Friday, July 20, 2012
ORNL in the News

Promising Policy Framework to Solve Transportation Energy Challenges: Leading research institutions release findings on Low Carbon Fuel Standard

(Wall Street Journal Market Watch) Rather than being a political football, fuels of the future will be cleaner, cheaper, and more "made in America" if the United States adopts a national Low Carbon Fuel Standard...The participating researchers are from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of California, the University of Illinois, the University of Maine, Carnegie Mellon University, and the International Food Policy Research Institute.

ORNL's Jeff Smith on the lab's new eco-friendly steam plant

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ORNL Deputy Director Jeff Smith talks about lab's new wood-burning, cost-saving, eco-friendly steam plant on July 19, 2012.

DOE

Abound executives blame China for bankruptcy of Colorado solar company

(Colorado TimesCall) Abound Solar was negotiating for financing until the day before it announced bankruptcy, but couldn't compete with the plunging prices of Chinese solar panels, former company executives said Wednesday during a politically charged Congressional hearing...7/19

State & Regional

State holds first hearing on Affordable Care Act benefits

(WBIR) Some of the sickest people in Tennessee had angels willing to take on the devil in the details Tuesday as the state held its first public hearing on what benchmarks insurance plans will have to meet under terms of the Affordable Care Act...7/19

Government job cuts push TN unemployment higher

(WVLT) A big drop in government jobs helped push unemployment higher in Tennessee, according to new numbers released by the Tennessee Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development (TDEC). Unemployment in June rose two-tenths of a point to 8.1%, while the national rate held steady at 8.2 percent...7/19

National

Russia and China Again Veto Syria Resolution

(ABC News) Russia and China again vetoed a Western-backed U.N. resolution Thursday aimed at pressuring President Bashar Assad's government to end the escalating 16-month conflict in Syria. The 11-2 vote, with two abstentions from South Africa and Pakistan, was the third double veto of a resolution addressing the Syria crisis by Damascus' most important allies...7/19

Colorado Theatre MassacreMass Shooting at Colo. Movie Theater, 14 People Dead

(ABC News) A shooting at a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., early today has left at least 14 people dead and at least 50 people injured, authorities confirmed...7/20

East Tennessee

Dan SimberloffUT scientist wins top international award

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A University of Tennessee scientist has received the top international prize in his field, the Ramon Margalef Award for Ecology, according to announcements from the Catalonian government in Spain and UT...7/19

science & technology

Potent New Compound Virtually Eliminates HIV in Cell Culture

(Science Daily) A new study by scientists on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute shows, in cell culture, a natural compound can virtually eliminate human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in infected cells...7/20

Spiral GalaxyAncient spiral galaxy baffles astronomers

(CSM) Astronomers have discovered the universe's most ancient spiral galaxy yet, a cosmic structure that dates back roughly 10.7 billion years, a new study reveals...The galactic find, discovered by researchers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, comes as something of a surprise...7/19

Other Stories

gorillas and trapGorilla Youngsters Seen Dismantling Poachers' Traps—A First

(National Geographic) Just days after a poacher's snare had killed one of their own, two young mountain gorillas worked together Tuesday to find and destroy traps in their Rwandan forest home, according to conservationists on the scene...7/19

Billionaire Father Of Fracking Says Government Must Step Up Regulation

(Forbes) Going to see George Phydias Mitchell feels kind of like a pilgrimage. It was Mitchell who in the 1990s, as the wildcatting boss of Mitchell Energy & Development, pioneered the oil and gas drilling techniques now known as “fracking.”...7/19

Out there

Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb


On July 19, 1957, five Air Force officers and one photographer stood together on a patch of ground about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas. They'd marked the spot "Ground Zero. Population 5" on a hand-lettered sign hammered into the soft ground right next to them.