Wednesday, October 27, 2010
ORNL in the News

The next carbon capture tool could be new, improved grass

(PhysOrg) Should scientists genetically engineer bioenergy crops to be better at ridding the atmosphere of the greenhouse gas? And can this strategy take place on the scale needed to mitigate climate change? These questions are framed in a new analysis by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist Christer Jansson and researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory....10/26

Partnership between St. Lucie County and national laboratory would be the first of its kind

(Fort Pierce Tribune) St. Lucie County, the city of Fort Pierce and Indian River State College officials committed to do what it takes to secure a partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The potential partnership would be the first of its kind. The recognition from the partnership could help the county get grant money, attract business and help area residents save on energy bills....10/27

DOE

Thomas Sanders to Lead SRNL's Energy Park Initiatives

(Innoventure) Savannah River Nuclear Solutions has announced that Dr. Thomas L. Sanders, immediate past president of the American Nuclear Society, has joined the staff of the Savannah River National Laboratory to lead the development and implementation of an energy park at the Savannah River Site....10/25

US lab clears Higgs hunt hurdle

(BBC News) On Tuesday, the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel committee voted by 14 votes to one to keep running the Tevatron until 2014. The Tevatron is operated by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory....10/27

East Tennessee

Dredged ash cleanup nears end

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A key phase of the cleanup of the coal ash spill disaster at TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant should be completed by Nov. 22, says the man in charge of that operation....10/27

National

U.S. Tries Restart of Talks With Iran

(Wall Street Journal) The Obama administration is pushing to revive a failed deal for Iran to send some of its nuclear stockpile overseas in exchange for assistance with peaceful nuclear technology, according to senior U.S. officials. The aim is to try to reduce Tehran's ability to quickly produce an atomic weapon....10/27

Massive Windstorm Howls Across Nation's Midsection

(New York Times) A massive storm making its way through a big chunk of the nation brought a bit of everything: strong winds, rain, tornadoes and now even some snow for parts of the Midwest....10/27

Indonesia tsunami and volcano: why the region is so violent

(Christian Science Monitor) Indonesians once again are having to cope with the hazards of living on a geologically restless archipelago. On Monday, an earthquake generated a tsunami, and a volcano erupted on Tuesday....10/26

energy & science policy

New EPA rules will erode power grid reliability, report finds

(Christian Science Monitor) Energy reserves available to the power grid for peak use could be cut in half, says an industry report, as power plants are retired for noncompliance with stiffer clean-air and clean-water rules....10/26

Inside Energy Extra

10/26 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** EPA seen cutting power-plant capacity
** Talks break down over Colo. gas leases
** Ocean energy projects receive grants
** Cybersecurity gaps continue at DOE: IG
** New nonproliferation chief takes office

science & technology

Global extinction crisis looms, new study says

(Washington Post) A growing number of creatures could disappear from the earth, with one-fifth of all vertebrates and as many as a third of all sharks and rays now facing the threat of extinction, according to a new survey assessing nearly 26,000 species across the globe....10/27 [Registration Required]

How the King Cobra Maintains Its Reign

(New York Times) What makes these cobras kings is not just their size, or their deadliness — it is that they eat other snakes. Even deadly snakes like kraits or other cobras are prey. These snakes bite when attacked, of course, which raises the question: How does the king cobra maintain such an apparently high-risk lifestyle?...10/26

One EMP burst and the world goes dark

(USA Today) There is talk of catastrophe ahead, depending on whom you believe, because of the threat of an electromagnetic pulse triggered by either a supersized solar storm or terrorist A-bomb, both capable of disabling the electric grid that powers modern life....10/27

Six new isotopes of the superheavy elements discovered

(PhysOrg) A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has detected six isotopes, never seen before, of the superheavy elements 104 through 114. Starting with the creation of a new isotope of the yet-to-be-named element 114, the researchers observed successive emissions of alpha particles that yielded new isotopes of copernicium, darmstadtium, hassium, seaborgium, and rutherfordium...10/26