Thursday, August 25, 2011
ORNL in the News

Dow Kokam, ORNL Sign Agreement to Boost Lithium Ion Battery Performance

(Newswise) Dow Kokam and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working together to enhance the Michigan-based company's capabilities to develop and commercialize advanced lithium ion batteries....8/24

Some worry as solar grants fade

(Tennessean) [Opinion] TheSunShot Initiative will fuel solar photovoltaic adoption in Tennessee and the United States. The University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are answering this challenge by partnering in multiyear efforts to develop next-generation solar technologies....8/24

Showcasing East Tennessee's natural beauty in the landscaping at ORNL

(Oak Ridger) Pat Parr, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's natural resources manager, tells Friends of ORNL that native plants instead of ornamentals are now being used in landscaping at the lab....8/24


Energy Department Applauds Nation's First Large-Scale Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage Facility

(DOE Press Release) The ambitious project will capture and store one million tons of carbon dioxide per year produced as the result of processing corn into fuel-grade ethanol....8/24

Y-12 completes loading of uranium fortress

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration today announced that loading of the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility is now complete at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant....8/23


Hurricane watch for N.C. coast as Irene approaches

(USA Today) From North Carolina islands connected to the mainland by just a handful of bridges to the waterlogged shores of New England, officials are calculating what they need to do if Irene becomes the first major hurricane to strike the East Coast in seven years....8/25

State & Regional

Study details peer, UT pay disparity

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Locking in tuition rates for four years at a time, notifying parents of increases ahead of time and charging a different tuition across majors and levels are ideas all on the table as the University of Tennessee examines how it will charge for an education in the future....8/25

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

8/24 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Lawmakers attack Obama oil-shale policy
** Pipeline limits seen following EPA rule
** EPA adjusts GHG reporting deadlines
** Hawaii's largest wind farm advances

science & technology

Geologists Sharply Cut Estimate of Shale Gas

(New York Times) A shale formation has about 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas, according to the report from the United States Geological Survey....8/24

Fossil redefines mammal history

(BBC) A small, 160-million-year-old fossil from China shows that placental and marsupial mammals diverged much earlier than the rock record had suggested....8/25

Hurricane Irene: why storm surge could be the biggest problem

(Christian Science Monitor) Hurricane Irene has already prompted evacuations in sections of North Carolina's Outer Banks. A key reason for the evacuations is concern about Irene's potential storm surge....8/25

Scientists Sicken Mosquitoes To Stop Dengue

(NPR) Scientists infected hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes with a mild strain of a bacterium. They believe that once mosquitoes are sick from the infection, they can't spread the dengue virus to humans....8/25

Engineers Discover Nanoscale Balancing Act That Mirrors Forces at Work in Living Systems

(Science Daily) A delicate balance of atomic forces can be exploited to make nanoparticle superclusters that are uniform in size -- an attribute that's important for many nanotech applications but hard to accomplish....8/25

Other Stories

China on track for modern military by 2020: Pentagon

(Reuters) China appears on track to build a modern, regionally-focused military by 2020, but often-touted advances like its stealth fighter jet are years away from being operational, the Pentagon says....8/24