Friday, July 29, 2011
ORNL in the News

McCarthy takes a bow

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The new Chemical and Materials Sciences Building, which was completed six months ahead of schedule, is drawing rave reviews at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and McCarthy Building Companies says there were a number of firsts involved in the construction project (which was partially funded with Recovery Act money)....7/28

10 Questions for a Robotics Engineer: Lonnie Love

(Energy.gov) In the latest 10 Questions, meet Oak Ridge National Laboratory engineer Lonnie Love. From mesofluidics and hydraulics to solar photovoltaics and biogeneration, Dr. Love discusses his innovative approaches to advancing robotics, clean energy technology and nanomaterials....7/28

DOE

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

(DOE Press Release) President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: David Danielson - Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy; and Dot Harris - Director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact, Department of Energy....7/27

Fire response takes 35 minutes during Y-12 drill

(Knoxville News Sentinel) During a full-scale emergency exercise at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, it took firefighters more than 35 minutes to reach the scene of a fake fire....7/28

East Tennessee

Inside Knox County's New STEM High School

(Metro Pulse) Knox County's trying something new, in several respects, next month when it opens its new STEM high school, the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math "academy," as it's known—the only one of its kind in Tennessee....7/27

National

Debt-limit vote is canceled in House as Boehner, GOP leaders struggle to gain votes

(Washington Post) House Republican leaders delayed until at least Friday a white-knuckle vote on legislation designed to ease the nation's debt crisis, after hours of scrambling in vain to lock down the last votes needed for passage....7/29

US reports a drop in jobless claims. Is this the beginning of something?

(Christian Science Monitor) Weekly unemployment claims dropped below 400,000 in the most recent report. While some see this as a signal that the economy is firming up, others caution that more positive indicators are needed....7/28

A primer on the debt-ceiling debate

(USA Today) With next Tuesday's deadline to increase the federal debt nearly here, the nation is bracing for potential economic calamity. Companies are holding off on hiring and capital spending. Some investors are fleeing Treasuries and stocks and seeking refuge in cash or gold. States are putting off bond sales....7/29

energy & science policy

Republicans Seek Big Cuts in Environmental Rules

(New York Times) With the nation's attention diverted by the drama over the debt ceiling, Republicans in the House of Representatives are loading up an appropriations bill with 39 ways — and counting — to significantly curtail environmental regulation....7/28

science & technology

'Super antibody' fights off flu

(BBC) The first antibody that can fight all types of the influenza A virus has been discovered, researchers claim....7/29

Using Robots to Improve Nuclear Safety

(Forbes) Researchers at MIT have developed a unique prototype for a robot to improve the safety of nuclear power plants....7/28

Tundra Fires And Climate Change: More Bad News

(NPR) As the planet gets warmer, tundra fires are not only becoming more common, they may also shift a huge amount of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere, a new study reports....7/29

Aging Brains Are Different in Humans and Chimpanzees; Evolution of Human Longevity Led to Both a Large Brain and Brain Shrinkage

(Science Daily) Brains shrink in humans, potentially causing a number of health problems and mental illnesses as people age, but do they shrink to the same extent in the closest living relatives to humans--the chimpanzees?...7/29

The Big Crunch: Physicists Make Time End

(Wired) This is the way the world ends: not with a bang but a higher harmonic generation....7/28