Tuesday, November 9, 2010
ORNL in the News

3 ORNL researchers receive presidential early career award

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers Jeremy Busby, De-en Jiang and Sergei Kalinin are among 13 Department of Energy scientists to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, or PECASE. The PECASE, one of the nation's top honors for young scientists, was designed to recognize some of the finest researchers who show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge...11/8

Oak Ridge installs dual-purpose precursor furnace from Harper

(Composites World) Harper International Corp. has developed a furnace system with dual functionality for research and development work at Oak Ridge National Lab...ORNL is researching the development of a wide range of carbon materials from renewable resources. Advanced carbon materials derived from renewable sources would replace products currently derived from petroleum. The objective is to provide products with similar functional quality at a lower cost thereby increasing the applications for these advanced carbon materials...11/8

DOE

Engineered plants make potential precursor to raw material for plastics

(PhysOrg.com) ...in a first step toward achieving industrial-scale green production, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energys Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators at Dow AgroSciences report engineering a plant that produces industrially relevant levels of compounds that could potentially be used to make plastics...11/8

State & Regional

Early college dropouts cost taxpayers millions

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Taxpayers in Tennessee and Georgia are spending more than $100 million a year supporting college students who drop out in their freshman year, according to a new study of state and federal funding of four-year colleges.

National

Homeland Security tightens rules for air cargo

(Washington Post) The U.S. tightened security on cargo shipments flown from abroad Monday, banning "high-risk" cargo from flying on passenger planes after last month's discovery of a plot that originated in Yemen to send bombs in shipped packages...11/9

Obama Pledges Support For Indonesian Leader

(AP) President Barack Obama on Tuesday heralded a "comprehensive partnership" between the United States and Indonesia, a fast-growing country with the world's largest Muslim population...11/9

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

11/8 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Panel acquits BP well crew on safety
- Spill panel to seek subpoenas again
- BOEM seeks offshore wind bids for Md.
- Ethanol group urges ongoing loan aid

science & technology

'Super-Hero' Material Stretched Into a Possible Electronics Revolution

(Science Daily) It's the Clark Kent of oxide compounds, and - on its own - it is pretty boring. But slice europium titanate nanometers thin and physically stretch it, and then it takes on super hero-like properties that could revolutionize electronics, according to new Cornell research...11/8

Can the U.S. Compete on Rare Earths?

(NY Times) A mine in Mountain Pass, Calif., was once the world's leading producer of so-called rare earth minerals, which are used in everything from missile systems to electric cars. But the mining was stopped in 2002 after a leak of radioactive fluid...11/9

Climate Scientists Organize to Dispel Climate Misinformation

(Popular Science) On Monday, the American Geophysical Union confirmed plans to restart its Climate Q&A Service, a program designed to help journalists cover climate change...11/8

Shining Light on the Cost of Solar Energy

(National Geographic News) The sun packs some serious power. Even taking into account the all the energy that’s lost in space, enough still reaches Earth in an hour to power the entire planet, theoretically, for a year. So why doesn’t the world harness all this energy?...11/5

Other Stories

Jump in Energy Demand Seen by 2035

(NY Times) World energy demand will grow by more than a third over the next 25 years, led by increased consumption in China, and fossil fuels will still be the main source, an influential forecasting agency said Tuesday...11/9

Independent Panel To Share Gulf Spill Findings

(AP) The causes of the massive Gulf oil spill will be laid out for the first time Monday by investigators working for President Barack Obama's independent commission, potentially shifting the blame and settling disputes between companies over the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history...11/8