Wednesday, July 6, 2011
ORNL in the News

Half a billion dollars in ARRA carryover to FY '12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Dept. of Energy's Oak Ridge office plans to carry over more than $500 million in Recovery Act funding to FY 2012. That's out of the original allotment of $1.78 billion...About $16 million in Recovery Act funding for Science projects will be carried into 2012. [Mike] Koentop said about nine projects are ongoing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...7/5

Lab-on-Chip May Aid Pharma Manufacturing

(Nanowerk) Researchers are developing new technologies that combine a laser and electric fields to manipulate fluids and tiny particles such as bacteria, viruses, and DNA for a range of potential applications, from drug manufacturing to food safety..."This is a cutting-edge technology that has developed over the last decade from research at a handful of universities," adds Aloke Kumar, a Wigner Fellow and staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...7/5

National Labs Open Doors to Displaced Japanese Researchers

(DOE Energy Blog) ...Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have given their Japanese counterparts time on the Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor, both of which are similar to the experimental equipment at J-PARC....7/5


Knoxville sites for electric vehicles set

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Over the past few months, the city of Knoxville has been looking for locations appropriate for ECOtality's electric vehicle charging stations...[Jacob] Tisinger also said the city and ECOtality are working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to put in 10 solar-assisted charging stations in the Market Square and Civic Coliseum parking garages...7/5

State & Regional

Southern states all over the map on solar power

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Tennessee's solar industry has flared in recent years as industrial recruitment and incentives for investment in the technology have resulted in sizeable corporate investments and more than five megawatts worth of photovoltaic panels installed across the state...7/4

Southeast US offers huge energy crop potential

(Business TN) The U.S. Southeast is ripe for energy crop development, according to several panelists who spoke during a session devoted to next-generation feedstock strategies...6/28


Obama Summons G.O.P. and Democratic Leaders for Deficit Reduction Talks

(NY Times) President Obama stepped up pressure on Congressional Republicans on Tuesday to agree to a broad deficit-cutting deal, pledging to put popular entitlement programs like Medicare on the table in return for Republican acquiescence to some higher taxes...7/5


DOE's new cleanup manager plans to spread the work via subcontracts

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The change of contractors running the Department of Energy's high-dollar cleanup program in Oak Ridge is supposed to spread the wealth and result in more work for more companies...7/4

energy & science policy

AIP Supports Resumption of Pu-238 Production

(AIP) The American Institute of Physics joined three of its Member Societies – the American Astronomical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Physical Society - in urging House appropriators to support the Obama Administration’s request to resume production of Pu-238...7/5

Inside Energy Extra

7/5 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Calisolar to beg off DOE loan aid: paper
- Los Alamos set to reopen, after wildfire
- DOE, FERC seek demand-response leaders
- Markey seeks hearings on Montana oil spill
- DOE Clean Fleets adds Coke, Enterprise

science & technology

A Safer Nuclear Crypt

(NY Times) Watching intently as a huge white steel container surfaced from a 42-foot-deep canal, workers set upon it with long-handled tools, like sailors wrestling a flailing whale to the deck of a ship...7/5

The Cutting-Edge Physics of Jackson Pollock

(Wired Science) Jackson Pollock, famous for his deceptively random-seeming drip paintings, took advantage of certain features of fluid dynamics years before physicists thought to study them...7/5

What Went Wrong In Fukushima: The Human Factor

(NPR) Japanese officials are still trying to understand all the factors that contributed to the meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant...7/6

Sea holds treasure trove of rare-earth elements

(Nature News) The world's insatiable demand for the rare-earth elements needed to make almost all technological gadgets could one day be partially met by sea-floor mining, hints an assessment of the Pacific Ocean's resources...7/3

Other Stories

Banned chemicals found in tons of imported fish

(Tennessean) Fish from overseas that are contaminated with chemicals not allowed in the U.S. food supply are showing up for sale in this country, including in Tennessee...7/6