Friday, May 6, 2011
ORNL in the News

10 Questions for a Biophysicist: Jeremy Smith

(Energy.Gov) In 2006, Jeremy Smith came to Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Since then, he has led a wide-ranging spectrum of projects focusing on everything from biofuels to drug discovery. He recently gave us the download on his many projects, including how neutron scattering advances his work...5/5

UK gets $6.9 million federal grant to help reduce reliance on imported oil

(Lexington Herald-Leader) The University of Kentucky has received a $6.9 million federal grant to help reduce America's reliance on imported oil, one of eight awards in the country. "It's going to be big," said UK's principal investigator, Sue Nokes, a professor in the department of biosystems and agricultural engineering. Her department will be working with other UK colleges and outside groups including the University of Wisconsin, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Agricultural Research Services....5/6

DOE

Secretary Chu Tasks Environmental, Industry and State Leaders to Recommend Best Practices for Safe, Responsible Development of America's Onshore Natural Gas Resources

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a group of environmental, industry and state regulatory experts who will make recommendations to improve the safety and environmental performance of natural gas hydraulic fracturing from shale formations....5/5

East Tennessee

TVA to keep ash spill acreage

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A is keeping nearly 900 acres it acquired in the wake of the disastrous December 2008 coal ash spill next to its Kingston Fossil Plant....5/6

Smokies took hit from storms

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The damage inflicted on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by last week's storms is proof positive that mountains are not immune to tornadoes....5/6

National

CIA spied on bin Laden from safe house

(Washington Post) The CIA maintained a safe house in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad for a small team of spies who conducted extensive surveillance over a period of months on the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Special Operations forces this week....5/6

State & Regional

Tennessee's New Oil and Gas Drilling Regulations Ignore 'Fracking'

(Metro Pulse) The controversial technique has been linked to water pollution, chronic health problems, and even explosions near drill sites....5/4

Floodwaters threaten towns on Mississippi River

(Tennessean) High water keeps on rolling down the Mississippi and its tributaries, threatening to swamp communities over the next week or two. The flooding is breaking high-water records that have stood since the 1930s....5/6

energy & science policy

Amid rising prices at the pump, House passes measure on offshore oil and gas lease sales

(Washington Post) As gas prices nationally approach $4 a gallon, the House passed Thursday a measure that would require the Interior Department to conduct four offshore oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia....5/5

science & technology

Dirty Dancing, A Gallant Spider Goes All The Way

(NPR) Male spiders will often court anything that even vaguely resembles a female. Jumping spider males are splendid lovers, but not careful choosers....5/5

Mass culling for foot-and-mouth 'may be unnecessary'

(BBC) The controversial mass culling of animals to control the spread of foot-and-mouth disease should there be another outbreak may be unnecessary, researchers suggest....5/6

Thermoelectrics generating electricity from waste heat is a step closer

(PhysOrg) Scientists in China and the US have modified a common thermoelectric material to vastly improve its thermoelectric properties. The development could lead to new devices capable of converting waste heat into useful amounts of electricity....5/6