Monday, October 18, 2010
ORNL in the News

Improving Energy Via Better Steam Traps

(Green Investing) Steam is used at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – as it is in industrial sites and universities across the country – to heat and cool buildings. But faulty steam traps, according to a U.S. Department of Energy study published in 2005, however, are a major source of energy waste at such sites...10/15

Knoxville, Knox County, four other counties to share $4.3M grant

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The city of Knoxville, Knox County and four other counties have received a $4.3 million federal grant to develop a "sustainability" plan for East Tennessee that is expected to make life better for the next generations...The Metropolitan Planning Commission will be the lead planner, and the Transportation Planning Organization will also be involved in the planning.  Also involved in the project are the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/17



World’s Largest Wind Farm Receives Loan Support From US Department of Energy

(Gather) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a conditional commitment for a $1.3 billion loan in support of the world’s largest wind farm. The massive 845 megawatt wind-powered electrical generating facility, Caithness Shepherds Flat wind project, is located in eastern Oregon and will consist of 338 turbines...10/14

U.S. Department of Energy Sponsored Portal Will Bring New Advanced Energy Storage Technology to U.S.

(  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored Energy Storage Supply Chain Project Portal (EESCP) has now gone "live," providing the nation's first marketplace exclusively for intellectual property and R&D related to advanced energy storage for hybrid/electric automobiles and light trucks...10/16

State and Regional

TN seeks more graduates with science degrees for high-tech jobs

(Tennessean) For the first time, the Census Bureau is offering Americans a peek at each other's diplomas.  New data from the American Family Survey of 2009 came out this month, including new questions about what Americans studied in school...10/18



New Post poll finds negativity toward federal workers

(Washington Post) [Registration Required] More than half of Americans say they think that federal workers are overpaid for the work they do, and more than a third think they are less qualified than those working in the private sector, according to a Washington Post poll...10/18

A New Quandary for the Federal Reserve: Grappling With Low Inflation

(New York Times) A situation the Federal Reserve has long feared has come to pass: the central bank, after spending three decades taming inflation, now needs more of it...10/17

Facebook apps leak user information: report

(Reuters) Facebook users are inadvertently providing access to their names and in some cases even their friend's names to advertising and Internet tracking companies, through some popular applications, the Wall Street Journal said...10/18

East Tennessee

The future of coal: Old energy source under new pressures, but it’s not dust yet

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Sunny days appear to be ahead for green energy in Tennessee, but the coal industry faces a future clouded by a number of issues such as declining demand because of environmental concerns and the resurgence of nuclear power...10/17

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

10/15 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • USTR to probe China clean-energy trade
  • Lawmakers offer help on Md. nuke funding
  • DOE to limit fuel use by fed buildings
  • FutureGen site selection to start soon
  • BLM responds to coal-sale challenge

science & technology

Hoover Dam bridge is America's newest wonder

(USA Today) It stands like a sentinel, watching in the wind over one of America's most treasured landmarks, the Hoover Dam.  When the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge opens to traffic later this week, it is expected to become an instant tourist attraction while providing a quicker, safer drive between Phoenix and Las Vegas...10/18

Robots Are Stealing American Jobs, According to MIT Economist

(Popular Science) Forget the recession, immigration and the mortgage industry collapse — when it comes to loss of American jobs, robots are to blame.   That’s the conclusion of economists who have studied labor statistics and increasing job polarization, a growing disparity in pay among low- and high-skilled jobs...10/15

Other Stories

'Culture of Poverty' Makes a Comeback

(New York Times) For more than 40 years, social scientists investigating the causes of poverty have tended to treat cultural explanations like Lord Voldemort: That Which Must Not Be Named...10/17

10,000 miles: New study proposes giant Pterosaurs were record long-distance fliers

(Phys.Org) Life restoration of a group of giant azhdarchids, Quetzalcoatlus northropi, foraging on a Cretaceous fern prairie. A juvenile titanosaur has been caught by one pterosaur, while the others stalk through the scrub in search of small vertebrates and other food...10/18