ORNL in the News

ORNL engineer uses research to help save colleague's life

(WBIR.com) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Lab may be the brightest of the bright, but just a few years ago, it grew challenging for Nance Ericson to simply live. "I was basically just narrowing down my life to just the very essential things I needed to survive which was food, sleep, do a little at home, and come to work so I can make a living for my family," Ericson said. Ericson, an electrical engineer, was diagnosed with a condition called hydrocephalus, or a swelling of ventricles in his brain...The experience brought the men closer together while teaching them that while ORNL research may work miracles across the globe, sometimes, miracles happen right in front of your eyes...11/3

X-10 Reactor

(About.com) On November 4, 1943, the X-10 nuclear reactor began operations. This reactor was the first reactor built to produce plutonium for the Manhattan Project...The X-10 reactor was shut down in 1963 and declared a National Historical Landmark in 1965...11/3

Research showtime on ORNL's Main Street

(Knoxville News Sentinel) There were 72 posters on exhibit today on Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Main Street (a central gathering place in the lab's Research Office Bldg. complex) to show off some of the projects funded via the Laboratory Directed Research and Development program...11/3

ORNL Orders Furnace System

(Industrial Heating) Harper International Corp. developed a unique furnace system with dual functionality for Oak Ridge National Lab, which is researching the development of a wide range of carbon materials from renewable resources. To simulate commercial production of carbon materials, a continuous thermal-processing system was selected by the ORNL research team....11/3


DOE and EPA Release 2011 Annual Fuel Economy Guide

(DOE Press Release) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy today released the 2011 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with information about estimated mileage and fuel costs for model year 2011 vehicles. Choosing the most fuel efficient vehicle in a class will save consumers money and reduce carbon pollution...11/3

'Special material' project a done deal at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A new capability for dismantlement work involving "special material" at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant is now in operation, and the project was reportedly completed about $1 million under the predicted cost...11/3


US involvement in Yemen edging toward 'clandestine war'

(CS Monitor) President Obama is pledging stepped-up military and economic cooperation with Yemen in response to last week’s foiled terrorist operation aboard cargo planes that originated in the country...11/3

State & Regional

UT's research funding at all-time high, but far from top 25 schools

(AP) The University of Tennessee's total research funding is at an all-time high, but it is still far short of the top 25 public universities...11/3


energy & science policy

A U.S. Cap-and-Trade Experiment To End

(National Geographic News) A Valero refinery in Norco, Louisiana, is just one of the thousands of facilities in the United States with carbon emissions that a nationwide cap-and-trade program would have sought to rein in. Valero fought unsuccessfully for a ballot measure that would have halted California's global warming program...11/3

Inside Energy Extra

11/3 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Obama seeks post-election compromises, but refuses to abandon EPA carbon regs
- DOE may face cuts from GOP House
- Loan-aid recipient said to downsize
- Lab's work may lead to solar windows

science & technology

Fluorographene: The world's thinnest insulator

(PhysOrg.com) The remarkable properties of graphene and Teflon have been combined in a new material by the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize for Physics...11/4

Air Force Seeks Neuroweapons To Enhance US Airmen's Minds and Confuse Foes

(Popular Science) Intelligent advanced aircraft is one thing, but if the Air Force wants to be in prime warfighting condition, its pilots had better come with advanced weaponry, too. That’s why the Air Force wants neuroweapons that can enhance airmen’s performance, while degrading the mental states of their foes...11/3

Other Stories

Burma hit by massive net attack ahead of election

(BBC) An ongoing computer attack has knocked Burma off the internet, just days ahead of its first election in 20 years...11/4