Tuesday, December 13, 2011
ORNL in the News

Tennessee should seize opportunity to build a solar industry

(Jackson Sun) [Editorial] A report released Thursday by the Tennessee Solar Institute paints a positive picture and a potentially bright future for the solar industry in Tennessee. But Tennessee faces competition from other states such as North Carolina and Georgia. The study urges state officials to remain aggressive in developing the solar industry... Tennessee already has established the Volunteer State Solar Initiative that includes the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...12/12

Lowering Energy Costs

(NY Times) With energy prices having gone from bad to worse and back to just bad in the last couple of months, homeowners are more determined than ever to find ways to save on heating bills. The solution, experts say, is simple. “Adding insulation is the first thing a homeowner should do,” said Jeff Christian, of the United States Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn...12/13


Young receives NNSA's Linton Brooks Medal

(Knoxville News Sentinel) David Young, deputy exercise program manager in the National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of Emergency Response and leader of the Nuclear Incident Team, today received the federal agency's Linton Brooks Medal for Public Service...12/12

Energy Department Awards More Than $7 Million for Innovative Hydrogen Storage Technologies in Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

(DOE Press Release) The U.S. Department of Energy today announced more than $7 million to fund four projects in California, Washington and Oregon to advance hydrogen storage technologies to be used in fuel cell electric vehicles...12/12


Obama calls on Iran to give back downed U.S. drone

(AP) The Obama administration said it has delivered a formal request to Iran for the return of a U.S. surveillance drone captured by Iranian armed forces, but is not hopeful that Iran will comply...12/12

It Won’t Be Easy for Iran to Dissect, Copy U.S. Drone

(Wired News) Prepare the dissection table. Iran says it’s planning to disassemble its prized acquisition: a CIA-operated drone that apparently crashed in its territory. Its goal: to learn how the drone, apparently a stealth RQ-170 Sentinel, evades radar and how its top-secret sensors work...12/12

energy & science policy

The Cellulosic Ethanol Debacle

(Wall Street Journal) Congress mandated purchase of 250 million gallons in 2011. Actual production: 6.6 million...12/13

Inside Energy Extra

12/12 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Democrats defend embattled NRC chief
- Senator plans safety valve for EPA rule
- White House aims to streamline NEPA
- Sandia, Vt. campus to study grid

science & technology

Rhapsody for Hungarian science

(NPR) With a shake-up of its national academy and a major boost in research funding next year, Hungary hopes to regain its long-lost status as a scientific power­house in central Europe...12/12

Physicists Anxiously Await New Data on ‘God Particle’

(NY Times) High noon is approaching for the biggest manhunt in the history of physics. At 8 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday morning, scientists from CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, are scheduled to give a progress report on the search for the Higgs boson — infamously known as the “God particle” — whose discovery would vindicate the modern theory of how elementary particles get mass...12/11

Researcher Sees Biological Regime Change Under Way in Alaska

(Scientific American) Is climate change pushing Alaska toward another major abrupt shift, similar to the transition from grassy steppe to peaty tundra that took place thousands of years ago?...12/10

Canada first nation to pull out of Kyoto protocol

(Reuters) Canada on Monday became the first country to announce it would withdraw from the Kyoto protocol on climate change, dealing a symbolic blow to the already troubled global treaty...12/13