Tuesday, December 21, 2010
ORNL in the News

Global Rivers Emit Three Times IPCC Estimates of Greenhouse Gas Nitrous Oxide

(NSF) When summed across the globe, scientists report this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), river and stream networks are the source of at least 10 percent of human-caused nitrous oxide emissions to the atmosphere. [Jake] Beaulieu and co-authors measured nitrous oxide production rates from denitrification in 72 streams draining multiple land-use types across the United States...Other authors of the paper are: Jennifer Tank of the University of Notre Dame; Stephen Hamilton of Michigan State University; Wilfred Wollheim of the University of New Hampshire; Robert Hall of the University of Wyoming; Patrick Mulholland of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee...12/20

SecureWaters: TN VC's could take ORNL technology global

(Venture Nashville Connections) SecureWaters Inc., a Tennessee startup, is looking for roughly $500,000 in seed capital to make AquaSentinel water-security and monitoring technology ready for production, said CEO Ray Slatton...AquaSentinel recently won the 2010 ThrottleUp startup competition at Oak Ridge and, gained exposure among 50 firms that vyed for startup prizes during Global Entrepreneurship Week, in November...12/19

State & Regional

State to begin cleanup of mercury in bridges

(AP) ...The problem of mercury in the county's small bridges was discovered recently when a resident connected the dots after learning that mercury was contaminating a local creek. So far 64 bridges have been identified as potentially containing mercury...12/20

Census unlikely to change Tennessee House delegation

(AP) Political analysts don't expect the size of Tennessee's congressional delegation to change when the Census releases its latest population figures...12/21


U.S. Military Seeks to Expand Raids in Pakistan

(NY Times) Senior American military commanders in Afghanistan are pushing for an expanded campaign of Special Operations ground raids across the border into Pakistan’s tribal areas, a risky strategy reflecting the growing frustration with Pakistan’s efforts to root out militants there...12/20


U.S. Rare Earths, Inc. Ranks High in New Department of Energy Report

(Business Wire) The Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Strategy Report examines the role of rare earth metals and other materials in the clean energy economy. The report states that “unless the U.S. develops its sources for rare earth minerals, manufacturers of clean energy products are at risk of major supply disruptions” ...12/21

energy & science policy

White House Issues Long-Delayed Science Guidelines

(NY Times) The Obama administration issued long-awaited, long-delayed guidelines on Friday to insulate government scientific research from political meddling and to base policy decisions on solid data...12/17

House Scheduled to Vote on COMPETES Bill Tomorrow

(AIP) Tomorrow the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the latest version of H.R. 5116, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010...2/20

Inside Energy Extra

12/20 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Finalists picked for FutureGen sites
- House may vote on COMPETES Act soon
- Interior approves Nevada solar project
- 1603 Extension Potential put at $25B
- EPA proposes data-reporting delay

science & technology

Nanotubes behave as optical antennae

(Physorg.com) Just as walkie-talkies transmit and receive radio waves, carbon nanotubes can transmit and receive light at the nanoscale, Cornell researchers have discovered...12/20

Unprecedented Topographic Map of the Moon

(Science Daily) NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is allowing researchers to create the most precise and complete map to date of the moon's complex, heavily cratered landscape...12/19

Other Stories

The Best Countries For New Jobs Next Year

(Forbes) ...Manpower surveyed 64,000 human resource directors and senior hiring managers from public and private concerns worldwide to come up with its list...12/14