Wednesday, July 28, 2010
ORNL in the News

New emergency preparedness video aimed at people with special needs

(Scientific Computing) Final edits to a video that will help people with disabilities better prepare for emergencies are being made this month, according to Oak Ridge National Laboratory's John Sorensen, co-writer and producer of the project. The training video focuses on emergency planning for populations with access and functional needs, sometimes called "inclusive planning," said Sorensen, who has produced several videos to help people cope with manmade and natural disasters. Sorensen is a member of the Department of Energy lab's Environmental Sciences Division....7/27

St. Lucie hopes collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory will bring green savings, green jobs

(TC Palm) Saint Lucie County announced an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory that could help residents become more energy efficient. Details are being finalized, but the agreement announced Tuesday also could help the county and its cities draw private companies to the area....7/28

Land sale proceeds to help fund science park

(Knoxville News Sentinel) CROET President Lawrence Young said the money will be used to help pay for costly site preparations for the Oak Ridge Science and Technology Park next to Oak Ridge National Laboratory....7/28


Energy and Defense Departments Announce Agreement to Enhance Cooperation on Clean Energy and Strengthen Energy Security

(DOE Press Release) At a White House Forum on Energy Security today, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense to accelerate clean energy innovation and enhance national energy security....7/27

East Tennessee

Judge's TVA ruling reversed

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously overturned a decision by U.S. District Judge Lacy H. Thornburg of Asheville, who had declared the plants - Bull Run, Kingston and John Sevier in East Tennessee and Widows Creek in northern Alabama - a "public nuisance" because of their effect on air quality in North Carolina's western mountains....7/28


Bill on political ad disclosures falls a little short in Senate

(Washington Post) Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked legislation requiring fuller disclosure of the money behind political advertising, derailing a major White House initiative and virtually ensuring an onslaught of attack ads during this year's midterm election season....7/28 [Registration Required]

State & Regional

E-cars are coming

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Chattanooga and Tennessee may be on the front edge of the plug-in electric car movement, but are we ready? In October and November, 1,535 stations will be scattered across the state and extreme Northwest Georgia at rest areas, welcome centers, malls and big-box stores....7/28



energy & science policy

Stripped down energy bill leaves out 'cap and trade'

(Christian Science Monitor) Without 'cap and trade,' Senate majority leader Harry Reid said Tuesday the narrower energy bill has a better shot at overcoming GOP opposition....7/28

Inside Energy Extra

7/27 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
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** Reid unveils bill, plans quick vote
** No new leases for BP, under House bill
** 35--Wind energy 'sputtering out': AWEA
** Loan aid for Hawaii wind farm done
** DOE fumbles grant tracking: IG

science & technology

Australia's marsupials 'have American roots'

Koala(BBC News) The characteristic koalas, kangaroos, possums and wombats of Australia share a common American ancestor, according to genetic research from Germany....7/28

On the Surface, Gulf Oil Spill Is Vanishing Fast; Concerns Stay

(New York Times) The oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be dissolving far more rapidly than anyone expected, a piece of good news that raises tricky new questions about how fast the government should scale back its response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster....7/28

How Evolution Gave Us the Human Edge

(NPR) The evolving anatomy of the human hand gave humans great dexterity and fine motor skills. With these advances came the ability to make stone tools and primitive knives. Anthropologists are now studying how our ancestors learned to make tools, and how these tools shaped our bodies....7/27

Other Stories

DiCaprio thriller 'Inception' blends science into its fiction

(Washington Post) "Inception" may be a blockbuster, but it does contain some science. Here's a spoiler-free guide to the movie's take on dreams....7/27 [Registration Required]