Wednesday, July 25, 2012
ORNL in the News

Nexterra Energy-from-Renewable-Waste Gasification System at the US DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory Commences Full Commercial Operation

(Wall Street Journal Market Watch) Nexterra Systems Corp. ( www.nexterra.ca ), the US Department of Energy and Johnson Controls Inc. recently celebrated the Grand Opening and dedication of the biomass gasification energy plant at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee...7/24

IG report lauds ORNL's materials recycling, pollution prevention efforts

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory received kudos from the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General in a new audit report on the lab's "waste diversion efforts." Waste diversion sort of sounds like a bad things, but in this context it's actually a good thing because it means ORNL had successfully diverted waste that otherwise would have gone to landfills...7/24

DOE

Up to 52 Oak Ridge security jobs could be cut

(Oak Ridge Today) A total of 52 jobs could be cut at two federal sites in Oak Ridge, the Y-12 National Security Complex and the East Tennessee Technology Park, a security contractor said Monday...7/23

A123Battery maker A123 Systems burning through cash

(Detroit Free Press) A year ago, battery-maker A123 Systems celebrated the hiring of its 1,000th employee in Michigan. Today, at least one analyst says the company born in a Massachusetts Institute of Technology lab could be broke within four months. The prediction comes three years after the company received a $249-million U.S. Department of Energy grant and $125 million in State of Michigan tax incentives aid...7/25

State & Regional

Space Institute Researchers Develop Laser Technology to Fight Cancer

(Tennessee Today) Researchers at the Center for Laser Applications at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma have developed a technology that goes on a “seek and destroy” mission for cancerous tumors...7/23

National

Syria's chemical weapon stockpile has West's attention

(CBS News) There's a vicious fight unfolding in a city of 3 million people -- the largest city in Syria: Aleppo. The Syrian dictatorship is hitting rebels there with attack jets and helicopter gunships. The popular uprising against the 42-year-old dictatorship began about 17 months ago...7/24

N.Y. Fed quiet on Barclays’ admission of rigging Libor

(Washington Post) Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner has said that he sounded the alarm four years ago to regulators about problems with the benchmark interest rate known as Libor....7/24

East Tennessee

TVA giving $24K a year to compensate for Claxton land buy

(Oak Ridger) Anderson County will receive property tax reimbursement estimated at $24,000 each year from the Tennessee Valley Authority for homes and land TVA has purchased for its planned ash storage expansion project at Bull Run Fossil Plant in Claxton...7/24

energy & science policy

Final rules set for permitting solar power on public lands

(Power Engineering) The Department of the Interior (DOI), in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE), will publish the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy development on public lands in six southwestern states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah...7/24

Barack ObamaCuts loom for US science

(Nature News) In an ordinary year, a flat budget for the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) would be considered dire news. This year, it is far from the worst possible outcome...7/24

science & technology

Black Hole - Artist's ImpressionSignals From the Void

(Popular Science) Even without a telescope, it’s possible to look off the summit of Mauna Kea and see, 14,000 feet below and dozens of miles in the distance, wide swaths of rain forest touching the whitecapped Pacific. Down there, people are doing what people come to Hawaii to do: hiking to waterfalls, lying in the sand, exposing their skin to tropical solar radiation...7/23

Solar ImpulseSun-powered plane on final leg of intercontinental flight

(PhysOrg) The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse took off from southwestern France Tuesday on the final leg of its first intercontinental trip that took it from Europe to North Africa and back...7/24

NeandertalNeanderthals Self-Medicated?

(National Geographic) Tartar samples from the 50,000-year-old teeth revealed microscopic plant starch granules, which had cracks indicating the plants had been roasted first. Further chemical analysis revealed compounds associated with wood smoke. Starch and carbohydrates in the tartar show the Neanderthals ate a variety of plants, but there were surprisingly few traces of meat-associated proteins or lipids...7/20

Other Stories

On the Origin of Homo grillicus

(Wall Street Journal) Monkeys and apes have molars and stomachs adapted to pulping plant matter, and in the wild they eat mostly vegan diets. A few primates, like chimpanzees, do eat a few ounces of termites or other animals each day. But for most monkeys and apes, a high-fat, high-cholesterol diet trashes their insides...7/24