ORNL in the News

ORNL wins grants for solar power research

(R&D Magazine) In a push to lower the cost of solar power, the U.S. Department of Energy has funded two projects at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) focused on improving concentrating solar power collector and receiver performance. A team headed by Scott Hunter of ORNL's Nanosystems and Structures group in the Measurement Science and Systems Engineering Division was awarded more than $2 million by the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative Concentrating Solar Power program...10/11

DOE

Lu GuangquDespite $240M From US, Firm Banks on Chinese $$

(Fox News) A struggling Massachusetts-based company that makes batteries for electric cars and got $240 million in stimulus money is being saved from bankruptcy by a Chinese billionaire who could move operations overseas...10/11

Alexander supports decision to redesign UPF

(Knoxville News Sentinel) While disappointed that the first design effort for the Uranium Processing Facility didn't work, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., offered a positive outlook on the problem...10/10

Attorneys for IRS, Energy Department object to Solyndra bankruptcy plan

(Washington Post) Government attorneys are urging a Delaware bankruptcy judge to reject the proposed reorganization plan of failed solar power company Solyndra LLC. Internal Revenue Service attorneys filed papers this week saying the plan's principal purpose is tax avoidance...10/10

State & Regional

TN court agrees to hear appeal of voter ID law

(The Tennessean) A Nashville court has agreed to hear an appeal of the state’s new voter identification law amid questions about the law’s validity in other states...10/11

National

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to European Union

(BBC News) The European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for six decades of work in advancing peace in Europe. The committee said the EU had helped to transform Europe "from a continent of war to a continent of peace"...10/12

MethypredOfficials say they lacked authority over pharmacy involved in meningitis outbreak

(Washington Post) Federal and Massachusetts officials said Thursday that they lacked clear authority to take action earlier against a now-shuttered specialty pharmacy that set off safety alarms at least six years ago and is now at the center of a burgeoning meningitis outbreak...10/12

East Tennessee

Kingston Ash SpillPlaintiffs renew call for mediation in TVA ash trial

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Plaintiffs suing TVA over the Kingston coal ash spill are again urging the court to order both parties to mediate a settlement — a route TVA said in a recent court filing that it opposes...10/11

science & technology

Diamond PlanetA diamond bigger than Earth?

(Reuters) Forget the diamond as big as the Ritz. This one's bigger than planet Earth. Orbiting a star that is visible to the naked eye, astronomers have discovered a planet twice the size of our own made largely out of diamond. The rocky planet, called '55 Cancri e', orbits a sun-like star in the constellation of Cancer and is moving so fast that a year there lasts a mere 18 hours...10/11

Marshmallow and girlThe Marshmallow Study Revisited: Delaying Gratification Depends as Much On Nurture as On Nature

(Science Daily) For the past four decades, the "marshmallow test" has served as a classic experimental measure of children's self-control: will a preschooler eat one of the fluffy white confections now or hold out for two later?...10/11

Research in cell communication system wins 2012 chemistry Nobel

(ScienceNews) Robert Lefkowitz of Duke University in Durham, N.C., and Brian Kobilka of Stanford University will share the 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry for work on molecules that help cells communicate with the outside world...10/10

Other Stories

Spanish BankS&P Downgrades Spain, Citing Region Backtracking on Bank

(Bloomberg) Spain's debt rating was cut to one level above junk by Standard & Poor's, which cited euro-region peers' backtracking on a pledge to severe the link between the sovereign and its banks as it considers a second bailout...10/10

Study: Job Market Growing More Polarized

(U.S. News and World Report) It's common knowledge by now that America is becoming more polarized both politically and economically, as parties move ever further apart and the wealthy's gains outpace everyone else's. Now, new research shows that the job market itself is growing polarized, with the jobs in the middle making up less of the labor force...10/11