Tuesday, August 30, 2011
ORNL in the News

Thom Mason talks about ITER

(Knoxville News Sentinel) So, with excruciatingly tight federal budgets expected in the future, what's going on with the U.S. involvement in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor? The American work on the big multi-national (Japan, Russia, Europe, China, India and South Korea are the other partners) fusion project is based in Oak Ridge...8/29

Innovative Green Energy Storage Technology teams with Oak Ridge National Labs

(PRWeb) The Technology Development Division of Texzon Utilities (Texzon), an energy company, announced today that it has entered into a consulting agreement with Oak Ridge National Lab, to further develop the RPM, an innovative power conditioning and energy storage device...8/30

A Stirling solution and a plutonium problem

(Nature.com) A new generation of nuclear generators could power space missions with unprecedented efficiency, but a critical shortage of the element needed to fuel them is fast approaching. Many past space missions have used electricity stemming from nuclear power. Rather than using nuclear fission, these have generally relied on converting the heat from nuclear decay of plutonium 238...“What we don't have right now is the ability to make plutonium 238 for deep space missions,” Robert Wham, of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, told the Denver meeting...8/29


Federal safety board slams Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A federal safety board is again criticizing the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant for not following procedures, raising concern that the persistent problems are "systemic" and undermining the safety of plant operations...8/30

Department of Energy Finalizes Partial Guarantee for $852 Million Loan to Support California Concentrating Solar Power Plant

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that the Department of Energy finalized a partial guarantee for an $852 million loan to support the development of the Genesis Solar Project...8/26



Irene's Floods Prove Deadly as Water Continues to Rise

(Wall Street Journal) Hurricane Irene never packed the catastrophic winds of more famous tropical storms, but by the time its remnants finally blew into Canada Monday, it had proved to be a slow killer, leaving behind a vast swath of shattered communities and dozens of fatalities...8/31

East Tennessee

UT considering 11 new tuition, fee strategies

(AP) Trustees for the University of Tennessee are considering 11 different proposals to remake the way the system charges for a college education...8/29

Disease that kills walnut trees found in Loudon and Sevier counties

(WATE-TV) A devastating tree disease is spreading in East Tennessee according to the state Department of Agriculture...8/29

energy & science policy

President Reagan on Basic Research

(AIP) This fall, important decisions will be made that will affect the funding and conduct of scientific research in the coming years.  As Congress looks ahead to the funding of this research, a look back at what President Ronald Reagan said in an April 2, 1988 Radio Address to the Nation is of interest...8/26

Inside Energy Extra

8/29 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- House to target Obama energy regs
- Climate scientists blasts oil pipeline
- US, oil firms to share Arctic data
- Interior mulls Arctic climate change
- Budget cuts take toll at DOE lab

science & technology

The New Generation of Microbe Hunters

(NY Times) ... It is the start of a new age in microbiology, Dr. Musser and others say. And the sort of molecular epidemiology he and his colleagues wanted to do is only a small part of it. New methods of quickly sequencing entire microbial genomes are revolutionizing the field....8/29

Halfway point for 1,001 genomes quest

(Nature News) Nature Genetics2 this week report the sequencing of nearly 100 A. thaliana genomes, the first swathe released by the project; around 400 more have been sequenced, but are not yet ready for publication...8/28

At New Madrid Fault, Shaky Guesses On Next Quake

(NPR) ... It has now been 200 years since the last major earthquakes rocked the New Madrid Seismic Zone — a fault system that runs down the central U.S. through parts of Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee. The region has had plenty of smaller quakes since then, but there's no clear answer to the question of when the next big one is coming...8/27

The Best and the Brightest

(Scientific American) New York City's bid to attract science talent could serve as a model for other cities...8/29

Researchers Uncover RSA Phishing Attack, Hiding in Plain Sight

(Wired News) Ever since security giant RSA was hacked last March, anti-virus researchers have been trying to get a copy of the malware used for the attack to study its method of infection. But RSA wasn’t cooperating, nor were the third-party forensic experts the company hired to investigate the breach...8/26

Other Stories

Can Electric Cars Win Over the Mass Market?

(Discovery News) Only 12,000 electric vehicles will be sold in the United States this year, a fraction of the 12- to 13-million-vehicle market...8/26