Monday, September 27, 2010
ORNL in the News

Scientists reveal battery behavior at the nanoscale

( As industries and consumers increasingly seek improved battery power sources, cutting-edge microscopy performed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is providing an unprecedented perspective on how lithium-ion batteries function...9/25

Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley® Develops Its 'Workforce of the Future'

(PR Newswire) The Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley®, long a world class hub of high tech research and development, is determined to equip its workforce with the tools it needs to succeed in the future...STEM is already an important part of several high school curricula in the region. That is especially the case in Oak Ridge, home of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Department of Energy's largest research facility....9/24

ORNL wins two awards for sustainability program

(NewsRx) Exemplary efforts to “go green” at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have resulted in a 2010 Federal Energy & Water Management Award and a 2010 Department of Energy Management Award in recognition of the lab’s Sustainable Campus Initiative...9/24

Supercomputer goes online at ORNL, aids NOAA climate researchers

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A new Cray supercomputer that's dedicated to climate research has passed its individual acceptance tests ahead of schedule, and some early research activity is already under way, according to the project chief at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/27


China's 'big hole' marks scale of supercomputing race

(MIS-Asia) To make a point about China's interest in supercomputing, David Turek, IBM's vice president of deep computing, put a slide on the screen showing a large construction site for a building that will house one massive computer...But for now, the race is on. China has the world's second-most-powerful supercomputer on the planet, the Nebulae, a 1.27 petaflop system, found the most recent Top 500 ranking. The top system is Cray's 1.76-petaflop Jaguar supercomputer at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/27






Department of Energy Joins U.S. Civilian Response Corps

(U.S. Department of State) "We are pleased to announce that the Department of Energy has joined the Civilian Response Corps, the U.S. Government’s expeditionary, interagency civilian force dedicated to conflict prevention, response, and peacebuilding."...9/23

DOE Announces Winners of Lighting for Tomorrow 2010 Competition

(DOE Press Release) The U.S. Department of Energy, the American Lighting Association (ALA), and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), announced this week the winners of the eighth-annual Lighting for Tomorrow competition at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada...9/24

Digital copies of energy conservation code are now available

( Free digital copies of the International Code Council’s 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) are now available at: thanks to funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)...9/24



U.S. Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet

(New York Times) Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone...9/27

East Tennessee

Editorial: New START treaty good for the country and ET

(Knoxville News Sentinel) With a bipartisan boost from U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, the New START treaty emerged from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week.  The pact, which now heads to a ratification vote on the Senate floor, calls for the United States and Russia to reduce deployed nuclear warheads from 2,200 to 1,550. Locally, that means more work for the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge...9/24

Knox County Schools gets $26.5 million grant

The Knox County Schools have received a multi-million dollar windfall to help with educational reform.  The district received a five-year 26.5 million dollar federal grant from the Teacher Incentive Fund.



energy & science policy

Senate FY 2011 Department of Defense Funding Bill: Science and Technology Programs

(AIP) The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2011 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill. S. 3800 provides $669,871.7 million in funding, $8,099.0 million less than the Obama Administration’s request. Under this request, funding for the three defense science and technology programs would decline by 12.5 percent...9/24

Inside Energy Extra

9/24 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • US hires firm to probe Macondo BOP
  • Royalty-in-kind program to end Sept. 30
  • Bills aim to aid US rare-earth efforts
  • House nuclear-energy bill advances

science & technology

Volcanoes Killed Off Neanderthals, Study Suggests

Catastrophic volcanic eruptions in Europe may have culled Neanderthals to the point where they couldn't bounce back, according to a controversial new theory.  Modern humans, though, squeaked by, thanks to fallback populations in Africa and Asia, researchers say.

In Test of Relativity Theory, Superaccurate Atomic Clocks Prove Your Head Ages Nanoseconds Faster than Your Feet

(Popular Science) Einstein first figured out that time moves at a different rate depending on how fast you’re moving, and depending on how close you are to a gravitational field. And scientists have already shown that time moves faster at higher elevations — clocks on a rocket move slower than clocks on Earth, for instance. By this logic, astronauts are actually time travelers...9/24

Other Stories

Report questions biometric technologies in fighting crime

(USAToday) Television cop shows love "biometric" technologies — fingerprints, eye scans and so on — but a blue-ribbon panel report calls for caution on widespread use of biological identification...9/27

The Profit Motive

(Wall Street Journal) The Battelle Memorial Institute was founded in the 1920s to encourage "creative and research work and the making of discoveries and inventions." When it opened its doors on the eve of the Crash of 1929, it had fewer than 50 people, dedicated mainly to metallurgical research...9/27