ORNL in the News

Senate Budget Bill Holds Energy Department Science Level

(Science) On Wednesday the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $4.843 billion for DOE's Office of Science in 2012... "Even staying flat when a lot of other programs are getting cut is relatively good news," says Thom Mason, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...9/9

UT, ORNL to study climate change

(Houston Chronicle) The University of Tennessee, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will study climate change. They will participate in the National Ecological Observatory Network, studying climate change, the spread of invasive species and changes in biodiversity...9/11

Smart Grid BoxSmart Grid Breakthrough Is Inside the Box

(Earth Techling) Wouldn't it be great if the solution to integrating renewable energy technologies into the smart grid was as simple as a magic black box that had the ability to deliver 60-Hz AC power in a constant, perfect sine wave, no matter we put into it? That magic box looks like it might be real, and it's the subject of a recent announcement from the Technology Development Division of Texzon Utilities, an energy company, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/8


Secretary Chu Announces $14 Million for Six New Projects to Advance IGCC Technology

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today the selection of six projects aimed at developing technologies to lower the cost of producing electricity in integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants using carbon capture, while maintaining the highest environmental standards...9/9

9/11 put an end to Y-12's 'peace dividend'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Just when the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant had settled into its post-Cold War mode, which included significant reductions in security spending, Sept. 11, 2001 changed everything...9/11

State & Regional

In Middle TN, most doubt Obama's jobs plan will fix economy

(Tennessean) Middle Tennesseans had mixed reactions to President Barack Obama's proposed $447 billion jobs program, but generally they are skeptical that it will turn around the ailing economy...9/9


Obama to submit his jobs plan to Congress Monday

(CNN) President Barack Obama will take to the Rose Garden on Monday to make a pitch for his jobs creation plan and announce he is sending it to Congress later that evening, the White House said...9/12

European FlagsInvestors Brace as Europe Crisis Flares Up Again

(New York Times) Fresh doubts about the health of French banks, which hold billions of euros’ worth of Greek bonds, have investors bracing for more market turmoil this week...9/12

Cleanup begins after Northeast floods

(USA Today) Cleanup began over the weekend across northeastern Pennsylvania and parts of New York state where flooding in some areas exceeded records set in 1972 by Hurricane Agnes. Power was restored to many areas by Sunday, and intact roads and bridges were reopened...9/12

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

9/09 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • NRC closes Yucca Mt. review panel
  • Envoy expects Keystone XL approval
  • BLM to rethink drilling regulations
  • DOE awards $14M to IGCC projects
  • DOE extends Pantex, Y-12 contracts


science & technology

Gypsy Moth CaterpillarHow A Clever Virus Kills A Very Hungry Caterpillar

(NPR) Scientists say they have figured out how a very clever virus outwits a very hungry caterpillar. The caterpillar is the gypsy moth in its larval stage, and the invasive species damages roughly a million acres of forest in the U.S. each year by devouring tree leaves...9/12

Scientists take first step towards creating 'inorganic life'

(PhysOrg) Professor Lee Cronin, Gardiner Chair of Chemistry in the College of Science and Engineering, and his team have demonstrated a new way of making inorganic-chemical-cells or iCHELLS...9/12

Other Stories

Turkish Academy of Sciences to lose its independence

(Phys.Org) The decree, issued on 27th August, which was just after the start of a nine-day holiday in Turkey, says that one-third of the members of the academy will now be appointed by the government and a further one-third by the Council of Higher Education, which is also a government body...9/9

An array of errors

(Economist) ANIL POTTI, Joseph Nevins and their colleagues at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, garnered widespread attention in 2006...9/10

On 10th 9/11 anniversary, wounds fresh as healing continues

(USA Today) Americans focused more attention and emotion on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks than any year since the first. Many gathered at churches or newly finished memorials, including two major new ones designed to transform sites of terrorism into places of healing and remembrance...9/11