Friday, September 3, 2010
ORNL in the News

Secretary Chu Announces U.S. Centers for U.S.-China Clean Energy Research

(DOE Press Release) The University of Michigan will lead a consortium that includes Ohio State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sandia National Laboratories, Joint BioEnergy Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Chrysler, Cummins, Fraunhofer, MAGNET, A123, American Electric Power, First Energy and the Transportation Research Center. The consortium will focus on vehicle electrification....9/2

Pact for engineering services at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc. announced this week that it had emerged a winner in the recompete of its engineering services subcontract at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The so-called "task order" was awarded to Oak Ridge Design Partnership, which is a joint venture of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon and Flad Architects and Affiliated Engineers Inc....9/2

National Labs fight cancer with medical isotopes

(DOTmed News) Development of radium-223 and thorium-227 is in full swing at both PNNL and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, both DOE laboratories. "We can produce commercially, if it comes to that," said Saed Mirzadeh, an ORNL research scientist. "The reactor can easily supply all of the radium-223 that is needed."...9/2

ORNL graphite foam technology licensed to LED North America

(Nano Techwire) Technology developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory that extends the life of light-emitting diode lamps has been licensed to LED North America. The agreement exclusively licenses a graphite foam technology developed by James Klett of ORNL's Materials Science and Technology Division. ...9/2



USDA and DOE Partnership Seeks to Develop Better Plants for Bioenergy

(DOE Press Release) Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced research awards under a joint DOE-USDA program aimed at improving and accelerating genetic breeding programs to create plants better suited for bioenergy production....9/2

East Tennessee

Knox County should move quickly to establish new school

(Knoxville News Sentinel) [Opinion] Knox County Commission should do everything in its power to come up with the funding to make the STEM school a reality. Given the interest of partners like UT and ORNL operator UT-Battelle, commissioners would be incredibly short-sighted to discount the school for economic reasons....9/3

Residents weigh in on coal ash issue

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to extend the public comment period on proposed new rules for disposing of coal fly ash, opening a slight possibility that a public hearing on the matter could be scheduled in Tennessee, a representative of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander told residents attending a citizens meeting on the issue in Roane County on Thursday....9/3


Hurricane Earl weakens but remains powerful as it moves north

(USA Today) Hurricane Earl churned past the North Carolina Outer Banks and its powerful gusts and driving rains were starting to be felt in southeastern Virginia early Friday, the beginning of at least 24 hours of stormy, windy weather along the East Coast....9/3

State & Regional

TN schools inch closer to national standardized testing

(Tennessean) Tennessee and 25 other states teamed up to develop English and math tests for public school students in third grade through high school. Collectively, the states will receive a $170 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the effort....9/3

Digital highway upgrades vital for WNC growth

(Asheville Citizen-Times) The railroad opened Asheville and Western North Carolina to trade, tourism and industry back in the 19th century. Interstate highways made the same inroads in the middle of the 20th century. Broadband is the latest infrastructure that will open our schools and businesses to the global economy of knowledge workers in the 21st century. There are only 100 miles, as the proverbial crow flies, between Asheville and Oak Ridge, Tenn., home to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the nation's supercomputers, but data don't just fly invisibly through the air....9/2



energy & science policy

A New Start

(Biomass Magazine) Between 1978 and 1996, the Aquatic Species Program at the U.S. DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado expanded the biofuel portfolio beyond ethanol through its research on freshwater plants, wetland emergents and, of course, algae. That work eventually focused on biodiesel from microalgae, but the entire program was terminated due to low petroleum prices and the projected high costs of algal biofuel production....9/2

U.S. Broadband Starts To Speed Ahead

(Forbes) With the support of the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission has created a bold plan to connect at least 100 million homes with affordable access to broadband....9/3

science & technology

Wild chimps outwit human hunters

(BBC News) Across Africa, people often lay snare traps to catch bushmeat, killing or injuring chimps and other wildlife. But a few chimps living in the rainforests of Guinea have learnt to recognise these snare traps laid by human hunters, researchers have found....9/3

Engineers achieve world record with high-speed graphene transistors

(PhysOrg) Graphene, a one-atom-thick layer of graphitic carbon, has great potential to make electronic devices such as radios, computers and phones faster and smaller. But its unique properties have also led to difficulties in integrating the material into such devices....9/3

LEDs Dethrone Compact Fluorescents as King of Eco-Friendly Lightbulbs

(Popular Science) Never mind that twisty compact fluo­rescent. The new energy-efficient way to light your home is with LEDs. An upcoming crop of bulbs draw 12 watts or less, edging out a typical fluorescent, and they have a more conventional shape, contain no mercury, and last at least 25,000 hours, three times as long....9/3

Other Stories

Author Hawking says God not needed for creation

(Washington Post) Did creation need a creator? British physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking says no, arguing in his new book that there need not be a God behind the creation of the universe....9/2 [Registration Required]

Health Law Myths: Outside The Realm Of Reality

(NPR) With a law as long and as complex as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it's natural people are still a little confused about what it does and doesn't do. But some things being said or circulated on the Internet about the health law are well outside the realm of reality....9/3