Wednesday, June 29, 2011
ORNL in the News

How Copper Folds Protein into Parkinson's Plaques

( Researchers at North Carolina State University have figured out how copper induces misfolding in the protein associated with Parkinson's disease, leading to creation of the fibrillar plaques which characterize the disease...The number of calculations was so large that Hodak and Bernholc had to devise a new method to make it possible for a computer to process them. Only supercomputers like Jaguar, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's most powerful supercomputer - the most powerful in the United States, in fact - were up to the task...6/28

ORNL assists Japan

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has donated $20,000 to aid in Japan's earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. The lab is joining efforts to help Oak Ridge's sister city -- Naka, Japan -- repair a local school that was damaged by the earthquake. According to information released by ORNL, the money came via Team UT-Battelle, a UT-Battelle corporate gift, and the lab's Asian Pacific American Committee...6/28


Missions at Y-12 grow more diverse

(Oak Ridger) Continuing to draw heavily on Bill Wilcox's "An Overview of the History of Y-12 1942-1992," finds Y-12 developing relationships with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other branches of the government for work using Y-12's specialized capabilities. Chief among the relationships over the years has been the relationship with NASA...6/28

Department of Energy Awards Nearly $7.5 Million to Help Develop Next Generation Wind Turbines

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that six projects in four states - California, Colorado, Florida, and New York - have been selected to receive nearly $7.5 million over two years to advance next-generation designs for wind turbine drivetrains...6/28

Wildfire not a threat to nuke waste at Los Alamos, officials say

(AP) A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums of plutonium-contaminated waste Tuesday as authorities stepped up efforts to protect the site and monitor the air for radiation...6/28


Kissinger: US-China Not Competing for World Domination

(Forbes) The US and China are not in a competition to dominate the world, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said during a meeting in Beijing on Tuesday...6/29

East Tennessee

Designing robots at Oak Ridge Associated Universities

(Oak Ridger) Middle school students from around the area, other cities in Tennessee and from other states recently spent a week at Oak Ridge Associated Universities designing and building robots...6/27

State & Regional

New Tennessee program aims to create jobs

(WATE) On Tuesday, Governor Bill Haslam alongside other officials announced the formation of Startup Tennessee, a public-private partnership with Startup America, which is designed to connect and align entrepreneurial efforts across the state...6/28

Gallatin fish hatchery gets second chance to help rare species

(Tennessean) A fish hatchery has been raised from the ashes, so to speak, beside TVA’s Gallatin coal-fired power plant where a once-abandoned facility is serving as a nursery for alligator gar, pink mucket mussels and lake sturgeon...6/29

energy & science policy

High Praise, Low Number: House FY 2012 Funding Recommendation Slashes ARPA-E Budget

(AIP) Without a stated reason in the committee report, the FY 2012 House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill recommends, as compared to this year, a cut of 44.3 percent or $79.6 million in the FY 2012 budget for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy...6/28

The Fading Era of Big Solar: Will Budget Woes Swamp the Industry?

(Time) ...The miniboom in solar in the U.S. is being driven chiefly by U.S. Treasury grants — most funded by the 2009 stimulus — which have helped fill the gap created by the evaporation of private capital after the recession...6/28

Inside Energy Extra

6/28 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- DOE offers more details on SPR auction
- Los Alamos lab said still unscathed by fire
- EPA urged to report faster on fracking
- Energy threats may lead to bat protection

science & technology

Google Study Projects Future Economic Gains from Clean Energy

(Scientific American) A new study by projects that breakthroughs in clean energy technologies stemming from aggressive federal and private-sector investment would add $150 billion in additional economic output and 1.1 million new jobs by 2030, with the gains continuing to grow in future years...6/28

Scientists study earthquake triggers in Pacific ocean

( New samples of rock and sediment from the depths of the eastern Pacific Ocean may help explain the cause of large, destructive earthquakes similar to the Tohoku Earthquake that struck Japan in mid-March...6/29

Is Fusion Power Finally For Real?

(Popular Science) For decades now, a rosy future fueled by cheap, unlimited energy has always been just a few years away. Now, fusion programs including scrappy startups and billion-dollar government labs have taken the first steps toward generating star power...6/21

Other Stories

Russia cuts off power to Belarus

(AP) Russia cut off electricity supplies to struggling Belarus over unpaid bills on Wednesday, raising the heat on its economically struggling neighbor...6/28

Six New Natural Landmarks Named

(National Geographic News) Lake Bill Chinook in central Oregon is now part of The Island, one of six new national natural landmarks designated last week by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar...6/28