Monday, September 13, 2010
ORNL in the News

W.R. Grace & Co. and Partners Receive $3.3 Million DOE Grant to Evaluate and Enhance Advanced Biofuels Technologies

(Milling Journal) W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) has been selected to receive up to $3.3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for the evaluation and enhancement of advanced biofuel technologies.  Grace will work with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to develop technologies for thermochemical conversion of biomass to advanced biofuels that are compatible with existing fueling infrastructure...Also on the team are VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, who will be providing pyrolysis oils, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who will study corrosion...9/10

Scientists Help Explain Graphene Mystery

(Science) Structural loops that sometimes form during a graphene cleaning process can render the material unsuitable for electronic applications..."Graphene is a rising star in the materials world, given its potential for use in precise electronic components like transistors or other semiconductors," said Bobby Sumpter, a staff scientist at ORNL...9/13

The Greening of ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has drawn kudos -- and a couple of new awards -- for its Sustainable Campus Initiative, which is sort of a combo of people effort, energy efficiency measures and advanced technology to save energy and go-go green in a big way...9/11


NNSA Applauds Y-12 for Completing Potable Water Project Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

(Waterworld) The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today applauded the Y-12 National Security Complex for completing its potable water project ahead of schedule and under budget. NNSA officials congratulated Y-12 on the accomplishment during an event at the site on Thursday...9/10

New tools for B83 dismantlement; start-up coincides with work on B53 bombs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The NNSA announced this week that the Pantex warhead assembly/disassembly plant in Texas had come up with a special tooling system to improve dismantlement operations on the B83 strategic bomb. "The system will cut in half the number of facilities needed to process at B83 unit and reduce the time it takes to process each unit," the announcement said...9/10

Energy Department Award Aims to Boost Solar Thermal Power Storage Technology

( Private companies and university researchers continue to work on ways to extend the production of solar energy systems, and the government is assisting their efforts.  One promising area of study is the use of energy storage methods that permit solar thermal power plants to generate electricity when the sun is not shining...9/10


Fate of tax cuts is central as Congress returns

(Washington Post) [Registration Required] Congress is returning for a final pre-legislative session on Monday to confront the thorny issue of potentially raising taxes during an economic downturn, with neither party showing clear consensus on a solution...9/13

Bad Economy Drives Down American Arms Sales

(New York Times) The global economic recession significantly pushed down purchases of weapons last year to the lowest level since 2005, a new government study has found.   The report to Congress concluded that the value of worldwide arms deals in 2009 was $57.5 billion, a drop of 8.5 percent from 2008...9/12

East Tennessee

Tearful Pearl admits to misleading NCAA

(Oak Ridger) Tennessee men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl has acknowledged providing misleading and incorrect information to the NCAA during a 17-month investigation into possible recruiting violations. And Tennessee is making him pay for his actions...9/10

Varied reasons for more students

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Families moving into the area for jobs, more private school students seeking a free education and some students requesting transfers are among reasons for increased enrollment in Knox County schools this year...9/11

science & technology

Guess What, You Don’t Own That Software You Bought

(Wired) A federal appeals court said Friday that software makers can use shrink-wrap and click-wrap licenses to forbid the transfer or resale of their wares, an apparent gutting of the so-called first-sale doctrine...9/10

Hubble Spies Oddly "Perfect" Celestial Spiral

(National Geographic) An unusually "perfect" cosmic corkscrew surrounds the binary star system LL Pegasi in a new Hubble Space Telescope picture released this week. Astronomers think the spiral's evenly spaced rings are being created because one of the stars in the binary pair is dying. Unlike more massive stars that end their lives in explosive supernovae, LL Pegasi is quietly shedding its outer layers of gas and dust to form what's called a planetary nebula...9/09

Other Stories

LHC lawsuit case dismissed by US court

(PhysOrg) A Hawaiian man's lawsuit to try to prevent operations of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been dismissed due to a failure to show a "credible threat of harm," according to the judge. And, as ruled in 2008, the judge again concluded that the US government is not the correct party to bring the suit against since the US doesn't control LHC operations...9/13

Student loan debt exceeds credit card debt in USA

(USA Today) Many college students are carrying more than a heavy class load this fall. Total student loan debt exceeds total credit card debt in this country, with $850 billion outstanding, according to Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of and, websites that provide information about student aid and scholarships...9/11