Tuesday, November 1, 2011
ORNL in the News

People and Honors: Terry Payne

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Terry Payne has been appointed to the Anderson County Chamber's board of directors. He is R&D program manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/30

Jaguar, What Are You Working on Today?

(Popular Science) A word with the nation's biggest petascale supercomputer...ORNL's Petascale Jaguar Supercomputer The petascale Jaguar is the world's fastest computer, but DARPA wants to take computing to the next level...Over the last week, we managed to get some of the nation's biggest and baddest supercomputers to take a moment away from their gigabusy schedules and tell us what they were working on. They were happy to share...10/31



ORNL's big presence in Achievement Awards

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers shared in three of the nine Secretary of Energy Achievement Awards that were presented last Friday in Washington, D.C. According to information provided by ORNL, Jeff Binder and Jeremy Busby were recognized for their contributions to DOE's response to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan on March 11...In addition to Binder and Busby, other Oak Ridge staff members who received letters of thanks from Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Pete Lyons were George Flanagan, Matthew Francis, Ian Gauld, Jess Gehin, Larry Ott, Mike Poore, Joel Risner, Venu Varma, John Wagner, Chuck Weber and Grady Yoder...ORNL's Dave Hetrick, Charlotte Barbier and Sreekanth Pannala were part of a multi-agency team recognized for their contribution to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in summer 2010...Randall Snipes of ORNL was cited for his work on a team that transported and secured spent fuel containing 10 metric tons of highly enriched uranium and 3 metric tons of weapon-grade plutonium from Kazakhstan's BN-350 fast breeder reactor...10/31


ARPA-E Awards $156 Million for Groundbreaking Energy Research Projects

(DOE Press Release) Last month, ARPA-E Director Arun Majumdar announced 60 cutting-edge research projects across five programs. All told, the projects are worth $156 million and aim to dramatically improve how the U.S. uses and produces energy...10/31

State & Regional

Tennessee's first fast charger unveiled for Nissan Leaf

(Tennessean) The first rapid charger in Tennessee that works with Nissan’s Leaf electric car was opened to public use Monday at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store location off Interstate 40 in Lebanon, one of 12 that the restaurant chain plans to have on line by year-end...11/1


Obama planning next steps in Afghan drawdown

(Reuters) The White House has asked the Pentagon for initial recommendations for the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan in 2014, a first step in planning the final U.S. drawdown there despite a bleak security outlook...11/1

East Tennessee

NRC to hold public meeting on Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is planning a public meeting for Nov. 8, to discuss the status of construction of Unit 2 at TVA's Watts Bar nuclear plant...10/31

Oak Ridge one of best fiscal risks in US?

(Oak Ridger) Local officials say the city of Oak Ridge has a AA financial rating, which means the city is one of the best risks in the United States...10/30

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

10/31 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- GOP pounces on second DOE loan failure
- Interior wants 'frack' fluids disclosed
- Still no action as USEC deadline close
- Talks continue on power plant GHG regs
- Sulfur-rule effect on gas prices seen limited

science & technology

The Story of the Higgs Boson, as Told by Higgs Himself

(Scientific American) In a clip from Brian Greene's new Nova miniseries The Fabric of the Cosmos, physicist Peter Higgs describes the bumpy road that led him to hypothesize his eponymous, elusive particle...10/31

Entrepreneurship Lessons For The Academic-Minded

(NPR) The slow pace of job creation has revived interest in getting promising new technologies out of university labs and into the marketplace. At Stanford University, a group of academic researchers from all over the country gathered to take a crash course in how to turn their projects into startup companies...10/31

Scientists Finger Fungus As the Direct Cause of Bat-Killing Disease

(Popular Mechanics) A new study proves that the splotchy white fungus seen on U.S. bats is the direct cause of deadly white-nose syndrome. But can it be stopped?...10/26

The Crisis That Hit Physics 100 Years Ago

(Wired Science) One hundred years ago, the greatest scientific minds of Europe met to address a perilous state of affairs. During the previous 20 years, curious scientists had uncovered new phenomena — including X-rays, the photoelectric effect, nuclear radiation and electrons — that were rocking the foundations of physics...10/28

Other Stories

China unveils clean energy lab

(Nature) After five years of preparation, China has officially opened a clean-energy research centre that will spearhead the country's efforts to develop new ways to reduce its carbon emissions...10/31