ORNL in the News

ORNL scientists study effects of ash on fish

(WBIR) Almost two years after massive amounts of coal ash flooded waterways in Kingston, a group of Oak Ridge scientists want to know how it might affect fish there...9/16

Inner Workings of Battery Revealed

(Laboratory Equipment) As industries and consumers increasingly seek improved battery power sources, cutting-edge microscopy performed at the DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is providing an unprecedented perspective on how lithium-ion batteries function...9/17

ORNL Strengthens DOE-Funded Clean Vehicles Team

(Newswise) - As a member of the recently announced clean vehicles consortium, part of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are focusing on a suite of technologies to put more electric and hybrid vehicles on the road...9/17

Uranium study group to meet in Danville in December

(WPCVA.COM)The National Research Council's provisional committee conducting a scientific study of uranium mining in Virginia will hold its first meeting Oct. 26 and 27 in Washington, D.C...Proposed members include Dr. Joaquin Ruiz, University of Arizona; Dr. Corby G. Anderson, Colorado School of Mines; Dr. Lawrence W. Barnthouse, LWB Environmental Services Inc.; Dr. Scott C. Brooks, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Dr. Patricia A. Buffler, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Michel Cuney, National Center for Scientific Research; and Dr. Peter L. deFur, Environmental Stewardship Concept...9/15

Lab's UW campaign tops $1M

(Knoxville New Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory's United Way fund-raising campaign topped the $1 million mark for the third consecutive year, according to info from the lab. Kathy Carney was the ORNL campaign chair. In a statement, Carney said there were more than 150 volunteers who worked on the successful fund raiser. Johney Green, director of the lab's Energy and Transportation Science Division, will serve as chairman of the 2011 campaign...9/17


Energy Department Says It Has ‘Mandate’ to Force ‘Market Transformation’ for Household Appliances

(CNSNews) Assistant Secretary of Energy Cathy Zoi said Thursday that the U.S. Department of Energy has a “mandate” to issue regulations to determine what household appliances are available to Americans in the future...9/17

Tinker Bell, the New Face of Energy Conservation

(DisZine) In an effort to inspire today’s youth and their parents to adopt positive energy efficiency practices, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and The Advertising Council have created a new series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) using Disney’s beloved Tinker Bell...9/19

State & Regional

Ketron, Tracy want THEC funding formula revamped

(Murfreesboro Post) The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) was instructed in a joint meeting of the Senate Education and Senate Finance Committees this week to revisit a new funding formula which would have been punitive to Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)...9/17


Wall Street's Engines of Profit Are Slowing Down

(New York Times) Even after taxpayer bailouts restored bankers’ profits and pay, the great Wall Street money machine is decelerating. Big financial institutions, including commercial banks, are still making a lot of money...9/19

Ex-Los Alamos Scientist, Wife Indicted in Alleged Atomic Weapon Conspiracy

(FoxNews) A scientist and his wife who used to work at a high-level U.S. energy laboratory were arrested Friday after an FBI sting operation and indicted on charges of conspiring to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela...9/17

Blown-Out BP Oil Well Officially Killed at Bottom of Gulf

(FoxNews) A cement plug has permanently killed BP's runaway well nearly 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) below the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico, five agonizing months after an explosion sank a drilling rig and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history...9/19

energy & science policy

U.S. Energy Secretary Chu to Lead Delegation to IAEA 54th Annual General Conference

(DOE Press Release) Beginning Monday, September 20, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will lead the American delegation at the International Atomic Energy Agency's 54th General Conference in Vienna, Austria...9/17

Inside Energy Extra

9/20 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
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  • Ex-DOE lab workers charged with spying
  • Salazar, Chu to convene Gulf panel
  • BLM still plans on contentious sales
  • Mine-blast probe turns toward coal dust
  • Regulatory path on smart grid unclear

science & technology

Team restoring Mars orbiter after reboot

(PhysOrg) NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter put itself into a precautionary standby mode after experiencing a spontaneous computer reboot on Sept. 15. The mission's ground team has begun restoring the spacecraft to full operations...9/20

Google’s Random Security

(Forbes) Earlier today, Google announced a new level of security for people who pay for its Applications products – a random-number generator backup before you can access the email, word processor, spreadsheet and calendar functions that make up Google Apps...9/20


Other Stories

3-Million-Year-Old Whale Unearthed at the San Diego Zoo

(Discovery News) Workmen constructing a storm water equalization tank this week at the San Diego Zoo dug up a surprising find: a 3-million-year-old whale. The construction crew was using an excavator to dig through fine grain sand, when suddenly the machine struck a solid item. Further investigation revealed that this obstacle was an enormous prehistoric whale...9/17

James Cameron Heads For Mariana Trench to Film Avatar Sequel and Capture X Prize Simultaneously

(Popular Science) Director James Cameron has commissioned Australian designers to build a sub that can plunge 36,000 feet beneath the surface of the ocean, hoping to combine his love for deep waters with his apparent craving for cash. If he can pull it off, he could win a $10 million X Prize and shoot footage for an “Avatar” sequel simultaneously...9/17