Wednesday, January 16, 2013
ORNL in the News

Researchers Create Flexible, Nanoscale ‘Bed of Nails’ for Possible Drug Delivery

(Nanotechnology Now) Researchers at North Carolina State University have come up with a technique to embed needle-like carbon nanofibers in an elastic membrane, creating a flexible "bed of nails" on the nanoscale that opens the door to development of new drug-delivery systems...Co-authors are Anatoli Melechko; Dr. Joseph Tracy, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at NC State; Bryan Anderson and Mehmet Sarac, Ph.D. students at NC State; and Timothy McKnight of Oak Ridge National Laboratory...1/15

The 4 hardest computing problems on earth

(CNN) America's most powerful supercomputer runs calculations so quickly it makes your laptop look like an abacus. The machine, called Titan, is located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. It is also the fastest supercomputer the world...1/15

DOE

UPF redesign effort now at 66 percent completion; approval on site readiness expected 'soon'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A Y-12 spokeswoman today said the National Nuclear Security Administration's approval is expected "soon" on the Critical Decision package for site readiness work on the Uranium Processing Facility...1/15

State & Regional

With rain still falling, TVA opens spillgates, schools plan closures

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA engineers opened the spillgates at Fort Loudoun Dam today to relieve pressure generated by the week's record rainfall...1/15

Tennessee ranks No. 1 in 2012 heat records

(The Tennessean) ...The Natural Resources Defense Council ranked all 50 states by the percentage of weather stations reporting at least one monthly heat record last year. Tennessee topped the list at No. 1...1/16

National

Obama to unveil sweeping gun control plan

(Reuters) President Barack Obama will propose an assault weapons ban and better background checks for gun buyers on Wednesday in a package of proposals to curb gun violence...1/16

East Tennessee

Fleischmann gets coveted seat on Energy & Water

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., whose congressional district includes the government operations in Oak Ridge, has gained a much coveted seat on the Appropriations Committee's Energy & Water Development Subcommittee...1/15

energy & science policy

Japan’s new leadership to boost science

(Nature) Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which regained power in a 16 December election, finalized a proposal for a ¥10.3-trillion (US$115 billion) supplementary budget on Friday...1/14

FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act: Science and Technology Funding

(AIP) President Barack Obama signed H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013 on January 2. This legislation provides policy and budget guidance for the Department of Defense and the National Nuclear Security Administration...1/15

science & technology

Burning Fuel Particles Do More Damage to Climate Than Thought, Study Says

(NY Times) The tiny black particles released into the atmosphere by burning fuels are far more powerful agents of global warming than had previously been estimated, some of the world’s most prominent atmospheric scientists reported in a study issued on Tuesday...1/15

Race is on for EU's $1.3 billion science projects

(PhysOrg) ...Call it Europe's Got Talent for geeks. Teams of scientists from across the continent are vying for a funding bonanza that could see two of them receive up to €1 billion ($1.33 billion) over 10 years to keep Europe at the cutting edge of technology...1/13

Other Stories

Why Cellular Towers in Developing Nations Are Making the Move to Solar Power

(Scientific American) When a sweeping power failure blacked out 700 million people in India last July, the cell sites that connect nearly one billion mobile phone users in the country were largely unaffected...1/15

As IAEA arrives in Tehran, Iran braces for full force of US sanctions

(CS Monitor) US Treasury sanctions penalizing banks that facilitate financial transactions with Iran go into effect Feb 6. Billions of dollars worth of Iranian money could end up permanently out of Tehran's reach...1/15