Monday, November 28, 2011
ORNL in the News

WindmillNeed for new magnet materials drives research

(Windpower) Increasing demand and a shrinking supply of rare-earth elements for magnets creates an opportunity for a research team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Minnesota. The goal is to create a recipe for a replacement that doesn’t use scarce ingredients...11/27

Tennessee Solar Institute honored

(Tennessean) The Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association has chosen the Tennessee Solar Institute for its Solar Champion Award. The institute is part of the Volunteer State Solar Initiative, a comprehensive solar energy and economic development program focusing on job creation, education, renewable power production and technology commercialization. It is a partnership involving the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...11/25


Uranium EnrichmentLoan Request by Uranium-Enrichment Firm Upends Politics as Usual

(New York Times) The only American-owned company capable of enriching uranium is asking for government help to modernize its plant and remain in business...11/24

State & Regional

Gun rights groups to challenge limitations in Tennessee

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Gun rights advocates in Tennessee are embracing an Arizona law that does away with a requirement that handgun owners get a permit before carrying their weapons in public — part of a more aggressive push to loosen state gun laws next year...11/28

East Tennessee

Knox County stores see increase in Black Friday business from last year

(WATE) It's been a record year for Black Friday shopping, with stores gaining nearly 7% nationally in sales from last year. The upward trend did not exclude Knox County sales and early bird shoppers...11/27


Moody’s Warns of Escalating Dangers From Europe

(New York Times) In a new report, the rating agency said the European debt crisis may end up threatening the credit standing of all 17 countries in the currency union.

Violence mars Black Friday

(CNN) Violence marred Black Friday shopping in at least seven states, including California, where police say a woman doused fellow shoppers with pepper spray in a bid to snag a discounted video game console...11/25

Stocks Stage Rally in Europe and U.S.

(Wall Street Journal) U.S. stock futures surged on Monday, boosted by a strong start to the holiday shopping season and hopes for progress by European leaders in addressing the euro-zone debt crisis. More than two hours before the start of trading, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 243 points to 11430...11/28

State and Regional News

UAW to picket dealers in bid to unionize 'transplant' sites in South

(Tennessean) As the United Auto Workers gears up to try to unionize foreign auto assembly plants in the South, the union has begun training regional organizers to focus on the dealerships of whichever automakers it decides to target...11/28




energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

11/23 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • WH probe of DOE loans to begin Monday
  • Shell cites progress on contested well
  • DOE funds ultra-deepwater drilling R&D
  • EPA slow to review mine permits: IG
  • Interior mulls 350-MW solar project

science & technology

Human, Artificial Intelligence Join Forces to Pinpoint Fossil Locations

(Science Daily)...Traditionally, fossil-hunters often could only make educated guesses as to where fossils lie. The rest lay with chance -- finding the proverbial needle in a haystack...11/21

The problems with emissions trading

(Nature News) Alberta’s Can$60 million (US$57 million) carbon-cutting programme is failing, according to the latest report from the Canadian province’s auditor-general, Merwan Saher. Like many such programmes around the world, it includes an emissions trading scheme, which allows polluters to meet their emissions reductions targets by buying carbon offsets from a selection of approved projects...11/25

Ancient Environment Found to Drive Marine Biodiversity

(Science Daily) Much of our knowledge about past life has come from the fossil record -- but how accurately does that reflect the true history and drivers of biodiversity on Earth?...11/24

Other Stories

Nokia Siemens to lay off 17,000 worldwide

(Google News) Wireless equipment maker Nokia Siemens Networks will slash 17,000 jobs — almost one-quarter of its work force — in a move to cut annual costs by euro1 billion ($1.35 billion) by 2013, company officials said Wednesday...11/23

Restaurants plan DNA-certified premium seafood

(AP) Restaurants around the world will soon use new DNA technology to assure patrons they are being served the genuine fish fillet or caviar they ordered, rather than inferior substitutes, an expert in genetic identification says...11/27