Tuesday, October 5, 2010
ORNL in the News

Jeffrey Wadsworth, PhD, President and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute, to Receive Navigator Award

(Forbes) The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Wadsworth, PhD, President and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute, will be a Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Navigator Award winner for 2010...Dr. Wadsworth formerly led Battelle's Global Laboratory Operations business, where he oversaw the management or co-management of six national laboratories of the U.S. Department of Energy, (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), and the Department of Homeland Security's National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center...10/4

Powerful supercomputer peers into the origin of life

(Oak Ridger) Supercomputer simulations at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are helping scientists unravel how nucleic acids could have contributed to the origins of life.   A research team led by Jeremy Smith, who directs ORNL's Center for Molecular Biophysics and holds a Governor's Chair at University of Tennessee, used molecular dynamics simulation to probe an organic chemical reaction that may have been important in the evolution of ribonucleic acids, or RNA, into early life forms...10/4

Would tidal turbines' electromagnetic fields affect sea life? Sequim lab wants to know

(Peninsula Daily News) While there is plenty of research and information about how electromagnetic fields from power lines affect animal life on land, it is unknown how marine life would respond to tidal turbines on the ocean floor. That's why super-sized electromagnetic coils are being used in an experiment in the aquatic lab at the Sequim Marine Research Operation for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory near the mouth of Sequim Bay, said Charlie Brandt, the lab's director...PNNL, the Sequim Marine Sciences Lab and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are managed by Battelle, a nonprofit company that conducts $5 billion in annual research and development for the government and private sector...10/4

Going over a cliff at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Visiting researchers from Appalachian State University have been using the Bull Bluff natural area on the government's Oak Ridge reservation to study how rare plants survive on cliffs, according to information from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Their research techniques include "planting" nutrient traps -- thin strips embedded with an ion-exchange resin -- along a cliff face to determine how plants gather nutrients as water runs down the rocks...10/3

DOE

4,000 GW of offshore wind-power potential, says NREL

(Windpower Engineering) The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a report that assesses the electricity generating potential of offshore wind resources in the United States...10/4

State & Regional

Industry group set up for solar

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As solar expands its footprint in Tennessee, a new industry group is organizing to make sure the renewable technology continues on a growth curve in the state. Known as the Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association, or TenneSEIA, the group has 22 member commitments, ranging from large manufacturers like Sharp and Hemlock Semiconductor to local installers...10/5

National

Stop. Think. Create a Better DHS Cybersecurity Slogan

(Wired News) The Department of Homeland Security kicked off its new computer security campaign on Monday as part of National Cyber Security Awareness month. The campaign is called “Stop. Think. Connect.” ...10/4

East Tennessee

69 candidates apply for head position at UT

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A former U.S. Air Force Academy superintendent, a state representative, company CEOs, university presidents and deans and are among the candidates who have applied to become the next system president at the University of Tennessee...10/5

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

10/4 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- AGA forecasts ample gas this winter
- Obama seen apt to reshape energy plans
- US to conduct new Chukchi Sea study
- 75 GW in coal-plant cuts by 2030: ICF
- DOE spending on IT lacking: IG

science & technology

Two Win Nobel for Work on Ultra-Thin Material

(NY Times) A pair of Russian-born physicists working at the University of Manchester in England have won the Nobel prize in physics for investigating the ultra-thin properties of carbon flakes known as graphene, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Tuesday. They are Andre Geim, 51, and Konstantin Novoselov, 36. They will split the prize of $1.4 million...10/5

Census Uncovers Oceans' Deep Secrets

(Wall Street Journal) Survey Names More Than a Thousand New Species, but Scientists Are Most Surprised by Huge Variety at Microbial Level...10/5

The More-Affordable Photovoltaic Solar Cell

(Popular Mechanics) Chemist Harry Atwater’s gift for manipulating light has led to some eye-opening innovations, including an “invisibility cloak.” His most recent feat: reinventing the solar cell...10/4

New approaches needed to gauge safety of nanotech-based pesticides

(PhysOrg) Nanotechnology is about to emerge in the world of pesticides and pest control, and a range of new approaches are needed to understand the implications for public health, ensure that this is done safely, maximize the potential benefits and prevent possible risks, researchers say in a new report...10/4

Other Stories

China's Leap in Supercomputer Rankings

(Bloomberg Businessweek) In merely a decade, China has become the world's third-greatest power in high-performance computing. Will it soon boast the fastest computer?...10/5

Japan, Sweden join U.S., U.K. in terror warning

(USA Today) Japan and Sweden issued travel alerts for Europe on Monday, joining the United States and Britain in warning of a possible terrorist attack by al-Qaeda or other groups...10/4