Friday, September 2, 2011
ORNL in the News

Chemistry Department Head Named as Interim Director of Science Alliance

(University of Tennessee) Craig Barnes, the head of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's chemistry department, has been named interim head of the Science Alliance, a state Center of Excellence that links the university with Oak Ridge National Laboratory....9/1

US Dept. of Energy devises security system to thwart rampant copper thefts

(Network World) The US Department of Energy and its Oak Ridge National Laboratory have built a security system that is aimed at thwarting at least some of the copper thefts that plague utilities and other large facilities....9/1

SNS, HFIR experiments help refine thin-film solar cells

(PhysOrg) Neutron scattering experiments conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are helping solar cell makers obtain the hard data they need to refine their materials and manufacturing processes....9/2


Department of Energy Awards More Than $145 Million for Advanced Solar Technologies

(DOE Press Release) Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced more than $145 million for projects to help shape the next generation of solar energy technologies and ensure that the United States remains a leader in this global market....9/1


Slumping confidence likely curbed August hiring

(Reuters) Sagging consumer confidence probably discouraged already skittish U.S. businesses from stepping up hiring in August, keeping pressure on the Federal Reserve to provide more monetary stimulus to aid the economy....9/2

energy & science policy

Scientists warn NASA to deal with space junk

(USA Today) Space junk orbiting Earth, which has disabled satellites and nearly hit the International Space Station, represents a growing threat that NASA needs to deal with better, the National Research Council said in a report released Thursday....9/2

science & technology

'Oldest' woolly rhino discovered

(BBC) A woolly rhino fossil dug up on the Tibetan Plateau is believed to be the oldest specimen of its kind yet found....9/1

Is oil leaking in the Gulf from the BP spill site?

(Christian Science Monitor) A patch of oil has been documented about a quarter-mile northeast of the Macondo wellhead leased by BP. The company has provided a live feed of the Gulf well to officials, who could not see leakage....9/1

Hubble Movies Reveal Solar-System-Sized Traffic Jams: Giant Jets Spewing from Newborn Stars Revealed in Telescope's Images

(Science Daily) Using Hubble Space Telescope images collected over 14 years, Hartigan has created time-lapse movies that offer astronomers their first glimpse of the dynamic behavior of stellar jets, huge torrents of gas and particles that spew from the poles of newborn stars....9/1

Other Stories

CIA shifts focus to killing targets

(Washington Post) In the decade since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the agency's resources have increasingly moved from gathering and analyzing intelligence to the cold counterterrorism objective of finding targets to capture or kill....9/2