Monday, June 6, 2011
ORNL in the News

Nuclear Safety is Making Headlines

(Power-Gen) The safety of nuclear power is still making news headlines as the crisis in Japan continues to unfold. Yes, the situation there is very serious and a review of nuclear power plants is the next move to make, as is being done in the United States.  The Department of Energy (DOE), also in May, dedicated the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), a research facility that DOE said will accelerate the advancement of nuclear reactor technology...6/1

Newly uncovered photos of post-war Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It's always cool to find something new, something interesting about something important, and that's why you've got to be envious of Tim Gawne at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...6/4

Casey Anthony case resembles real-life CSI crime drama

(Christian Science Monitor) As it enters its third week of testimony, the trial of a young Florida woman accused of killing her two-year-old daughter is beginning to resemble a real-life version of the popular television crime drama "CSI."...This week, prosecutors are expected to call to the stand a research scientist, Dr. Arpad Vass of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, who is working to develop a signature for the smell of a decomposing human body...6/5

Rating sought to quantify homes' energy efficiency

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Unlike adding a bathroom or fixing up a kitchen, there’s no equity value attached to home energy efficiency improvements — yet...Oak Ridge National Laboratory is partnering with TVA to carry out a pilot project that will test the rating program, announced by Vice President Joe Biden last fall...6/6

DOE

At U.S. Department of Energy hearing Clean Water Action highlights large environmental impacts from gas drilling

(TheSunTimes.com) At a public meeting June 1 of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Natural Gas Subcommittee, Clean Water Action highlighted the large number of environmental violations at gas drilling sites in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale...6/2

Secretary Chu to Travel to Russia Next Week

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will travel to Russia from June 6-11 where he will highlight the tremendous potential for mutually beneficial cooperation and shared economic opportunities with Russia in the areas of innovative clean energy technology, safe and reliable civilian nuclear power, best practices in energy efficiency, and nuclear non-proliferation...6/3

State & Regional

Trail WorkersTennessee volunteers celebrate National Trails Day with hard work

(Tennessean) Hikers on Radnor Lake’s South Cove Trail had to detour around wheelbarrows Saturday as volunteers labored on a project for National Trails Day...6/6

National

States slow to adopt health-care transition

(Washington Post) As many legislatures around the country have finished their work for the year, fewer than one-fourth of states have taken concrete steps to create health insurance marketplaces, a central feature of the federal law to overhaul the U.S. health-care system...6/5

Robert GatesSteeper Pullout Is Raised as Option for Afghanistan

(New York Times) President Obama’s national security team is contemplating troop reductions in Afghanistan that would be steeper than those discussed even a few weeks ago, with some officials arguing that such a change is justified by the rising cost of the war and the death of Osama bin Laden, which they called new “strategic considerations.”...6/5

Cash-strapped states look to roll back tax credits

(USA Today) Tough budget times are forcing state governments to rethink the tax breaks they grant. Michigan last week eliminated several tax credits, including those for small donations made to universities, food banks, museums and public television...6/5

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

6/3 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
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  • Cuba driller to apply US norms: Salazar
  • BOEM aims to quicken permitting pace
  • Clean energy high on Chu Russia agenda
  • Md. battery maker to test Sandia process

science & technology

SupernovaA supernova that's super different

(Phys.Org) A researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics believes that a new kind of supernova is at work in recent observations of bright but short-lasting stellar explosions that don't appear to fit known categories...6/3

Cockpit papersiPad Flight Manuals Coming to a Paperless Cockpit Near You

(Popular Science) Despite using advanced technology that lets planes practically fly themselves, airline pilots are still bogged down by a lingering 20th-century artifact: Paper. Now at least one commercial airline is adopting cockpit iPads, after the FAA approved their use earlier this year...6/3

New Solar System Formation Models Indicate That Jupiter's Foray Robbed Mars of Mass

(Science Daily) Planetary scientists have long wondered why Mars is only about half the size and one-tenth the mass of Earth. As next-door neighbors in the inner solar system, probably formed about the same time, why isn't Mars more like Earth and Venus in size and mass?...6/5

Millions Fewer Girls Born Due to Nuclear Radiation?

(National Geographic) Nuclear radiation from bomb tests and power plant accidents causes slightly more boys than girls to be born, a new study suggests. While effects were seen to be regional for incidents on the ground, like Chernobyl, atmospheric blasts were found to affect birth rates on a global scale...6/2

Other Stories

Hype Aside, 'Green Jobs' Are For Real

(CNBC) Experts may argue about what constitutes a "green job" or how many of them currently exist in the U.S. economy, but everyone seems to agree there will be many more of them in the coming decades...6/3

How big is Microsoft gambling with Windows 8?

(Computerworld) Analysts parsing what Microsoft revealed of Windows 8 earlier this week are split today on how big the company's gambling with its operating system cash cow, some saying the bet was for the farm, while others said it was the best move Microsoft could make...6/3