Wednesday, September 8, 2010
ORNL in the News

National Science Foundation awards $1.2 Million to S.C. schools

(Charleston Regional Business Journal) The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.2 million to South Carolina for high-speed, high-capacity connections and enhanced classrooms at seven colleges and universities across the state. Faculty and students will have improved access to national resources such as the TeraGrid and Oak Ridge National Laboratory....9/7

GE to partner with St. Lucie on 'Green Mile' project

(WPTV-TV) St. Lucie has already announced a partnership with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to do "real-world" testing of its new projects. And now GE has added its support to the project, providing cost-effective appliances and technology to St. Lucie County residents and businesses....9/7

ORNL supports U.S.-China clean vehicles work

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ORNL is supporting the Clean Vehicles Consortium,which will focus on vehicle electrification. It is headed by the University of Michigan. Other partners include Ohio State, M.I.T., Sandia, Joint BioEnergy Institute, General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Cummins, Fraunhofer, MAGNET, A123, American Electric Power, First Energy and the Transportation Research Center....9/7



Department of Energy Announces $8.5 Million to Advance Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories is investing $8.5 million for four projects that have reached Stage III of the Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems program....9/7

New Recovery Act Funding Boosts Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage Research and Development

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the selection of 22 projects that will accelerate carbon capture and storage research and development for industrial sources....9/7

East Tennessee

Health agency says no ill effects from ash spill in Kingston

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Tennessee Department of Health released on Tuesday its assessment of the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill, echoing the findings of a TVA-commissioned study that found no ill-health effects following the disaster....9/8


'Many failures' caused BP spill

(BBC News) BP says no single factor caused the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst ecological catastrophe in recent US history. Instead, "a sequence of failures involving a number of different parties" led to the explosion which killed 11 people and caused the leak...9/8

Obama Against a Compromise on Extension of Bush Tax Cuts

(New York Times) The president's decision not to extend tax cuts for the rich adds a populist twist to an election-season economic package designed to entice support from big businesses and their Republican allies....9/8

Auditors: Staffing shortages stymie stimulus

(USA Today) Efforts to pump $862 billion in stimulus into the economy and create private jobs are being slowed by a shortage of federal jobs: the 25,000 overseers of grants and contracts to guard against waste and fraud, government auditors say....9/8

energy & science policy

Marine Scientists Seek Standards For Spill Research

(NPR) Much of the scientific effort that has followed the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has focused on how much oil escaped and where it's gone. But many biologists say they're puzzled by the lack of an organized research effort to measure the damage...9/7

Inside Energy Extra

9/7 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Plan to scrap oil tax credits a tough sell
** Industry offers drilling safety changes
** DOE announces $575M for CCS research
** DOE closes geothermal loan guarantee
** DOE awards $8.5M for solar integration

science & technology

Scientists find evidence discrediting theory Amazon was virtually unlivable

(Washington Post) Instead of a historical black hole, the Amazon was instead home to an advanced civilization that managed the forest and enriched infertile soils to feed thousands....9/5 [Registration Required]

Dwarf galaxies gobbled by their giant neighbors

(BBC News) Astronomers have spotted the tell-tale signs of so-called dwarf galaxies being digested by bigger spiral galaxies. Spiral galaxies are known to grow by swallowing their diminutive neighbours; as this process occurs, the dwarf galaxies become severely distorted....9/7

World's biggest Wave Hub installed off UK coast

(PhysOrg) A wave energy generation test site called the "Wave Hub" is being set up off Cornwall's northern coast. The site is the first offshore wave energy site in the UK, and will allow four wave energy generator systems, with a total capacity of 20 MW, to be evaluated simultaneously....9/8

Asteroid Double Whammy Near Earth Wednesday

(Wired) Get out your telescopes! Two small asteroids will come within moon distance of Earth Wednesday. The first, asteroid 2010 RX30, will come within 154,100 miles of Earth — about 60 percent of the Earth-moon distance — at 5:51 a.m. EDT. This asteroid is estimated to be about 42 feet across. The second, 2010 RF12, will come almost 12 hours later, at 5:12 p.m. EDT. It will swing by Earth at just 20 percent the Earth-moon distance, or 47,845 miles. 2010 RF12 is even smaller, only about 23 feet across....9/7

Other Stories

In Europe, science collides with the bottom line

(Washington Post ) At the world's most ambitious international research facility, scientists puzzle out the questions of the universe. But they're now faced with a more earthly conundrum: how to pay the bills....9/6 [Registration Required]