Thursday, August 8, 2013
ORNL in the News

A.C. Buchanan elected fellow of Chemical Society

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A.C. Buchanan III, a researcher in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Chemical Sciences Division, has been elected a fellow of the American Chemical Society. Buchanan was recognized for contributions “to the fundamental understanding of the thermochemical transformations of fossil and renewable fuels,” ORNL said...8/7

FuelCellsEtc Partners with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Advance Next Generation Biofuels

(Power Electronics) In an effort to accelerate next generation biofuels and drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuels from biomass, the US Energy Department has announced four new research and development projects....One of the projects will be led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory who will be partnering with FuelCellsEtc...8/7

Research reveals new challenges for mercury cleanup

(PhysOrg) More forms of mercury can be converted to deadly methylmercury than previously thought, according to a study published Sunday in Nature Geoscience...Earlier this year, a multidisciplinary team of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory discovered two key genes that are essential for microbes to convert oxidized mercury to methylmercury, a neurotoxin that can penetrate skin and at high doses affect brain and muscle tissue, causing paralysis and brain damage...8/7

National

Broader Sifting of Data Abroad Is Seen by N.S.A.

(NY Times) The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans’ e-mail and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance, according to intelligence officials...8/8

DOE

Y-12: 5-year gains and losses

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fiscal Year 2014 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan, there are numerous analyses of the nuclear weapons complex, including the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. Among the charts is Y-12′s contractor gains and losses over the last five years...8/7

Energy Department Authorizes Third Proposed Facility to Export Liquefied Natural Gas

(Energy.gov) The Energy Department announced today that it has conditionally authorized Lake Charles Exports, LLC (Lake Charles) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States...8/7

East Tennessee

UT School of Music debuts $40M Haslam Music Center

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The recital hall is the stunning showpiece of the University of Tennessee’s new $40 million Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, which the school debuted to the media Wednesday...8/7

Personal computer inventor to join UT College of Engineering faculty

(Oak Ridge Today) Mark Dean, co-inventor of the personal computer, will join the faculty of the College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville this fall...8/7

Hotel, condos, bridge eyed for Henley site

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A proposal that includes a new hotel, condominiums, a pedestrian bridge and parking is the leading candidate for the former Supreme Court site on Henley Street...8/7

energy & science policy

The U.S. is hitting its ethanol limit. So the EPA may relax its biofuels rules.

(Washington Post) When it comes to ethanol, the United States appears to have reached its limit — at least for the time being...8/7

science & technology

Ice ages: Why North America is key to their coming and going

(CS Monitor) Scientists have long tried to figure out what causes the ebb and flow of ice ages. New data suggests a novel explanation for why the mile-thick blankets of ice retreat so quickly: They become too heavy...8/7

UK bats may be immune to killer fungus

(BBC News) A deadly fungus thought responsible for killing nearly six million bats in North America since 2006 has been found in the UK with no harmful effects...8/8

Climate Change Could Spell Final 'Chuckle' For Alpine Frog

(NPR) Across the Western U.S., yearly areas of snowpack are decreasing, and researchers are trying to figure out what that means for everything that relies on the snowmelt — from farms to power plants to a little creature known as the Cascades frog...8/7

Other Stories

Fukushima's Radioactive Water Leak: What You Should Know

(National Geographic News) Tensions are rising in Japan over radioactive water leaking into the Pacific Ocean from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, a breach that has defied the plant operator's effort to gain control...8/7

Israel's Security Paradox: Never Safer and Never More Uncertain

(The Atlantic) For the moment, Israel's enemies are focused on their own problems. But the regional turmoil could affect the way it negotiates with Palestine...8/6