Thursday, July 29, 2010
ORNL in the News

Students earn summer internships at Oak Ridge

(The Commercial Appeal) Eleven students from five Tennessee universities are participating in the first Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program. The program, sponsored by Volkswagen Group of America, Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is a summer internship that provides students with research opportunities at ORNL during the first summer and an optional second summer experience at the new Volkswagen production facility in Chattanooga, Tenn...7/27

Granholm Announces New Centers of Energy Excellence Project

(Press Release Point) Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and Michigan Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Greg Main today announced a new Centers of Energy Excellence (COEE) designation for a wind-energy collaboration based in Eaton Rapids and led by URV USA, a subsidiary of a Finnish supplier of cast-iron wind turbine components...The Michigan Strategic Fund board today approved a COEE designation and $3.5 million in funding for URV USA which will collaborate with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to support a foundry in Eaton Rapids to develop a next-generation casting process to produce large, utility-scale wind turbine components...7/28

Eaton Advances Integrated Solar Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Collaboration with Tennessee Valley Authority and EPRI

(The Auto Channel) Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced its collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Tennessee Valley Authority for a prototype integrated solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station to be erected at EPRI's research laboratory in Knoxville, Tenn. Additional stations are planned for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Nashville, Chattanooga and another site in Knoxville...7/28

70,000 ash trees at risk on Oak Ridge reservation

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The first local presence of the emerald ash borer was confirmed earlier this week on the far western sector of Knox County, and that doesn't bode well for DOE's Oak Ridge reservation -- or Tennessee in general, for that matter. According to Greg Byrd, the forester at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, there's an estimated 71,000 ash trees on the Oak Ridge Reservation, and the emerald ash borer is a serious threat...7/28

Creative Discovery Museum Has Nation's Only Model Biofuels Program For Children

(The National leaders in science and technology will gather in Chattanooga to attend workshops at Creative Discovery Museum, the only institution in the United States that has implemented a model biofuels curriculum for elementary age students...Creative Discovery Museum was selected in 2008 to receive a grant from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and University of Georgia’s Education Department to develop and pilot science lessons on biofuels and alternative energy for transportation...7/28

How Government and business collaborate for the greater good

( Lithium-Air batteries being designed with the help of two government super computers. The United States Department of Energy announced in January 2010, that 24 million hours of supercomputing time at Argonne National Laboratories and Oak Ridge National Laboratories were awarded to investigate materials to develop advanced lithium-air batteries. This effort, which is utilizing two of the most powerful super computers on the planet to construct a battery that will power electric vehicles over 500 miles on a single charge, is a classic example of how government and private enterprise can work together for the betterment of everyone...7/28


UT coach kicks off United Way effort

(Oak Ridger) The Y-12 National Security Complex kicked off its 2010 United Way employee campaign with style on Monday, including a rally led by the University of Tennessee's new head football coach...7/27

State & Regional

Tennessee lab conducts concussion-related helmet testing for National Football League

(Washington Post) ...Helmet models were evaluated for their performance in various impact tests. The performances of the helmets in the tests were compared to the testing performances of helmets worn by the players in the 1990s...7/27 [Registration required]


Ruling Against Arizona Is a Warning for Other States

(NY Times) A federal judge in Arizona on Wednesday broadly vindicated the Obama administration’s high-stakes move to challenge that state’s tough immigration law and to assert the primary authority of the federal government over state lawmakers in immigration matters...7/28

East Tennessee

Scientists survey damage at sabotaged Smokies brook trout stream

( This week biologists in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are continuing their long-time effort to save and restore the area's native species of brook trout...7/28

energy & science policy

Senate FY 2011 NIST Appropriations Bill

(AIP) Senate appropriators have approved an FY 2011 funding bill that recommends a 13.0 percent for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Under this legislation, the budget would increase from $856.6 million to $968.1 million...7/28

Ethanol Future Looking for More Fuel

(NPR) By now, well into the 21st century, at least some U.S. cars were supposed to be running on an exciting new power source—clean fuels refined from corn husks, timber waste and tall, fast-growing grasses...7/21

Inside Energy Extra

7/28 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** California cancels $30M in PACE plans
** Bill to expand nuclear R&D advances
** Court puts off Yucca Mountain appeal
** Reid mounts bid to pass spill bill
** More LIHEAP funds sought for cooling

science & technology

Multifunctional Nanoparticle Enables New Type of Biological Imaging

(Science Daily) Spotting a single cancerous cell that has broken free from a tumor and is traveling through the bloodstream to colonize a new organ might seem like finding a needle in a haystack. But a new imaging technique from the University of Washington is a first step toward making this possible...7/28

Rising Temperatures Harm Ocean Plant Life, Research Finds

(Wall Street journal) Rising sea temperatures can have a harmful effect on the tiny plant life that forms the base of the marine food chain and also likely affects marine diversity, new research has found...7/28

Earth's climate future may be etched in Greenland bedrock

( Scientists hit Greenland bedrock this week after five years of drilling through 2.5 kilometres (1.6-mile) of solid ice, a 14-nation consortium announced Wednesday...7/28

Other Stories

North Korea, don't mess with South, US signals to Kim Jong-Il

(CS Monitor) North Korea was sent a clear message from the United States over the past four days of joint war games with South Korea, whose commanders were buoyed by the massive display of American support...7/28

Google, CIA Invest in ‘Future’ of Web Monitoring

(Wired News) The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time — and says it uses that information to predict the future...7/28

How To Learn A Second Language

(Forbes) Forget what you see on infomercials-- these are the tricks that work best...7/27