Wednesday, June 16, 2010
ORNL in the News

Scientists: Greenhouse emissions only at high end of climate projections

(USA Today) Auroop Ganguly of the U.S. Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a lead author of one 2009 paper cited by the team, agrees that actual emissions have not exceeded IPCC scenario projections. But he adds by e-mail, "the fossil-fuel intensive scenario from the IPCC, which was once considered rather too high to be plausible, now appears relatively more plausible irrespective of whether the emissions exceed the IPCC bounds or approach the top of the range."...6/15

American Nuclear Society Bestows Society's Highest Honor On Five Outstanding Nuclear Professionals

(American Nuclear Society) Theodore M. Besmann, Group Leader at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has developed innovative approaches and fundamental information for the thermodynamic modeling of nuclear fuels and waste forms....6/16

Radiation Expert Wirth Named Ninth UT-ORNL Governor's Chair

(Earth Times) Brian Wirth, an authority in the ways materials behave in extreme environments, has been named the ninth University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair....6/15


Three cheers and a storm at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A new $59 million steam plant is now up and running at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, and officials gathered Tuesday to celebrate the cleaner, more efficient operation....6/15

Energy Department Offers Conditional Commitment to Support Nevada Geothermal Development with Recovery Act Funds

(DOE Press Release) Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a conditional commitment to provide a partial guarantee for a $98.5 million loan by John Hancock Financial Services to the Nevada Geothermal Power Company for a 49.5 megawatt geothermal project in Humboldt County in northwestern Nevada....6/15

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge's Secret City Festival – A Premier Event

(Suite101) The Secret City Festival is an annual event that celebrates the history and contributions that Oak Ridge has made to Tennessee and to the United States since it was created....6/15


In address to nation, Obama urges action on clean energy bill

(Washington Post) President Obama urged the nation Tuesday to rally behind legislation that would begin changing the way the country consumes and generates energy, saying the expanding oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is "the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now."...6/16 [Registration Required]

Oil Executives Break Ranks in Testimony

(New York Times) The chairmen of four of the world’s largest oil companies broke their nearly two-month silence on the major spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday and publicly blamed BP for mishandling the well that caused the disaster....6/16

energy & science policy

Obama Administration’s Proposed Space Policy Takes Important Step Forward

(AIP Bulletin) The Obama Administration’s proposal to terminate the Constellation Program and for NASA to contract with commercial services to transport American astronauts to the space shuttle took a large step forward yesterday....6/15

Inside Energy Extra

6/15 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
-Ex-prosecutor named MMS chief
-DOE questions need for uranium bill
-Kerry, Lieberman pleased with EPA view
-ExxonMobil, Chevron CEOs rap BP
-DOE issues 2nd geothermal guarantee

science & technology

Paternal Bonds, Special and Strange

(New York Times) Just in time for Father’s Day come this and other recent studies that reveal surprising, off-road or vaguely unsettling cases of Males Behaving Dadly — attending to the young with an avidity and particularity long thought to be the province of the mother. ....6/15

Oil spill could be Gulf's biggest ever, new flow estimate suggests

(Christian Science Monitor) Scientists revised the estimated flow rate for a fifth time Tuesday, saying between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels a day are leaking from the well. That could mean that nearly 3 million barrels of oil have gushed into the Gulf since the oil spill began April 20....6/16

A single nest in Cambodia produces a bumper crop of rare crocodiles

(Washington Post) Thirteen baby Siamese crocodiles recently crawled out of their shells in a remote part of southwestern Cambodia, following a weeks-long vigil by researchers who found them in the jungle....6/15 [Registration Required]

Crayfish Brain May Offer Rare Insight Into Human Decision Making

(Science Daily) Crayfish make surprisingly complex, cost-benefit calculations, finds a University of Maryland study -- opening the door to a new line of research that may help unravel the cellular brain activity involved in human decisions....6/15

Kepler craft reports apparent planetary bonanza

(Science News) Surveying thousands of stars for telltale twinkles that signal the passage of an orbiting planet, NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has discovered a whopping 706 candidate planets beyond the solar system....6/15