Monday, May 17, 2010
ORNL in the News

New platform creates shortcut for field data analysis

(GCN) Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a framework for gathering and analyzing data from mobile devices such as smart phones in the field without depending on central repositories or back-end systems...5/14

State agrees to extend Molten Salt cleanup

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Environmental regulators are in informal dispute with the Dept. of Energy on a number of issues regarding the Oak Ridge cleanup program, and the state of Tennessee has been playing hardball at times, rejecting multiple requests for milestone changes in recent months because of differences over funding commitments...5/15

Study of animal tumors may bring more precision to cancer treatment

(WBIR) Spider Monkey the cat certainly has a human personality -- and his tissue is kind of like a human's too -- which is why tissue samples from UT Veterinary Clinic patients may soon help their two-legged friends. Once removed, tumors are sliced up and turned into slides, then dyed and read by pathologists. "You're looking for disorder in the nuclei of the cells. Sometimes it's very difficult to tell if cells are normal or abnormal," said Oak Ridge National Lab Research & Development Staff Member Dr. Trent Nichols...5/14



DOE Official Wins Technology Honor

(Sunpluggers) Kristina M. Johnson, an electrical engineer and undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, has been selected to receive the 2010 Women of Vision Leadership Award from the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology...5/14

DOE planning for end to Hanford stimulus spending

(Tacoma News Tribune) The Department of Energy is considering options for the transition to the end of economic stimulus spending at nuclear weapons sites, including Hanford, said Ines Triay, the DOE assistant secretary for environmental management...5/16

EIA's Annual Energy Outlook Boosts Projections for Renewable Power

(Reuters) The percentage of US electricity produced by non-hydro renewable energy sources will increase from 4 percent in 2009 to 12.3 percent in 2030, according to the "Annual Energy Outlook 2010" published Tuesday by the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration (EIA)...5/13

State & Regional

Local impact of the Nuclear Posture Review

(Oak Ridger) On Friday mornings at 7:30, what has come to be known as a truly unique Oak Ridge event occurs. The East Tennessee Economic Council's weekly meeting consists of a packed room of highly motivated and energetic individuals from many of the large and small organizations in the area as well as key leaders of the community, state and nation who are often in attendance...5/14



Union leader Stern leaves with questions over spending

(Washington Post) [Registration Required] In celebrating her election last weekend to head the Service Employees International Union -- the nation's fastest-growing and most politically active labor organization -- Mary Kay Henry vowed to "build on the success" of Andrew L. Stern, the charismatic, ambitious labor leader who is taking his influence to new arenas, such as President Obama's deficit commission...5/15

Lawyers lining up for class-action suits over oil spill

(Washington Post) [Registration Required] On April 21, with the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig still in flames, John W. Degravelles and a group of other lawyers sued for damages...5/17

East Tennessee

Dilemmas and delays: Oak Ridge properties sour along with economy

(knoxville News Sentinel) As Mike Ross' Rarity Communities empire shrinks from its peak of 10 developments, Rarity Ridge remains one of only three properties still being actively marketed...5/16

energy & science policy

US-China Ten Year Framework for Cooperation on Energy and Environment

(Wire Update) The Governments of the United States and China held the 6th Joint Working Group Meeting of the U.S.-China Ten Year Framework (TYF) for Cooperation on Energy and Environment on May 11-12 in Washington, D.C...5/16

Inside Energy Extra

5/17 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
-DOE to Nevada contractors: Wind down
-Markey presses BP over leak estimate
-Drill group wants DOI ban eased
-Ethanol exports hit record in March

science & technology

U.S. Clears a Test of Bioengineered Trees

(New York Times) Federal regulators gave clearance Wednesday for a large and controversial field test of genetically engineered trees planned for seven states stretching from Florida to Texas...5/12

Android Comes of Age at Google Developer Conference

(Wired) In 2008, when Google organized its first developers’ conference, it gave attendees the first phones to run Android, its open source mobile operating system. Now three years later, Android is one of the fastest-growing mobile platforms...5/17

Japan rocket to blast off with Venus probe and 'space yacht'

( The H-IIA rocket was positioned at the Tanegashima space centre in southern Japan in fair weather Monday for its lift-off the next day at 6:44 am (2144 GMT Monday), said the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)...5/17

Other Stories

All Modern Life on Earth Derived from Common Ancestor

(Discovery News) One isn't such a lonely number. All life on Earth shares a single common ancestor, a new statistical analysis confirms...5/14

Jupiter Loses Big Belt; Great Spot Left Hanging

(National Geographic) Two wide stripes—known as the equatorial belts—normally circle the huge planet, products of the fast-moving jet streams that roar through Jupiter's atmosphere. But pictures of Jupiter taken by an amateur astronomer show that sometime during the past couple weeks, the south equatorial belt completely faded from view...5/14