Wednesday, August 31, 2011
ORNL in the News

Isotope factory accelerates

(Nature) Given the tough economic times, good news was the last thing that nuclear scientists expected for potential users of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a planned national facility for nuclear physicists. "The Holifield community supports FRIB," says Witold Nazarewicz, scientific director of the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility....8/30

Live Green At Heart: Home Energy

(WBIR-TV) As the cost of energy increases more homeowners are looking for ways to make their houses more energy efficient. With the help of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a Rockwood man has gone all out to cut his utility bills....8/30

Innovative Green Energy Storage Technology teams with Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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

DOE

Contractor picks up pace of demolition

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Demolition of the historic K-25 plant has resumed in a big way under the direction of the Department of Energy's new environmental contractor, URS/CH2M Oak Ridge....8/31

Vice President Biden Announces New Private Sector Backing for Five Pioneering Energy Companies

(DOE Press Release) Speaking at the National Clean Energy Summit 4.0 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Vice President Joe Biden announced another promising milestone for the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy....8/30

East Tennessee

Vonore biomass plant could go commercial as switchgrass gains ground

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The University of Tennessee showed off its biofuel facilities here Tuesday to top state officials as the school works to increase efficiencies so that the experimental project can become a commercial operation....8/31

National

Minorities become a majority in Washington region

(Washington Post) Along with Washington, the regions surrounding New York, San Diego, Las Vegas and Memphis have become majority-minority since 2000. Non-Hispanic whites are a minority in 22 of the country's 100-biggest urban areas....8/31

State & Regional

Nuclear plant's 'red' rating to cost TVA millions

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) TVA may have to spend more than $10 million for an intensive set of nuclear regulatory inspections at the utility's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant....8/31

TennCare could take big hit

(Tennessean) Health care, children's services and unemployment offices could bear the brunt of expected cuts in federal spending in Tennessee, according to planning documents released Tuesday....8/31

energy & science policy

Outlook on FY 2012 Appropriations Bills

(AIP Bulletin) Fiscal Year 2011 ends a month from tomorrow, and it looks highly unlikely that all twelve of the FY 2012 appropriations bills will be enacted in time....8/30

Inside Energy Extra

8/30 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Board: Pipeline blast was preventable
** Obama vows flexibility on $1B regs
** Chu backs new government loan program
** Virginia boosts control of DOE funds
** Pentagon seeks advice on biorefineries

science & technology

Jupiter probe's 'goodbye for now' to Planet Earth

(BBC) The departing Juno probe has looked back and pictured Planet Earth. Nasa's Jupiter-bound spacecraft imaged the pale blue dot at a distance of 9.5 million km during an early check-out of its camera and other onboard systems....8/31

String of accidents could leave International Space Station without crew

(Christian Science Monitor) When the International Space Station's crew departs this fall, the station could be left unmanned. Flights there have been halted until the cause of last week's space freighter crash is determined....8/29

Discovery could create retinas from 'Jell-O'

(PhysOrg) Researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a new method for creating 3D hydrogel scaffolds that will aid in the development of new tissue and organs grown in a lab....8/31

Novel Alloy Could Produce Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight

(Science Daily) Scientists from the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville have determined that an inexpensive semiconductor material can be "tweaked" to generate hydrogen from water using sunlight....8/30

Other Stories

Training Afghans To Take Over Bomb-Defusing

(NPR) NATO and U.S. forces are training Afghans to take over the task of combating improvised explosive devices — the Taliban's weapon of choice and the leading killer of civilians and soldiers in the Afghan insurgency....8/31