Friday, October 15, 2010
ORNL in the News

FMCSA showcases new, emerging roadside inspection technologies

(The Trucker) Held at FMCSA's Roadside Technology Corridor on Interstate 81 in Greene County, the showcase provided a first-hand look at how state-of-the-art technology better equips state law enforcement as they conduct commercial motor vehicle safety inspections. FMCSA, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Safety, Tennessee Department of Transportation, the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, organized the showcase....10/14

Fort Discovery's 'Farming for Fuel' a serious lesson with a fun twist

(WRDW-TV) Fort Discovery in Augusta says they are always striving for new ways to make learning science easy and fun for kids. Right now they're using grant money to visit local schools and educate children about the importance of alternative energy sources. Fort Discovery received the grant last year, and the goal is to make the Farming for Fuel program self-sufficient. The Farming for Fuel team uses materials developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, developed specifically to teach kids about how a car engine works, for example, or measuring different types of liquids for sugar content....10/14

DOE

NNSA ramps up available fee at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration extended B&W's management contract at Y-12 for a year while the federal agency moves forward and prepares for a procurement that will combine the contracts at Y-12 and Pantex. NNSA also increased the available fee for B&W as part of the Y-12 contract extension....10/14

East Tennessee

Gee Interprets a Settler in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

(National Parks Traveler) Sarah "Gee" Phillips, 80 years old, was born and raised in the community of Wheat in east Tennessee, now part of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She remembers people from all over the country moving into her town during World War II and living in prefab houses....10/15

National

Pentagon to comply with court order to end 'don't ask, don't tell'

(Washington Post) The Pentagon will comply with a court order to stop enforcing its "don't ask, don't tell" policy barring gays from serving openly in the military, even as the administration asks a federal judge to delay implementation of the ruling....10/15

Health-care reform: US judge allows Florida's challenge to Obama

(Christian Science Monitor) Saying opponents of President Obama's health care reform law 'have most definitely stated a plausible claim,' a federal judge in Florida allows the key elements of the lawsuit to proceed....10/15

State & Regional

Tennesseans support rights of Muslims, poll shows

(Tennessean) Sixty-seven percent of Tennesseans polled said Muslims deserve the same rights as any Americans and only 14 percent disagreed. And 66 percent said they either supported or did not object to the construction of a new Islamic center in Murfreesboro, while only 28 percent objected....10/15

 

 

science & technology

A Very Scary Gene

(Washington Post) Urinary tract infections, pneumonia and other common ailments caused by germs that carry a new gene with the power to destroy antibiotics are intensifying fears of a fresh generation of so-called superbugs. The gene, NDM-1, which is apparently widespread in parts of India, has been identified in just three U.S. patients...10/13

Fibre optic cables' data capacity may soon be reached

(BBC) Technology may stretch the capacity of the fibre optic cables used to carry data sooner than has long been thought, according to a report in Science. The capacity limit has until recently been in the preparation of the light signals that pass through the cables....10/15

Saving platinum: Monolayer of platinum on tungsten carbide catalyzes electrolytic production of hydrogen

(PhysOrg) Hydrogen is one of the most promising fuels of the future. Whether powered by wind or sun energy, electrolysis of water is the method of choice for producing hydrogen without emission of carbon dioxide. The character and properties of the hydrogen-producing catalyst, usually platinum, are of critical importance for the efficiency and cost of the electrocatalytic system....10/15

New Deep-Sea Pictures: Snailfish, Eels Found in Trench

(National Geographic) The deepest dwelling vertebrates on Earth, snailfish have been discovered in ocean trenches in other parts of the Pacific. The deepest known fish, found at 4.8 miles (7.7 kilometers), are snailfish filmed in the Japan trench in 2008....10/14

Other Stories

Journey to Kolombangara Island

(New York Times) Scientists travel through one of the world's biggest lagoon systems to reach Kolombangara Island in the Solomon Islands. Giant island imperial pigeons, the size of small chickens, commute to fruit trees on the larger "mainland" islands from the dozens of islets we pass where the birds congregate in large communal roosts....10/14