Tuesday, August 9, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL's Dan Ingersoll to talk on modular reactors

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Dan Ingersoll, a senior program manager in Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Reactors and Nuclear Systems Division, will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of Friends of ORNL...8/7

Book to document life of Manhattan Project scientist

(Advertiser-Tribune) Yesterday was the 66th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, Aug. 6, 1945. The action by Allied forces led to the end of World War II, but it also killed more than 100,000 people, seriously injured at least that many more and devastated the Japanese city. A man from Tiffin, the late Donald F. Musser, was among the scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn...8/8

Breakthrough fusion simulations shed light on plasma confinement

(EurekAlert) A research team led by William Tang of the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is developing a clearer picture of plasma confinement properties in an experimental device that will pave the way to future commercial fusion power plants...Tang's team includes Mark Adams of Columbia University, Bruce Scott of Max-Planck Institut fur Plasmaphysik, Scott Klasky of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Stephane Ethier and Weixing Wang of PPPL...8/8


Renewal Partnering with Southface and Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(Southeast Green) Renewal System Solutions, sister company of Renewal Design-Build, is partnering with Southface Energy Institute and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to help homeowners achieve significant energy savings through home efficiency improvements...8/9


DOE takes innovative approach to data center consolidation

(GCN) The Energy Department has  forged a partnership with Lockheed Martin to increase energy efficiency through data center consolidation and IT enhancements...8/8

State & Regional

Tennessee to make case for keeping top debt rating

(AP) Tennessee officials are headed to New York this week to make their case for why the state should keep what Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes calls its "prestigious" debt ratings, even after one of the three major agencies downgraded the federal government's rating...8/8


Global Markets Roiled By Wall Street’s Turmoil

(Forbes) The carnage on Wall Street sent markets tumbling again at the open on Tuesday. South Korean stocks were down as much as 9.9% this morning, prompting the market’s operator to briefly suspend trading. The Kospi Composite eventually finished the day 3.6% lower...8/9

East Tennessee

TVA unclear how much Watts Bar delay will cost

(WBIR-TV) TVA won't make its deadline next year to finish a second reactor that's under construction at its Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, the public power producer announced Monday...8/9

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

8/8 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- NRC staff finishes Vogtle safety reviews
- Greens ask court to force EPA's hand
- Finding on diesel use in fracking urged
- Coal mines endanger fish species: FWS

science & technology

Groups Call for Scientists to Engage the Body Politic

(NY Times) When asked to name a scientist, Americans are stumped. In one recent survey, the top choice, at 47 percent, was Einstein, who has been dead since 1955, and the next, at 23 percent, was “I don’t know.” In another survey, only 4 percent of respondents could name a living scientist...8/8

Gene-therapy enzymes make unpredicted errors

(Nature News) Molecular tools that alter specific sites in the genome hold huge promise for genetic research and gene therapy. But the first genome-wide surveys of where these tools, called zinc-finger nucleases, act has surprised researchers...8/7

Nanoscale Secret to Stronger Alloys: Scientists Find Nanoparticle Size Is Readily Controlled to Make Stronger Aluminum Alloys

(Science Daily) Long before they knew they were doing it -- as long ago as the Wright Brother's first airplane engine -- metallurgists were incorporating nanoparticles in aluminum to make a strong, hard, heat-resistant alloy...8/8

Research Shows Texas Having A Link To Antarctica

(NPR) Scientists have long thought that Earth's continents once formed a "supercontinent" called Pangaea. Now they've found evidence that parts of North America and East Antarctica were joined in a supercontinent called Rodinia 1.1 billion years ago — even earlier than Pangaea...8/8

Other Stories

Japan Held Nuclear Data, Leaving Evacuees in Peril

(NY Times) ...Given no guidance from Tokyo, town officials led the residents north, believing that winter winds would be blowing south and carrying away any radioactive emissions...8/8