Thursday, December 30, 2010
ORNL in the News

International experts converge in Singapore for 2nd Keystone Symposia on biofuels

(Phys.Org) Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology and Singapore's Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR) announce the second Keystone Symposia conference on "Biofuels" in Singapore from 1-6 March 2011...The scientific organisers of the conference are Professor Stephen P. Mayfield of the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Martin Keller of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (a US Department of Energy-funded biofuels research center) and Dr. Wong Pui Kwan of A*STAR's Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences...12/29

Naughty Waterways!

(Kansas Farmer) A Kansas State University professor is part of a national research team that discovered that streams and rivers produce three times more greenhouse gas emissions than estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...Jake Beaulieu of the Environmental Protection Agency is the lead author of the paper, produced as part of a project headed by Patrick Mulholland of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. From 2005 to 2007 the team received $3 million from the National Science Foundation to investigate nitrogen pollution in streams. K-State received $320,000 of the grant...12/28


Fleischmann goes 'nonstop': Fiscal conservative prepared to defend funds to Oak Ridge in first term as congressman

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As he prepares to be sworn in Wednesday in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep.-elect Chuck Fleischmann has been spending time in the 3rd Congressional District getting up to speed on issues with elected officials and those who operate and supervise Department of Energy facilities at Oak Ridge...12/30

ORAU's performance nets $3.26M from DOE

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge Associated Universities received an "outstanding performance" review from the Department of Energy and earned a fee exceeding $3.25 million for managing and directing programs at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education in fiscal year 2010...12/29

State & Regional

Costs of Coal-Ash Rule Draw Fire

(Wall Street Journal) Environmental groups are accusing the Obama administration of inflating the costs of a proposed rule that requires coal-fired power plants to manage ash that comes from burning coal.  By assuming a higher set of costs, the administration could be led to adopt weaker standards, the groups say in a new report released Wednesday...12/29



Terrain Shifts in Challenges to the Health Care Law

(New York Times) The legal challenge to the Obama health care act has invigorated a dispute as old as the Constitution about the framers’ most nettlesome grant of power, which gives Congress treacherously broad authority to pass laws “necessary and proper” to carrying out its assigned responsibilities...12/29

States to follow Arizona on immigration law

(USA Today) Gov.-elect Nikki Haley, R-S.C., is among the state chiefs who want to crack down on illegal immigration with legislation that is similar or tougher than Arizona's statute, which allows law enforcement to check on legal status if there is reason to believe someone is in the U.S. illegally...12/29

East Tennessee

Gay Street Bridge restriped ahead of Henley Bridge closure

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Work on one Knoxville bridge today was designed to get ready for major work on another.  Workers closed the Gay Street Bridge today so they could restripe its lanes. They created a turning or "chicken" lane in the middle of the bridge, going from two lanes to three, to allow emergency crews easier passage, according to the city of Knoxville...12/29

Hearing sought on Oak Ridge burning

(Knoxville News Sentinel) At least one group has requested a public hearing before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission rules on EnergySolutions' application to import up to 1,000 tons of radioactive waste from German hospitals and universities...12/30

energy & science policy

EPA unveils massive restoration plan for Chesapeake Bay

(Washington Post) The Environmental Protection Agency established an aggressive "pollution diet" for the Chesapeake Bay on Wednesday, spelling out steps that six states and the District must take by 2025 to put the troubled estuary on the path to recovery...12/30

Why NASA Is Spending Half a Billion Dollars on a Canceled Rocket

(FoxNews) Stifled by legislative bottlenecks, NASA will be forced to continue an already defunct rocket program until March, costing the agency half a billion dollars while adding more hurdles to the imminent task of replacing the space shuttle...12/29

science & technology

Can Geothermal Energy Pick Up Real Steam?

(National Geographic) Steam rising from a valley just north of San Francisco reminded early explorers of the gates of hell. Others saw the potential healing powers of the naturally heated water, and still others realized the steam could drive turbines to generate electricity...12/28

At CES, Expect Tablet Mania

(Forbes) Next week, the world's gadgeteers head off to Las Vegas for the annual geekfest known as the Consumer Electronics Show. The event always encompasses a vast array of products and technologies, but every year certain themes stand out. And this time around, one of those will be tablet PCs...12/29

Ancient Teeth May 'Change Whole Picture of Evolution'

(FoxNews) Israeli archaeologists say they may have found the earliest evidence yet for the existence of modern man. A Tel Aviv University team excavating a cave in central Israel said Monday they found teeth about 400,000 years old. The earliest Homo sapiens remains found until now are half that old...12/27

Other Stories

Pew study hints at what Web users will pay for

(Phys.Org) As people shift their attention to the Internet from more traditional ways of enjoying media, the companies that provide everything from movies to mystery novels want to make sure they can still get paid for what they do...12/30