Monday, January 13, 2014
ORNL in the News

This Little Bug Could Be The Graphene Of Low Cost Biofuel

(Simply Green) From the exotic Valley of Geysers in far eastern Russia comes a bacteria that could propel the biofuel market far past its petroleum rivals...The latest research on this bug was supported by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Bioenergy Research Center anchored by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Georgia...1/13

ChristenChristen leads ORNL’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences

(Oak Ridge Today) Hans M. Christen of Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been named director of ORNL's Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, one of the five DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers. Christen joined ORNL in 2000 and led the Thin Films and Nanostructures group from 2006 to 2013....1/10


RichardsonRichardson takes over helm of Y-12 on Feb. 1

(The Oak Ridger) The Babcock & Wilcox Co. announced today that Dave Richardson will become president and general manager of its affiliate, Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12 LLC (B&W Y-12) on Feb. 1...1/10

Indicted former director of US Department of Energy lab found dead in Pa. conservation area

(StarTribune) A former National Energy Technology Laboratory director who'd been indicted by a grand jury has been found dead in Pennsylvania...1/9

State & Regional

TN legislature faces familiar fights this session

(WBIR) The Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes Tuesday for what is expected to be a breakneck session, one that Republican leaders hope will bring resolution to some of the most difficult questions lawmakers have grappled with in recent years...1/12.


Negotiators Put Final Touches on Iran Accord

(The New York Times) Iran and a group of six world powers completed a deal on Sunday that will temporarily freeze much of Tehran’s nuclear program starting next Monday, Jan. 20, in exchange for limited relief from Western economic sanctions...1/12

Fight Over Presidential Appointment Power Heads To Supreme Court

(ABC News) It was a judicial decision few saw coming. It has blossomed into a full-scale constitutional debate concerning the separation of powers that will play out at the Supreme Court on Monday...1/13

East Tennessee

Extreme winter weather will cause bills to spike

(WVLT) The Knoxville Utilities Board says East Tennessee's recent arctic chill set records for peak demands. The colder the temperature outside, the harder customers' heating units have to work to maintain a consistent temperature, which increases bills...1/10

science & technology

Starting Fire With Water

(NASA Science) When firefighters want to extinguish a blaze, they often douse it with water. Astronauts on board the ISS, however, are experimenting with a form of water that does the opposite.  Instead of stopping fire, this water helps start it...1/10

The Cyborg Era Has Started

(Science Daily) Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns...1/10

Volcanic PlumeVolcano Ground-Warping Could Predict Ash Plume Height

(Live Science) The way a volcano warps the ground might predict how high an eruption's ash plume will get, which in turn might help scientists gauge the impact the explosion could have before it happens, researchers say in a new study...1/12

Enormous cosmic lens magnifies supernova

(Science News) An immense cosmic magnifying glass has given astronomers an unprecedented view of a distant exploding star. The discovery demonstrates that astronomers can spot supernovas that are seemingly too far away to be detected...1/10

Other Stories

Cell Phone TrackingCell Phones Let Cops Track People For A Thousandth Of The Price, Study Finds

(Forbes) It’s no secret that the ability to track a cell phone has led to a sea change in law enforcement surveillance methods. But now a pair of researchers have actually put a number to the plummeting cost of that covert spying in the modern world...1/9

Software Accurately Predicts Books' Popularity By Analyzing Their Sentences

(Popular Science) Maybe this is something we can apply to Popular Science posts? A team of computer scientists has developed software that's able to predict whether a book will be popular based on its writing style, the U.K.'s Telegraph reports...1/10