Friday, May 20, 2011
ORNL in the News

10 Questions for a Chemical Engineer: Steven Sherman

( Oak Ridge National Laboratory is piloting the manufacture of carbon fibers from hardwood lignin, which could lead to lower-cost carbon fiber composites and lightweight, strong fiber composite panels for car bodies at the same cost as today's metal panels....5/19

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....5/18


U.S. Department of Energy Announces Expanded Partnership with Industry to Advance Next-Generation Automotive Technologies

(DOE Press Release) This partnership is part of DOE's broad strategy to expand the availability of advanced vehicles to American families to help protect them from future spikes in gas prices and reduce our nation's reliance on imported oil....5/19

East Tennessee

Cicadas have potential to cause serious damage to trees

(WATE-TV) The 13-year cicadas have arrived in several parts of Blount and Loudon counties. Many people are unaware these bugs can cause serious damage to trees....5/19


Obama prods Mideast allies to embrace reform, make peace

(Washington Post) President Obama prodded Israel on Thursday to pursue a peace deal with the Palestinians based on boundaries defined more than half a century ago and urged Arab governments to carry out the democratic reforms their citizens have demanded....5/20

State & Regional

TN House approves bill to limit teachers unions

(Tennessean) A heated, four-hour debate ends with 59-39 vote to place stringent limits on terms that can be set in teachers' contracts. Lawmakers are on track to send a bill to the governor by week's end....5/20

energy & science policy

Bill would be boost to electric cars

(Tennessean) A bill introduced in the Senate would allow towns across the country to compete for federal dollars to deploy electric cars and build charging stations....5/20

science & technology

Instruments saw Japan quake lurch

(BBC) Japan's 11 March mega-quake shifted the ocean floor sideways by more than 20 metres, according to one instrument on the seabed off the coast....5/20

Conditions in Atlantic ripe for big 2011 hurricane season, US says

(Christian Science Monitor) 2011 will be another above-average year for Atlantic hurricanes, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration....5/20

Mammals Smelled Their Way To Bigger Brains

(NPR) For years, scientists have wondered what evolutionary forces pumped up the mammal brain so much, and now they may have an answer: Mammals needed a better sense of smell....5/20

Cold, Lonely Planets More Common Than Sun-Like Stars

(Wired) Astronomers have announced a truly unique and new class of exoplanets: Jupiter sized planets that are in extremely large orbits or completely unbound from a host star altogether....5/20

Other Stories

China Admits Problems With Three Gorges Dam

(New York Times) The Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric project and a symbol of China's confidence in risky technological solutions, is troubled by urgent pollution and geologic problems, a high-level government body acknowledged Thursday....5/19