Tuesday, May 24, 2011
ORNL in the News

Particle trap paves way for personalized medicine

(EurekAlert) Sequencing DNA base pairs – the individual molecules that make up DNA – is key for medical researchers working toward personalized medicine. Being able to isolate, study and sequence these DNA molecules would allow scientists to tailor diagnostic testing, therapies and treatments based on each patient's individual genetic makeup...The project was directed by Mark Reed of Yale University and Predrag Krstic of Oak Ridge National Laboratory...5/23


(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is hosting a shindig at 10 a.m. Wednesday to celebrate the lab's new solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station. According to ORNL: "The photovoltaic modules are mounted on the roof of a parking canopy that covers the parking spaces and produce 50 kilowatts of direct current during peak sunshine, or 68,000 kilowatts annually...5/23


Nissan Celebrates 30-Year, $3.5 Billion Commitment to State of Tennessee With Installation of 30 Solar EV Chargers

(PRNewswire) Tennessee is Nissan's home in the Americas region," said Carlos Tavares, chairman, Nissan Americas. "These solar-assisted charging stations demonstrate our dedication to a zero-emissions society, and our dedication to bringing innovation to our home in Tennessee...Nissan is working with the U.S. Dept. of Energy, which is funding the stations through a matching grant, as well as Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Tennessee Valley Authority, with which Nissan will share usage and technical data from the solar chargers for further study...5/23

Once Thought a Rival Phase, Antiferromagnetism Coexists With Superconductivity

(Science Daily) High-temperature superconductivity can be looked at as a fight for survival at the atomic scale. In an effort to reach that point where electrons pair up and resistance is reduced to zero, superconductivity must compete with numerous, seemingly rival phases of matter...The team -- including researchers from Boston College, Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, -- used neutron scattering and scanning tunneling microscopy to determine the interplay between AFM and superconductivity...5/23

State & Regional

Browns Ferry outage costly for TVA

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Tennessee Valley Authority restarted its oldest nuclear reactor at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant over the weekend, but the federal utility is still getting only limited power output from its biggest nuclear plant more than three weeks after tornadoes cut power to Browns Ferry...5/23

Freshwater mussels being protected in Tennessee

(AP) Various agencies have signed an agreement designed to protect freshwater mussels across Tennessee...5/24

East Tennessee

Volkswagen hosts plant opening in Chattanooga

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Move over Nissan and make room for VW. Volkswagen, which broke ground May 14, 2009, on its $1 billion Chattanooga plant, is holding an official grand opening of the facility today...5/24



U.S. Team in N. Korea as Kim Visits China

(Time) A U.S. government team flew to North Korea to assess food shortages Tuesday, while the country's reclusive leader Kim Jong Il reportedly traveled to an eastern China city on a visit aimed at studying Beijing's economic reforms...5/24


New OR cleanup team tries to ease workers' transition

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The government's new cleanup team in Oak Ridge took the stage for the first time Monday evening, emphasized one thing more than anything else - safety - and tried to reassure anxious workers, some of whom may not have a job or at least not the same job...5/24

The UCOR era begins in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...A partnership of URS and CH2M HILL, two veterans of Department of Energy contracting, recently won a huge DOE contract (with a potential value of about $2 billion) to carry on the long-running, hugely expensive environmental management program in Oak Ridge...5/23

energy & science policy

Alexander Pushes Wind Energy Subsidies

(Chattanoogan.com) Senator Lamar Alexander said today that Congress should address wind energy subsidies during debate on oil company subsidies, noting that the 10-year price tag on the wind production tax credit is $26 billion—about $5 billion more than tax breaks being debated for the five biggest oil companies—despite the fact that wind is “about the least efficient means of energy production we have.”...5/18

Why oil prices will spike again soon

(CNN Money) Energy prices have been coming down this spring as fears of a Middle East blowup fade. But persistent global demand, tepid supply growth and easy money mean it may not be long till the next damaging spike, Goldman Sachs economists say...5/23

Inside Energy Extra

5/23 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- End subsidies for ethanol: Pawlenty
- Wisconsin regulator to join Chu's staff
- Let EPA regulation continue: Duke CEO
- DOE plans review of FutureGen 2.0
- BOEM to review Fla. ocean-power project

science & technology

Revealed: How Area 51 Hid Secret Craft

(National Geographic News) The CIA created Area 51 in 1955 to test and develop top secret U.S. military projects in the remote Nevada desert. More than 50 years later, the base still doesn't officially exist and appears on no public U.S. government maps...5/20

Scientists At A Loss To Predict Bad Tornado Seasons

(NPR) There have been nearly 1,200 tornadoes in the U.S. so far this year. That's nearly twice the usual number of twisters, and it comes as something of a surprise to the scientists who study them. It turns out there is still no good way to predict tornado outbreaks more than a couple of days ahead of time...5/23

A Tree Hugger, With a Twist

(NY Times) ...Understanding why vines are increasing in dominance is important in part because of their potential to reduce tropical forests’ capacity to act as a carbon sink, packing carbon away in trunks and other woody tissues through photosynthesis...5/23

Russia revitalizes science

(Nature News) Researchers drawn by 'mega-grants' find rewards and frustrations in equal measure...5/23

Robots develop language to 'talk' to each other

(BBC) Robots are developing their own language to help them navigate and improve their intellectual ability...5/24

New Reactor Design Faces Further Scrutiny in U.S.

(Scientific American) The Toshiba-Westinghouse AP1000 reactor remains a symbol of the U.S. nuclear future to supporters and opponents alike...5/23

Other Stories

Witness Ties Pakistan to Mumbai Massacre

(Wall Street Journal) The star witness in a terrorism case that could further strain U.S.-Pakistan relations testified Monday that the Pakistani government helped support a terrorist group that carried out a massacre in Mumbai that killed more than 160 people, including six Americans...5/24