Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ORNL in the News

National labs leading charge on building better batteries

(PhysOrg) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory focused on a key battery component, the anode, where electricity comes out....9/27

Grid Visualization Efforts Helped Heal After Hurricane

(IEEE Spectrum) The worst impacts of power loss are on transportation systems, essential communications, and medical facilities. One of the systems that responded to these high-need areas was VERDE, or Visualizing Energy Resources Dynamically on Earth, developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory....9/26


Department of Energy Releases Inaugural Quadrennial Technology Review Report

(DOE Press Release) The Energy Department has released its inaugural Quadrennial Technology Review report – an assessment of the Department's energy technology research and development portfolios....9/27

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge wants to scrap consolidation

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Perhaps it's no surprise to anybody, but the city of Oak Ridge is now officially on record opposing the government's plan to consolidate management of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge with the Pantex warhead assembly/disassembly plant in Texas....9/28


Surveys: Health insurance costs shifted to workers, even as premiums surge

(Washington Post) Premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance continued to escalate this year even as the share of workers getting less generous coverage reached a new high, according to survey data released Tuesday....9/27

State & Regional

UT's house doing well so far in Solar Decathlon competition

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Early results show the University of Tennessee among the leaders of the pack in an international competition to see which team of college students can build the most efficient, comfortable and well-designed house powered entirely by solar energy...9/27.

energy & science policy

White House Event on NSF Career-Life Balance Initiative

(AIP Bulletin) Designed to be implemented during the next ten years, the plan entails a series of policy changes increasing work-related flexibility to female and male researchers supported by the National Science Foundation....9/27

Inside Energy Extra

9/27 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Transportation headlines DOE tech review
** DOE set on $450M for Texas CCS project
** NRC opens hearing on Vogtle reactors
** DOE programs spared in funding vote
** Perry appeals to Obama on EPA rule

science & technology

Gulf oil spill could cause lasting damage to fish populations, study finds

(Washington Post) Fish living in Gulf of Mexico marshes exposed to last year's oil spill have undergone cellular changes that could lead to developmental and reproductive problems, a group of researchers reported Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....9/26

Dipping tongues allow bees to drink the sweetest nectar

(BBC) US mathematicians have worked out why the flowers pollinated by bees have sweeter nectar than those visited by butterflies. When it comes to drinking nectar, the most important factor is whether the insects dip their tongue in, or whether they suck the liquid up....9/28

The 'Worm' That Could Bring Down The Internet

(NPR) As many as 12 million computers have been infected with the self-updating Cornflicker worm, a type of malware that can get inside computers and operate without their permission....9/27

How to Hatch a Dinosaur

(Wired) What we're trying to do is take our chicken, modify it, and make a chickensaurus....9/26