Wednesday, December 22, 2010
ORNL in the News

UW-Madison fusion experiments earn nearly $11 million in grants

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) Researchers with two University of Wisconsin-Madison plasma fusion experiments have received $10.7 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fusion Energy Sciences. The Helically Symmetric eXperiment (HSX) drew $5.1 million, plus an additional $900,000. Graduate students are constructing a beam line that is expected to double the device's heating capacity and are collaborating with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop software codes for HSX....12/21

RFP group formed for proposed new Carter Elementary

(WBIR-TV) Knox County's mayor and school superintendent on Tuesday announced the group who will develop a request for proposal to find a developer who could possibly build a new Carter Elementary School. Oak Ridge National Laboratory Deputy Director of Operations Jeff Smith, who organized a construction project at ORNL similar to the Carter proposal, will provide support to the development committee....12/21


DOE Finalizes $1.45 Billion Loan Guarantee for One of the World's Largest Solar Generation Plants

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a $1.45 billion loan guarantee has been finalized for Abengoa Solar Inc.'s Solana project, the world's largest parabolic trough concentrating solar plant. Located near Gila Bend, Arizona, the 250-megawatt project is the first large-scale solar plant in the United States capable of storing energy it generates....12/21

Contracts made news in Oak Ridge 2010

(Knoxville News Sentinel) This is a scatter-gun review of 2010 and what took place of interest and importance in the Atomic City (especially at the government's Oak Ridge facilities)....12/22

New START boon for Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The New START treaty could prove to be a security blanket for the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant....12/22


New START treaty: Final vote could be Wednesday

(Christian Science Monitor) The Senate voted 67 to 28 Tuesday to move to a final vote on the new START treaty. Ratification would constitute a big political victory for a president who took a beating in the midterm elections....12/22

South Gains in Census

(Wall Street Journal) The census report underscores a demographic shift under way for decades, as people and jobs have migrated away from the northern and central U.S. toward warmer, faster-growing climes in the Sunbelt....12/22

Other Stories

CIA launches task force to assess impact of U.S. cables' exposure by WikiLeaks

(Washington Post) The CIA has launched a task force to assess the impact of the exposure of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables and military files by WikiLeaks....12/22 [Registration Required]

energy & science policy

Environmental community shifts focus away from Washington with 'think local' strategies

(Washington Post) As 2010 comes to a close, U.S. environmentalists are engaged in their most profound bout of soul-searching in more than a decade....12/21 [Registration Required]

FCC Ruling On Net Neutrality Promises More Lobbying

(Forbes) By a vote of 3-2 Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission passed so-called Net Neutrality rules designed to prevent content discrimination on the Internet....12/22

Inside Energy Extra

12/21 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Brookhaven earns higher DOE rating
** DOE urged to move on energy parks
** Senate passes stopgap funding bill
** $1.4B loan aid for Abengoa completed
** Atlantic grid link files with FERC
** Court nixes fuel-standard challenge

science & technology

A Scientist, His Work and a Climate Reckoning

(New York Times) As the political debate over global warming drags on, the Mauna Loa Observatory shows carbon dioxide levels rising relentlessly, and accelerating....12/22

Genetic weapon developed against honeybee-killer

(BBC) Researchers have developed a genetic technique which could revitalise the fight against the honeybee's worst enemy - the Varroa mite....12/22

Wild Chimps, Stick Dolls: What's At Play Here?

(NPR) For the parents who have been wondering, "Why is it that my daughter plays with dolls and my son just wants a toy fire truck?" scientists reported this week that they've seen something similar among chimpanzees in a forest in Uganda....12/21

Lunar Eclipse 2010 Pictures: See What You Slept Through

(National Geographic) So you were snug in bed while the moon turned red? We've got you covered—see the first winter solstice lunar eclipse in 372 years. Coinciding with the winter solstice for the first time since 1638, the December 21, 2010, lunar eclipse was anything but ordinary....12/22