Thursday, July 19, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL's new plant could drastically reduce fossil fuel use

(WVLT-TV) The Oak Ridge National Laboratory will dedicate a new Central Biomass Steam Plant on Thursday that could dramatically reduce the laboratory's fossil fuel use. The 21-megawatt Nexterra plant replaces four boilers and is projected to reduce ORNL's fossil fuel use by as much as 80%. The plant will also use wood chips locally sourced from the area...7/19

Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 2012

(Newswise) BIOLOGY—Waterlogged protein...ELECTRONICS – Quantum leap in security...MATERIALS – Steel shield...NUCLEAR ENERGY – Supercomputer speeds path forward...MATERIALS – Atomic hybrids...7/18

ORNL's Tim McKnight gets invited

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ORNL's Tim McKnight has been invited to the National Academy of Engineering's annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium to be held Sept. 13-15 in Warren, Mich. It's a pretty big deal...McKnight is a research staff member of the Measurement Science and Systems Engineering Division. He also is chairman of ORNL's Laboratory Directed Research and Development Seed Money Program...7/18



U.S. recession's other victim: public universities

(Reuters) For generations, most college-bound Americans paid reasonable fees to attend publicly financed state universities. But the bedrock of that system is fracturing as cash-strapped states slash funding to these schools just as attendance has soared...7/19


Energy Department Announces New Nuclear Energy Innovation Investments

( Underscoring the Obama Administration’s commitments to restarting the nation’s nuclear industry and promoting education in science, technology, engineering and math, the Energy Department announced today nearly $13 million in new nuclear energy innovation investments...7/17

East Tennessee

UT Medical Center ranked among top 25 hospitals in the U.S.

(WBIR-TV) A nationally recognized magazine is calling a local hospital one of the best in the country. U.S. News and World Report ranks UT Medical Center as one of the top 25 hospitals in the country. The medical center is ranked second in the state of Tennessee. Vanderbilt in Nashville came in first...7/18

State & Regional

Living Light Goes to Chattanooga for Last Tour Stop

(Tennessee Today) ...Living Light became an educational exhibition known as the Tennessee Tour in November 2011 after returning from the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, an international, solar home design competition among collegiate teams. It placed eighth overall and earned high marks in several categories including architecture, energy production, and engineering...7/18

energy & science policy

Ethanol Fails to Lower Gas Prices, Study Finds

(Scientific American) The renewable ethanol fuel blended into the United States' gasoline supply does not lower prices at the pump as advocates have claimed, according to a study released this week by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology...7/18

science & technology

Science at the Olympics: Team science

(Nature) The Olympics is a vast experiment in human performance, sport technology and global travel. Nature meets some of the scientists behind the scenes...7/18

Researchers create highly conductive and elastic conductors using silver nanowires

(PhysOrg) Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed highly conductive and elastic conductors made from silver nanoscale wires (nanowires). These elastic conductors could be used to develop stretchable electronic devices...7/12

Mystery of Lost Roman City Solved: Ancients Greened the Desert?

(National Geographic News) How did the monumental city of Palmyra survive the Syrian Desert? New finds suggest the ancients engineered a sort of green revolution...7/18

Other Stories

Five-Second Rule Has Plenty of Bugs, Says Expert

(Science Daily) The hot dog that rolls off the plate, the baby's cookie that falls on the floor, the candy bar that slides across the table -- conventional wisdom has that you have five seconds to pick it up before it is contaminated...7/18

China Pledges $20 Billion in Loans to African Nations

(NY Times) President Hu Jintao told a gathering of African leaders on Thursday that China would lend $20 billion to the continent for infrastructure and agriculture in the next three years, with a new emphasis on grass-roots projects designed to help the people...7/19