Monday, July 18, 2011
ORNL in the News

Scientists to assemble 'knowledgebase' on plants, microbes, to aid US biofuel, environment efforts

(Physorg.com) Two Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory investigators are among the leaders of a multi-institutional effort announced this week by the U.S. Department of Energy to address the problem in one particular area of research involving plant and microbial life. The team has been awarded funding to create out of many separate streams of biological information a single, integrated cyber-"knowledgebase"... Co-principal investigators include Rick Stevens of Argonne National Laboratory and Robert Cottingham of Oak Ridge National Laboratory...7/15

Power electronics symposium at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory will host a day-long Power Electronics Symposium on July 22. It starts at 7:30 a.m. and is organized to helped business and industry reps and entrepreneurs better understand the capabilities available at ORNL's Power Electronics and Electrical Power Systems Research Center...7/15

Manhattan Project park site in Oak Ridge?

(Oak Ridger) State officials are concerned about a possible reduction in cleanup funding for federal sites in Oak Ridge, Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday. The governor is also concerned that Oak Ridge has not been getting an equitable portion of federal cleanup money...7/17

National

Senate Debt Plan Promises Months of Budget Wrangling

(Wall Street Journal) With few signs of movement over the weekend on negotiations to raise the federal borrowing limit, Senate leaders are planning this week to unveil a back-up plan that would force more budget wrangling before the end of the year...7/18

Cyberwar Plan Has New Focus on Deterrence

(Wall Street Journal) The military must move from defending against major cyberattacks to deterring assaults by letting enemies know the U.S. is willing to retaliate with its own virtual weapons or military force, a top general said Thursday...7/15

DOE

Cleanup funding down at Department of Energy's Oak Ridge site

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy's environmental management budget in Oak Ridge this year is about $400 million, down significantly from past years, and only about half of that is being used for actual cleanup activities...7/17

East Tennessee

UT researcher examines makeup of tiny particles

(Wate) ...In a world measured in nanometers, Mingjun Zhang uses powerful magnification to examine tiny particles that are a billionth of a meter in size from certain plants...7/17

Brookings report ranks Knoxville in top-5 for green jobs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In a report released this week by the Brookings Institute, Knoxville was given a top-five ranking among the nation's fastest-growing areas for green jobs...7/15

energy & science policy

FY 2012 House Funding Bill: National Science Foundation

(AIP) On Wednesday the full House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill, and sent it to the House floor. The bill is scheduled to be considered by the House before the start of the August recess...7/15

Inside Energy Extra

7/15 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- IG sees potential for conflict at Sandia
- Bromwich calls BP standards 'substantial'
- Bromwich cites central-gulf sale timing
- House chairman wants Dodd-Frank costs

science & technology

Electric vehicles' batteries are ripe for innovation

(San Jose Mercury News) ...Current batteries are expensive and have limited range, making it hard to drive significant distances without stopping to recharge. Experts agree consumers will never fully embrace electric vehicles until they can travel as far as a gas-powered on a single charge...7/18

Scientists Fight a Deadly Oak-Tree Disease

(NY Times) On a hot summer day in 2008, a pair of plant disease researchers made an extraordinary discovery as they toured a hillside forest in San Mateo County: a stand of trees that had not been infected by the killer disease known as sudden oak death...7/16

Artificial reef projects raise environmental questions

(Washington Post) ...“They’re throwing debris down there and saying it’s an economic opportunity, but they’re not looking into the environmental impacts,” said Colby Self, who is the green ship-recycling coordinator for the Basel Action Network and co-authored a recent report on the Navy’s sinking program...7/17

Other Stories

Germany's trouble with abandoning nuclear power

(CS Monitor) Now that Germany is turning away from nuclear power, it is more reliant on renewable and traditional energy sources – both of which comes with problems of their own...7/15