Wednesday, May 18, 2011
ORNL in the News

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Team Design Can Recover Electricity From Waste Heat

(Crazy Engineers) The heat generated by constant running and functioning of electrical gadgets presents a big problem that is solved to a great extent by Scott Hunter and his Oak Ridge National Laboratory research team....5/18

Three at ORNL get early-career awards

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Three researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received awards from the Department of Energy's Office of Science Early-Career Research Program. The recipients are Gonzalo Alvarez-Campot, Nina Balke and Ezekial A. Unterberg....5/17

Philip Hanawalt wins Princess Takamatsu award, looks back on 50 years at Stanford and ahead to turning 80

(Stanford University News) Hanawalt and his former PhD adviser, Richard Setlow, then at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, were working with the bacteria E. coli and seeking to understand how the cells were able to replicate their DNA and remain viable under the onslaught of ultraviolet radiation damage from the sun....5/17

Putting new life into old reactor

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The High Flux Isotope Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which was constructed in the mid-1960s, is pretty doggone ancient when it comes to nuclear reactors....5/18


Cuts could force layoffs at SRS

(Augusta Chronicle) Employees of Savannah River Site's three main contractors were warned Monday that federal budget cuts could require new layoffs this fall extending beyond the elimination of 1,400 jobs announced last year....5/16

State & Regional

Illegal immigration bill put on hold

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A proposed Tennessee version of Arizona's controversial law on illegal immigration was shelved for the year on Tuesday while another bill attempting to curb employment of illegal immigrants has received a boost from Gov. Bill Haslam....5/18


GOP Senator Drops Out Of Bipartisan Deficit Group

(NPR) A top Republican senator in the bipartisan "Gang of Six" seeking agreement on a plan to cut the deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade dropped out of the group on Tuesday....5/18

CIA flew stealth drones into Pakistan to monitor bin Laden house

(Washington Post) Sophisticated new stealth aircraft flew dozens of secret missions deep into Pakistani airspace in an effort to capture high-resolution video that satellites could not provide, U.S. officials say....5/18

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

5/17 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Senators seek probe of refiner margins
** Gulf lease-extension policy uncertain
** Judge shelves sage-grouse settlement
** NRC queries Westinghouse unit plans
** DOE, Stanford plan for lab extension

science & technology

In Japan Reactor Failings, Danger Signs for the U.S.

(New York Times) Vents that American officials said would prevent devastating explosions at nuclear plants in the United States were put to the test in Japan and failed....5/18

Warming Arctic opens way to competition for resources

(Washington Post) A warming Arctic is opening up new competition for resources that until recently were out of reach, protected under a thick layer of ice. As glaciers defrost and ice floes diminish, the North is being viewed as a source of not only great wealth but also conflict....5/16

Higgs boson result 'false alarm'

(BBC) Reports that the Large Hadron Collider had detected the first possible signs of the elusive Higgs boson particle were "wrong", experts have said....5/17

Anthropologist Discovers New Fossil Primate Species in West Texas

(Science Daily) Physical anthropologist Chris Kirk has announced the discovery of a previously unknown species of fossil primate, Mescalerolemur horneri, in the Devil's Graveyard badlands of West Texas....5/17

Other Stories

Maurice Goldhaber, Atomic Physicist, Is Dead at 100

(New York Times) Mr. Goldhaber delved into the intricacies of atoms and headed the Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island for more than a decade....5/18

Why does Pakistan have world's fastest-growing nuclear program?

(Christian Science Monitor) Pakistan is stockpiling weapons-grade nuclear material, and accelerating construction of a nuclear plant that can produce plutonium. What's behind the nuclear surge?...5/17