Friday, August 19, 2011
ORNL in the News

$68.5M Neutron Project Completed

(Lab Manager) Five of the world's most advanced instruments for neutron scattering research are serving the neutron science community following the completion of the $68.5 million SING project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Spallation Neutron Source...8/16

Asylum Research Win MT-10 Award for Electrochemical Strain Microscopy

(Azonano) Asylum Research, the technology leader in Scanning Probe and Atomic Force microscopy, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have just received the prestigious Microscopy Today Innovation (MT-10) Award for the development of Electrochemical Strain Microscopy...8/17

Michigan State hosts top labs' nuclear scientists

(Chicago Tribune) About 220 top nuclear scientists from around the world are coming to Michigan State University for a three-day conference...8/18


ORNL microscopy generates new view of fuel cells

(Materials Views) A novel microscopy method at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is helping scientists probe the reactions that limit widespread deployment of fuel cell technologies...8/18




Oak Ridge DOE operations reorganization gets green light

(Oak Ridger) A proposed reorganization of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office has been approved by the U.S. energy secretary, according to DOE-ORO’s acting office manager Paul Golan...8/18

Whittling down Oak Ridge's Superfund site

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy's citizens advisory board on environmental matters earlier this year recommended reducing the boundaries of the Oak Ridge property on CERCLA's National Priorities List...8/18

East Tennessee

UT All Charged Up

(Lab Manager) The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will be at the forefront of research, education, and technology for sustainable energy systems with a five-year, $18 million award from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy...8/17


Market plunge reawakens recession fears

(Washington Post) Bleak numbers for U.S. jobs, housing and manufacturing compounded the anxiety over European woes, rattling share prices in every industry, and indicated again that the economic recovery remains fragile...8/18

State & Regional

Alabama Nuclear Reactor, Partly Built, to Be Finished

(NY Times) The directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority unanimously approved a plan on Thursday to finish the partly built Bellefonte 1 nuclear reactor, a project on which the authority spent billions of dollars in the 1970s and ’80s but dropped in 1988 because of cost overruns and declining estimates of power demand. ...8/18

11 Tennessee sites added to historic register

(AP) Eleven Tennessee sites, from Fort Nashborough in downtown Nashville to Vanderbilt University's Alumni Memorial Hall, have been added to the National Register of Historic Places...8/19

energy & science policy

Chairman of the NRC Says Evaluation of “Interim” Storage for Nuclear Waste Underway

(PR Web) Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jaczko, reveals that the NRC “sees no real or immediate effect on safety or public health issues” from storing nuclear waste at America’s 104 nuclear reactor locations...8/17

Inside Energy Extra

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science & technology

Do Alternative Designs for Wind Turbines Work?

(Scientific American) Challenges remain in reconfiguring the standard, propeller-like wind turbines for greater efficiency...8/18

Women in science: In pursuit of female chemists

(Nature News) Chemistry needs new female role models and a less macho culture to appeal more to the next generation of young women, says Carol V. Robinson...8/18

In The Arctic Race, The U.S. Lags Behind

(NPR) The warming Arctic is opening up to increased activity, but the U.S. has not been a major player so far. For now, its polar capabilities are limited. Also, the U.S. isn't party to a major treaty that will shape territorial claims in the region...8/19

Scientists designing next generation of Internet to keep up with mobile users

( Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are helping develop the next generation of the Internet -- a more mobile version -- and the campus's Office of Information Technology is using this new technology to provide wireless service on campus buses and in some labs and classrooms...8/18

Other Stories

Will Europe come tumbling down?

(Fortune) The debt crisis that started in Greece now threatens to topple the whole continent -- and kill the weak recovery in the U.S. Inside the race against the clock to fix the euro economy...8/19