Wednesday, May 25, 2011
ORNL in the News

Do people fail to respond to tornado warnings?

(Los Angeles Times) To understand the decision-making process that happens when tornado warnings are issued, Jenniffer Santos-Hernandez, currently a disaster researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., helped conduct a phone survey of more than 600 people in Oklahoma, Kansas, Minnesota, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama, who lived in areas struck by tornadoes in 2008 and 2009. ...5/24

Low Temperature Combustion (LTC) momentum

(Green Car Congress) In one of his Merit Review presentations of work being done at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on high efficiency clean combustion in multi-cylinder light-duty engines, Tom Briggs noted that advanced combustion strategies are increasingly using engine hardware that looks similar, and that these strategies are also blurring the lines between fuel selection and combustion propagation mechanisms....5/20

DOE

Secretaries Chu and Duncan, NSTA Announce New Energy Education Initiative to Promote Energy Awareness and Efficiency

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu joined with U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Dr. Francis Eberle, Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association, today to announce the launch of a new energy education initiative: America's Home Energy Education Challenge....5/24

Counter-terrorism role part of Y-12's planning

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration last week released its 2011 Strategic Plan, which outlines the work planned for the next decade and establishes, in some cases, specific targets for getting that work done....5/25

National

President Obama in UK: Cameron in bilateral talks

(BBC) Barack Obama has held talks with David Cameron in Downing Street in which the conflicts in Afghanistan and Libya were expected to feature prominently....5/25

Deadly storms hit three states

(USA Today) Violent thunderstorms roared across middle America on Tuesday, killing nine people in three states, with tornadoes touching down in Oklahoma and Arkansas, while high winds pounded rural Kansas....5/25

Democrat Captures House Seat

(Wall Street Journal) A Democrat won election Tuesday to a congressional seat from a traditionally Republican district in western New York, an outcome that will be studied for clues to how voters are viewing the budget battles in Washington....5/25

energy & science policy

Obama Administration Takes Major Step toward Advanced Vehicles with New Fleet Management Practices and Launch of First Federal Electric Vehicle Pilot

(DOE Press Release) Furthering the Administration's goals to cut oil imports by one-third by 2025 and to put one million advanced vehicles on the road by 2015, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum today directing agencies to implement government wide fleet management practices that will ensure the Federal Government is leading by example in fuel efficiency and innovative technology....5/24

Inside Energy Extra

5/24 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** US eyes new options for calculating royalties
** Lawmakers differ over rare-earth imports
** House offshore air permit bill advances
** House panel seeks study of EPA impact
** Agencies to put 100 electric vehicles on road

science & technology

Risk From Spent Nuclear Reactor Fuel Is Greater in U.S. Than in Japan, Study Says

(New York Times) The threat of a catastrophic release of radioactive materials from a spent fuel pool at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant is dwarfed by the risk posed by such pools in the United States, which are typically filled with far more radioactive material...5/25

DNA suggests crocodiles crossed the Atlantic from Africa millions of years ago

(Washington Post) All four American crocodile species are most closely related to the Nile crocodiles of east Africa, and must have split away roughly 7 million years ago, long after Africa and South America began drifting apart 130 million years ago....5/23

Other Stories

Watchdog Finds Evidence That Iran Worked on Nuclear Triggers

(New York Times) The world's global nuclear inspection agency, frustrated by Iran's refusal to answer questions, revealed for the first time on Tuesday that it possesses evidence that Tehran has conducted work on a highly sophisticated nuclear triggering technology that experts said could be used for only one purpose: setting off a nuclear weapon....5/25