Monday, October 31, 2011
ORNL in the News

Energy Harvesting Gaining Ground

(PCB007) The Wireless Sensor Networks & RTLS conference and exhibition hosted by IDTechEx in Boston on Nov 15-16 will showcase the new energy harvester-powered wireless sensors now available...The event will cover new developments with low power electronics, including presentations by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Cymbet, Microchip, Linear Technology, Arrow Electronics, Ember, Silicon Labs and others...10/28

Tom BallardPYA launches new innovation, entrepreneurial development initiative

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Pershing Yoakley & Associates, a Knoxville-based accounting and health care consulting firm, is expanding into a new business sector aimed at accelerating innovation, technology and entrepreneurial development in the region. The initiative will be spearheaded by Tom Ballard, a former University of Tennessee vice president who is retiring in January as director of partnerships for Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/30

Cam HubbardORNL's Cam Hubbard honored

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Cam Hubbard, a distinguished research staffer and group leader in Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Materials Science & Technology Division, been selected as a fellow of ASM International...10/28

Alternative Energy Future on Display at R&D 100 Awards

(NRDC Switchboard) Amongst the honorees was Robert Gaylord, R&D manager of NextAire, honored for their efficient gas-powered heat pump.  The pump, co-developed by IntelliChoice Energy and Southwest Gas with funding from the Department of Energy’s Oakridge National Lab [sic], the Department of Defense, and Southwest Gas Corporation, generates electricity on site to reduce peak demand and the ramp-up of extra power plants...10/28

Cheri Cross

People and Honors: Cheri Cross

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Cheri Cross has been named 2011 Property Person of the Year by the National Property Management Association. She is property manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/30


White House Orders Independent Review Of Solyndra Loans

(Boston Globe) The White House on Friday ordered an independent review of clean-energy loans made by the Energy Department, its latest response to questions and criticism over a half-billion-dollar loan to a California solar company that eventually went bankrupt...10/28

State & Regional

DC Fast Charging Makes Tennessee Debut

(Nashville Public Radio) Today marks another milestone for the electric vehicle in Tennessee. High voltage fast charging rolls into the state. Drivers of the Nissan Leaf will now have more capability to extend the vehicle’s limited 100 mile range...10/31

East Tennessee

Knox County Superintendent will not recommend school closures

(WATE) As the Knox County school system faces a major shortfall, one of the options the school board looked at was closing five of the smallest schools. However, Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre said he will not recommend the closings...10/30


Michael MooreOakland protesters organize citywide strike

(USA Today) Activists with Occupy Oakland are promoting a general strike across the city Wednesday and are urging other groups nationwide to organize similar events...10/30

Obama Backers Tied to Lobbies Raise Millions

(New York Times) Despite a pledge not to take money from lobbyists, President Obama has relied on prominent supporters who are active in the lobbying industry to raise millions of dollars for his re-election bid...10/27

Chemical WeaponChemical Weapons Found in Libya

(Fox News) Libya's interim prime minister has confirmed the presence of chemical weapons in Libya and says foreign inspectors would arrive later this week to deal with the issue. Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said Sunday that Libya has no interest in keeping such weapons...10/30

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

10/28 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • Defense specialist to head Livermore lab
  • BLM scales back solar leasing plan
  • Hearing breeds more heat over Yucca Mt.
  • BOEM seeks feedback on OCS wind sites

science & technology

China Has Homemade Supercomputer Gain

(New York Times) China has made its first supercomputer based on Chinese microprocessor chips, an advance that surprised high-performance computing specialists in the United States...“This is a bit of a surprise,” said Jack Dongarra, a computer scientist at the University of Tennessee and a leader of the Top500 project, a list of the world’s fastest computers...10/28

CarnosaurusBest Evidence Yet for Dinosaur Migrations—Teeth Tell Tale

(National Geographic) Sauropod dinosaurs may well have been the largest animals to ever walk—and walk and walk and walk—the Earth. A new fossil-teeth analysis has uncovered the best evidence yet that dinosaurs migrated seasonally like modern-day birds or elephants, according to a new study...10/27

Other Stories

Are Companies Responsible for Creating Jobs?

(Wall Street Journal) For anyone stepping gingerly through the encampment of Occupy Wall Street in Manhattan, it might be easy to dismiss the protest as just a living diorama of a 1960s Happening. That is, were it not for its intriguing challenge to American business, and Milton Friedman...10/28

The next challenge: not too many people, but too few?

(Reuters) If the world follows the demographic habits of Europe -- and that's a big if -- by the year 2200 it could be home to a population of less than half its current level, living in housing built for almost three times that number...10/24

Out there

Burmese PythonAdult deer found inside giant Burmese python in Florida

(Digital Journal) Workers at the South Florida Water Management District, on Thursday, found a 76-pound adult deer inside a 15.7 foot Burmese python in Everglades, Florida. The huge Burmese python was found on a tree island in Western Miami-Dade County, on Thursday...10/30