Friday, September 10, 2010
ORNL in the News

ORNL wins 2 awards for sustainability program

(PhysOrg) Exemplary efforts to "go green" at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have resulted in a 2010 Federal Energy & Water Management Award and a 2010 Department of Energy Management Award in recognition of the lab's Sustainable Campus Initiative....9/9

Synthetic Biology Research on Biofuels Has a Mathematical Angle

(SUNY at Buffalo) Qing Lin, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry at the University at Buffalo, and Miguel Fuentes-Cabrera, a computational scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have been awarded a Keck Foundation grant to develop a robust yeast strain capable of generating significantly higher yields of biofuels than are now possible....9/9

Consortium Of Tennessee Universities Receive $20 Million Grant

(Chattanoogan) Governor Phil Bredesen joined a consortium of public and private universities in the state on Thursday to announce a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to boost the state's energy-related research and education efforts. The grant is one of the largest ever awarded in Tennessee by the NSF. A coalition of scientists, faculty and students from 11 public and private universities in Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be grouped together into "network nodes" for conducting research, mentorship and outreach.



DOE Announces Awards for up to $16.5 million for Biomass Research and Development

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced the investment of up to $16.5 million for two major research and development initiatives that will support the expansion of renewable transportation fuels production....9/8

DOE Announces Nearly $30 Million in Competitive Awards for State Energy Efficiency Projects

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the investment of $28.5 million to 12 states and territories to support energy efficiency projects that will lower energy bills for American families and businesses, boost job growth, and increase investment in companies that deliver energy-saving technologies....9/9

Department of Energy Awards $37 Million for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technology Development

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced selections for more than $37 million in funding to accelerate the technological and commercial readiness of emerging marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies...9/9


Judge Rules That Military Policy Violates Rights of Gays

(New York Times) While the policy, known as "don't ask, don't tell," will not change right away, the ruling reflects others taking aim at discrimination against homosexuals....9/10

Florida minister 'suspends' Quran burning

(Associated Press) The Rev. Terry Jones backed off and then threatened to reconsider burning the Quran on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, angrily accusing a Muslim leader of lying to him Thursday with a promise to move an Islamic center away from New York's ground zero. Tennessee evangelist Bob Old said he still plans to burn a Quran and put a video of the event on YouTube and other sites....9/10

State & Regional

TVA sifting through 90 applications for energy projects

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA is working its way through more than 90 proposals for new biomass and solar power generation projects submitted to the agency as part of a stop-gap measure to accommodate larger renewable systems until the agency establishes a formal program for them....9/10



energy & science policy

Stem Cell Financing Ban Ends, for Now

(New York Times) A federal appeals court here ruled Thursday that federal financing of embryonic stem cell research could continue while the court considers a judge's order last month that banned the government from underwriting the work....9/10

EPA to natural gas companies: Give details on 'fracking' chemicals

(Christian Science Monitor) The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it would ask nine big natural-gas production companies to volunteer what the industry has staunchly resisted: details about what hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" chemicals they inject into the ground....9/9

FEMA: Hundreds of levees no longer reliable

(USA Today) The government has determined that hundreds of levees nationwide no longer meet its standards that ensure protection during major floods, a decision that forces thousands of property owners to buy federal flood insurance....9/10

science & technology

Scientists can scan brains for maturity, potentially gauging child development

(Washington Post) Scientists have developed a scan that can measure the maturity of the brain, an advance that someday might be useful for testing whether children are maturing normally and for gauging whether teenagers are grown-up enough to be treated as adults....9/9 [Registration Required]

Freshwater turtles face 'bleak future'

(BBC News) Freshwater turtles are in catastrophic decline, according to a new analysis by Conservation International. The group says more than a third of the estimated 280 species around the world are now threatened with extinction....9/10

Scientists observe single ions moving through tiny carbon-nanotube channel

(PhysOrg) MIT chemical engineers built tiny channels out of carbon nanotubes — hollow tubes whose walls are made of lattices of carbon atoms. Small molecules such as sodium ions and protons can flow through the channels....9/9

Carbon Emissions Not at Doomsday Level … Yet

(Wired) Groups of climate scientists like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change generally agree that if the world warms more than 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, which would put the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at 450 parts per million, the ramifications of global warming get exponentially worse....9/9

Other Stories

Ambassador supporting New START Treaty

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Ambassador Linton Brooks, who was chief U.S. negotiator for the START I arms control agreement signed by the United States and the Soviet Union in 1991, is a big supporter of the New START Treaty with Russia that would further reduce the world's largest nuclear arsenals...9/10