Friday, December 30, 2011
ORNL in the News

UT graduating more than other colleges; Oak Ridge ties cited

(Oak Ridger) The University of Tennessee produced more graduates and more undergraduates than any other in the state, said UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek...What isn't visible is the University's partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex. The ORNL-UT Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education attracted 19 new grad students, he said...12/29

Department of Energy seeking feedback on hydropower expansion study

(HydroWorld) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is requesting information from hydropower owners, operators, equipment manufacturers, consultants, and project and technology developers concerning the improvement of America's existing hydroelectric facilities. This Request For Information (RFI) was prompted by the National Hydropower Asset Assessment Project (NHAAP) being conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which was initiated in 2010...12/29

Prosthesis TechnologyORNL technology could mean improved prosthesis fitting, design

(PhysOrg) ORNL biomedical engineers Boyd Evans and John Mueller are perfecting a portable, wearable system to measure walking patterns that can be applied to real-world activities in a variety of settings....12/29

Provision Contracts With IBA to Install Proton Therapy System

(NewsRx) Provision Healthcare has signed an agreement with IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) for the purchase, installation and maintenance of a new proton therapy system at Tennessee's first proton beam cancer center, located on a comprehensive medical campus in Knoxville. In addition to advanced cancer treatment, the Center will also include training and research in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee...1/2/12

DOE

More money for Y-12 contractor

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As I reported earlier this week, contractor B&W Y-12 earned a fee of $51.2 million for managing the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Fiscal Year 2011. The performance rating was "excellent."...12/28

State & Regional

Tennessee traffic fatalities fewest since 1962

(WATE) Tennessee traffic fatalities declined sharply this year, reaching their lowest figure since 1962. So far in 2011, 926 people have died in state wrecks. There were 1,030 in 2010. The figure in 1962 was 811. State safety officials credit drunken driving enforcement, increased seat belt use, educational safety programs in schools and other factors...12/30

Occupy FailState Year in Review: Economy, protests occupied Capitol

(Tennessean) A year that began with Gov. Bill Haslam’s inauguration on War Memorial Plaza ended with protesters occupying the exact same spot...12/30

National

Next Year's Growth Seen Similar To 2011's Mediocrity

(Investor's Business Daily) The U.S. economy has built up momentum in recent months, but stagnant income, political stale mate and a European recession may keep 2012's growth modest...12/29

Egyp CrackdownEgypt raids foreign organizations' offices in crackdown

(Los Angeles Times) Egyptian security forces on Thursday raided the offices of 17 nongovernmental organizations, including three U.S.-based agencies, as part of a crackdown on foreign assistance that has drawn criticism from the West and threatened human rights groups and pro-democracy movements...12/29

US Sells F-15 Fighter Jets to Saudi Arabia

(U.S. News and World Report) The Obama administration has finalized the sale of $30 billion worth of F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, boosting the military strength of a key U.S. ally in the Middle East to help counter Iran. Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. will send Saudi Arabia 84 new fighter jets and upgrades for 70 more...12/29

science & technology

New Theory Emerges for Where Some Fish Became Four-Limbed Creatures

(Science Daily) A small fish crawling on stumpy limbs from a shrinking desert pond is an icon of can-do spirit, emblematic of a leading theory for the evolutionary transition between fish and amphibians...12/27

China push to put astronaut on the moon

(Financial Times) China has declared its intention to land an astronaut on the moon, in the first official confirmation of its aim to go where Americans last set foot nearly 40 years ago...12/29

2012: Shadow of the Dark Rift

(Science Daily) One of the most bizarre theories about 2012 has built up with very little attention to facts. This idea holds that a cosmic alignment of the sun, Earth, the center of our galaxy -- or perhaps the galaxy's thick dust clouds -- on the winter solstice could for some unknown reason lead to destruction...12/28

Chemist faces criminal charges after researcher’s death

(Nature News) Three years after a young chemistry researcher died following a lab fire at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), her supervisor, the organic chemist Patrick Harran, and the University of California now both face criminal charges. Health and safety experts think that it is the first instance of criminal prosecution over an accident in a US academic laboratory...12/28

Other Stories

Ipad XReport: Apple to unveil next iPad in January

(USA Today) According to the latest Digitimes details, it appears Apple will release two new iPad models and price the iPad 2 to compete with Amazon's red-hot Kindle Fire tablet. The new iPads will reportedly include 9.7-inch screens with retina displays, dual LED light bars to bolster brightness and quad-core A6 processors...12/29

SOPA opponents may go nuclear and other 2012 predictions

(C|Net) It was Google co-founder Sergey Brin who warned that the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act "would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world." Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone, and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman argue that the bills give the Feds unacceptable "power to censor the Web."...

Out there

Wild Gorillas Groom U.S. Tourist in Uganda

(National Geographic) A troop of wild mountain gorillas recently turned a typical ecotourism encounter upside down when the animals paid a visit to a tented camp in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Video footage, now gone viral, shows baby and adult gorillas approaching U.S. tourist John J. King II, sitting with him, and even grooming him as he sits in quiet amazement—right next to a giant male silverback gorilla...12/28