Wednesday, August 21, 2013
ORNL in the News

Abjeet BoroleLittle critters, big energy

(R&D Magazine) Tennessee scientists are using one of Earth's smallest creatures to solve some of the government's biggest bioenergy problems. For the next three years, a $2.1 million grant is allowing researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to use a process called microbial electrolysis to transform plant biomass into hydrogen to produce energy-rich biofuel for use in combustion engines...8/20

State & Regional

Tri-State PipelineProposed tri-state natural gas pipeline taking shape

(Chattanooga Times-Free Press) A proposed high-volume natural gas pipeline linking Maury County, Tenn., to Fayette County, Ga., south of Atlanta aims to expand supplies to the market around Georgia's capital city and the rest of the Southeast (Click here for larger image)...8/20

Stick FiguresTennessee students fall short of college readiness benchmarks

(WVLT) This year's Tennessee high school graduates have fallen short of national results for ACT college readiness benchmarks. In English, reading, mathematics and science combined, 18 percent of Tennessee's Class of 2013 achieved college readiness, compared with 26 percent nationally...8/21

East Tennessee

Feds reject Knox application to immigration enforcement program

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Local immigrant rights advocates declared victory on word this week that the application by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to the controversial 287(g) immigration enforcement program has been rejected by federal officials...8/20

National

Syrian opposition claims 'poisonous gas' attack

(AP) Syrian regime forces fired intense artillery and rocket barrages Wednesday on the eastern suburbs Damascus amid a fierce government offensive in what two pro-opposition groups claimed was a "poisonous gas" attack that killed dozens of people...8/21

Bradley ManningBradley Manning Wikileaks sentence expected

(BBC News) Pte First Class Bradley Manning will be sentenced at his court martial at 10:00 local time (14:00 GMT). The prosecution have asked for a 60-year term, arguing a long sentence would dissuade others from leaking...8/21

Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches

(The Washington Post) If the police arrest you, do they need a warrant to rifle through your cellphone? Courts have been split on the question. Last week the Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to resolve the issue and rule that the Fourth Amendment allows warrantless cellphone searches...8/19

energy & science policy

Looping ReactorA Potential Path to Emissions-Free Fossil Energy

(Energy.gov) President Obama has outlined a broad strategy to reduce pollution and slow the effects of climate change. The President's strategy relies on deploying the low-carbon technologies we already have as well as developing new ones. One of these emerging technologies is called "chemical looping." (click here for larger image)...8/20

science & technology

A Nuclear Reactor Competitive with Natural Gas

(MIT Technology Review) A novel type of reactor could cut the cost of nuclear power by as much as 40 percent, making it far more competitive with fossil-fuel power plants. Designed by General Atomics, a San Diego–based company, the reactor could also be safer than existing reactors and reduce nuclear waste by 80 percent...8/20

Climate leaks are 'misleading' says IPCC ahead of major report

(BBC News) The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned against drawing too many conclusions from the latest leaked version of its upcoming, and eagerly awaited, Assessment Report 5 (AR5)...8/20

New StarA star is born -- literally -- and it's stunning

(C|net) Everyone welcome another newborn to our galaxy. For now, we only know her as the Herbig-Haro object HH 46/47 (and I thought the hyphenated names in my family were clunky), and she's already a beauty. If you want to visit the new member of the family, you might want to leave soon, as she's located 1,400 light-years away in the southern constellation Vela. (Click here for larger image)...8/20

Other Stories

Fukushima Storage DrumsJapan's nuclear crisis deepens, China expresses 'shock'

(Reuters) Japan's nuclear crisis escalated to its worst level since a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant more than two years ago, with the country's nuclear watchdog saying it feared more storage tanks were leaking contaminated water...8/21

Out there

Eating a White DwarfWhat Would Happen If I Ate A Teaspoonful Of White Dwarf Star?

(Popular Science) “Everything about it would be bad,” says Mark Hammergren, an astronomer at Adler Planetarium in Chicago, beginning with your attempt to scoop it up. Despite the fact that white dwarfs are fairly common throughout the universe, the nearest is 8.6 light-years away...8/20