Friday, June 8, 2012
ORNL in the News

Climate StudyN. Minn. bog to be site of massive global warming study

(MPR News) Scientists in north central Minnesota are preparing for a massive federal research project to study the effects of climate change on peatland ecosystems...Following methods tested in a prototype of the octagon-shaped warming chamber at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, researchers will use electric heaters inserted into the soil to warm below ground.

Hybrids may save you more money than you think

(CBS Money Watch) "Some stories compare hybrids, which are often equipped with more standard features, with base model gasoline vehicles, which may not be as well-equipped," say officials at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which manages the fuel economy web site...6/7


The Department of Energy is Under Attack. Cyber Attack

(CNBC) Hundreds of pages of emails released Thursday to CNBC in response to a Freedom of Information Act request paint a picture of a federal agency aggressively responding to a series of what it sees as hostile attempts by private sector firms to access its website at times when market-moving economic data are released to the public...6/8

BrightSource Warned of Embarrassment to Obama in Loan Delay

(Bloomberg News) BrightSource Energy Inc. (BRSE) warned Energy Department officials in March 2011 that delays in approving a $1.6 billion U.S. loan guarantee would embarrass the White House and force the solar-energy company to close...6/6

State & Regional

Hal RogersCongressman wants funding for Appalachian projects

(WATE) U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers is pressing to keep funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission, the federal agency that has led a four-decade fight to improve infrastructure in the impoverished mountain region...6/8


Lawmakers vow to crack down on intelligence leaks

(Fox News) Leaders of the Senate and House intelligence committees said Thursday they were drafting legislation to further limit who can access highly classified information and possibly impose new penalties for revealing it...6/8

Europe’s troubles affect wide variety of U.S. firms

(Washington Post) From manufacturers in the Midwest to upscale retail shops in Manhattan, a wide variety of American companies are feeling the pinch of Europe’s economic contraction, helping to hold back recovery in the United States...6/8

East Tennessee

Jerry FengPianist, 17, performs on NPR's 'From the Top'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Accomplished teen pianist Jerry Feng said he had a severe case of stage fright just before performing a classical piece that will be heard on National Public Radio's popular "From the Top" program next week...Feng, who just graduated from Oak Ridge High School, is the son of Ying Pan, whom he called a "stay-at-home" mom, and Zhili Feng, a senior researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...6/7

energy & science policy

House Defense Authorization Bill on National Ignition Facility

(AIP) ...Concerns about the National Ignition Facility in the House and Senate appropriations' reports for National Nuclear Security Administration were echoed in the report by the House Armed Services Committee accompanying H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013...6/7

science & technology

Homo heidelbergensis Was Only Slightly Taller Than the Neanderthal

(Science Daily) The reconstruction of 27 complete human limb bones found in Atapuerca (Burgos, Spain) has helped to determine the height of various species of the Pleistocene era. Homo heidelbergensis, like Neanderthals, were similar in height to the current population of the Mediterranean...6/6

Cars that avoid crashes by talking to each other

(PhysOrg) The U.S. government is launching a yearlong, real-world test involving nearly 3,000 cars, trucks and buses using volunteer drivers in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The vehicles will be equipped to continuously communicate over wireless networks, exchanging information on location, direction and speed 10 times a second with other similarly equipped cars within about 1,000 feet (300 meters)...6/8

FoetusFetal genome deduced from parental DNA

(Nature News) Heralding a future in which a child’s genetic blueprint can be safely scanned for traits and defects long before birth, researchers have announced that they have reconstructed the genome of a fetus using a blood sample from its mother and a saliva sample from its father...6/6

Other Stories

Bob WelchBob Welch, former Fleetwood Mac member, commits suicide in Nashville

(Tennessean) Fleetwood Mac founding member Bob Welch was found dead inside his South Nashville home Thursday, Metro Police said. Officers were called to Mr. Welch's home on West Oak Highland Drive at 12:18 p.m. after the musician's wife discovered his body, said spokesman Don Aaron...6/7

Out there

A380-Themed RestaurantWeirdest restaurants

(Yahoo News) A waitress poses inside an egg-shaped dining booth at an A380 theme restaurant during a media event before its official opening in Chongqing municipality, April 25, 2012...[n.d.]