Thursday, May 24, 2012
ORNL in the News

'Where atoms are, and what they do'

(PhysOrg) A 100-million-year old fossil from Antarctica's tropical age, revealed by neutron imaging, fascinated participants at the "Neutron Scattering for Novices" workshop at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Spallation Neutron Source, held May 16. Robert McGreevy, ORNL's deputy associate lab director for Neutron Sciences showed the geological sample as an example of what advanced neutron techniques can do -- in this case, nondestructively see what's inside an ancient fossil...5/24

Oak Ridge MAXLAB ahead of schedule

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Construction of the new Recovery Act-funded Maximum Building Energy Efficiency Research Lab at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is reportedly 75 percent complete and scheduled for occupancy in October. That's about two months earlier than the previous forecast, according to info provided by construction project chief Gary Bloom...5/23

DOE

U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Poneman Announces New Steps to Support Clean Energy Small Businesses

(Energy.gov) As part of National Small Business Week and to highlight President Obama’s focus on small businesses as leaders in an economy built to last, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman today announced in Fayetteville, Arkansas, $11 million in innovative research and technology grants of up to $150,000 to nearly 70 small businesses nationwide...5/23

State & Regional

Summit on energy security being held this week

(AP) Government, educational and energy leaders are meeting this week in southeastern Kentucky for the Tennessee Valley Corridor National Technology Summit...5/23

National

Hopes fade for progress at Iran nuclear talks in Baghdad

(CS Monitor) Iranian officials say practically no sanctions relief was placed on the table by Western powers in response to Iranian concessions over its nuclear program, dashing hopes for any breakthrough in Baghdad...5/23

A Peek Inside The CIA, As It Tries To Assess Iran

(NPR) The latest talks in Baghdad over Iran's nuclear program have prompted the usual arguments. Iran says it has only peaceful intentions. Israeli leaders scoff at that claim...5/23

East Tennessee

Electric Bike Sharing Stations Generating Data

(Tennessee Today) UT is home to the nation’s first fully-automated electric bike sharing stations thanks to civil and environmental engineering assistant professor Chris Cherry...5/22

energy & science policy

From the Floor: House Considers FY 2013 Bill Funding NASA, NIST and NSF

(AIP) The House of Representatives spent three days earlier this month on its consideration of H.R. 5326, the FY 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Bill. This bill provides funding for NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Science Foundation...5/23

science & technology

American Physics Dreams Deferred

(NY Times) ...In 2019, a spacecraft known as Euclid will begin such a mission to study dark energy. But it is being launched by the European Space Agency, not NASA, with American astronomers serving only as very junior partners, contributing $20 million and some infrared sensors...5/21

Amid Economic Concerns, Carbon Capture Faces a Hazy Future

(National Geographic News) For a world dependent on fossil fuels, carbon capture and storage (CCS) could be a key to controlling greenhouse gas emissions. But the technology meant to scrub carbon dioxide pollution from the air is experiencing stiff headwinds that have stalled many projects at the bottom line...5/22

Gran Sasso: Chamber of physics

(Nature) The world's largest underground laboratory has been a success story for Italian science. But 30 years after construction began, its future is uncertain...5/23

Google Chrome Browser Seeking To Topple Microsoft IE

(Investors Business Daily) A single day in March foreshadowed news this week that, by one tracker's measurements, Google Chrome has leapfrogged Microsoft Internet Explorer to become the No. 1 Web browser...5/23

Other Stories

How Bad Are Our Immigration Policies Hurting Innovation?

(The Atlantic) Last Tuesday, yet another bill was introduced in Congress to expand current limits on the number of highly skilled foreign workers allowed into the United States each year...5/22