Friday, February 24, 2012
ORNL in the News

Jill Biden Jill Biden, vice president's wife, visits Harriman

(Oak Ridger) Partnerships with community colleges -- like those between Eagle Bend Manufacturing, Oak Ridge National Laboratory,  Y-12 National Security Complex and Roane State Community College -- are an important part of putting Americans to work, according to Jill Biden and Hilda Solis...2/23

Protea Announces Research Collaboration With Oak Ridge National Laboratory / UT-Battelle

(Wall Street Journal Market Watch) Protea Biosciences Group, Inc. ("Protea"), a leading bioanalytics company, announced today it had begun a research collaboration with the laboratory of Gary J. Van Berkel, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Staff and Group Leader, Organic and Biological Mass Spectrometry Group, in the Chemical Sciences Division, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee...2/24

DOE

Eight National Labs Offer Streamlined Partnership Agreements to Help Industry Bring New Technologies to Market

(Energy.gov) Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that eight of the Department’s national laboratories will participate in a pilot initiative to make it easier for private companies to utilize the laboratories’ research capabilities...2/23

East Tennessee

County Commission wants state leaders to intervene, release TBI file on Baumgartner

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Knox County commissioners want officials to release the entire state investigation into disgraced Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner so they're turning to the governor and the Tennessee General Assembly for help...2/24

Rising gas prices affecting Knoxville business fleets

(WATE) Gas prices are on the rise, with AAA recording record high prices for the month of January last month. In Knoxville AAA reports the average price for regular gas is now more than $3.47 per gallon. That is twenty cents more than last month...2/23

National

U.S. on guard against possible Iran plots

(CBS News) The FBI is pulling out all the stops on Iran. A classified nationwide conference will be held Thursday to share the assessment of the intelligence community that an attack by Iranian agents, or even a surrogate group such as Hezbollah, may be more likely in the event of an Israeli air strike on suspected Iranian nuclear facilities...2/23

Rate Of Unemployed Not Seeking Work Highest Recorded

(Investor's Business Daily) The official unemployment rate has improved, but the number of jobless Americans at the fringe of the workforce has never been greater...2/23

State & Regional

'Occupy Nashville' bill passes Senate 20-10

(WVLT) A proposal aimed at stopping Occupy Nashville protesters from staying overnight at the Capitol complex has passed the Senate. The measure was approved 20-10 on Thursday...2/23

science & technology

SifrhippusA Tiny Horse That Got Even Tinier as the Planet Heated Up

(New York Times) Rising seas, killer storms, droughts, extinctions and money wasted on snowblowers are not the only things to worry about on a warming planet. There is also the shrinking issue. It happened to Sifrhippus, the first horse, 56 million years ago...2/23

PhotosynthesisOrigin of Photosynthesis Revealed: Genome Analysis of 'Living Fossil' Sheds Light On the Evolution of Plants

(Science Daily) Atmospheric oxygen really took off on our planet about 2.4 billion years ago during the Great Oxygenation Event. At this key juncture of our planet's evolution, species had either to learn to cope with this poison that was produced by photosynthesizing cyanobacteria or they went extinct...2/21

Sky actually falling, report scientists

(Christian Science Monitor) The sky is falling… sort of. Over the last 10 years, the height of clouds has been shrinking, according to new research. The time frame is short, but if future observations show that clouds are truly getting lower, it could have an important effect on global climate change...2/23

Other Stories

U.S. Postal Service Plans 35,000 Cuts as Plants Shut

(Bloomberg) The U.S. Postal Service, which predicts an annual loss of $18.2 billion by 2015, plans to eliminate 5.4 percent of its workforce by closing almost half of its mail-processing facilities to cut costs...2/23

IPad SignApple's China legal battle over iPad spreads to U.S.

(Reuters) A Chinese firm trying to stop Apple Inc from using the iPad name in China has launched an attack on the consumer electronics giant's home turf, filing a lawsuit in California that accuses it of employing deception when it bought the trademark...2/24

Lawsuit Says Facebook Tracks Users After Logging Out

(U.S. News and World Report) Facebook may be tracking your actions online even after you log off from the social networking site, according to a class-action lawsuit filed by two high-powered law firms...2/23