Monday, September 24, 2012
ORNL in the News

Bosch-led consortium receives $2.7M DOE funding to develop advanced oxygen sensor for enhanced EGR

(Green Car Congress) The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Robert Bosch LLC, in collaboration with Clemson's International Center for Automotive Research and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, $2.7 million in funding to develop an oxygen sensor which directly and accurately measures the oxygen concentration in the intake manifold...9/22


LandScan Global 2011 Launched by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and East View

(GISCafe) East View is pleased to announce the release of LandScan Global 2011 (LandScan). Developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for various agencies of the United States Government, LandScan incorporates spatial data and imagery analysis with the latest census findings and updated political boundaries into a tool for researchers to accurately model how many people are in a particular location, anywhere on Earth...9/21


House's 'No More Solyndras' Act Unlikely to Become Law

(KCET) The Republican-controlled House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill last week that would end the Department of Energy's Loan Guarantee program for renewable energy investment, but the highly partisan legislation is unlikely to become law...9/20

A one-month extension for B&W Y-12; 'show cause' response still being reviewed

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration this evening confirmed that it has extended the management contracts at both Y-12 and Pantex by one month while sorting out the procurement activities in the wake of the unprecedented security breach at Y-12...9/20

East Tennessee

House majority supports Manhattan Project park, but two-thirds required

(Oak Ridge Today) A majority of U.S. House members voted for a bill Thursday to set up a Manhattan Project National Historical Park that would include Oak Ridge, but the vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass the legislation under special rules...9/20


Unemployment rates rise in 26 states in August

(USA Today) Unemployment rates in August rose in 26 states from July, but most states showed lower rates than a year ago, the federal government reported Friday. Nevada continued to lead the country with the highest unemployment rate, 12.1% in August. North Dakota had the lowest at 3%...9/21

Morsi: Don't expect Egypt to live by America's rules

(Fox News) On the eve of his first visit to the United States as Egypt's president, Islamist Mohammed Morsi said he will demonstrate more independence from the U.S. in decision-making than his predecessor Hosni Mubarak and told Washington not to expect Egypt to live by its rules...9/24

In China's Anti-Japan Riots, An Anger With Wider Dangers

(Forbes) Chinese streets were quiet today after anti-Japan protests, many of them violent, rocked more than a 100 cities last week. Large demonstrations continued through Tuesday, the 81st anniversary of Japan’s invasion of Manchuria...9/23

energy & science policy

OMB Releases Report on Automatic Budget Cuts

(AIP) “The report leaves no question that the sequestration would be deeply destructive to national security, domestic investments, and core government functions.”  So warns a much-anticipated report released by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on September 14...9/21

science & technology

Prehistoric Rocks Contain Clues for Future Climate

(Science Daily) For most of the past decade, Dr. Wan Yang has spent his summers in the Bogda Mountains in northwest China, collecting rock samples that predate dinosaurs by millions of years in an effort to better understand the history of Earth's climate and perhaps gain clues about future climate change...9/21

Outcry over jailed Russian chemist

(Nature News) For Olga Nikolaevna Zelenina, a Kafkaesque nightmare has come true. The Russian chemist stands accused of complicity in organized drug trafficking, and is currently imprisoned in Moscow’s detention centre number 6, where she shares a cell with Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the prominent activist punk band Pussy Riot...9/21

Humans Were Already Recycling 13,000 Years Ago, Burnt Artifacts Show

(Science Daily) A study at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) reveals that humans from the Upper Palaeolithic Age recycled their stone artefacts to be put to other uses. The study is based on burnt artefacts found in the Molí del Salt site in Tarragona, Spain...9/20

Other Stories

Life Spans Shrink for Least-Educated Whites in the U.S.

(New York Times) For generations of Americans, it was a given that children would live longer than their parents. But there is now mounting evidence that this enduring trend has reversed itself for the country’s least-educated whites, an increasingly troubled group whose life expectancy has fallen by four years since 1990...9/20


Out There

A report about reports about reports? Yep, at this year’s Ig Nobel awards

(Fox News) A U.S. government agency has earned a literature prize for issuing a report about reports about reports -- and concluding that a new report ought to be prepared to sum it all up. The government's General Accountability Office was held generally accountable for the May 10 report at the 2012 Ig Nobel awards, an annual celebration of achievements in the arts and sciences that make people laugh -- and ultimately, hopefully, makes them think as well...9/20