Friday, October 28, 2011
ORNL in the News

First-of-a-kind tension wood study broadens biofuels research

(PhysOrg) Taking a cue from Mother Nature, researchers at the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center have undertaken a first-of-its-kind study of a naturally occurring phenomenon in trees to spur the development of more efficient bioenergy crops....10/25

UT to name joint center at ORNL after Bredesen

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A joint University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Lab research and education center championed by former Gov. Phil Bredesen may soon bear his name. University trustees are expected to vote today to rename the program the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education in honor the former governor's push to strengthen the partnership between the UT and ORNL....10/28


Vehicle Cost Calculator Helps You Add Up the Savings

(DOE Press Release) When most people go to the car dealership, they take a hard look at the vehicle's window sticker. To help consumers sort through their options, the Energy Department's Clean Cities initiative just introduced the new Vehicle Cost Calculator and its accompanying widget on the Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicles Data Center....10/27

East Tennessee

Corker brings electricity and jobs debate to Chattanooga

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) U.S. Sen. Bob Corker brought a discussion about electricity and jobs by asking Tennessee Valley business and energy leaders to put their concerns on the table....10/28


Boehner rejects plan to slash $3T from debt

(Washington Post) House speaker rejects Democrats' request because it contains $1.3 trillion in new tax revenue; he gives his most pessimistic outlook to date that supercommittee would achieve deficit target by its Thanksgiving deadline....10/28

In Europe's Crisis, U.S. Mostly An Observer

(NPR) As the European debt crisis has deepened, it has highlighted this early 21st century shift: The United States is becoming more of a Pacific Rim country and less of a North Atlantic partner....10/28

energy & science policy

Interior outlines plans to speed solar development on public lands

(Washington Post) The Interior Department issued a new plan Thursday for promoting large-scale solar development on public lands in the West, identifying 285,000 acres — 445 square miles — in six states where it pledged to help speed up the permitting process....10/28

science & technology

Faster-than-light neutrino experiment to be run again

(BBC) Scientists who announced that sub-atomic particles might be able to travel faster than light are to rerun their experiment in a different way. This will address criticisms and allow the physicists to shore up their analysis as much as possible before submitting it for publication....10/28

Prototype of next-generation weather satellite: Can it go to work fast enough?

(Christian Science Monitor) After cost overruns and years of delay, the US is set to launch a prototype weather satellite before dawn Friday. Its data are badly needed as the number of Earth-observing satellites dwindle....10/27

Spider is the second most vibration-sensitive creature

(PhysOrg) A new study in Austria has confirmed that spiders are extremely sensitive to vibrations, and determined they are the second most vibration-sensitive organism, topped only by cockroaches....10/28

Astronomers Discover Complex Organic Matter Exists Throughout the Universe

(Science Daily) Astronomers report in the journal Nature that organic compounds of unexpected complexity exist throughout the Universe. The results suggest that complex organic compounds are not the sole domain of life but can be made naturally by stars....10/26