Tuesday, June 7, 2011
ORNL in the News

Thom Mason on early budget picture for 2012: 'It's better than I expected'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It's way too early to freak out about what's coming down the pike, but there was a significant glimpse at what the FY 2012 budget battlefield may look like earlier this week when the House Appropriations energy and water subcommittee did the markup on the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill...6/3

Tornados: Cray XT5 analyzes data

(Gemini) ...To better understand the violent, dangerous, rotating columns of air, researchers use data from on-the-ground monitoring stations and information gathered by chasers to simulate the development of these devastating storms. To handle the enormous data flow, they use a Cray XT5 supercomputer, also known as the Kraken...6/7

Neutron analysis explains dynamics behind best thermoelectric materials

(Physorg.com) Researchers performed experiments at both of ORNL's neutron facilities -- the Spallation Neutron Source and the High Flux Isotope Reactor -- to learn why the material lead telluride, which has a similar molecular structure to common table salt, has very low thermal conductivity, or heat loss -- a property that makes lead telluride a compelling thermoelectric material...6/6

TN plan to fund startups with tax dollars renews accountability debate

(Tennessean) As part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s jobs plan, state officials want to use federal dollars to attract funding for Tennessee’s small companies, an effort rekindling debate over how far government should go to spark private investment. The program is part of an initiative, called Incite, that Haslam says will help turn ideas developed by the state’s universities and research institutions into viable companies...Incite will help turn concepts developed at places like Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University into viable companies that will employ people across the state, Haslam said...6/7


DOE's cost for retiree benefits rapidly rising

(Tricity Herald) The Department of Energy's benefit costs for retired contractor employees is rising quickly and could hit $1.7 billion next year, according to a Government Accountability Office report to Congress...6/7

State & Regional

Georgia offers to swap road and rail for water

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Georgia’s House speaker says leaders from his state need to sit down with Tennessee officials and discuss trading transportation enhancements for access to the water in the Tennessee River...6/7


U.S. Tries to Restart Mideast Peace Talks

(Wall Street Journal) The Obama administration held talks on Monday to jump-start stalled Middle East peace discussions, its first high-level meetings with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in months...6/7

East Tennessee

Knoxville gets $400,000 EPA Brownfields grant

(WBIR-TV) The Environmental Protection Agency awarded the City of Knoxville with a $400,000 Brownsfield grant to conduct hazardous substances and petroleum studies in North Knoxville, near downtown. City officials found out about the award on Monday....6/6


energy & science policy

Is The Future Of Nuclear Power In Minireactors?

(NPR) Almost 60 years ago, engineers in Idaho switched on the world's first nuclear power plant. It was only able to illuminate four light bulbs. The reactor vessel in Idaho stood about 8 feet high, and eventually it made enough electricity to power a building...6/6

International Energy Agency says gas in golden age

(BBC) Increasing gas supply and demand for the fuel could set off a "golden age of gas", the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said...6/7

Inside Energy Extra

6/6 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Spill response aids new pipeline bid: API
- EPA tailpipe rule ignores impacts, court told
- ARPA-E funds aid MIT battery spinoff
- Consider utility competition: FTC to FERC

science & technology

Rising Forest Density Offsets Climate Change - Study

(Scientific American) [Opinion] Rising forest density in many countries is helping to offset climate change caused by deforestation from the Amazon basin to Indonesia...6/6

Material Turns Hard or Soft at the Touch of a Button

(Science Daily) A world premiere: a material which changes its strength, virtually at the touch of a button...6/6

Two Ultraheavy Elements Added to Periodic Table

(Wired Science) A committee of international chemists and physicists has officially added two new elements to the periodic table: the ultraweighty elements 114 and 116...6/6

The Missing Link Between STEM Education and Jobs of the Future

(The Atlantic) As the U.S. aims to create new jobs requiring highly skilled workers, the next generation of engineers are needed now more than eve...6/6

Other Stories

Fukushima aftermath: G20 to discuss nuclear safety

(BBC) G20 energy ministers are set to meet in Paris to discuss nuclear safety in the wake Japan's Fukushima disaster...6/6