Monday, September 19, 2011
ORNL in the News

'Remembrance, renewal and resilience''

(Tennessean) In the days and weeks that followed that horrible day in September, 2001 we all saw an enormous outpouring of patriotism, selfless aid to people we did not know, and a desire deep within each of us to do something to help... From this tragedy emerged a program called the “Community Resiliency System’’ developed by CARRI, or the Community and Regional Resiliency Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn...9/17

New Biopolymers Study Findings Recently Were Reported by Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(Poten & Partners) According to the authors of recent research from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, "Diminishing fossil fuel resources as well as growing environmental and energy security concerns, in parallel with growing demands on raw materials and energy, have intensified global efforts to utilize wood biopolymers as a renewable resource to produce biofuels and biomaterials...9/19

ORNL discusses plans for employee cuts

(WBIR) As the Oak Ridge National Laboratory prepares to lay off workers, East Tennessee gets ready to feel the financial effect. Thursday afternoon, ORNL announced it may soon let up to 350 of its 4,700 workers go. ORNL Director Thom Mason said the cuts are necessary because of the federal budget deficit. He said the lab receives 80% of its funding from the Department of Energy. ...9/16


Solyndra Bankruptcy Unlikely to Hamper Gov’t Investment In Green Jobs

(ABC News) Two weeks ago an American solar company declared bankruptcy. It was one of three U.S. solar companies to go under in a month, but this one was special...9/19

Department of Energy Releases New Roadmap to Guide Public-Private Cybersecurity Initiatives

(InsuranceNewsNet) The U.S. Department of Energy has released the 2011 Roadmap to Achieve Energy Delivery Systems Cybersecurity...9/18

State & Regional

Health officials say HPV vaccine can slash cancer chances; public not entirely sold

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Last year, Kimberly Sebeck received a recorded phone call from the principal of her daughter's middle school. It alerted her that Gardasil, a Merck-produced vaccine against some strains of human papillomavirus, was now recommended for girls as young as 11...9/19


Obama's $3T deficit plan is half tax hikes

(CBS News) Drawing a bright line with congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama is proposing $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue as part of his long-term deficit reduction plan, according to senior administration officials...9/18

Palestinian PresidentPalestinian Push Jeopardizes U.S. Aid

(FoxNews) The Palestinian Authority and President Mahmoud Abbas have repeatedly been warned: Pursue statehood recognition at the United Nations and risk losing millions of dollars in U.S. aid...9/19

Fed Expected to Launch New Program While Europe Debt Troubles Bubble

(CNBC) The Fed in the week ahead is widely expected to pull the trigger on a new easing program, as the European debt crisis continues to boil. The housing market will also be a focus when new and existing home sales data is released Tuesday and Wednesday...9/18

energy & science policy

Senate Appropriators on Nuclear Energy

(AIP) The Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee included extensive language in their FY 2012 committee report about nuclear energy...9/16

Inside Energy Extra

9/16 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • Repubs move to slash DOE vehicle loans
  • EPA confirms GHG rules to miss deadline
  • US fines on Macondo expected next week
  • DOE nuclear loans unhurt by Solyndra: Lyons
  • Green bank gets support in wake of Solyndra

science & technology

Sequencing 'Dark Matter' of Life: Elusive Genomes of Thousands of Bacteria Species Can Now Be Decoded

(Science Daily) Researchers have developed a new method to sequence and analyze the dark matter of life -- the genomes of thousands of bacteria species previously beyond scientists' reach, from microorganisms that produce antibiotics and biofuels to microbes living in the human body...9/18

Video Game PlayerVideo-game studies have serious flaws

(Nature News) Poor design of experiments undermines idea that action games bring cognitive benefit.. Research showing that action video games have a beneficial effect on cognitive function is seriously flawed, according to a review published this week in Frontiers in Psychology...9/16

Giant CrocodileGiant Prehistoric Croc Found Near World's Biggest Snake

A Colombian coal mine where scientists found the largest known snake species has offered up another gem: A new species of 20-foot-long (6-meter-long) prehistoric croc. The 60-million-year-old Acherontisuchus guajiraensis lived alongside the snake and a bevy of other reptiles in an Amazon-like river system, which wove through one of Earth's earliest rain forests before eventually emptying into what's now the Caribbean Sea.

Other Stories

Study finds we choose money over happiness

(Medical Press) "You might think of happiness as the ultimate goal that people pursue, but actually, people think of goals like health, family happiness, social status and sense of purpose as sometimes competing with happiness," said Alex Rees-Jones, a Cornell doctoral student in the field of economics and co-author of a paper to be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal American Economic Review...9/19