ORNL in the News


New biochip technology uses tiny whirlpools to corral microbes

(PressZoom) Researchers have demonstrated a new technology that combines a laser and electric fields to create tiny centrifuge-like whirlpools to separate particles and microbes by size, a potential lab-on-a-chip system for medicine and research....The Lab on a Chip paper was written by Kwon; Ravindranath; Aloke Kumar, a researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Joseph Irudayaraj, a Purdue professor of agricultural and biological engineering and deputy director of the Bindley Bioscience Center; and Wereley...1/14


B&W docked $12.2 million in fee as a result of July security breach

(Knoxville News Sentinel) For Fiscal Year 2012, B&W Y-12 received only 58.9 percent of the total fee available, the contractor's lowest ever, and the National Nuclear Security Administration docked the Oak Ridge contractor $12.2 million in award fee as a result of the July 28 security breach...1/11

It's a big-bucks contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Y-12/Pantex contract, which was awarded earlier this week to Consolidated Nuclear Security (with Bechtel National, Lockheed Martin, etc.), is valued at about $22.8 billion over 10 years if all the options are exercised -- and that includes bringing the Savannah River tritium work into the merger...1/11

State & Regional

Nissan begins push to sell Smyrna-built Leaf electric car

(The Tennessean) Now that the all-electric Leaf has begun rolling off the assembly line at Nissan's Smyrna complex, which also makes the batteries that power the vehicle, the automaker faces a huge challenge: finding enough buyers to keep the line moving...1/14


Sour U.S.-Russia relations threaten Obama’s foreign policy agenda

(Washington Post) A poisonous unraveling of U.S. relations with Russia in recent months represents more than the failure of President Obama’s first-term attempt to “reset” badly frayed bilateral relations. It threatens pillars of Obama’s second-term foreign policy agenda as well...1/14

French Strikes in Mali Supplant Caution of U.S.

(New York Times) French fighter jets struck deep inside Islamist strongholds in northern Mali on Sunday, shoving aside months of international hesitation about storming the region after every other effort by the United States and its allies to thwart the extremists had failed...1/14

Syrian MosqueSyria conflict causing 'staggering' humanitarian crisis

(BBC News) With more then 600,000 Syrians having fled the country, the International Rescue Committee is calling on the outside world to step up its response. The US-based group describes the level of rape and sexual violence occurring in the conflict as "horrific". In the latest violence, at least 13 people were killed in an air strike on a Damascus suburb, activists said...1/14

energy & science policy

USDA Announces Investments in Bioenergy Research and Development to Spur New Markets, Innovation, and Unlimited Opportunity in Rural America

(USDA) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited a state-of-the-art bioindustrial facility at Renmatix today, where he announced $25 million to fund research and development of next-generation renewable energy and high-value biobased products from a variety of biomass sources...1/11

science & technology

Large Quasar GroupLargest structure in universe discovered

(Fox News) Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe, a clump of active galactic cores that stretches 4 billion light-years from end to end. The structure is a large quasar group (LQG), a collection of extremely luminous galactic nuclei powered by supermassive central black holes...1/11

Bigelow Inflatable Space StationSpace Station to Test Bigelow Inflatable Module

(Discovery News) prototype inflatable space module, developed by Bigelow Aerospace, will be tested aboard the International Space Station. NASA will pay Bigelow $17.8 million for the experimental habitat, known as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM...1/13

What Did Our Ancestors Look Like? Hair and Eye Color Can Be Determined for Ancient Human Remains

(Science Daily) A new method of establishing hair and eye colour from modern forensic samples can also be used to identify details from ancient human remains, finds a new study published in BioMed Central's open access journal Investigative Genetics...1/11

Other Stories

Hiroshima BlastRare Photo of the Mushroom Cloud Over Hiroshima Discovered in a Former Japanese Elementary School

(The Atlantic) In the center of Hiroshima, in a part of the city totally destroyed by the explosion and ensuing fires, a long-lost photograph taken shortly after the blast has been discovered among a collection of articles about the bombing.

Swartz' death fuels debate over computer crime

(USA Today) Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz, who was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment Friday, struggled for years against a legal system that he felt had not caught up to the information age. Federal prosecutors had tried unsuccessfully to mount a case against him for publishing reams of court documents that normally cost a fee to download...1/14