Thursday, May 19, 2011
ORNL in the News

Neutrons provide first sub-nanoscale snapshots of Huntington's disease protein

(EurekAlert) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee have for the first time successfully characterized the earliest structural formation of the disease type of the protein that causes Huntington's disease. The incurable, hereditary neurological disorder is always fatal and affects one in 10,000 Americans...5/18









Interview with Thom Mason

(WBIR News) [Video] Interview with Thom Mason...5/18

Ice to head materials research division at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Gene Ice has been named the director of the Materials Science and Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Michelle Buchanan, the associate lab director for physical sciences, made the announcement today...5/18

National Lab Produces Highly Efficient Waste Heat Generators

(Daily Tech) The scientists at ORNL estimate that billions of dollars is lost every year in waste heat from electronic devices like central processing units (CPUs).  Server farms spend millions a year to simply cool down their fields of racked computers.  Waste heat is also a major source of energy loss in automobiles. To that end, a team led by Scott Hunter has developed [press release] tiny piezoelectric generators that use a tiny cantilever, approximately 1 mm^2 in size...5/17

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge well represented at energy summit

(Oak Ridger) Though the 2011 Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit boasted headliners such as Congressmen Chuck Fleischmann and Scott DesJarlais, recently retired Department of Energy Oak Ridge Operations manager Gerald Boyd was the man of the hour during Monday's TVC luncheon...5/18

State & Regional

NRC to review Browns Ferry nuclear performance

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials will discuss the 2010 performance of TVA’s Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant on May 31 in Athens, Ala...5/18


Gates: No evidence 'yet' about who in Pakistan knew bin Laden was there

(USA Today) 'Somebody' in Pakistan knew Osama bin Laden's whereabouts, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday. But he seemed to absolve 'senior leadership' and warned Congress against cutting US aid...5/18

Life span of U.S. nuclear weapons will increase under plan

(Washington Post) A new, 10-year strategic plan for the U.S. nuclear weapons complex demonstrates that as the size of the arsenal shrinks because of a new arms control treaty with Russia, the effectiveness and life span of the United States’s weapons will increase...5/18

How foreigners will buy the U.S.

(CNN) Think we're in hock up to our eyeballs now? Wait till 2025. That's the message behind a World Bank report this week that imagines what the global economy will look like in a decade and a half...5/18

energy & science policy

Energy: America's top climate cop

(Nature News) The United States has abandoned comprehensive greenhouse-gas curbs, but California is pressing ahead. Mary Nichols is leading the fight against emissions...5/18

Bernanke on “Promoting Research and Development: The Government’s Role”

(AIP) On Monday, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered the keynote address at a two-day conference entitled “New Building Blocks for Jobs and Economic Growth: Intangible Assets as Sources of Increased Productivity and Enterprise Value.”...5/18

Senate Rejects Republican Bill on Exploration for Oil and Gas

(NY Times) With Democrats citing last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as a cautionary tale, the Senate on Wednesday decisively rejected a Republican plan to allow more coastal oil and gas exploration and to speed the issuance of drilling permits to oil companies...5/19

Inside Energy Extra

5/18 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- DOE budget faces difficult decisions
- Senate bill to expand drilling fails
- Murkowski queries FERC on EPA rules
- Flush hydro prompts BPA wind curbs

science & technology

New Satellite Will Measure Ocean Circulation

(Scientific American) The Aquarius instrument will measure the ocean's salinity in a bid to better understand the global water cycle--and climate change...5/18

Rogue Planets: Billions of Jupiters on the Loose in the Milky Way

(Time) ...a team of astronomers is reporting the discovery of ten objects roughly the size of Jupiter that seem to be on the loose, roaming the galaxy untethered to any star...5/18

Should We Keep Last Smallpox Viruses Alive? US Says Yes, For Defense Purposes

(Popular Science) The U.N. health agency may have decided way back in 1996 that the remaining stores of live smallpox virus--kept in facilities in Atlanta and Russia--be destroyed, but the virus has remained alive so researchers can examine it, creating vaccines and other cures...5/18

Other Stories

In the Land of Gutenberg, Germans Face Their Digital Future

(The Atlantic) Experts say that German newspapers and magazines are beginning to face the same predicament as their American counterpart...5/18