Thursday, October 21, 2010
ORNL in the News

PeopleNet unveils wireless roadside-inspection solution

( PeopleNet announced here at the annual ATA meeting a new wireless roadside-inspection solution in conjunction with the FMCSA Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Technology Showcase held last week in Tennessee.  Four leading PeopleNet customer fleets are participating in an operational test of the technology...PeopleNet said the solution is the result of a joint effort with FMCSA and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to improve motor carrier safety through increasing the frequency of roadside inspections using wireless technologies...10/19

How Batteries Grow Old

(Cellular News) In a laboratory at Ohio State University, an ongoing experiment is studying why batteries lose their ability to hold a charge as they age -- specifically lithium-ion batteries..."We can clearly see that an aged sample versus and unaged sample has much lower lithium concentration in the cathode," said [Giorgio] Rizzoni, director of the Center for Automotive Research at OSU. "It has essentially combined with anode material in an irreversible way." This research is being performed by Center for Automotive Research at OSU in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Institute of Standards Technology...10/20

Coalition of High Performance Computing Leaders Form

(PR-USA) Cray Inc., Data Direct Networks Inc., Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory today announced the incorporation of Open Scalable File Systems, Inc. (OpenSFS) -- a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation. OpenSFS will support the requirements of the data-intensive computing community by fostering the practical development of high performance computing storage software technology...10/21

New Research Backs ILUC as Fallacy

(NAFB News Service) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory will soon publish a paper which concludes that indirect land use change, resulting from expanded corn ethanol production over the past decade, has likely been minimal to zero. The Oak Ridge analysis looked at real world data on land use from 2001 to 2008. The researchers found that empirical evidence does not support significant effects on U.S. commodity exports and other crops or cropland expansion in the U.S...10/20


ORISE gets 'Legacy of Stars' status

(Knoxville News Sentinel) For the second time, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education has been named a Legacy of Stars site for safety and health excellence. The 2010 designation -- reportedly held by only nine Dept. of Energy sites -- is the second one for ORISE, which is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities. This is the second consecutive time ORISE has received the designation, which is held by only nine U.S. Department of Energy sites nationwide. ORISE first achieved this honor in 2008...10/20

Rad pollution at landfill tops list of citizen concerns about DOE's Oak Ridge reservation

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Dept. of Energy Site Specific Advisory Board in Oak Ridge annually surveys residents in Oak Ridge and surrounding communities on issues pertaining to enviroinmental mangement and cleanup...10/20

Y-12's 1st Technology Fellow: Greg Schaaff

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Greg Schaaff has been selected as the first Technology Fellow at the Y-12 National Security Complex. The new program is an effort to advance the science and technology base at Y-12 while the plant moves forward and evolves in the 21st century...10/20



Time to tally BP oil spill's toll on wildlife, habitat

(USA Today) Along the Gulf Coast, scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and their state counterparts are counting dead and oiled wildlife, testing water and photographing marshes and shorelines to document damage done by the oil spill, which followed an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the blowout of BP's well...10/20

East Tennessee

Vote narrows presidential candidates

(The Daily Beacon) The UT Presidential Search Committee selected presidential candidates Brian Noland and Joe DiPietro on Wednesday as nominees to be considered by the UT Board of Trustees Friday for the position of UT system president...10/21

State & Regional

Tennessee ranked 11th most desirable place to live

(PR Newswire) Notwithstanding its economic and political problems, more Americans would like to live in California than in any other state...10/19

TVA survey identifies 12 potential data center sites

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A TVA economic development program has identified 12 sites in the Southeast as prime locations for developing the region's data center industry...10/21

energy & science policy

National Science Board Issues Report on “Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators”

(AIP) Developing effective strategies to support America’s most talented students is a topic that is often overlooked in the ongoing national dialogue about improving our nation’s schools.  The National Science Board has released an important report focusing on the identification and nurturing of these students who could be America’s “next generation of innovators.”...10/20

Inside Energy Extra

10/20 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- NERC: Gas poised to unseat coal
- DOE-DOD alliance said key to security
- Judge may probe DOI on bear finding
- Interior OKs Tessera Solar project
- DOE finishes S.C. cleanup sooner

science & technology

The Truth About Thorium and Nuclear Power

(Popular Mechanics) Thorium has nearly 200 times the energy content of uranium without creating plutonium—an ingredient for nuclear weapons. Is this the nuclear fuel of the future?...10/20

Universe's Most Distant Object Spotted

(National Geographic News) A galaxy 13.12 billion light-years from Earth is the most distant object yet detected, a new study says...10/20

Planet Green show aims to inspire kids with science

(USA Today) What if tiny "nano-bots" could autonomously travel though a person's bloodstream to find and kill cancerous cells, eliminating the need for surgery? Or what if you could hop into a flying car for your morning commute? No science fiction here: "These are real," say commercials for Planet Green's new show, Dean of Invention...10/20

Other Stories

China economy hums along

(Reuters) China's growth ebbed in the third quarter while inflation edged higher, suggesting that the world's second-largest economy was far from overheating and that an interest rate rise this week may be enough for now...10/20