Friday, August 3, 2012
ORNL in the News

Fish are part of research into new energy sources

(WBIR) A project involving underwater speakers, solar panels and large mouth bass could eventually lead to cleaner, cheaper electricity for us all. Thursday, a team of ORNL scientists strapped on waders and got chest-deep in a pond for part of a new fish tagging research project...8/2

ARPA-E announced $43M for electrical vehicle, energy grid technologies; ORNL gets $1M for battery design project

(Knoxville News Sentinel) DOE's Advanced Research Projects-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced 19 "transformative new projects" that will receive a total of $43 million in funding. Oak Ridge National Lab is among the research institutions working on the project and will head a project called "Temperature Regulation for Lithium-Ion Cells."...8/2

 

DOE

State supports DOE's 2014 environmental budget proposal; pushes for more Oak Ridge funding; cleanup could go until 2043 at current spending

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge cleanup funding request for Fiscal Year 2014, although neither the state nor DOE will reveal the exact amount of the funding request...8/2

Energy Department Announces New Technical Review to Assess Black Cells at Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has assembled a group of independent technical experts to assess the Hanford Site’s Waste Treatment Plant (WTP), specifically as it relates to the facility’s “black cells.”...8/2

State & Regional

World's Longest Yard sale kicks off today

(Tennessean) The event billed as the World’s Longest Yard Sale will attract bargain hunters across parts of six states, along 690 miles this weekend. The event begins today and runs through Sunday along U.S. 127. The northern end is Addison, Mich., and the southern end point is Gadsden, Ala...8/2

National

States Ask Detroit: 'Build Us A Natural Gas Car, Please'

(NPR) More than 20 state governors are taking an unusual step to boost the natural gas vehicle industry. Independent of the federal government, they're asking Detroit carmakers to build them a new kind of car: a midsize sedan that runs on compressed natural gas instead of gasoline...8/3

East Tennessee

College guide: UT among 'best and most interesting'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) An international college guide has included the University of Tennessee among its 319 "best and most interesting" colleges in the U.S. Canada and Great Britain, pointing to the school's academic and athletic prowess...8/2

Activists plead not guilty to trespassing charges at Y-12

(WATE) A trio of protestors, including an 82-year-old nun, were back in federal court Thursday for an initial arraignment hearing following an incident at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge...8/2

Shoppers prepare for sales tax holiday

(WVLT) Tennessee's annual sales tax holiday kicks off Friday morning. Retailers around town have posted signs, planned sales, and even extended hours...8/2

energy & science policy

New Law in North Carolina Bans Latest Scientific Predictions of Sea-Level Rise

(ABC News) A new law in North Carolina will ban the state from basing coastal policies on the latest scientific predictions of how much the sea level will rise, prompting environmentalists to accuse the state of disrespecting climate science...8/2

science & technology

Great Lakes Trout Serve as Barometer for Global Pollutants

Lake Trout(Scientific American) Whenever chemicals have been found in lake trout, they have also been found in people throughout North America as far as the Arctic...8/2

Brazil’s fund for low-carbon agriculture lies fallow

(Nature) The Brazilian government is providing US$1.7 billion this year for a programme aimed at addressing the country’s second-highest source of carbon dioxide emissions: agriculture...8/2

Animation Research Could Offer Unparalleled Control of Characters Without Skeletons

(Science Daily) Computer-generated characters have become so lifelike in appearance and movement that the line separating reality is almost imperceptible at times...8/2

Other Stories

Study: Many Americans die with 'virtually no financial assets'

Assets(Phys Org) It is a central worry of many Americans: not having enough money to live comfortably in old age. Now an innovative paper co-authored by an MIT economist shows that a large portion of America’s older population has very little savings in bank accounts, stocks and bonds, and dies “with virtually no financial assets” to their names...8/3

World's oldest hippo dies at 62

A Hippo(Phys Org) A hippo swims in a park zoo in El Salvador. Donna, believed to be the world's oldest hippo, has died at the age of 62 after living more than two decades beyond the massive mammal's usual life expectancy, zoo officials said...8/3