Thursday, November 17, 2011
ORNL in the News

Timing is right for technology transfers, DOE official says

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The timing is right to increase technology transfer from government labs to the private sector...Jennifer Caldwell senior commercialization manager at ORNL said that she has three priorities, including facilitation of collaboration, transparency of the process and long term cooperation between the lab and the licensee...11/16

Team develops speedy software designed to improve drug development

( Creating new, improved pharmaceuticals is sometimes very similar to cracking the code of a combination lock...Georgia Tech researchers have decided to distribute their code free of charge as part of the open-source computer program PSI4, developed jointly by researchers at Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, the University of Georgia and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...11/16

Grounded research: Prairie soil may provide answers to countering climate change

( Explaining the purchase of a hundred pounds of dry ice to the authorities might be a bit awkward for some people; however, for Ari Jumpponen, associate professor of biology at Kansas State University, it's just another day as a scientist. A $2.5 million grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Kansas State University, Oregon State University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, allows Jumpponen and his collaborators to investigate how the soil microbial community responds to changes in rainfall patterns and if that response will affect how carbon is stored and cycled in the soil...11/16


Innovative Energy Storage Technologies Enabling More Renewable Power

(DOE Press Release) ...Across the U.S., Recovery Act funding is allowing 32 demonstration projects, including large-scale energy storage, smart meters, distribution and transmission system monitoring devices, and a range of other smart technologies, to explore the deployment of integrated smart grid systems on a broader scale....11/15

Energy Secretary to Defend Solyndra Loan to Congress

(NY Times) An unrepentant energy secretary will square off on Thursday with a Republican-led committee that has spent months arguing that his department showed political favoritism and incompetence when it approved a $535 million loan guarantee for Solyndra, a California manufacturer of solar modules that later went bankrupt...11/16


Eyeing China, U.S. Expands Military Ties to Australia

(NY Times) President Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia announced plans on Wednesday for a sustained new American military presence in Australia, a deployment of 2,500 troops aimed at signaling that the United States intends to counterbalance a rising China...11/16

East Tennessee

East Tennessee-built car wins 2012 Motor Trend Car of Year

(AP) Motor Trend magazine has named the Volkswagen Passat as 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year. The sedan with a starting price of about $20,000 is built at VW's plant in Chattanooga...11/16

UT solar house to travel across the state

(AP) The University of Tennessee's solar-powered house will travel across the state, beginning with an exhibition for the public Saturday in Knoxville to coincide with the UT-Vanderbilt football game...11/17

energy & science policy

U.S. Starts National CO2 Permits, Cap-and-Trade Works and Other Surprises

(Scientific American) The U.S. has begun to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants—quietly, with little fanfare and starting in Texas...11/16


Inside Energy Extra

11/16 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- No politics behind Solyndra loan: Chu
- State Department creates energy bureau
- Senators aim to block planned SPR sale
- Proposed fuel standard seeks 54.5 mpg
- GAO finds DOE nuclear plan lacking

science & technology

Women Still Struggle to Find Their Place HPC

(HPC Wire) Although women comprise the majority of the United States labor force, 60 percent of college graduates in developed countries, most of the of internet users, and start the majority of new companies created each year in the US, they have made surprisingly few inroads into high performance computing...11/16

Neuronal Computer Chips Communicate Like Brain Cells

(Popular Science) ...MIT engineers have designed a chip that mimics the function of a synapse in the brain, in its ability to model specific communications among neurons. The new chip could help researchers study the brain, and it could be used in neural prosthetic devices such as artificial retinas...11/16

Study: Triple threat paints grim future for frogs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Frogs, salamanders and other amphibians may eventually have no safe haven left on the globe because of a triple threat of worsening scourges, a new study predicts...11/16


Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS

Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by the crew of expeditions 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011...11/12

Other Stories

Gulf ecology hit by coastal development

(Nature News) Untrammelled development, weak regulatory oversight and a lack of scientific monitoring are seriously threatening ecosystems along the coast of the Gulf, according to an extensive assessment of the region's marine environment...11/15

Europe Bans X-Ray Body Scanners Used at U.S. Airports

(Scientific American) A small number of cancer cases would result from scanning hundreds of millions of passengers a year. For some, that's a health issue...11/15