Thursday, July 22, 2010
ORNL in the News

Southeast may be vulnerable to worst of global warming's effects

(The Tennessean) The Southeast is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change, and the effects could include more heat waves, shrinking wildlife populations and damage to trees, according to a draft of a new report from...The 60-page draft report, prepared by experts at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, defines the Southeast as Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky and Florida. Experts from the University of Georgia, the Battelle Memorial Institute and consultants for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also helped craft the paper...7/22

Crystalline plastic chips: Cheap and fast

(EE Times) Researchers at the Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory claim to have demonstrated epitaxial growth in polymers, foreshadowing a plastic chip process that could combine the high speed of silicon with the low cost of plastic... Oak Ridge researchers said demonstrating epitaxial growth of Pedot will lead to improved, inexpensive organic semiconductors with much better energy efficiency and performance...7/21


Whitening Cities' Roofs Is Environmental Equivalent of Taking 300 Million Cars Off the Road, DoE Study Says

(Popular Science) Whitening the world's roofs would offset the emissions of the world's cars for 20 years, according to a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...7/21

State & Regional

Business groups make pitches on energy legislation

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) The leaders of Chattanooga’s growing clean energy industry urged U.S. senators this week to give them a boost by adopting legislation that sets a price on heat-trapping carbon emissions and offers help for alternative energy sources...7/22


North Korea Says U.S. Drills Pose Danger to Region

(NY Times) North Korea on Thursday denounced planned U.S.-South Korean military drills as a grave danger to the region and criticized new U.S. sanctions as "hostile," urging Washington to focus instead on restarting nuclear weapons talks...7/22

Clinton Lauds Vietnam Relationship

(Wall Street Journal) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed the advancement of U.S.-Vietnam relations as a model for reconciliation among former wartime foes during her first visit to Hanoi as Washington's chief diplomat...7/22

East Tennessee

English ivy nanoparticles better sunscreens than off the shelf prescriptions

(Sify News) ...Mingjun Zhang an associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, found that ivy nanoparticles might protect skin from UV radiation at least four times better than the metal-based sunblocks found on store shelves today...7/20

VW lot to boast power outlets for electric cars

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) While Volkswagen AG powers up its electric vehicle efforts, the German automaker has plans for plug-in recharging stations in the parking lot of its Chattanooga plant...7/21

energy & science policy

PCAST Convenes to Discuss Scientific Diplomacy, Gives Go-Ahead to Health IT Report

(AIP) The sixth meeting of this Administration’s President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) featured an extensive discussion on science diplomacy, and updates on several pending PCAST reports...7/21

Senate Committee Approves NASA Reauthorization Bill

(AIP) ...Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation expressed uniform support for the bill in last week’s markup of the $58.4 billion legislation...7/21

Inside Energy Extra

7/21 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** House votes to enhance spill research
** Senate panel approves DOE R&D bills
** DOE plans reverse biofuel auction
** Senate liberals draw line on energy bill
** DOE debuts blog, Twitter account

science & technology

Wooden "Stonehenge" Emerges From Prehistoric Ohio

(National Geographic News) Just northeast of Cincinnati, Ohio, a sort of wooden Stonehenge is slowly emerging as archaeologists unearth increasing evidence of a 2,000-year-old ceremonial site. ...7/20

Drilling Down to the Nanometer Depths of Leaves for Biofuels

(Science Daily) By imaging the cell walls of a zinnia leaf down to the nanometer scale, energy researchers have a better idea about how to turn plants into biofuels...7/21

Petition seeks to return wolves across U.S.

(USA Today) Tens of thousands of gray wolves would be returned to the woods of New England, the mountains of California, the wide open Great Plains and the desert West under a scientific petition filed July 20 with the federal government...7/21

Other Stories

Water Dispute Increases India-Pakistan Tension

(NY Times) In this high Himalayan valley on the Indian-controlled side of Kashmir, the latest battle line between India and Pakistan has been drawn...7/20

U.S. goes from leading to lagging in young college graduates

(Washington Post) The United States has fallen from first to 12th in the share of adults ages 25 to 34 with postsecondary degrees, according to a new report from the College Board...7/22 [Requires registration]

China oil spill spreads but not as big as BP oil spill in Gulf

(CS Monitor) China officially doubled the size of the oil spill caused by an explosion last week at the port city of Dalian. The China oil spill is now 165 square miles, but still just a fraction of the size of the BP oil spill in Gulf...7/21