Friday, June 30, 2010
ORNL in the News

Knoxville to add 350 electric vehicle charging stations, including 10 solar powered units

(WBIR-TV) The city is working in conjunction with ECOtality, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Knoxville Utilities Board, Tennessee Valley Authority and Knox County, to build the infrastructure needed to keep car batteries charged....6/29

Genetically altered trees sink roots at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Three new state-of-the-art greenhouses (each of them 1,452 square feet) are almost ready for action at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The new facilities will support ORNL's work on biofuels and other projects....6/29

DOE

NRC Panel: Nuclear Waste Dump Process Continues

(NPR) Energy Secretary Steven Chu doesn't have the authority to pull the plug on a process that Congress started when it passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act in 1982, the NRC Atomic Safety and Licensing Board said in a 47-page order issued in Rockville, Md....6/29

East Tennessee

Researchers study effects of balsam woolly adelgid on Fraser firs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Doug Kaylor, a doctoral student from the University of Tennessee's Institute of Agriculture is collecting data this summer on how Fraser fir forests in the Smokies have bounced back from the massive die-offs caused by the balsam woolly adelgid....6/30

National

Kagan makes bipartisan appeal in Supreme Court confirmation hearings

(Washington Post) Nominee tells the Senate Judiciary Committee that her political outlook is "generally progressive," but glimpses she offers of her legal views defied GOP efforts to pigeonhole the type of Supreme Court justice she would be....6/30 [Registration Required]

Couples Accused as Spies Were the Suburbs Personified

(New York Times) In Montclair, N.J., Yonkers and Cambridge, Mass., spy suspects gardened, raised children, loved dogs and had neighbors who suspected nothing....6/30

Alex gains hurricane strength

(USA Today) Alex has become the first hurricane of the Atlantic season and is churning through the Gulf, taking aim at the Mexico-Texas border....6/30

Other Stories

Texts on the beach: What scientists recommend for summer reading

(Washington Post) Once they've plowed through their monthly stack of technical journals, which books do science and engineering professionals read for fun? And which books did they love as youngsters?...6/30 [Registration Required]

 

 

energy & science policy

Obama Reverses Bush’s Space Policy

(New York Times) The Obama administration on Monday unveiled a space policy that renounces the unilateral stance of the Bush administration and instead emphasizes international cooperation, including the possibility of an arms control treaty that would limit the development of space weapons....6/29

Gulf oil spill: The story so far

(Christian Science Monitor) The effort to contain the Gulf oil spill has had more twists and turns than a mystery novel. This rundown of events so far also shows what is ahead in the struggle to clean up the Gulf of Mexico....6/29

Inside Energy Extra

6/29 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Kerry open to narrower climate bill
** Panel rebukes DOE on Yucca Mountain
** Grid-data privacy said critical
** Voinovich aims for small-reactor aid
** Feinstein seeks to hike OCS royalties

science & technology

Team’s Work Uses a Virus to Convert Methane to Ethylene

(New York Times) A team of molecular biologists and materials scientists said Monday they had genetically engineered a virus to convert methane to ethylene more efficiently and at a significantly lower temperature than previously possible....6/29

How Green is Your Plastic? - Making Safer Molecular Chains

(Live Science) New biodegradable plastics from corn, beets or sugar cane may seem more environmentally friendly than those made from petroleum. But producing them is not without environmental cost. The chemistry of polymers and monomers: simply explained....6/30

Formula One embarks on carbon-cutting drive

(BBC News) The notoriously gas-guzzling sport of Formula One is on track to curb its carbon footprint. The Formula One Teams Association is unveiling an analysis that projects emissions cut of 15% in three years....6/30

Making lemonade with quantum lemons

(Science News) In a feat of physics judo, researchers have harnessed the same forces that usually destroy long-range quantum links between particles to generate those connections....6/30