Wednesday, August 25, 2010
ORNL in the News

Tecapeek chosen to improve SNS cooling jacket

(Processing Talk) Tecapeek, made with Victrex Peek polymer, is intended to improve the cooling jacket for the chamber that produces ions for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL's) Spallation Neutron Source....8/24

Falcon restored to health

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Ester the feisty falcon took wing Monday after weeks of rest and recuperation at the Clinch River Raptor Center. The raptor, an American kestrel, rested and feasted on thawed mice, the last remnants from the famous Mouse House, a genetics research program that's been phased out at Oak Ridge National Laboratory....8/24

Nuclear theory nudged

(Nature News) For 40 years, physicists at the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator (ORELA) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee fired bursts of neutrons at various targets to probe the structure of atomic nuclei. Now, with the facility effectively mothballed by a shortage of funds, a newly published result based on data gathered at ORELA has challenged a well-established theory of the nucleus....8/24



Penn State to Lead Philadelphia-Based Team that will Pioneer New Energy-Efficient Building Designs

(DOE Press Release) A team led by The Pennsylvania State University will receive up to $122 million over the next five years from the Department of Energy to establish an Energy Innovation Hub focused on developing technologies to make buildings more energy efficient....8/24

Vice President Biden Releases Report on Recovery Act Impact on Innovation

(DOE Press Release) Vice President Joe Biden has unveiled a new report, "The Recovery Act: Transforming the American Economy through Innovation," which finds that the Recovery Act's $100 billion investment in innovation is not only transforming the economy and creating new jobs, but helping accelerate significant advances in science and technology that cut costs for consumers, save lives and help keep America competitive in the 21st century economy....8/24


CIA sees increased threat from al-Qaeda in Yemen

(Washington Post) For the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, CIA analysts see one of al-Qaeda's offshoots - rather than the core group now based in Pakistan - as the most urgent threat to U.S. security...8/25 [Registration Required]

State & Regional

UT board leery of search timeline

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Frustration over a brief, two-week hiring window for the University of Tennessee's presidential search has trustees asking for more face time with the candidates....8/25

TVA cuts power generation at nuclear plant to avoid overheating river

(Tennessean) The Tennessee Valley Authority has cut back electricity generation at its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant by up to 50 percent this summer to keep from heating up the Tennessee River too much, and it has cost ratepayers $50 million so far for replacement power....8/25



energy & science policy

Stem Cell Ruling Will Be Appealed

(New York Times) The head of the National Institutes of Health said a judge's decision would most likely force the cancellation of dozens of experiments in diseases ranging from diabetes to Parkinson's....8/25

Inside Energy Extra

8/24 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
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** Penn State forms DOE buildings hub
** BLM official took gifts from producer: IG
** With funds, US closer to goals: Biden
** Shale-gas impact seen globally: official

science & technology

Deep In Gulf Water, Bacteria Are Eating Spilled Oil

(NPR) There are some encouraging signs from the Gulf of Mexico that bacteria are consuming the underwater oil plume from the broken BP well. The news comes just days after oceanographer Christopher Reddy and a team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution said they had found a big underwater oil plume in May and June, but no signs of oil-eating bacteria....8/25

Birding Along the Cloud Forests

(New York Times) South America's Urubamba River valley and the surrounding region are as spectacular for birding as they are underrated....8/25

Cosmologist's theory about black holes puts a new spin on the universe

(Washington Post) We could be living inside a black hole. This head-spinning idea is one cosmologist's conclusion based on a modification of Einstein's equations of general relativity that changes our picture of what happens at the core of a black hole....8/24 [Registration Required]

Geoengineering 'not a solution' to sea-level rise

(BBC News) Even the most extreme geoengineering approaches will not stop sea levels from rising due to climate change, a study suggests....8/24

Microbes survive a year and a half in space

(PhysOrg) Bacteria collected from rocks taken from the cliffs at the tiny English fishing village of Beer in Devon, have survived on the outside surface of the International Space Station for 553 days. The bacteria, known as OU-20, resemble cyanobacteria called Gloeocapsa....8/25

'Spintronics' breakthrough holds promise for next-generation computers

(PhysOrg) Using powerful lasers, Hui Zhao, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas, and graduate student Lalani Werake have discovered a new way to recognize currents of spinning electrons within a semiconductor....8/24