Friday, June 24, 2011
ORNL in the News

Anthony trial: Air samples under fire

(WOSU Public Media)  Arpad Vass, a scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a pioneer in the biochemistry of human decomposition, testified earlier for the prosecution on his analysis of air from the trunk. He concluded that a body likely had been there.   But testifying for the defense in the fifth week of the trial, analytical chemist and forensic toxicologist Barry Logan said a research lab like Oak Ridge did not have to adhere to the same stringent protocols as a forensic lab because their missions were different...6/23

Researchers Unveil Self-Cleaning Anodes to Power Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

(AZCleantech) A team of researchers from Georgia Tech, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have formulated a self-cleaning carbon removal method by utilizing barium oxide nano particles which will enable direct powering of solid oxide fuel cells by coal gas at a low level temperature of 750°C.

The supercomputing race

(Washington Post) [Editorial by Bruce Goodwin and Thomas Zacharia] It is clear that China and Japan have aggressive road maps to capture leadership of the high-performance computing industry from the United States...The potential for the U.S. economy is enormous. Boeing used supercomputers at the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to accelerate the design of the 787 and 747-8 airliners. In the 1980s, Boeing built and tested 77 wings for the 767...6/23

Modeling the bizarre: Quantum superfluids

(Phys.Org) More than 100 years since superconductivity was discovered, a comprehensive description for the behavior of a broad class of fundamental physical systems that exhibit the bizarre properties of superconductivity and superfluidity has been developed...To evaluate this extremely complex formulation, the research team turned to one of the world's fastest supercomputers, the Jaguar PF, a Cray XT5 system at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...6/23

DOE

Department of Energy to Release Oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that the U.S. and its partners in the International Energy Agency have decided to release a total of 60 million barrels of oil onto the world market over the next 30 days to offset the disruption in the oil supply caused by unrest in the Middle East. ..6/23

US Department of Energy provides guarantee for $1.4bn solar installation

(NewNet) US Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced a conditional commitment to provide a partial guarantee for a $1.4bn loan to support a new project aimed at rolling out the installation of solar panels on industrial buildings across the US..6/23.

State & Regional

TN Board of Regents plan 3 percent raises for faculty and staff

(Tennessean) After a four-year salary freeze, the Tennessee Board of Regents is about to sign off on a 3 percent raise for faculty and staff in the state’s largest higher education governing system...6/23

National

Tax Dispute Stalls Debt Talks

(Wall Street Journal) The drive for a major deficit-reduction deal entered a new phase Thursday when Republican negotiators pulled out of bipartisan talks, leaving it to President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to resolve the toughest issues...6/24

Bind Laden CompoundSeized Phone Offers Clues to Bin Laden’s Pakistani Links

(New York Times) The cellphone of Osama bin Laden’s trusted courier, which was recovered in the raid that killed both men in Pakistan last month, contained contacts to a militant group that is a longtime asset of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, senior American officials who have been briefed on the findings say...6/23

East Tennessee

Tree crushes houseAnother round of overnight storms pounds East Tennessee

(WATE.com) Storms with high winds and heavy rain hit many areas of East Tennessee once again early Friday morning. It was another in a wearying string of severe weather that have hit the area this year.  Not every part of East Tennessee was hit, but between two and four inches fell in the Knoxville area...6/24

science & technology

SatelliteSun and Planets Constructed Differently Than Thought, NASA Mission Suggests

(ScienceDaily) Data revealed differences between the sun and planets in oxygen and nitrogen, which are two of the most abundant elements in our solar system. Although the difference is slight, the implications could help determine how our solar system evolved...6/23

CometNew Comet Found; May Be Visible From Earth in 2013

(National Geographic) There's a newfound comet closing in on the sun, and when it gets here in 2013, you may be able to see it with your naked eye...6/22

Staying Slim More Complex than Previously Thought

(Discovery News) The adage "Eat less, exercise more" generally works, but new research suggests that half the fight to stay slim lies in long-term lifestyle changes and eating the right foods.  One study in The New England Journal of Medicine reports that avoiding fattening foods and sugar-heavy beverages reduces weight gain, yet some foods are far better at keeping the pounds off.

Other Stories

BeeCell Phones Affect Bees' Buzzing, Swiss Scientists Say

(FoxNews) As if cell phones aren't blamed for enough already, Swiss scientists now say cell phone signals can affect bees' buzzing, and even cause them to leave the hive at the wrong time, The Local Switzerland reported Thursday...6/23

Sunburned BackAnatomy of a Sunburn: A Timeline of Dermatological Destruction

(Popular Mechanics) With summer kicking off this week in the Northern Hemisphere, sun-drenched beach vacations, barbecues and ballgames are all back in season. And as many of us have learned the hard way, that increased sun exposure brings with it the heightened risk of getting sunburned.