Friday, August 5, 2011
ORNL in the News

Suppliers are cutting the cost of carbon fiber

(Automotive News) In July, 14 companies announced a consortium with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop a carbon fiber that might cost as little as $5 to $7 a pound -- down from $15 to $20 a pound today. Oak Ridge is building a $35 million pilot plant that will produce up to 25 tons of carbon fiber a year. The partners will use the plant to test new raw materials....8/1

INCITE Releases Greatest Hits Compilation

(HPCwire) INCITE, which is managed by Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory's Leadership Computing Facility and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, recently released a compilation report of their "greatest hits"—a string of research achievements powered by INCITE-granted access to petascale systems....8/4

DOE

Department of Energy Relaunches Energy.Gov

(DOE Press Release) Through a complete overhaul of its front-end and back-end design, Energy.gov modernizes how consumers and businesses access the information and resources of DOE....8/4

A Winning Light Bulb With the Potential to Save the Nation Billions

(Energy.gov) The 10-watt alternative LED bulb could save the nation about 35 terawatt-hours of electricity or $3.9 billion in one year and avoid 20 million metric tons of carbon emissions....8/4

Meeting of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board

(AIP Bulletin) "Pay attention to this. This is a big deal," Energy Secretary Steven Chu told the members of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board at its July 20 meeting. Chu was commenting on the forthcoming Quadrennial Technology Review that will be the basis for a long term plan for energy....8/4

National

Futures lower ahead of payrolls report

(Reuters) Wall Street equity futures were lower on Friday ahead of the critical payrolls report, a day after U.S. stocks suffered their worst sell off since the middle of the financial crisis in early 2009....8/5

State & Regional

Once-endangered Tennessee purple coneflower is in the pink

(Tennessean) The Tennessee purple coneflower, which was among the first group of plants listed as federally endangered, was the center of celebration Thursday for its three-decade rebound...8/5.

River temperature forces nuclear plant to 50 percent power

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) On Wednesday, TVA had to bring a third reactor at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant down to 50 percent power to avoid environmental sanctions because the water in the Tennessee River — where the plant's cooling water is discharged — already was at 90 degrees....8/4

energy & science policy

Turkey recall prompts calls for better response to outbreaks

(USA Today) Food safety advocates are calling for the federal government to improve its response to outbreaks of food-borne illnesses after it took 13 days to ask a major meat processor to recall ground turkey contaminated with an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella....8/4

science & technology

Guardians of Internet Security Are Targets

(New York Times) A string of hackers' attacks on Internet security companies shows the extent of online vulnerabilities, but the breaches may help the firms grow their business....8/5

Water on Mars? Scientists find strongest evidence yet in reappearing streaks

(Washington Post) For decades, space scientists have searched Mars for signs of water, the liquid generally believed to be essential for life. Now, they may well have found it....8/5

New NASA Missions Will Tour The Solar System

(NPR) NASA's space shuttle may be down for the count, but robotic planetary missions are up, up and away. Before the end of this year, three new solar system probes are due to launch....8/5

Human Cells a Chimera of Ancient Life

(Wired) Despite eons of mingling inside our cells, gene networks we've inherited from primitive, singled-celled ancestors have stayed separate. Our cells remain chimeras, a hybrid fusion of unrelated creatures....8/5

Engineers Solve Longstanding Problem in Photonic Chip Technology: Findings Help Pave Way for Next Generation of Computer Chips

(Science Daily) Caltech engineers have developed a new way to isolate light on a photonic chip, allowing light to travel in only one direction. This finding can lead to the next generation of computer-chip technology: photonic chips that allow for faster computers and less data loss....8/4