Friday, September 17, 2010
ORNL in the News

ORNL, Bavaria agree to exchange program

(Scientific Computing) [Audio Clip] We soon may be seeing some students and scientists from the German state of Bavaria - which includes Munich - working in a new exchange program at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Bavarian Science Minister Wolfgang Heubisch said ORNL is a natural venue for his state's scientists and science students to expand their research and knowledge. "I know Oak Ridge National Laboratory is well known all over the world," Heubisch said after meeting with ORNL Director Thom Mason and signing a letter of intent to begin the exchange program. "That's why I wanted to see it for myself and get an idea for an exchange program for students. Maybe we can work together to strengthen our international relationships - especially here in the state of Tennessee."...9/16

TMS Launches Second Phase of "Transformational Energy Materials" Project

(Newswise) The "Vision Report", as it is also known, was released in June 2010 as the culmination of the first phase of a two-part study spearheaded by The Minerals Metals & Materials Society, in support of the U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Technologies Program and funded by Oak Ridge National Laboratory....9/16

Ohio State honors ORNL's Feng

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Zhili Feng, a researcher in Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Materials Science and Technology Division, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio State's Materials Science and Engineering Dept....9/16



Secretary Chu Announces Simulation-Based Engineering User Center

(DOE Press Release) U.S Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the creation of the Simulation-Based Engineering User Center that will facilitate collaborative computational research for energy applications. Funded with $20 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the SBEUC will be primarily used for developing and deploying the simulation tools developed under the Carbon Capture and Storage Simulation Initiative....9/16

Contract argued in K-33 razing

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Workers will begin taking apart the K-33 building in the next couple of weeks, with a full-scale demolition slated for November, but U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Tenn., is still asking questions about the project's $51 million contract awarded in the spring....9/17


Senate passes $30B small business credit measure

(Forbes) The Senate passed long-delayed legislation Thursday designed to open up credit to small businesses and award them with other incentives to expand and hire new workers....9/16

State & Regional

TVA nominees confirmed

(Knoxville News Sentinel) After months of delay, four people whom President Barack Obama appointed to serve on the TVA's board of directors last year have finally won approval from the U.S. Senate. The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to confirm Neil McBride, Marilyn Brown, Barbara Haskew and William Sansom to the nine-member board....9/17

Gov. Bredesen calls for more budget cuts

(Tennessean) The state of Tennessee is preparing to cut its budget by between $45 million and $160 million next year under plans being put together by the outgoing administration of Gov. Phil Bredesen....9/17


energy & science policy

U.S. cybersecurity plans lagging, critics say

(Washington Post) More than a year after President Obama made a White House speech proclaiming that the protection of computer networks was a national priority, the federal government is still grappling with key questions about how to secure its computer systems as well as private networks deemed critical to U.S. security....9/17 [Registration Required]

Inside Energy Extra

9/16 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** DOE stimulus manager to leave
** Chu seeks help from new advisory panel
** EPA-FERC dialogue on air regs urged
** Biodiesel tax credit fails in Senate
** Republicans seek repeal of bulb mandate

science & technology

Precursor to H.I.V. Was in Monkeys for Millennia

(New York Times) In a discovery that sheds new light on the history of AIDS, scientists have found evidence that the ancestor to the virus that causes the disease has been in monkeys and apes for at least 32,000 years — not just a few hundred years, as had been previously thought....9/17

Moon Crater Map Reveals Early Solar System History

(Wired) The first complete topographic map of the moon and its craters has revealed details of billions of years of bombardment by asteroids, and the early history of our solar system. Among other things, the map confirms theories of an onslaught of massive asteroids around 3.9 billion years ago that likely evaporated any water present on Earth at the time....9/17

A T. Rex Renaissance: Big Decade For Dino Research

(NPR) This year scientists have identified six new species of the animal. Scientists say the T. rex discoveries are partly due to new techniques and partly due to its telegenic charisma -- one that even scientists are not immune from....9/17

Drug-resistant 'superbugs' hit 20 states, spread worldwide

(USA Today) Bacteria that are able to survive every modern antibiotic are cropping up in many U.S. hospitals and are spreading outside the USA, public health officials say....9/17

Giant spiders cast webs over river using super biomaterial

(PhysOrg) The antithesis of the itsy-bitsy spider, Caerostris darwini, a giant orb spider and namesake of Charles Darwin, weaves a web of super strength never before seen...9/17