Thursday, May 12, 2011
ORNL in the News

Nanodots to the rescue

( If the researchers are indeed successful, this work sets the stage for these exotic materials to be used in a wide range of fascinating and potentially technologically revolutionary applications, said Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Zac Ward, lead author of a paper published in Physical Review Letters. The problem lies in the fact that at low dimensions or when the material is under strain it loses the characteristics that make it valuable for use in nano-scale electronics...5/11

Secretary Clinton Supports Expansion of U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program

(U.S. State Department Press Release) ... The EcoPartnership Framework is aimed at developing new models of mutually beneficial voluntary arrangements between a range of state, local, and private sector organizations, to promote energy security, economic growth, and environmental sustainability in both countries...5/11

Proton Dripping Tests a Fundamental Force in Nature

(Science Daily) Like gravity, the strong interaction is a fundamental force of nature. It is the essential "glue" that holds atomic nuclei -- composed of protons and neutrons -- together to form atoms, the building blocks of nearly all the visible matter in the universe...The final runs were performed on the Jaguar system at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility with an Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) allocation from the Department of Energy's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR)...5/12


Department of Energy Releases 2011 Strategic Plan

(DOE Press Release) The Department of Energy today released its 2011 Strategic Plan, a comprehensive blueprint to guide the agency's core mission of ensuring America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions...5/10

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

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the offer of a conditional commitment for a $90.6 million loan guarantee to Cogentrix of Alamosa, LLC...5/10

State & Regional

TVA responds to Browns Ferry citation

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA says it is working with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to address the issues raised over the failure of a valve in the emergency cooling system at the Browns Ferry nuclear plant near Athens, Ala...5/12


Congress has plenty of deficit-cutting plans, but can any of them fly?

(CS Monitor) With the two parties dug in miles apart, Capitol Hill is bubbling with competing plans to bring down the deficit and raise the debt ceiling. And President Obama is taking a stronger hand to close the gap...5/11

East Tennessee

Anti-nuclear protesters convicted of trespassing at Y-12 in Oak Ridge

(AP) Twelve anti-nuclear protesters have been convicted of trespassing during a protest at Oak Ridge's Y-12 National Security Complex last year...5/11

Students Advise oak Ridge on Revitalizing Jackson Square

(Oak Ridger) A group of graduate students from the University of Tennessee's College of Business Administration recently presented their ideas for revitalizing historic Jackson Square to Oak Ridge business leaders and city officials...5/11


energy & science policy

Senate Appropriations Hearing on FY 2012 Request for National Nuclear Security Administration

(AIP) Last week the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing on the FY 2012 budget request for the National Nuclear Security Administration...5/11

Tight Deadline: Letter Urges Support for DOE Office of Science

(AIP) Yesterday Members of the House of Representatives received a letter requesting that they demonstrate their support for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science...5/11

Inside Energy Extra

5/11 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- House OKs bill to force permit action
- Shell gets nod for deepwater exploration
- Lawmakers grill EPA over fracking study
- Democrats seeks faster action by CFTC

science & technology

Intriguing Exhibits Highlight Intel's Science Fair

(NPR) [Audio] Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles brings together more than 1,600 high school students from all over the world to compete for more than $4 million in prizes...5/11

World's largest cicada brood begins hatching in the South

(USA Today) An enormous brood of cicadas that covers parts of 16 states is beginning to wake from its 13-year slumber underground...5/11

Climate Change Threatens Pacific Island Language

(Scientific American) Global warming is altering—and threatening to erase—much more of the Marshall Islands than the shorelines of this independent Micronesian nation that once served as a Pacific Ocean nuclear weapons test site for the U.S...5/11

Why nuclear power will never supply the world's energy needs

( The 440 commercial nuclear reactors in use worldwide are currently helping to minimize our consumption of fossil fuels, but how much bigger can nuclear power get?...5/9

Other Stories

Robots Retrieve Books in University of Chicago’s New, Futuristic Library

(Wired Science) The underground storage facility at the University of Chicago's new Mansueto Library holds 3.5 million volumes that can be accessed by robotic cranes...5/11

Russia, Pakistan to Join Forces to Fight Terrorism

(AP) Russian and Pakistani leaders have pledged to work together to fight terrorism and prevent drug-trafficking in Central and Southern Asia...5/12