Wednesday, April 4, 2012
ORNL in the News

Nine Recovery Act-funded science projects still in works at Oak Ridge National Lab

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The biggest Office of Science project in Oak Ridge to be funded with Recovery Act money was the new $95 million Chemical and Materials Sciences Building, which opened last summer with a visit by Department of Energy science chief Bill Brinkman...4/3

April 2012 story tips

(PhysOrg) ...A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Jeremy Smith demonstrated how the combination of high-performance computer simulation and a type of neutron analysis called spin echo can be used to study certain motions in proteins....4/3

DOE

Solar Trust of America files bankruptcy

(Reuters) ...The Oakland-based company has held rights for the 1,000-megawatt Blythe Solar Power Project in the Southern California desert, which last April won $2.1 billion of conditional loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Energy. It is unclear how the bankruptcy will affect that project...4/2

NNSA releases B&W Y-12 performance report; provides details of FY 2011 activities

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As reported a few months ago, B&W Y-12 -- a partnership of Babcock & Wilcox and Bechtel National -- received $51.2 million in fee and an overall rating of "excellent" -- for managing and operating the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Fiscal Year 2011 (which ended Sept. 30)...4/3

State & Regional

Gov. Haslam says he will likely sign evolution bill

(Tennessean) Tennessee, where the nation’s first big legal battle over evolution was fought nearly 90 years ago, is close to enacting a law that critics deride as the “monkey bill” for once again attacking the scientific theory...4/4

National

Appeals court fires back at Obama's comments on health care case

(CBS News) In the escalating battle between the administration and the judiciary, a federal appeals court apparently is calling the president's bluff -- ordering the Justice Department to answer by Thursday whether the Obama Administration believes that the courts have the right to strike down a federal law, according to a lawyer who was in the courtroom...4/3

Oakland Shooting Suspect Is Not Remorseful, Police Chief Says

(ABC News) ...One L. Goh, 43, was being cooperative with police about why he killed seven students and wounded three others, but "he has not been particularly remorseful," Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said...4/3

East Tennessee

W. Knox County homeowners sue to stop TVA tree cutting

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Two West Knox County homeowners filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority in federal court Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to stop the utility's new tree-cutting policy from reaching their neighborhood...4/3

energy & science policy

EPA moves closer to approval of 15 pct ethanol gas

(Bloomberg) The federal government announced Monday it has taken a step toward wide distribution of gasoline mixed with 15 percent ethanol by allowing manufacturers to register as suppliers...4/2

science & technology

Klamath River Fish KillUS integrity effort hits troubled water

(Nature News) When US President Barack Obama announced a government-wide effort to protect federal science from political interference, the US Department of the Interior (DOI) took an early lead...4/3

Jefferson LabsWhile the LHC Hunts Higgs, the Jefferson Accelerator Looks to Illuminate Mysterious 'Dark Photons'

(Popular Science) While the Large Hadron Collider prepares to fire up its proton beams and get back to particle smashing, another accelerator is dialing up the search for another elusive particle...4/3

Incisive Research Links Teeth With Diet

(Science Daily) You are what you eat is truism that has been given new impetus by 'cutting edge' research led by the University of Leicester that reveals your teeth are literally shaped by your food...4/3

Other Stories

Big Data Explosion Is Big Business For Many

(Investor's Business Daily) Each minute Google gets more than 2 million search queries, while about 47,000 people download an Apple app. Some 100,000 tweets hit Twitter, and almost 300,000 people log on to Facebook...4/3

Doctor Panels Recommend Fewer Tests for Patients

(New York Times) In a move likely to alter treatment standards in hospitals and doctors’ offices nationwide, a group of nine medical specialty boards plans to recommend on Wednesday that doctors perform 45 common tests and procedures less often, and to urge patients to question these services if they are offered...4/4