Thursday, April 19, 2012
ORNL in the News

Energy Department Report Finds Major Potential to Increase Clean Hydroelectric Power

(Energy.gov) As part of President Obama’s all-out, all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today released a renewable energy resource assessment detailing the potential to develop electric power generation at existing dams across the United States that aren’t currently equipped to produce power...This report, funded by the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, will be a valuable tool for state and local officials, as well as industry stakeholders. It was produced by the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in partnership with Idaho National Laboratory...4/18

Glacier MeltCarbon dioxide came before ice age melt

(ISGTW) Climate science has an equivalent to the “what came first—the chicken or the egg?” question: What came first, greenhouse gases or global warming? Now, a multi-institutional team led by researchers at Harvard, Oregon State University, and the University of Wisconsin have used a global dataset of paleoclimate records and the Jaguar supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to find the answer...4/18

DOE

POGO says leaked Defense Dept. memo reveals effort to expand work at DOE's weapons labs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) today released copies of a leaked Dept. of Defense memo that it obtained and said the contents reveal efforts by the Dept. of Energy to expand work at its nuclear weapons lab in the post-Cold War era...4/18

Two Y-12 employees honored by national nuclear group

(WATE) Two veteran Y-12 National Security Complex employees in Oak Ridge, Tenn., have been honored by the National Nuclear Security Administration. Harry Peters and Kathy Bracic were named employees of the quarter by the administration's defense programs...4/19

State & Regional

TN House passes bill for tougher domestic violence penalties

(Tennessean) The state House of Representatives approved tougher penalties for domestic violence, including a minimum of 30 days in jail for second-time offenders...4/18

National

U.S. troops posed with body parts of Afghan bombers

(Los Angeles Times) [WARNING: graphic images at link] The paratroopers had their assignment: Check out reports that Afghan police had recovered the mangled remains of an insurgent suicide bomber. Try to get iris scans and fingerprints for identification...4/18

East Tennessee

TVA acquires Claxton land, homes for coal ash

(Oak Ridger) The Tennessee Valley Authority has acquired 155 acres, including 24 homes, in the Claxton community for an expansion of a coal ash landfill. Some residents who earlier voiced strong opposition to the expansion now say they are resigned to what seems inevitable..4/17

Pat SummittPat Summitt steps down

(GoVolsExtra) After a storied 38-year career, Pat Summitt is stepping down as head coach of the Tennessee women’s basketball team to become a coach emeritus with the program. Lady Vols associate head coach Holly Warlick will be named the new head coach...4/18

energy & science policy

Science Committee Holds Hearing to Review Plans for the International Space Station

(AIP) The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing entitled, “Securing the Promise of the ISS – Challenges and Opportunities.”  The purpose of this March 28 hearing was to review NASA’s plans for effectively managing and utilizing the International Space Station (ISS) through 2020, including how NASA plans to continue conducting research aboard the ISS and how the agency will ensure that essential transportation and facilities resources are adequate to meet scientific research needs...4/13

science & technology

TrilobiteEvidence for a Geologic Trigger of the Cambrian Explosion

(Science Daily) The oceans teemed with life 600 million years ago, but the simple, soft-bodied creatures would have been hardly recognizable as the ancestors of nearly all animals on Earth today...4/18

NanoparticleNanoparticle Coating Makes Paper Magnetic, Waterproof, and Antibacterial

(Popular Science) A nanoparticle spray can turn regular paper into superpaper, rendering it waterproof, antimicrobial, magnetic and probably very expensive. Who said paper was an old technology? Scientists at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa, Italy, developed a process to cover any cellulose fiber, like paper or fabric, with a reactive coating...4/18

RocketThere's A Reason It's Called Rocket Science

(NPR) North Korea this week quite literally demonstrated an old truism, with the world as an anxious witness. It turns out that reaching space is, as the saying goes, as tough as rocket science.

Other Stories

Dick ClarkDick Clark dead at 82

(CBS News) Host and TV producer Dick Clark has died. He was 82. Spokesman Paul Shefrin said Clark had a heart attack Wednesday morning at Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica, a day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure...4/18