Thursday, September 23, 2010
ORNL in the News

Enbridge gets OK to restart pipeline

(iStockAnalyst) Federal regulators signed off on a plan Wednesday that could allow a repaired pipeline that burst two months ago in mid-Michigan to reopen soon.  Officials with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) told Enbridge Energy Partners it could move ahead with plans to restart Line 6B under a reduced operating pressure...Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Tennessee will go over new inspection data to determine the safety of the line...9/23

Dow, AWE and MAG Collaborate for Developing Wind Energy Technology

(AZCleantech) The Dow (Dow Chemical Company), MAG (MAG Industrial Automation Systems) and AWE (Astraeus Wind Energy Inc.) have entered into an agreement for collaboratively developing automated manufacturing solutions that are material-enabled with focus on enhancing and improving manufacture of finished blades as well as blade components of wind turbines...The Oak Ridge National Laboratory would be assisting Dow with the evaluation of advanced materials. Dow and MAG together are expected to offer an automation technology solution that is material-enabled by the year 2012...9/23

Casey Anthony team targets air-sample scientists in Tennessee

(Orlando Sentinel) The Casey Anthony defense team is in Knoxville this week to depose key prosecution witnesses who intend to use new scientific evidence in the child-murder case.  The witnesses are affiliated with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn...Those scheduled to be deposed Tuesday include Michael N. Burnett, Madhavi A. Martin and Mark Wise, according to court documents.  A fourth scientist scheduled to be deposed today is Arpad Alexander Vass...9/22

Seoul Semiconductor LED selected for Zero Energy Building Research Alliance Project backed by U.S. Department of Energy

(BusinessWire) With the official opening Monday of Oak Ridge National Laboratories [sic] ZEBRAlliance project, Seoul Semiconductor (CEO Mr. Chung Hoon Lee) demonstrated how LEDs can help illuminate and define a home’s living area using a fraction of the energy consumed by traditional incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs...9/22


Department of Energy Loses Legal Battle to American Small Business League

(WSJ Market Watch) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has lost a legal battle with the American Small Business League (ASBL) over subcontracting reports for contracts awarded to Fortune 500 corporation Bechtel. As a result, DOE has been forced to release the requested documents and United States District Judge Charles Breyer has ordered the DOE to pay the ASBL's legal fees in full...9/22

East Tennessee

TDOT: Map out detours now to prepare for Henley Bridge closure

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The onset of the Henley Bridge rebuilding project is still months away, but Tennessee Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday at the opening of their information center in South Knoxville that it's not too early for motorists to begin planning for alternative routes before the 80-year-old bridge is closed for sweeping repairs early in 2011...9/22

EPA sets time and location for Knoxville coal ash meeting

(WBIR) The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a meeting next month on proposed federal regulation over the disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants The meeting will take place on October 27th at the Mariott on Hill Avenue in Knoxville from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m...9/22


Fed policy hint hits stocks as dollar slides

(Forbes) World stock markets fell Wednesday while the dollar dropped to a near five-month low against the euro after the Federal Reserve indicated that it was ready to provide more assistance to the flagging U.S. economy...9/22

Exodus Could Shift White House Tone

(Wall Street Journal) White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is likely to resign in a matter of weeks, hastening a remake of the Obama White House that could lead to a lower-key, more cooperative approach after the November midterm elections...9/23

State & Regional

Knoxville-based Regal Entertainment expands premium experience locations

(BusinessWire) Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, announced the launch of three additional locations for the new giant screen all-digital format called the Regal Premium Experience...9/21

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

9/22 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
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  • Lag in BP well fix likely: Exxon CEO
  • Murkowski keeps rank on Senate panel
  • Biofuel groups seek changes to loan aid
  • Salazar urged to fight Wyo. coal protests

science & technology

Two New Horned Dinosaurs Found in Utah

(National Geographic) Two newly discovered horned dinosaur species from an ancient "lost continent" are some of the most surprising and ornate yet found, paleontologists say. The new dinosaurs are members of the ceratopsids, the group of dinosaurs that includes Triceratops. The animals were generally four-legged herbivores with horns and bony frills rising from the backs of their heads...9/22


Other Stories

New Aurora Pictures: Sky Shows Sparked by Sun Eruption

(National Geographic) Northern lights, or aurora borealis, stride across clouds above Ersfjord, Norway, shortly before 1 a.m. on September 15.  The display was all the more impressive because the moon had already set, scientists say. When it's above the horizon, the moon can wash out all but the most intense of displays with its light...9/21

Monkeys More Calculating Around Money

(Discovery News) When presented with coin-like tokens, tiny yet savvy capuchin monkeys inhibit their natural impulses and make more calculated, rewarding decisions, according to new research...9/21