Tuesday, August 23, 2011
ORNL in the News

Heat pump saves with gas

(R&D Magazine) Engineers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a heat pump that does not rely on the electric grid for its power...8/22

Ions Control Shape Of Nanofibers Grown On Clear Substrate

(Media newswire) Researchers from North Carolina State University, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and CFD Research Corporation have found a new way to develop straight carbon nanofibers on a transparent substrate...8/22

DOE

U.S. and Brazil Launch Strategic Energy Dialogue

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman joined with Dr. Márcio Zimmermann, Executive Secretary of Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy, yesterday to launch the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Brazil Strategic Energy Dialogue...8/18

State & Regional

TVA home energy efficiency program claims success

(AP) The Tennessee Valley Authority has logged 25,000 home energy evaluations since launching an in-home program in March 2009...8/23

National

Hurricane Irene strengthens to Category 2 as it heads toward Bahamas and US coast

(AP) A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Irene roared off the Dominican Republic’s resort-dotted northern coast on Monday, whipping up high waves and torrential downpours on a track that could see it reach the U.S. Southeast as a major storm by the end of the week...8/22

East Tennessee

EPRI to work with Japanese institute

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Electric Power Research Institute announced a 3-year agreement with Japan's Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry. They will work together on nuclear power plant issues "related to materials science, plant component performance and radiation safety...8/23

energy & science policy

US-China Deal Intended to Speed Clean Coal Research

(Scientific American) U.S. and Chinese officials heading up a series of joint advanced coal projects Friday signed an intellectual property agreement meant to ease the sharing of innovative technology while protecting patents and licensing agreements...8/22

Can the Fracking Industry Self-Regulate?

(The Atlantic) A new report from the Department of Energy calls for the creation of a shale gas production organization -- a private sector agency that would set safety standards and address environmental concerns...8/19

Inside Energy Extra

8/22 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- EPA seeks views on gas-emissions plan
- EPA site logs industrial GHG emissions
- Solar-cell maker files for bankruptcy
- DOE opens centers for IGCC training
- Chu to lead S.C. small-business summit
- ACEEE urges more attention to efficiency

science & technology

Higgs signal sinks from view

(Nature News) The Higgs boson, the most sought-after particle in all of physics, is proving tougher to find than physicists had hoped...8/22

Giant Camera Will Hunt For Signs Of Dark Energy

(NPR) A giant and powerful digital camera is about to be shipped from a lab near Chicago to a telescope in Chile to study a mysterious part of the universe called dark energy...8/22

Oldest Fossil on Earth Found

(Discovery News) Microfossils found in Australia show that more than 3.4 billion years ago, bacteria thrived on an Earth that had no oxygen, a finding that boosts hopes life has existed on Mars...8/21

Other Stories

Gaddafi's son free in Tripoli

(Reuters) A son of Muammar Gaddafi, previously reported captured, made a surprise appearance with jubilant supporters in Tripoli overnight, urging loyalists to fight off rebels who say they control most of the Libyan capital...8/23