Wednesday, January 9, 2013
ORNL in the News

Aerodynamic levitator allows samples to 'float on air'

(Phys Org) Both liquids and glasses are disordered materials in which the atoms don't establish long-range patterns...To study liquids and glasses, a collaborating team from Materials Development Inc. in Arlington Heights, Illinois; Stony Brook University in New York; Argonne National Laboratory (ANL); and the Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed a container-less sample environment, in which a drop of pure liquid literally "floats" on a jet of flowing gas...1/8

What do Oak Ridge contractors do best?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Bob Hart, former manager of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge operations (1971-83), once told me that the best thing DOE contractor Martin Marietta did was lay people off...At ORNL, much of the original central campus — where the lab's Manhattan Project work took place — is coming down. The laboratory views are changing, and some of the hottest hazards on the reservation are being reduced on a daily basis...1/9

 

DOE

Bechtel, Lockheed Martin team wins Y-12/Pantex contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A team headed by government contracting veterans Bechtel National and Lockheed Martin has been chosen to manage two of the nation's key nuclear weapons facilities, Y-12 in Oak Ridge and Pantex near Amarillo, Texas...1/9

Biofuel development gets $10 million in funding from Department of Energy

(Knovel) With global attention focused on the almost-predictable decision of the U.S government to not fall over the fiscal cliff just yet, supporters of biofuels will be pleased to know that the last-minute handshakes also extended a number of expiring sustainability incentives...1/8

State & Regional

TN lawmakers start session, get right to work

(Tennessean) House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey were re-elected Tuesday in a festive first day of the 108th General Assembly...1/8

National

US may leave no troops in Afghanistan, officials say

(Fox News) Administration officials said publicly for the first time Tuesday that the U.S. might leave no American troops in Afghanistan after the end of combat in December 2014, an option that defies the view of Pentagon officials who say thousands of U.S. troops could be needed there to keep a lid on Al Qaeda and to strengthen the Afghan army and police...1/8

East Tennessee

KUB accepting donations to help needy families

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The coldest months of winter are still to come, and the Knoxville Utilities Board is counting on the community to help needy families stay warm until spring. KUB kicked off the 2013 Project Help campaign earlier this week to collect donations to provide emergency heating assistance to families unable to properly heat their homes because of job loss, illness, injury or disability...1/9

Knoxville approves ZipCar service and parking spaces

(WBIR) Drivers will soon have a new way to get around Knoxville with a new car-sharing service. Tuesday night, Knoxville City Council approved a resolution that will allow the city to enter an agreement with ZipCar, Inc. The company works through memberships...1/8

energy & science policy

India Unveils Ambitious Science Policy

(Science Insider) The Indian government today adopted a new science, technology, and innovation policy that calls for doubling the investment in science in the next 5 years and establishing India among the top five nations in output of scientific publications by the end of the decade...1/3

science & technology

Driverless car concept gains traction at CES

Driverless Car(Phys Org) Automakers and technology firms are jumping on the bandwagon of the driverless car, which remains a concept as well as a platform for new technologies to improve safety on the road...1/9

'Tricorder' Closer to Reality: Portable X-Ray Source Could Put Medical Diagnosis and Terrorism Prevention in the Palm of the Hand

(Science Daily) The hand-held scanners, or tricorders, of the Star Trek movies and television series are one step closer to reality now that a University of Missouri engineering team has invented a compact source of X-rays and other forms of radiation...1/8

Spear phishing: Researchers work to counter email attacks that gain recipients' trust

(Phys Org) The email resembled the organization's own employee e-newsletter and asked recipients to visit a website to confirm that they wanted to continue receiving the newsletter. Another email carried an attachment it said contained the marketing plan the recipient had requested at a recent conference...1/9

Other Stories

Cat used in Brazil prison smuggling try

Prison Cat(Boston.com) Guards thought there was something suspicious about a little white cat slipping through a prison gate in northeastern Brazil. A prison official says that when they caught the animal, they found a cellphone, drills, small saws and other contraband taped to its body...1/8

‘Rehab’ helps errant researchers return to the lab

(Nature) On 8 January, four health scientists accused of research misconduct are expected to file into a room at Saint Louis University in Missouri to conduct an experiment: can they be rehabilitated? Using pseudo­nyms if they wish, the four will discuss what they did wrong, why they did it and how they might stop it from happening again — all in an effort to see if they can re-enter the scientific mainstream...1/8