(Wired) (Video at Link)(Scroll) Stars and active galactic nuclei aren't the only celestial objects that generate hard-to-observe magnetism.
Some massive stars die as fiery supernovas, and astrophysicists think the explosion's outward-racing shockfront of particles can create magnetic fields — a force that might strongly guide how remnants look eons after a star's explosive death knell.
To estimate what that magnetism would look like and how it would influence the rush of material behind the shockfront, computer scientist David Pugmire of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a team of astrophysicists created this simulation...8/8
(International Business Times) A severe solar storm could cause global chaos, wrecking satellite communications and would take down the most important power grids in the world for a period of years...A recent report by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory discloses that over the standard 40-year license term of nuclear power plants, solar flare activity provides a 33 percent chance of long-term power loss...8/6
(Knoxville News Sentinel) In a meeting last month with top state officials, including Gov. Bill Haslam and Bob Martineau, the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, DOE environmental chief John Eschenberg said Oak Ridge has the "highest risk profile" of any Department of Energy cleanup site...8/7
(Oak Ridger) U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar recommended on July 13, that Congress establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park. He is quoted as saying, "The secret development of the atomic bomb in multiple locations across the United States is an important story and one of the most transformative events in our nation's history."...8/6
State & Regional
(WBIR) An Associated Press analysis of student testing data shows Tennessee school systems without teachers' collective bargaining rights performed slightly better than those with negotiated contracts. But they posted weaker gains...8/7
(USA Today) Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index and Japan's Nikkei 225 Stock Average slid more than 2% and the Shanghai Composite Index lost nearly 4%. Investors are already nervous about Europe's debt crisis...8/8
(Washington Post) The mission that left 30 American troops, including 22 Navy SEALs, dead Saturday morning in eastern Afghanistan was just one of dozens of operations carried out by U.S. Special Operations forces every week in Afghanistan. The only difference was the disastrous ending...8/7
(New York Times) If the economy falls back into recession, as many economists are now warning, the bloodletting could be a lot more painful than the last time around...8/7
(WATE) In about a month the University of Tennessee will take on Montana in the first football game of the 2011 season.
Tickets are already on sale for that game, but the question is are people buying them? Is the economy affecting people's ability to go to games?...8/5