Wednesday, October 5, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL scientists work on green racing technology

(WBIR-TV) Burning rubber, and putting the pedal to the metal come to mind when you talk about auto racing, but not when you talk about protecting the environment. Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy may be able to change that with a new green racing initiative...10/4

UT hires 10th Governor's Chair

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The University of Tennessee has hired an expert environmental microbiologist from UC-Berkeley to serve as the school's Governor's Chair for environmental biotechnology. Terry Hazen, who worked at a nearby national lab run by UC-Berkeley, will become the 10th Governor's Chair, a position in the program established by UT and Oak Ridge National Lab to attract top researchers to joint positions at the university and the lab...10/4

U.S. Department of Energy Chooses SciFinder® for Researchers Complex-Wide

(Reuters) Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the world's authority for chemical information, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has chosen SciFinder® as the chemical information tool for its researchers at seventeen sites across the nation including Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The one-year, renewable contract marks the first time the DOE has entered into a complex-wide agreement for any digital scientific information tool...10/3

State & Regional

NRC: TVA's Browns Ferry plant better, problems still exist

(AP) Federal regulators say the Tennessee Valley Authority is taking steps to fix safety problems at its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, but it still faces issues after regulators cited it for serious violations...10/3

Atlanta finally on board plan for high-speed rail to Chattanooga

(Times Free Press) For the first time since the idea started gaining steam over a decade ago, Atlanta is committing funds for a study related to the proposed bullet train between Chattanooga and Georgia's capital, an official says...9/28



Economic recovery 'close to faltering,' Ben Bernanke tells Congress

(CS Monitor) Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offers sobering data to Congress about the weak economic recovery and gives little hope of an imminent turnaround...10/4


Secretary Chu Congratulates DOE-Supported Researcher on 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics

(DOE Press Release) Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today congratulated Saul Perlmutter, a physicist at DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a professor of physics at the University of California at Berkeley, for winning the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae.”...10/4

energy & science policy

FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill: Department of Education – Science Education Programs

(AIP) The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2012 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill...10/4

Inside Energy Extra

10/4 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- 7 projects picked for pilot grid program
- Renewable energy lab to cut jobs
- DOE shale panelists hail state oversight
- Fukushima no lag on US projects: Exec
- War of words over Solyndra continues

science & technology

Isotope ranking reveals leading labs

(Nature) List of discoveries shows US contributions have declined, but Japanese, Russian and European work is on the rise...10/4

Studies of Universe’s Expansion Win Physics Nobel

(NY Times) Three astronomers won the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for discovering that the universe is apparently being blown apart by a mysterious force that cosmologists now call dark energy, a finding that has thrown the fate of the universe and indeed the nature of physics into doubt...10/4

Novel Energy-Storage Membrane Developed

(Science Daily) A team from the National University of Singapore's Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative, led by principle investigator Dr Xie Xian Ning, has developed a novel energy-storage membrane...10/4

Herbivore populations will go down as temperatures go up, study says

( As climate change causes temperatures to rise, the number of herbivores will decrease, affecting the human food supply, according to new research from the University of Toronto...10/4

A Chemical Sponge That Pulls Toxins From Water

(Popular Mechanics) Chemist Paul Edmiston has plenty of data to prove how well Osorb, a glass substance, soaks up petroleum, solvents and other organic contaminants...10/3

Other Stories

Cooling Problem Shuts Nuclear Reactor in Japan

(NY Times) In a fresh blow to public confidence, a reactor in southern Japan went into automatic shutdown on Tuesday because of problems with its cooling system, clouding the outlook for an imminent restart of the country’s idled nuclear plants...10/4

Preview Your Drive From the Air, With Google Helicopter View

(Popular Science) Maps can only get you so far in life — sometimes you need to veer off the beaten path, take the scenic route, or figure out how to get there as the crow flies. Now Google will help you do that...10/4