Wednesday, November 23, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL's Andrews to head Tennessee Academy of Science

(Knoxville News Sentinel) William H. "Andy" Andrews, a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is the new president of the Tennessee Academy of Science....11/22

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Blender on a Supercomputer!

(Blender Nation) At Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the largest computing complex in the world devoted to computational science, Blender is used to support scientific visualization....11/22

East Tennessee

Silicon Valley, Seattle … Chattanooga? Tennessee's 'Gig City' Woos Geeks

(Wired) A mix of local and national investors have partnered to launch the Gig City Gig Tank and are offering $300,000 of cold, hard, start-up cash and prizes to be split among entrepreneurs and students with the best ideas for how to create the fastest internet in the world....11/22

ET congressmen pledge to continue push to cut spending

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Congressional officials vowed Tuesday that the effort to slash trillions of dollars in federal spending will not end just because a special "super committee" has given up on forging a compromise deficit-reduction plan....11/23




After 'supercommittee' fail, scrambling begins

(USA Today) The Obama administration is using Congress' own leverage against it, signaling it will go through with $55 billion a year in defense cuts if Congress can't find at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction before the next election....11/23

State & Regional

TVA economic development activities have $4.9B impact

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Across the Tennessee Valley, 2011 is ending much the same way it began — with an uptick in economic activity. TVA's chief economic developer, John Bradley, was hopeful that 2011 would see prolonged economic growth after more than two years of depressed activity....11/23

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

11/22 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Neb. governor signs Keystone XL bills
** EPA delays will not hurt UN talks: envoy
** US hardens sanctions on Iran energy sector
** Markey blasts DOE over Hanford safety
** Forest Service delays Wyo. gas project

science & technology

'Climate-gate' resurfaces with a new round of e-mails

(Washington Post) Less than a week before U.N. negotiators convene in South Africa for a new round of talks aimed at forging a global climate pact, a hacker has released an apparent second round of e-mails from the University of East Anglia in Britain, seeking to portray climate scientists in a negative light....11/23

Signal picked up from Russia's stranded Mars probe

(BBC) Contact has finally been made with Russia's troubled Mars mission, says the European Space Agency. The agency reports that its tracking station in Perth, Australia, picked up a signal from the Phobos-Grunt probe....11/23

A Push To Make Gasoline Engines More Efficient

(NPR) The auto industry has work ahead to meet ambitious fuel efficiency goals of 55 mpg by 2025 — nearly twice the current average required. Hybrid and electric cars will play a role, but the plain old internal combustion engine can't be overlooked....11/23

Nanowrinkles, nanofolds yield strange hidden channels

(PhysOrg) Scientists, mimicking nature, have long sought to manipulate surfaces to create wrinkles and folds to make smaller, more flexible electronic devices, fluid-carrying nanochannels or even printable cell phones and computers....11/23


Bureaucracy, Labor Woes Doom Super-Weapons Lab

(Wired) "Building 31," part of Boeing's research facility in Huntington Beach, Calif., helped develop some of the Pentagon's most secretive weapons....11/22