Monday, October 25, 2010
ORNL in the News

Oak Ridge researchers studying climate warming

(WBIR) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Lab have developed a massive warming chamber that contains East Tennessee's version of a bog.   "A bog is a system that's characterized by a lot of organic matter. By organic matter, I just mean dead, decaying plant parts," said ORNL Ecosystem Ecologist Colleen Iversen...10/21

DOE: new data shows “minimal to zero indirect land use change” from corn ethanol

(Biofuels Digest) In Tennessee, a study by the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has found that  “minimal to zero indirect land use change was induced by use of corn for ethanol over the last decade,” based on an analysis of empirical data between 2001 and 2008...10/22

Christensen leaves Oak Ridge for NREL; more restructuring at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Dana Christensen, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's associate lab director for energy and engineering sciences since 2006, is leaving to become deputy director for science and technology at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado. The new job is effective Nov. 1...10/22

$1M solar grant will fund electric car charging stations in Knoxville area

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The city of Knoxville, the University of Tennessee and UT-Battelle are the recipients of more than $1 million of a $100 million federal grant to expand the solar industry in Tennessee.  That means solar-powered charging stations for three locations should start being installed as soon as the ink is dry on the contract with the three participants. UT-Battelle is the contractor managing Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which will conduct research on solar use after the stations are installed.

ORNL's research reactor revamps veteran neutron scattering tool

(Science Centric) The Cold Triple Axis spectrometer, a new addition to Oak Ridge National Laboratory's High Flux Isotope Reactor and a complementary tool to other neutron scattering instruments at ORNL, has entered its commissioning phase...10/22


Clean Energy Alliance And U.S. Department Of Energy Launch Partnership To Support Commercialization Of Clean Energy Technologies

(Nanotechnology Now) the national association of clean energy business incubators, announced today, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's 23rd Industry Growth Forum, the formation of the Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business and Clean Energy Alliance Partnership...10/21

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

State & Regional

TN jobless numbers don't tell whole story

(Tennessean) As unemployment rates continue to fall, there is optimism that the worst of the recession is over.   But for some, the unemployment rate — which in September was 9.4 percent in Tennessee, down from 9.6 percent the month before — doesn't give the whole story...10/22



Target, Toys R Us, other retailers boost jobs for holidays

(USA Today) Holiday retail sales are expected to be up only slightly this year, but the news may be better for those looking to work in retailing around Christmas...10/24

East Tennessee

Despite Pearl's violations, UT is behind him, expects to have new contract signed soon

(WBIR) Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl has a new contract in hand and is expected to be on the Volunteers' sideline until the NCAA tells UT otherwise...10/22

Joe DiPietro selected as next UT President

(WBIR) Joe DiPietro, the chancellor of the UT Institute of Agriculture, was selected to be the next president of the University of Tennessee by a 11-to-10 vote.  DiPietro edged out Brian Noland, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission...10/22



energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

10/22 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • First post-ban bid for permit made
  • Later deadline set for Macondo probe
  • BLM asks IG: Re-check ex-employee
  • Suit claims slow oil, gas lease reviews
  • 'Big Oil' may block ethanol growth: CEO

science & technology

NASA and DARPA Plan 'Hundred-Year Starship' To Bring Humans to Other Worlds And Leave Them There Forever

(Popular Science) If NASA ever gets a clear directive for interplanetary exploration, a new Hundred-Year Starship could be their version of the Mayflower. And like the first pilgrims, Martian explorers might set sail with the knowledge they would never return home...10/20

Researchers discover origin of immune cells in the brain

(Phys.Org) Mount Sinai researchers have discovered that microglia, the immune cells that reside in the brain, have a unique origin and are formed shortly after conception...10/22

Iceblocks Hold Traces of Early Life

(Discovery News) The discovery of blocks of gravel which sank to the bottom of the sea trapped in ancient icebergs has sparked a new understanding of a bizarre group of creatures.  The research, published in the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, has also forced a rethink of the conditions that existed more than 500 million years ago...10/19


Other Stories

Dead Sea Scrolls Being Digitized for Web

(National Geographic) The Dead Sea Scrolls—the oldest known surviving biblical and extra-biblical texts in the world—are slated to be scanned with high-resolution multispectral imaging equipment and shared online, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and Google announced Tuesday, when this picture was taken in an IAA lab...10/20