Friday, July 8, 2011
ORNL in the News

U.S. Department of Energy introduces database for tidal energy resources

(Hydroworld) The U.S. Department of Energy, in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, has introduced a new database highlighting the energy potential available in the United States from ocean tides...Researchers at Georgia Tech Savannah used advanced regional ocean models to simulate tidal flows along the entire U.S. coastline. DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory validated the model's accuracy, and the resulting data are now publically available...7/6

US joining the Wendelstein 7-X fusion project

(Physorg.com) The USA is investing over 7.5 million dollars in the construction of the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald. In the three-year project, starting in 2011, scientists from the fusion institutes at Princeton, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Los Alamos are contributing auxiliary magnetic coils, measuring instruments and planning of special sections of the wall cladding for equipping the German fusion device ...7/7

Oak Ridge history: Manhattan Project construction

(Knoxville News Sentinel) If you've ever wanted to see what Oak Ridge looked like during the World War II Manhattan Project, this is a rare -- if not unique -- opportunity. Color film footage uncovered in recent months at Oak Ridge National Laboratory includes extraordinary scenes of construction workers busy building production plants, support facilities and the town site that were essential to US. development of the first atomic bomb....7/7

DOE

DOE Creating Partnerships to Provide IT Tools to Workforce

(Industry Week) 'The public-private partnerships we are announcing today will play an important role in educating and training a new generation of U.S. manufacturers,' said Secretary Chu...7/7

State & Regional

EPA cracking down on power plant emissions in Tennessee, 26 other states

(AP) The Environmental Protection Agency is clamping down on pollution from power plants in 27 states that contributes to unhealthy air downwind...7/7

The Peabody gets the first electric-vehicle charging station in Memphis

(The Commercial Appeal) ...In a third-floor parking garage at The Peabody, officials on Wednesday launched the first of more than 70 public charging stations planned across Shelby County...7/6

National

NASA Fuels Atlantis for the Last Shuttle Launch

(AP) NASA fueled space shuttle Atlantis for liftoff Friday on the final flight of the 30-year program, even though stormy weather threatened to delay the launch...7/7

At U.S. Nuclear Reactors, Crews Train For The Worst

(NPR) Some nuclear industry officials say if Japan had U.S.-style training for its operators, they might have fared better during the multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant...7/6

East Tennessee

Historic plaques slated for Oak Ridge Municipal Building

(Oak Ridger) Much local attention has been focused on Oak Ridge's key role in the top-secret Manhattan Project, a federal program to build atomic weapons during World War II. What's less well-known is the city's history after the war. Local officials and volunteers are trying to change that, in part by installing plaques in front of the Municipal Building that offer brief history lessons on Oak Ridge's history between the war and the city's incorporation in June 1960...7/6

energy & science policy

Obama Administration Responds to House FY 2012 Defense and DOE Funding Bills

(AIP) The House of Representatives is now considering the FY 2012 appropriations bill for the Department of Defense, and may start its consideration of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill...7/7

American Astronomical Society Urges Continuation of Funding for James Webb Space Telescope

(AIP) The American Astronomical Society (AAS) reacted quickly to a release issued on July 6 by the House Appropriations Committee announcing that the draft version of the FY 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill would terminate funding for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)...7/7

EPA tells coal-fired plants: Reduce pollution or shut down

(CS Monitor) The EPA’s tough new air pollution regulations will force scores of older, dirty, inefficient plants to shut down. Those that remain open must dramatically clean up their emissions...7/7

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science & technology

NASA's Final Shuttle: The End of an Error?

(Time) It was on Jan. 5, 1972, that Nixon brought the shuttle program into being with a presidential order and an appearance alongside NASA administrator James Fletcher...7/6

New Force Driving Earth's Tectonic Plates

(Science Daily) Bringing fresh insight into long-standing debates about how powerful geological forces shape the planet, from earthquake ruptures to mountain formations, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have identified a new mechanism driving Earth's massive tectonic plates...7/6

Other Stories

Greek crisis spurs research reforms

(Science News) "The threat is very clear," says Greek native Vassilis Pachnis, a developmental neuroscientist at the UK National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in London. "There is a danger that this financial crisis could damage the status of centres of research excellence in Greece."...7/4

In Mexico, forests fall prey to crime mafias

(Washington Post) When outlaw loggers with automatic weapons invaded the mountains and cut down the ancient woods — and once again the government failed to stop them — this town said enough...7/6