Thursday, September 8, 2011
ORNL in the News

University of Tennessee chosen to join national network to study climate change

(EurekAlert) The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory will play a key role in finding solutions to what the National Science Foundation has deemed the "most important, demanding and urgent global problems of our time."...9/7

Remembering 9-11: East TN Then and Now

(WBIR-TV) ...Two area institutions our nation depends on is the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Both agencies could potentially be high-value targets for terrorist.   For that reason, both TVA and the ORNL have strengthened security...9/7


Fermilab Sets End-of-Month Deadline to Establish Whether or Not the Higgs Boson Exists

(Popular Science) Fermilab’s Tevatron collider runs out of money and time at the end of this month, but physicists there say that they are on track to establish whether the Higgs can exist within the most likely predicted mass range before their September 30 deadline...9/7

The U.S. Department of Energy Awards Dow Solar $12.8 Million to Develop Next Generation Breakthrough Building Integrated Photovoltaics

(Business Wire) As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot initiative, Dow Solar, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, has been awarded a $12.8 million, 3-year grant to fund a program to dramatically reduce the cost of building integrated solar products...9/2


U.S. wants troops to stay into 2012 in Iraq

(Washington Post) The Obama administration would like to keep about 3,000 to 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq beyond the end of this year but has not begun formal discussions with the Iraqis about the size or makeup of the force, U.S. officials said...9/7

East Tennessee

UT launches first U.S. automated e-bike sharing system

(WATE-TV) Getting from point A to point B has new possibilities for University of Tennessee students and faculty. The campus is now home to the nation's first automated electric bicycle, or e-bike, sharing program...9/7

State & Regional

Nissan to Build Car in Tennessee for Export Only?

(High Gear Media) Japanese carmakers have a problem: Their home-market currency is worth a lot, and that makes vehicle exports from Japan increasingly expensive in other currencies...9/6

energy & science policy

First Information on FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill for the Department of Energy

(AIP) Yesterday the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, chaired by Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), approved its version of the FY 2012 bill funding the Department of Energy...9/7

Inside Energy Extra

9/7 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Deficit panelists cool on policy issues
- Senate bill for DOE funding advances
- DOE to back PV at military homes
- State use of stimulus funds lags: IG
- Ex-DOE scientist pleads guilty to spying

science & technology

U.S. Scientist Pleads Guilty To Espionage Charge

(NPR) A scientist who worked for the federal government pleaded guilty to attempted espionage on Wednesday...9/7

What Was in the World Trade Center Plume?

(Scientific American) Ten years later, what exactly residents and rescue workers were exposed to remains at least a partial mystery...9/7

Other Stories

Secrets of WTC Shipwreck Sleuthed Out

(Discovery News) Unraveling the mystery surrounding the shipwreck found last year during excavations of the World Trade Center site has resulted in several facts as well as theories...9/7

Novel Magnetic, Superconducting Material Opens New Possibilities in Electronics

(Science Daily) Scientists have reached a crucial milestone that could lead to a new class of materials with useful electronic properties...9/7

Fukushima impact is still hazy

(Nature News) Chaos and bureaucracy hamper assessment of nuclear crisis...8/7

Intelligence Community Wants to Monitor Social Media

(Wired News) A research arm of the intelligence community wants to sweep up public data on everything from Twitter to public webcams in the hopes of predicting the future...9/7