic limit....5/11

Proton Dripping Tests a Fundamental Force in Nature

(Science Daily) A recent discovery of an extremely exotic, short-lived nucleus called fluorine-14 in laboratory experiments may indicate that scientists are gaining a better grasp of the rules of strong interaction....5/11