Tuesday, September 20, 2011
ORNL in the News

Stretching plans for Spallation Neutron Source

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The budget climate is affecting lots of things, including the planned expansion and power upgrades at the Spallation Neutron Source. "It'll take a little longer," Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason said last week during an interview regarding budget planning...9/19

Tech transfer director at Friends of ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Michael Paulus, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Technology Transfer Division, will speak at the Sept. 21 lunch meeting of Friends of ORNL. His talk will be on, "ORNL Innovations That Have Impacted America."...9/19




Long-standing plant biochemistry mystery solved

(Physorg.com) "Plant fatty acids are an approximately $150-billion-dollar-a-year market," said Brookhaven biochemist John Shanklin. "Their properties, and therefore their potential uses and values, are determined by the position of double bonds in the hydrocarbon chains that make up their backbones...9/19

Department of Energy Announces Next Steps for Asset Revitalization Initiative

(DOE Press Release) The Department of Energy today announced next steps under the Asset Revitalization Initiative, a Department-wide initiative to examine ways to work with local communities to support the reuse of DOE resources at former Cold War weapons sites around the country...9/16

State & Regional

State ranks 4th in business climate survey

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A new survey of U.S. corporate executives ranks Tennessee as the fourth best business climate among the 50 states...9/19


Obama offers $3.6 trillion deficit plan, would up taxes

(Reuters) President Barack Obama laid out a $3.6 trillion plan on Monday to cut budget deficits partly by raising taxes on the rich, but Republicans rejected it as a political stunt and made clear the proposal had little chance of becoming law...9/20

East Tennessee

TVA engineer admits changing reports

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A TVA engineer who inspected the Kingston Fossil Plant months before the December 2008 coal fly ash spill said Monday he changed the wording of his report at the suggestion of agency officials and removed some data from a groundwater monitoring program during the period of the spill because he said it was confusing the results...9/19


energy & science policy

“Regrettable Reductions”: Senate Appropriators on FY 2012 S&T Funding

(AIP) “These are regrettable reductions that will result in real consequences.”  So state the members of the Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee in describing recommended reductions of approximately 3 percent that were made to the FY 2012 budgets of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, and NASA...9/19

Inside Energy Extra

9/19 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Gas key to US energy security: Carter
- No US push ahead of climate meet: Stern
- DOE shale panel plans "report card"
- Deepwater gulf permits mount: analyst

science & technology

Profiles in Science: Richard Dawkins: A Knack for Bashing Orthodoxy

(NY Times) ...In his landmark 1976 book, “The Selfish Gene,” he looked at evolution through a novel lens: that of a gene. With this, he built on the work of fellow scientists and flipped the prevailing view of evolution and natural selection on its head...9/19

Canada's ice cores seek new home

(Nature News) Confusion over fate of valuable climate record chills researchers...9/19

"Missing" Global Heat May Hide in Deep Oceans

(Scientific American) ...Climate scientists have long wondered where this so-called missing heat was going, especially over the last decade, when greenhouse emissions kept increasing but world air temperatures did not rise correspondingly...9/18

New Device Generates Energy from Small Vibrations

(Science Daily) ...While uses for wireless sensors are seemingly endless, there is one limiting factor to the technology -- power...9/16

Other Stories

S&P Downgrades Italy's Credit Rating A Notch

(AP) Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on Monday downgraded Italy's credit rating by one notch, saying it sees weakening economic growth prospects for the nation and higher-than-expected levels of government debt...9/19