Monday, May 23, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL may add security role

(Knoxville News Sentinel) During a recent visit to Oak Ridge, DOE science chief William Brinkman said security agencies are supporting a plan, currently under review at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, to use private financing for construction of a major new computer center at ORNL....5/21

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....5/18


Vice President Biden Visits National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Announces First Agreement Under "America's Next Top Energy Innovator" Challenge

(DOE Press Release) While visiting the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, Vice President Biden announced that a Colorado-based start-up company has signed the first option agreement under the Department of Energy's new "America's Next Top Energy Innovator" challenge....5/20

East Tennessee

East Tennessee rebounding from recession

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Observers say the Knoxville area has been successful at shaking off the Great Recession's cobwebs and adding jobs, many of which are coming through the creation or expansion of small- or mid-size businesses....5/22


Tornado Kills At Least 89 As It Slams Missouri Town

(NPR) Authorities said at least 89 people have died in the southwest Missouri city of Joplin after a massive tornado blasted through with cataclysmic force, ripping into a hospital, upending cars and leaving only a forest of splintered tree trunks behind where entire neighborhoods once stood....5/23

State & Regional

Longer school days could be on way

(Tennessean) Tennessee's new education commissioner says he'd consider longer school days and years as one way the state can toss out antiquated education practices and help students improve more quickly....5/23

Other Stories

Iceland volcanic ash cloud set to reach UK

(BBC) An ash cloud from the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland is expected to reach the UK by the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Met Office has said....5/23

energy & science policy

Climate-change aid to developing world difficult to track, report says

(Washington Post) The 2009 Copenhagen accord provided $30 billion to help poorer countries adapt to climate change, but nearly two years on, tracking the funds has proved difficult....5/21

Inside Energy Extra

5/20 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** DOE gives nod to Cheniere LNG exports
** NRC delays review of AP1000 reactor
** At NREL, Biden promotes r&d funding
** Potential for Chukchi oil spills cited

science & technology

Atom-Smasher Retires; Lab Makes Career Switch

(New York Times) When scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced last month that they might have discovered a new elementary particle or fundamental force of nature, it was likely the swan song of the lab's Tevatron accelerator, once the most powerful atom-smasher in the world....5/21

Aboard The Space Station, It's A Beautiful World

(NPR) The space shuttle Endeavour launched its final mission this week, a 16-day mission at the International Space Station. It's the second-to-last mission scheduled for the space shuttle program before it comes to an end later this year....5/21

Laser puts record data rate through fibre

(BBC) Researchers have set a new record for the rate of data transfer using a single laser: 26 terabits per second. At those speeds, the entire Library of Congress collections could be sent down an optical fibre in 10 seconds....5/22

Movement Without Muscles: Zoologists on Trail of Evolution of Body Contractions

(Science Daily) Some animal groups don't have any muscles at all, as they branched off from the evolutionary path before muscle cells evolved....5/23

Milky Way Galaxy Has Mirror-Like Symmetry

(Wired) A new study suggests the Milky Way doesn't need a makeover: It's already just about perfect. Astronomers base that assertion on their discovery of a vast section of a spiral, star-forming arm at the Milky Way's outskirts....5/21