Monday, June 27, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL says it's too early to make link between storms, global warming claims

(Knoxville News Sentinel) T. J. Blasing, an ORNL researcher who's studied climate effects, agrees with senior researcher Auroop Ganguly that it's too early to tie specific storms and their characteristics to global warming. Those things have to be studied over long periods and scientifically validated, he said....6/26

ORNL's historic Graphite Reactor gets a facelift

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The reactor museum at Oak Ridge National Laboratory was recently refurbished in time for the summer season of public tours sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy....6/24

Increased production of sulfur compound tied to climate change

(R & D Magazine) In a recent report, a Livermore researcher, along with colleagues from Los Alamos and Oak Ridge national laboratories and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, found through computer modeling that dimethyl sulfide will increase significantly in certain parts of the ocean and decrease in others if the world continues with a business-as-usual fossil fuel dependency....6/24

DOE

Department of Energy Announces $120 Million to Support Development of Innovative Manufacturing Processes

(DOE Press Release) President Obama has launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, including an investment of up to $120 million from the Department of Energy over three years to develop transformational manufacturing technologies and innovative materials that could enable industrial facilities to dramatically increase their energy efficiency....6/24

East Tennessee

Biologists attempt to catch lake sturgeon in effort to document health, movements

(Knoxville News Sentinel) This summer marks the midpoint of a 20-year project to restore lake sturgeon to their historical range in Southeastern waters....6/26

National

Historic Floodwaters Begin To Recede In Minot, N.D.

(NPR) The Souris River is slowly retreating in Minot, N.D., where the river peaked early Sunday at levels not seen in more than a century....6/27

Obama to meet Senate leaders, keep debt talks alive

(Reuters) President Barack Obama must bridge a wide gap separating his Democrats from Republicans when he meets with Senate leaders on Monday over raising the debt ceiling....6/27

energy & science policy

Behind Veneer, Doubt on Future of Natural Gas

(New York Times) Energy companies have worked hard to promote the idea that natural gas is the fossil fuel of tomorrow, and they have found reliable allies among policy makers in Washington....6/27

Inside Energy Extra

6/24 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** NRC brass hindered Yucca review: staff
** DOE offers $120M for efficient manufacturing
** DOE drops Jones Act reference from notice
** EPA to relax GHG reporting rule for oil, gas
** Oil taxes said factor in Biden talks setback

science & technology

Flap-running in birds is key to flight evolution

(BBC) The ungainly sight of a bird furiously flapping its wings as its spindly legs propel it forward could be a peek at evolutionary history....6/27

Ocean Currents Speed Melting of Antarctic Ice: A Major Glacier Is Undermined from Below

(Science Daily) Stronger ocean currents beneath West Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf are eroding the ice from below, speeding the melting of the glacier as a whole....6/27

What You Learned About Static Electricity Is Wrong

(Wired) Charges can be transferred between identical materials, all materials behave roughly the same, the charges are the product of chemical reactions, and each surface becomes a patchwork of positive and negative charges, which reach levels a thousand times higher than the surfaces' average charge....6/27

Other Stories

401(k) companions may widen retirement safety net

(USA Today) The 401(k) industry has started providing products designed to help transform savings into steady paychecks that will be a safety net throughout retirement....5/26