Monday, July 26, 2010
ORNL in the News

Michael K. Miller Named UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow

(Imaging and Microscopy) UT-Battelle has appointed Michael K. Miller of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory a UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow. The honor is reserved as the highest level of recognition for career achievements in science and technology, performance and leadership...7/26

Oak Ridge now home to 3 top U.S. computers

(Tennessean) With the recent arrival of a Cray XT6 supercomputer that will be used exclusively for climate research, Oak Ridge National Laboratory now houses the top computers of three federal agencies — the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...7/26

ORNL strategy: build it and they will come

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, by most any measure, has been pretty successful in recent years, acquiring new projects and lots of funding. Billy Stair, lab communications chief, said there appears to be a correlation among some of the biggest victories. In multiple instances, he noted, building space and new facilities were acquired in advance of the new research projects.  In other words, the lab took a bit of a risk by building new facilities without the guarantee of important work to put in them, and it worked out well...7/23


IMPACT has Y-12 contracts totaling $2.3M

(Knoxville News Sentinel) David Keim, a Y-12 spokesman, said today that IMPACT Services has three subcontracts totaling almost $2.3 million for waste management activities at the Oak Ridge plant. All or most of that work involves Recovery Act funding, Keim said...7/22

Nevada nuke site to close without a master plan

(Seattle Times) The U.S. Department of Energy is moving quickly with no master plan to shut down a project that would have buried the nation's nuclear waste in Nevada, the department's inspector general said in a report made public Friday...7/23

State & Regional

Tennessee revs up switchgrass study

(The Farm Press) Mid-summer is nearly here, and the University of Tennessee Biofuels Initiative (UTBI) is closely watching how more than 1,000 acres of newly planted, improved varieties of switchgrass are faring...7/23

Corps of Engineers’ Flood Response Hindered by Communication Errors

(Nashville Public Radio) The Army Corps of Engineers' regional commander says communication problems during the May flood will lead to changes in how the agency operates...7/22


Tony Hayward leaving as BP CEO, US official says

( BP's Tony Hayward, whose gaffes added insult to oil-spill injury for the Gulf Coast, is on his way out as CEO, a U.S. government official said Sunday. Many residents found small comfort in that as BP's biggest mistake under Hayward continued to foul their waters, their beaches and their way of life...7/25

Next Big Battle in Washington: Bush’s Tax Cuts

(New York Times) An epic fight is brewing over what Congress and President Obama should do about the expiring Bush tax cuts, with such substantial economic and political consequences that it could shape the fall elections and fiscal policy for years to come...7/24

East Tennessee

Knox County setting up hot line for public to report abuse, fraud, waste

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Heard about a shady deal? Know a government official getting kickbacks? Knox County leaders want to know, too. And during today's County Commission meeting, they're going to talk about just how you can tell them. The county is in the process of setting up a public hot line that lets residents anonymously report government waste, fraud and abuse...7/25


energy & science policy

Senate FY 2011 National Science Foundation Appropriations Bill

(AIP) Yesterday the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2011 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill. S. 3636 provides funding for the National Science Foundation. Accompanying this bill is Senate Report 111-229, selections from which follow. The House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee has approved its version of this bill and issued a one-page funding table, and will release its report after its bill is approved by the full House Appropriations Committee...7/23

Energy Dept. Pours $122 Million Into Solar Fuel

(New York Times) The Department of Energy announced today that it has awarded $122 million to a team of scientists in California to establish an Energy Innovation Hub focused on converting sunlight into different types of liquid fuel...7/23

Committee Rejects $200M Proposal For Yucca Mountain

(NTI) The Senate Appropriations Committee approved three more FY11 spending bills Thursday, including the $34.97 billion Energy and Water Appropriations measure after rejecting an amendment from Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) that would continue funding for Nevada's Yucca Mountain planned nuclear waste repository...7/23

Inside Energy Extra

7/23 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • ARPA-E may aid gas, grid sectors
  • DOE lacks master plan on Yucca: IG
  • Rockefeller presses for vote on EPA
  • US could hit GHG goal via regs: study

science & technology

The Search for Dark Energy has a New Weapon

(Discovery News) The nature of dark energy is one of the outstanding problems in cosmology today. Something is causing the universe's expansion to accelerate, but what? Numerous techniques are being developed to attack this problem, and astronomers have demonstrated such a technique with the largest fully-steerable radio telescope...7/24


Other Stories

The World's 18 Strangest Bathrooms

(Popular Mechanics) Bathrooms, whether public or private, encounter plenty of abuse. The constant inflow and outflow of water paired with limited space and high demands on hygiene and efficiency make it one of the most difficult rooms to design. But there are plenty of architects who have stepped up to the challenge. Here are some of the most innovative bathroom engineering in the world...7/24