Tuesday, April 24, 2012
ORNL in the News

Environmental scientist Pat Mulholland dies; distinguished researcher at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Pat Mulholland, an environmental researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory since 1979, died Sunday at his home, the lab said today. Mulholland received many honors in his distinguished career, with much of his research taking place at the Walker Branch watershed on the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge reservation...4/23

Illuminating carbon's climate effects: Researchers demonstrate role of CO2 in deglaciatio

(Physorg.com) Harvard scientists are helping to paint the fullest picture yet of how a handful of factors, particularly a worldwide increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide, combined to end the last ice age 10,000-20,000 years ago...Jeremy Shakun’s research was supported by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate and Global Change Fellowship and by the National Science Foundation, and conducted using resources at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/23

New DOE Department to Process Massive Data Sets

(HPCWire) Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have received part of a planned $25 million grant from the DOE Office of Science to tackle the problem of extracting knowledge from massive data sets. The work is part of the DOE’s newly established Scalable Data Management, Analysis, and Visualization (SDAV) Institute...The institute includes partners from the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center at LBNL and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who are responsible for installing the new technologies developed by the SDAV teams...4/23

The Top Secret Town Built By Skidmore, Owings And Merrill

(Chicagoist) In 1942, the Department of Energy commissioned the building of the top secret town of Oak Ridge in eastern Tennessee, developed to separate uranium for the Manhattan Project. The young Chicago architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill was brought on to plan the community of 70,000 people...4/23



An Easy Way to Find Patents for Innovative Technologies

(Energy.gov) Elegant, simple, accessible -- these are not words that initially spring to mind to describe a patent search. However, that is precisely how we describe the new Visual Patent Finder tool on our Energy Innovation Portal...4/23

State & Regional

Tennessee trout hatcheries facing threat of cuts — again

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...A year ago the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery was one of nine federal hatcheries across the U.S. facing possible closure because of cuts in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's budget...4/24


Trustees report Social Security outlook worsening

(USA Today) The Medicare and Social Security trust funds are both on "unsustainable paths" — as they have been for years — and will be exhausted by 2024 and 2033, respectively, a trustee report released Monday said...4/23

East Tennessee

Meetings set to explain changes in ORNL retiree health care

(Oak Ridger) Information meetings will be held Tuesday through Friday at the American Museum of Science and Energy to explain changes to Oak Ridge National Laboratory's health care plans for retirees, spouses, and surviving spouses ages 65 and older...4/23

UT Environmental Leadership Award Winners Announced

(Tennessee Today) Faculty, staff, and students who are at the forefront of environmental efforts at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, were honored last week during at a ceremony held in Circle Park...4/23

energy & science policy

With all this natural gas, who needs oil?

(CS Monitor) [Editorial] It's home-grown, plentiful, and touted as the best way to wean the US off Mideast oil. But there are limits to how far the US can tilt toward a natural gas economy...4/23

science & technology

So Much Life on a Little Patch of Earth

(NY Times) I’ve logged thousands of miles to catch a glimpse of one exotic creature or another, to Costa Rica to be dazzled by the bird known as the resplendent quetzal, to Hawaii to admire sea turtles, to Venezuela to spy man-eating anacondas. So it seemed more than a little odd that the one time I made a sighting worthy of a scientific publication, I was looking out of my living room window...4/23

Melt Or Grow? Fate Of Himalayan Glaciers Unknown

(NPR) The Himalayas are sometimes called the world's "third pole" because they are covered with thousands of glaciers. Water from those glaciers help feed some of the world's most important rivers, including the Ganges and the Indus. And as those glaciers melt, they will contribute to rising sea levels. So a lot is at stake in understanding these glaciers and how they will respond in a warming world. Researchers writing in the latest issue of Science magazine make it clear they are still struggling at that task...4/24

Has Physics Made Philosophy and Religion Obsolete?

(The Atlantic) I want to start with a general question about the relationship between philosophy and physics. There has been a fair amount of sniping between these two disciplines over the past few years. Why the sudden, public antagonism between philosophy and physics?...4/23

Other Stories

Iran Says Virus Has Hit Oil Sector

(Wall Street Journal) Iran's oil sector wrestled on Monday with alleged cyberattacks that began at the Oil Ministry and have spread to other industries, Iranian officials and media said...4/23

Mexico Passes Climate Change Law

(Discovery News) A law recently passed by the Mexican legislature will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 30 percent below business-as-usual levels by 2020, and by 50 percent below 2000 levels by 2050, reported Nature. By 2024, Mexico will also derive 35 percent of its electricity from renewable resources, according to the new law...4/23

North Korea's nuclear test ready "soon"

(Reuters) North Korea has almost completed preparations for a third nuclear test, a senior source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing told Reuters, which will draw further international condemnation following a failed rocket launch if it goes ahead...4/24