Friday, January 3, 2014
ORNL in the News

Liane RussellMammalian Genetics Pioneer Liane Russell Writes Mouse House History

(Lab Manager) Award-winning geneticist Liane Russell has written a history of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's fabled Mouse House, where she and husband William led a research program that charted significant advances in the field of mammalian genetics and mutagenesis...1/2

New nuclear seal of approval emerging

(Homeland1) Commercial security seals are routinely used to detect when a container have been opened, such as is found on mayonnaise and medicine jars. Users are warned: "Do not use if seal is broken."...Now, using an Oak Ridge National Laboratory quantum seal technology, inspectors of containers of nuclear material will be able to know with unprecedented confidence whether an intruder has tampered with a seal...1/2

DOE

SmokestacksDOE stands by 'social cost of carbon'

(The Hill) The Obama administration says it will not reconsider a new carbon emissions formula for federal regulations. The conservative group Landmark Legal Foundation filed a petition in August calling on the Department of Energy (DOE) to strike the provision on the "social cost of carbon" from a microwave efficiency rule...12/30

US achieves new milestones with latest hydrogen, fuel cell technologies

(Hydrocarbon Processing) The US is demonstrating leadership in clean-energy innovation and providing businesses with more affordable, cleaner transportation and power options. According to three new reports, the US continues to be one of the world's largest and fastest-growing markets for fuel cell and hydrogen technologies...12/31

 

 

National

John Kerry tries to revive Middle East peace talks

(CS Monitor) US Secretary of State John Kerry is back in the Middle East today to sketch out a framework for final status talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, but with an Israeli announcement of settlement expansion imminent, skepticism about a commitment to peace is sky high...1/2

State & Regional

Zach SapreTN man makes first-round cut for one-way trip to Mars

(The Tennessean) Erik "Zach" Sapre's childhood dream, to live on Mars, may have been fostered by the "Star Trek" convention his uncle took him to when he was in the first grade. Although for years it was just a fantasy, Sapre, who is 28, now sees a future on the Red Planet as a possibility...1/3

Haslam warns of spending cuts as budget grows

(WBIR) Another state spending plan, another set of dire predictions of budget cuts. In each year of Gov. Bill Haslam's term in office, the Republican has warned that budget cuts are necessary to cope with projected shortfalls...1/2

science & technology

Mapped EmotionsHow Emotions Are Mapped in the Body

(Science Daily) Researchers found that the most common emotions trigger strong bodily sensations, and the bodily maps of these sensations were topographically different for different emotions...12/31

DARPA Is Building A Vanishing Battery: This Post Will Self Destruct In 5 Seconds

(Forbes) Considering that batteries are typically designed for maximum longevity, it may seem odd to learn that the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is ramping up research into self-destructing batteries...1/2

GJ1214BResearchers Use Hubble Telescope to Reveal Cloudy Weather On Alien World

(Science Daily) A team of scientists led by researchers in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago report they have definitively characterized the atmosphere of a super-Earth class planet orbiting another star for the first time...12/31

Ancient European genomes reveal jumbled ancestry

(Nature News) Newly released genome sequences from almost a dozen early human inhabitants of Europe suggest that the continent was once a melting pot in which brown-eyed farmers encountered blue-eyed hunter-gatherers...1/2

Other Stories

Poll: Americans have little faith in government

(Yahoo News) Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation's biggest problems, a new poll finds. Half say America's system of democracy needs either "a lot of changes" or a complete overhaul, according to the poll conducted by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research...1/2