Tuesday, September 6, 2011
ORNL in the News

Local firm partners with lab to solve solar riddle

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Mossey Creek Enterprises is one of four companies working under a cooperative research agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop new and improved solar technology. The company has received about $380,000 in federal dollars to research and develop a technique that will decrease the energy and material used to make the silicon wafers used in solar cells...9/5

Need for new magnet materials drives ORNL research

(Physorg.com) "Worldwide demand for rare earths is expected to exceed supply by some 40,000 tons annually by the end of this decade," said Larry Allard, a researcher in ORNL's Materials Science and Technology Division...9/2

Staying safe in cyberspace

(Oak Ridger) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason recently spoke on "Staying Safe on the Cyber Frontier," at the 14th annual Dick Smyser Community Lecture Series held in the American Museum of Science and Energy...9/5

SNS, HFIR experiments help refine thin-film solar cells

(R&D Magazine) Solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity could be a widely used renewable energy source. Getting to that point, though, requires breakthroughs in their cost and their efficiency at turning sunbeams into electric current. 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


Conference on beryllium disease, Oct. 20-22

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Terrie Barrie of the Alliance of Nuclear Worker Advocacy Groups passed along information on the "Beryllium Summit 2011: 4th International Conference on Beryllium Disease." The conference will be held Oct. 20-22 in Cleveland, Ohio...9/5

State & Regional

Johnson City considering solar power systems

(AP) Johnson City officials are considering installing solar power systems at their city facilities...9/5


Infrastructure Likely Part of Obama Jobs Push

(Wall Street Journal) President Barack Obama signaled Monday he'll propose a major infrastructure program and an extension of a payroll tax break in the jobs speech he planned to deliver Thursday before a joint session of Congress...9/5

East Tennessee

Tropical Storm Lee soaks East Tennessee, causes havoc

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee continued to produce heavy rainfall overnight with totals across East Tennessee ranging from 6 to 9 inches, causing flooding of low-lying reads, downing trees and closing roadways and some schools...9/6


energy & science policy

Looking Ahead to FY 2013: OMB Issues Budget Guidance

(AIP) Approximately five months from now President Barack Obama will send his FY 2013 budget request to Congress.  The request will be bound by the provisions of the Budget Control Act that the President signed into law early last month limiting discretionary spending to $1.047 trillion, a level that is 0.4 percent over than that for FY 2012...9/2

Inside Energy Extra

9/2 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Obama scuttles EPA ozone rule
- Expect gridlock on energy bills
- Halliburton sues BP over Macondo well
- Fracking protests planned in Philly
- Gulf prepares for Tropical Storm Lee

science & technology

Trading Oil for Natural Gas in the Truck Lane

(National Geographic News) Vehicles that use compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG, seen here) can offer significant savings over those that run on regular or diesel gasoline, making them attractive to companies that operate truck fleets...9/2

A Final Smash For America's Giant Particle Collider

(NPR) ... The Tevatron has been the pride of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, near Chicago, for a quarter of a century. But at the end of this month, the Tevatron is shutting down...9/6

Crystal clear research

(Physorg.com) Scientists have successfully created synthetic crystals whose structures and properties mimic those of naturally occurring biominerals such as seashells...9/6

Other Stories

On Labor Day, a grim picture for workers

(CNN) Two years after the recession ended, U.S. workers still face a grim job market. And with tepid economic growth and an election year breeding uncertainty, companies are likely to have the upper hand for some time...9/2