Friday, June 3, 2011
ORNL in the News

Farming for Fuels Program Teaches 34,000 Youngsters, Teachers And Parents About Bioenergy

(Net News Publisher) More than 34,000 youngsters, teachers and parents around the country have had a chance to learn about bioenergy through hands-on experiments that are part of an outreach effort by the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center....6/2

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, June 2011

(PhysOrg) TRANSPORTATION -- Screening for safety... MICROSCOPY -- Virtual resonance... CLIMATE -- Informing decision makers....6/2

Curious case of germanium-72

(R & D Magazine) Physicists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, and Germany's GSI in Darmstadt recently used ORNL's Jaguar supercomputer to explore the pair bonding of neutrons in one uncommon isotope—germanium-72....6/2


Golan on DOE reorganization in Oak Ridge: 'Anytime you do change, it's going to be difficult'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Reports have been circulating for more than a month about changes in the works at DOE's Oak Ridge office, and Interim Manager Paul Golan today began addressing some of those changes publicly....6/2

Other Stories

How to counter sophisticated cyberattacks: Focus on the basics

(Government Computer News) A continuing series of high-profile security breaches, capped by reports that the Google Gmail accounts of some government and industry officials have been compromised, illustrates the need for agencies to focus on the basics of cybersecurity....6/2

Gmail Hack Targeted White House

(Wall Street Journal) People who work at the White House were among those targeted by the China-based hackers who broke into Google's Gmail accounts....6/3



Employment seen held back by weak economy

(Reuters) U.S. employment probably lost steam in May as high energy prices and the effects of Japan's earthquake bogged down the economy....6/3

U.S. farmers, processors not required to test for deadly E. coli strain

(Washington Post) The bacterium that has killed more than a dozen Europeans, sickened nearly 2,000 more and raised international alarms would be legal if it were found on meat or poultry in the United States....6/3

State & Regional

TVA to be asked for green light for Bellefonte nuclear plant

(Tennessean) The TVA board will be asked this summer to approve completion of the long-dormant Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant, according to Tom Kilgore, the public power producer's president and CEO....6/3

energy & science policy

FY 2012 Department of Energy Appropriations Bill Approved by House Subcommittee

(AIP Bulletin) "This is a fair bill that recognizes the stark fiscal reality that faces our country. The subcommittee has worked hard to ensure that our highest priorities - defense of our country and support for American innovation and competitiveness - receive critical funding." So said Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)....6/2

Inside Energy Extra

6/2 A daily report on U.S. energy policy [ORNL users only]
** House bill slashing DOE spending advances
** DOE awards loan aid to Nevada solar plant
** House panel votes to speed EPA approval
** House report calls DOI overhaul extreme
** NRC may seek more feedback on reactor

science & technology

'Worms from hell' unearth possibilities for extraterrestrial life

(Washington Post) Scientists have found complex, multi-celled creatures living a mile and more below the planet's surface – raising new possibilities about life on Earth and other planets and moons....6/1

Three Gorges Dam Is Said to Hurt Areas Downstream

(New York Times) The Three Gorges Dam's planners failed to gauge its effects on lakes and other bodies of water downstream, especially during drought conditions....6/3

Quantum mechanics rule 'bent' in classic experiment

(BBC) Researchers have bent one of the most basic rules of quantum mechanics, a counterintuitive branch of physics that deals with atomic-scale interactions....6/3

Phase Change Memory-Based 'Moneta' System Points to the Future of Computer Storage

(Science Daily) A University of California, San Diego faculty-student team is about to demonstrate a first-of-its kind, phase-change memory solid state storage device that provides performance thousands of times faster than a conventional hard drive and up to seven times faster than current state-of-the-art solid-state drives....6/2