Thursday, August 15, 2013
ORNL in the News

Energy Department Invests to Save on Heating, Cooling and Lighting

( As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to reduce energy bills for American families and businesses and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Energy Department today announced 12 projects to develop innovative heating, cooling and insulation technologies...Thermolift, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Stony Brook University and National Grid ($750,000 DOE investment). This project will help commercialize a natural gas heat pump...8/14

Ice WallJapan Wants To Build An Ice Wall To Contain Fukushima's Radioactive Water

(Gizmodo) ...One of the leading candidates for a solution to TEPCO’s radioactive water problem involves building a mile-long underground ice wall around the plant to contain the leak....The strategy was used as early as the 1860s to shore up coal mines, and an experiment at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee recently showed that it can be used to contain radiation...8/14


MonizDOE chief: Agency agreed to bury nuclear waste 'deeper' in Nevada

(Las Vegas Review-Journal) Dig a deeper trench to put it in. Make sure it stays there for 10,000 years. And when it's hauled to Nevada from Tennessee, give it the same level of tight security as a nuclear bomb...8/13

State & Regional

TextbooksPanel to review state's textbook selection process

(WBIR) The state Senate Education Committee plans a hearing in October to review Tennessee's textbook selection process for K-12 schools...8/14

TVA power grid for a dozen states strengthened decade after blackout

(Chattanooga Times-Free Press) In a bunker protected by two barbed-wire gates near the Chickamauga Dam, Joel Wise and his TVA colleagues monitor the electric grid to make sure the lights stay on across parts of a dozen states...8/15


Egyptian violenceEgypt's Interim Vice President ElBaradei resigns while clashes across Egypt leave more than 270 dead

(Fox News) Mohamed ElBaradei, the No. 2 man in Egypt's embattled interim government, abruptly resigned Wednesday in an apparent split with the nation's leader, as fighting intensified between security forces and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood...8/14

East Tennessee

TN Walking HorseJudge overrules motion to quash search warrant in Tennessee Walking Horse case

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Blount County General Sessions Court Judge Robert L. Headrick today denied a motion by Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Larry Wheelon to quash a search warrant used as part of an investigation into alleged cruelty to horses at his Blount County stable...8/14

energy & science policy

Toxicologist Says NAS Panel 'Misled the World' When Adopting Radiation Exposure Guidelines

(Science Daily) In two recently published peer-reviewed articles, toxicologist Edward Calabrese of the University of Massachusetts Amherst describes how regulators came to adopt the linear no threshold (LNT) dose-response approach to ionizing radiation exposure in the 1950s, which was later generalized to chemical carcinogen risk assessment...8/13

science & technology

PulsarRare star probes supermassive black hole

(Nature News) The enormous black hole at the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy generates a surprisingly strong magnetic field, more than a hundred times stronger than that of Earth, radio astronomers have revealed — using a rare kind of neutron star as a probe...8/14

HyperlookThis Is Elon Musk's Hyperloop

(Popular Science) SpaceX/Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has unveiled details on the Hyperloop, his proposed (and until now mostly mysterious) plan for a railway system that could shoot passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in a mere 30 minutes...8/14

Hydrogen FuelSustainable Energy Breakthrough: Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight

(Live Science) A University of Colorado Boulder research team has moved closer to what some call the Holy Grail of a sustainable hydrogen economy — splitting water with sunlight....8/14

West Antarctica Warmed Quickly ... 20,000 Years Ago

(LiveScience) The modern meltdown of the Antarctic Ice Sheet mirrors the frozen continent's big thaw after the last ice age ended 20,000 years ago, a new study finds...8/15

Other Stories

Fast Food WorkerBusinesses claim Obamacare has forced them to cut employee hours

(NBC News) Employers around the country, from fast-food franchises to colleges, have told NBC News that they will be cutting workers’ hours below 30 a week because they can’t afford to offer the health insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare...8/14