Monday, April 2, 2012
ORNL in the News

Building 3503Another nuclear facility bites the dust at ORNL

(Newsodrome) Building 3503 wasn't pretty, at least not in its final days. Come to think of it, old nuclear facilities never are. But it's the latest structure on Oak Ridge National Laboratory's historic Central Campus -- where the Manhattan Project got going in a big way -- to bite the dust. 3503 came down last week...3/31

Science winners meet ‘Friends’

(Oak Ridger) The Friends of ORNL recently received a personal demonstration and explanation of the research project that won top honors at a national competition for Oak Ridge High School seniors Ziyuan Liu and Cassee Cain...4/1

Family runs Knoxville Marathon to bring awareness to ALS

(WBIR) The 8th annual Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon set a new record with Sunday's race....But the Mulholland family had extra motivation behind each step. Twenty-one members of the family ran to raise money for a cure for their brother's disease. Pat Mulholland, a runner and ORNL scientist, lives with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease...4/1

DOE

Evigia delivers 2nd Generation RFID-sensor e-seals to U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory

(Prleap) Under a procurement contract, Evigia Systems has announced the completion of delivery of the second generation DOE/Argonne National Laboratory ARG-US RFID-based surveillance tag system utilizing Evigia’s EV3 wireless sensing platform...4/2

Y-12 ships highly enriched uranium to France

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Y-12 nuclear weapons plant has shipped more than 400 pounds of highly enriched uranium to France, where it will reportedly be used for fuel in a high-performance research reactor near Grenoble...4/2

National

Secretary Clinton Says Syrian President Assad 'Must Go'

(ABC News) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that, despite a newly-brokered cease fire agreement with Syrian President Bashar al Assad, his days as president are numbered as his forces continue the bloody clash with Syrian opposition groups...4/1

State & Regional

Democratic lawmakers complain that GOP in Nashville is railroading them

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Outnumbered Democratic legislators say their ideas are being ignored — or sometimes stolen — by majority Republicans who are "rubber-stamping" questionable GOP-generated legislation in a rush toward adjournment of the 107th General Assembly...4/1

Grants fuel solar energy projects

(WATE) Dozens of farms and small businesses in Tennessee have received Agriculture Department grants to develop solar power systems that can contribute to local energy grids.

science & technology

Female FishPicky Females Promote Diversity

(Science Daily) Picky females play a critical role in the survival and diversity of species, according to a Nature study by researchers from the University of British Columbia and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria...4/1

SoupUS opts not to ban BPA in canned foods

(Nature News) ...BPA is a ubiquitous chemical that has been linked to a range of conditions, including heart disease, reproductive problems, behavioural problems and breast and prostate cancers. Scientists believe that it produces such a wide range of health effects in low doses because it mimics the hormone oestrogen, disrupting human development and making it particularly potent for infants...4/1

TitanicThe role of physics in the sinking of the Titanic

(PhysOrg) At 11.40 p.m. on Sunday 14 April 1912 the Titanic, bound from Southampton to New York, struck an iceberg just off the coast of Newfoundland and became fully submerged within three hours, before dropping four kilometres to the bottom of the Atlantic...4/2

Other Stories

Public Worker Pensions Find Riskier Funds Fail to Pay Off

(New York Times) Searching for higher returns to bridge looming shortfalls, public workers’ pension funds across the country are increasingly turning to riskier investments in private equity, real estate and hedge funds...4/1

You Should Keep Tax Records — But How, And For How Long?

(NPR) Tax Day 2012 is looming — and after we file our returns, many of us will try to figure out what to do with the seemingly innocuous but possibly crucial documents we use to prepare our returns...4/2

Out there

Face.comFace.com (Wildly) Guesses Your Age and Mood From Your Photo

(Popular Science) The next creepy step in facial recognition comes from Face.com--a little bit of software that purports to not only identify you with a photo of your face, but also deduce your age, gender, and mood...3/30