Friday, July 9, 2010
ORNL in the News

ORNL gets 8 R&D 100's

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory won or shared 8 of the annual R&D 100 awards for 2010, apparently the most of any U.S. research institution (including the other Dept. of Energy labs). All told, ORNL has won 156 of the awards of the year, ranking second behind only General Electric (166)....7/8

Study: Long heat waves could be common in U.S. by 2039

(USA Today) Noah Diffenbaugh, an assistant professor of environmental Earth system science at Stanford, and Moetasim Ashfaq, a former Stanford postdoctoral fellow now at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, used two-dozen climate models to project that global temperature in 30 years could be about 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, or 2 degrees Celsius, hotter than in the mid-1800s....7/9


Department of Energy Announces more than $18 Million to Strengthen Nuclear Education at U.S. Universities and Colleges

(DOE Press Release) Through its Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), the Department is providing $5 million in scholarships and fellowships to 117 U.S. nuclear science and engineering students, and nearly $13.2 million to 39 U.S. universities and colleges to purchase new equipment or to upgrade their research reactors....7/8


Deported Russian agents arrive in Vienna

(Washington Post) U.S. government expels 10 agents who had burrowed into American society, secures release of four Russians jailed for contacts with the West....7/9 [Registration Required]

BP prepares to change well's cap, then start plugging it

(Washington Post) In the race to control and kill the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico before a tropical storm halts operations, BP is gambling that it can perform several complex technical maneuvers simultaneously....7/9 [Registration Required]


energy & science policy

Senate Panel Near Agreement on Bill to Roll Back NASA Changes

(New York Times) Republican and Democratic leaders on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation are moving toward an authorization bill that would reverse large swaths of President Obama’s proposed changes to NASA’s human space flight program, a ranking Republican involved in the talks confirmed....7/9

science & technology

Clues of Britain’s First Humans

(New York Times) The discovery of 78 flint tools, more than 800,000 years old, shows that early humans, thought to survive only in warm, Mediterranean-style climates, could penetrate much colder regions and survive with a kit of crude tools....7/8

Firefly Flash Mobs Blink In Sync

(LiveScience) A long standing mystery: why groups of "lightning bugs" synchronize their illuminations has been solved. And the answer is, well: sex....7/8

Prospects for Finding New Earths Boosted by Brand New Planet-Finding Technique

(Science Daily) Astronomers from Germany, Bulgaria and Poland have used a completely new technique to find an exotic extrasolar planet. The same approach is sensitive enough to find planets as small as the Earth in orbit around other stars. The group used Transit Timing Variation to detect a planet with 15 times the mass of the Earth in the system WASP-3, 700 light years from the Sun in the constellation of Lyra....7/9

Generating Changes In The Electrical Power Grid

(NPR) The U.S. electric grid is a complex network of independently owned and operated power plants and transmission lines. Aging infrastructure, combined with a rise in domestic electricity consumption, has forced experts to critically examine the status and health of the nation's electrical systems....7/9