Wednesday, December 14, 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

(New York 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

Haul road not hot despite rad traffic

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Old Cray machines, XT3 and Cray XT4 models that were part of earlier Jaguar and Kraken systems, are being trucked out of town, some for re-use and some for recycling....12/14


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 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

Y-12, Pantex contracts extended

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The management contracts at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plant have been extended to give more time for the ongoing processing of consolidating the contracts into one....12/13


US troops scramble to hand off last-minute security 'details' to Iraqis

(Christian Science Monitor) Joint patrols will end as the US exits Iraq by the close of December. There's trepidation on both sides, as US troops answer last-minute security questions from Iraqi soldiers....12/13

Deal on payroll tax cut extension still elusive

(USA Today) A partisan divide over how to pay for the payroll tax cut extension and whether to fast-track an oil pipeline has reignited the prospect of a government shutdown....12/13

energy & science policy

Environmental group IDs more coal ash pollutants

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Coal ash contains arsenic, selenium, lead, cadmium and mercury. Some in Congress are trying to block any federal regulation at the behest of industries that make drywall and other products from coal ash....12/13

Inside Energy Extra

12/13 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** 'Egregious' funding riders said gone
** Jaczko 'undermines' NRC: Issa
** DOE proposes broad grid approval process
** 241 bids for first gulf sale since spill
** Defense bill renews SBIR program

science & technology

Higgs boson: Scientists say they are homing in on 'God particle'

(Washington Post) It was a big day for a very small particle that, when all was said and done, remained invisible, indeed still theoretical. But even if scientists couldn't claim that they had "discovered" the fabled Higgs boson, they were exultant, convinced that their experiments are zeroing in on a particle believed to be essential to the fabric of the universe....12/13

Tycho's Star Shines in Gamma Rays, NASA's Fermi Shows

(Science Daily) Gamma-rays detected by Fermi's LAT show that the remnant of Tycho's supernova shines in the highest-energy form of light....12/13


Pro-Science Rapper's Shout Out for Evolution

(Wired) Sure, you could bone up on evolution with a book—or you could watch a break-dance battle between Charles Darwin and Sarah Palin....12/13

When It Comes To Marriage, Many More Say 'I Don't'

(NPR) A new report out on Wednesday finds the share of all U.S. adults who are married has dropped to its lowest on record, at just 51 percent....12/14