Friday, September 30, 2011
ORNL in the News

Feds Fund Novel Green Tech For Electric Cars, Solar Heat Storage

(Forbes) University of Minnesota, along with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will develop a prototype iron-nitride magnet material that won't rely on rare earth elements but should outperform the best magnets available today....9/29

United States and Czech Republic Join Together to Announce Bilateral Nuclear Energy Research and Development Efforts

(DOE Press Release) The U.S. Department of Energy will ship coolant salt currently stored at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to the Řež Nuclear Research Institute. Czech researchers will use the Institute's critical test facility for salt reactors to test the coolant salt by combining it with nuclear fuel....9/29


Energy Department Finalizes $132 Million Loan Guarantee to Support the Abengoa Bioenergy Project

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that the Department finalized a $132.4 million loan guarantee to Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas, LLC, to support the development of a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant....9/29

East Tennessee

UT-led switchgrass development team gets $15M grant

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A team of scientists led by the University of Tennessee will receive $15 million, part of a historic grant from the Department of Agriculture, to study reliable and cost-effective ways to turn switchgrass and fast-growing trees into biofuels....9/29

Other Stories

Listeria outbreak: How safe is America's food chain?

(Christian Science Monitor) Listeria-related deaths in the US from tainted cantaloupes have raised concern about America's food chain. While problems remain, there have also been improvements, experts say....9/29


Anwar al-Aulaqi, U.S.-born cleric linked to al-Qaeda, killed, Yemen says

(Washington Post) Anwar al-Aulaqi, the radical Yemeni-American cleric and one of the most influential al-Qaeda operatives wanted by the United States, has been killed in northern Yemen, Yemen's Defense Ministry said Friday morning....9/30

State & Regional

Biofuels facility set in Golden Triangle area

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Gov. Haley Barbour is scheduled to tour the Golden Triangle Regional Landfill on Thursday where local officials will be building an operation to capture methane gas to produce electricity....9/29

Some creatures unique to TN are in line for federal protection

(Tennessean) Nearly 400 animal and plant species in the southeastern United States, from the Tennessee forestfly to the Texas trillium, are part of a national push by the Obama administration to settle whether hundreds of varieties are endangered....9/30


energy & science policy

EPA needed more data before ruling on greenhouse gas emissions, report says

(Washington Post) The Environmental Protection Agency should have conducted a more detailed scientific review before determining two years ago that greenhouse-gas emissions pose a threat to public health and welfare, according to a report issued Wednesday by the agency's Office of Inspector General....9/29

Strides in biodefense follow 2001 anthrax scare

(USA Today) Anthrax-laced letters that killed five people, targeted U.S. senators and paralyzed post offices a decade ago have reshaped the nation's biodefenses....9/30

science & technology

'Flying carpet' of conductive plastic takes flight

(BBC) Researchers show off a "flying carpet" made of a conductive plastic wriggled by electric currents - an approach that could even find use on Mars missions....9/30

Asteroids Pose Less Risk To Earth Than Thought

(NPR) Our planet's risk of being hit by a dangerous outer space rock may be smaller than scientists previously thought. That's according to a survey of the sky that NASA is calling the most accurate census yet of near-Earth asteroids....9/30

'Superfast' Muscles Responsible for Bat Echolocation

(Science Daily) Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark and the University of Pennsylvania have shown that echolocation in bats is enabled by a physical trait never before seen in mammals: so-called "superfast" muscles....9/29

'Artificial leaf' makes fuel from sunlight

(PhysOrg) Researchers led by MIT professor Daniel Nocera have produced something they're calling an "artificial leaf": Like living leaves, the device can turn the energy of sunlight directly into a chemical fuel that can be stored and used later as an energy source....9/30