Wednesday, July 13, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL's Thom Mason to be on Brookings panel, 'Sizing the Clean Economy'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason is scheduled to participate in a Wednesday morning panel discussion at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C....7/13

St. Albans teacher in prestigious fellowship

(ABC) Glen McCabe was 1 of 20 teachers from around the country selected for a prestigious two-week fellowship to study at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee....7/13

It takes three to tango: Nuclear analysis needs the three-body force

(PhysOrg) The nucleus of an atom, like most everything else, is more complicated than we first thought. Just how much more complicated is the subject of a Petascale Early Science project led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's David Dean....7/13

DOE

Putting a price tag on 'global security'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration won't give an official cost estimate for UPF, but the latest cost range was $4.2 billion to $6.5 billion. That range, issued late last year, almost doubled the earlier cost range of $1.4 billion to $3.5 billion....7/13

State & Regional

TCAP Math scores concern some employers

(WBIR-TV) The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program Scores released late last week show only 41% of the state's 3-8 grades are proficient or advanced in math. "It concerns me a little bit about the future," said Oak Ridge National Laboratory engineer, Joseph Angelini.,..7/12

National

McConnell outlines new proposal on debt ceiling

(Washington Post) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell moved Tuesday to head off a potentially disastrous U.S. default by offering President Obama new authority to raise the federal debt limit without cutting government spending....7/13

Renewed Focus On Innovation Could Boost Economy

(NPR) In a sluggish economy with slow growth and high unemployment, innovation may be part of the solution....7/13

energy & science policy

House Republicans fail to save 30-cent light bulbs from extinction

(Christian Science Monitor) A House bill to roll back energy-efficiency standards that would phase out cheap but inefficient incandescent light bulbs by next year fell short of the supermajority it needed to pass Tuesday....7/13

Inside Energy Extra

7/12 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Democrats' votes aid move to delay EPA
** Bids to save EPA, DOI authority fail
** Division over revenue blocks drill bill
** Bid to cut deeper into DOE fails in House

science & technology

In Search of a Robot More Like Us

(New York Times) Although robots have made great strides in manufacturing, where tasks are repetitive, they are still no match for humans, who can grasp things and move about effortlessly in the physical world....7/12

Biologists Identify New Strategy Used by Bacteria During Infection

(Science Daily) Purdue University biologists identified a new way in which bacteria hijack healthy cells during infection, which could provide a target for new antibiotics....7/12

Supersize Dust Storms Could Become Southwest Norm

(Wired) The massive dust storm that engulfed Phoenix last week was unusual for the 20th century, but could become more common in the 21st....7/12

OTHER STORIES

Green jobs pay better as clean-tech sector booms

(USA Today) Clean-tech jobs offered median wages 20% higher across the United States in 2010, according to a report released today from researchers Brookings and Battelle....7/13