Wednesday, August 24, 2011
ORNL in the News

Oak Ridge lab chief to speak on 'Staying Safe on the Cyber Frontier'

(Oak Ridger) Thom Mason, Oak Ridge National Laboratory director, will speak at a Friends of ORNL Community Lecture Thursday on "Staying Safe on the Cyber Frontier." Mason will describe the cyber threat environment and discuss the development and deployment of defensive tools and techniques for improving cyber security....8/23

Supercomputing's shaking up research

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Buddy Bland, director of the ORNL's Leadership Computing Facility, noted that every time there's a story about one of these new-and-better supercomputers, some readers wonder what all the fuss is about and question whether taxpayers are getting anything meaningful for their money....8/24

O.R.N.L accelerating research into 'supercritical' carbon storage

(EcoSeed) Researchers at Department of Energy facilities like the Oak Ridge National Laboratory are accelerating research concerning the behavior of confined greenhouse gases at "supercritical" levels....8/23

DOE

New permit at Y-12 would require mercury cleanup projects

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The state is using a new discharge permit at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant as a way to spur cleanup actions and reduce the amount of mercury — a toxic legacy of Cold War operations — that's entering the East Fork Poplar Creek....8/24

With federal funds under pressure in Oak Ridge, what's going to happen to the Local Oversight Committee? Is it doomed?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Local Oversight Committee, which was created 20 years ago to represent the counties and communities affected by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge operations, could be struggling for its very existence....8/23

National

5.8 Virginia earthquake shakes East Coast, rattles residents

(Washington Post) A rare, powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake rattled the eastern third of the United States on Tuesday afternoon, damaging older buildings, shutting down much of the nation's capital and unnerving tens of millions of people from New England to the Carolinas....8/24

Gaddafi flees Tripoli HQ ransacked by rebels

(Reuters) A beleaguered Muammar Gaddafi vowed on Wednesday to fight on to death or victory after jubilant rebels forced him to abandon his Tripoli stronghold in an apparently decisive blow against the Libyan leader's 42-year rule....8/24

energy & science policy

'Shrimp On A Treadmill': The Politics Of 'Silly' Studies

(NPR) Biologist Lou Burnett was in his car when his cellphone rang recently. It was a CNN reporter, asking about the fact that his research had been featured in a new report about wasteful government spending....8/23

Inside Energy Extra

8/23 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Grid responds well to East Coast quake
** Oil, gas group wary of tighter ozone rule

science & technology

8.7 million species exist on Earth, study estimates

(Washington Post) Although the number is still an estimate, it represents the most rigorous mathematical analysis yet of what we know — and don't know — about life on land and in the sea....8/23

DNA study deals blow to theory of European origins

(BBC) A new study deals a blow to the idea that most European men are descended from farmers who migrated from the Near East 5,000-10,000 years ago....8/24

Permafrost Could Release Vast Amounts of Carbon and Accelerate Climate Change by End of Century

(Science Daily) Billions of tons of carbon trapped in high-latitude permafrost may be released into the atmosphere by the end of this century as Earth's climate changes, further accelerating global warming, a new computer modeling study indicates....8/22

NASA Satellite Finds Coldest, Darkest Stars Yet

(Wired) Stars as cool as the human body found by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer offer astronomers the chance to study star formation and the atmospheres of planets like Jupiter, away from the light of more dazzling stars....8/23