ORNL in the News

Oak Ridge National Laboratory hires 500 in 2010

(VolunteerTV.com) The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is expanding even as the recession continues. Officials have hired about 500 new employees in 2010 and Director Thom Mason tells The Knoxville News Sentinel that trend could continue in 2011...10/2

SCiDAC Visualizations Bring Science to the Senses

(Communications of the ACM) Recently researchers from the computational science community gathered at the annual Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Program (SciDAC) conference in Chattanooga, TN...The SciDAC 2010 conference, hosted by DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory , included a visualization competition in addition to four days of presentations, poster sessions and informal networking...10/1

Testing shows metal roofing’s advantage over shingles

(Metal Architecture) Data collected during one full winter season and one full summer season of testing by the Dept. of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) shows a significant benefit to using dynamic metal roof assemblies to reduce energy use when compared to a single component shingle roof...10/1

Researchers Fight Global Warming with Genetically Altered Trees

(Daily Tech) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers claim that global warming can be fought through the use of genetically altered trees and plants.  The leaders of the study – Christer Jansson, Stan D. Wullschleger, Udaya C. Kalluri, and Gerald A. Tuskan – believe that creating forests of genetically altered trees and plants will remove "several billion tons of carbon" annually from the atmosphere, ultimately helping in the battle against global warming...10/1


Hardest part of reaching biofuel goal awaits

(Des Moines Register) The United States is roughly halfway to achieving its goal of 36 billion gallons of renewable transportation fuel by the year 2022, but the last half likely will be harder, and probably more expensive, than the first...10/3

'We look forward to continuing our work for NNSA

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration extended the contracts at Y-12 and Pantex for one year to give time to conduct the competition for a consolidated contract in which there will be one manager for both plants (and possibly the tritium operations at Savannah River)...10/1

East Tennessee

TDOT announces who will rebuild Henley Bridge

(WBIR) The Tennessee Department of Transportation has chosen the contractor for the Henley Bridge reconstruction project. Friday, TDOT announced that Britton Bridge, LLC of Mt. Juliet will rehabilitate the historic bridge...10/1

UT facing some tough changes when federal dollars disappear

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Calculus courses will fill 120-seat lecture halls instead of 30-student classrooms. Low-level Spanish and French classes will use one hour of online coursework each week to supplement two hours of in-class instruction...10/2


Cheap Debt for Corporations Fails to Spur Economy

(New York Times) As many households and small businesses are being turned away by bank loan officers, large corporations are borrowing vast sums of money for next to nothing — simply because they can...10/3

U.S. warns Americans to be extra cautious in Europe

(USA Today) The Obama administration formally warned Americans Sunday about potential terrorist attacks in Europe, urging U.S. citizens to be careful on public transportation and at tourist sites...10/4

Racial predatory loans fueled U.S. housing crisis: study

(Reuters) Predatory lending aimed at racially segregated minority neighborhoods led to mass foreclosures that fueled the U.S. housing crisis, according to a new study published in the American Sociological Review...10/4



energy & science policy

New Fiscal Year Starts Tomorrow With Continuation of Current Funding Levels

(AIP) Early this morning the House of Representatives approved a Senate-passed measure that will continue, with few exceptions, current levels of federal funding until December 3. Of note, the measure provides additional funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration...9/30

President’s Council of S&T Advisors Issues Strategy to Transform K-12 STEM Education

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has just released a report that is required reading for anyone interested in improving K-12 STEM education...9/30

Inside Energy Extra

10/1 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • Two DOE assistant secretaries to leave
  • 62-MPG fuel standard under review
  • DOI opens energy revenue, leasing unit
  • Salazar gets moratorium report
  • Markey asks BP CEO Dudley to testify

science & technology

Solar Wind Could Replace Solar, Wind as Renewable Energy Source

(Popular Science) Never mind using the solar wind to power spacecraft — that’s old hat. Scientists at Washington State University want to use solar wind to power the entire world. A humongous solar sail could be used to harvest the power of solar winds, generating 1 billion billion gigawatts of electricity. The problem is figuring out how to get the power back to Earth...10/1

Earth-Like Planet Discovery Buoys Search for Life

(Discovery News) A new chapter in the search for life beyond Earth opened this week with the discovery of the first rocky world well positioned around its parent star to hold pools of water, an environment believed to be necessary for life...10/1


Other Stories

Whale Snot, Cursing Away Pain Among 2010 Ig Nobels

(National Geographic) The scientific celebration, hosted by the Annals of Improbable Research journal and several Harvard student groups, honors real research "that first makes people laugh, and then makes them think."  Harvard University's Sanders Theater hosted the 20th annual event, which this year carried the theme "bacteria."...10/1

Apple may surpass Exxon as most valuable company

(AP) Here's something to think about the next time you pick up a call on your iPhone: the device you're holding may soon be the signature product of the most valuable company in the world...10/3