Tuesday, January 17, 2012
ORNL in the News

UT, ORNL faculty members elected science fellows

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Two faculty members of the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Lee Riedinger and Michael Simpson are joint faculty members and are leaders of the UT-ORNL Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education. The center opened in the fall and offers a doctoral degree in engineering and energy sciences...1/16

 

 

 

 

Who's that knocking at ORNL's front door? Yep, it's China (again and again)

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory received thousands of foreign visitors in 2011, with the total up by about 800 over the previous year...1/15

Hot tank excavated at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Finally, some good news about one of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's most vexing environmental problems. UCOR, the U.S. Department of Energy's cleanup manager in Oak Ridge, announced that workers had successfully excavated Tank W-1A — an underground waste tank responsible for radioactively polluting the groundwater in ORNL's historic central campus...1/17

DOE

Subcontractor layoffs at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) B&W Y-12, the government's managing contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, has taken a number of steps to reduce costs during tight budget times and maintain its workforce at about 4,600 without layoffs...1/15

State & Regional

TVA settlement funds to help Tennessee's energy efficiency

(The Tennessean) More than $26 million in TVA settlement funds will help the state buy electric cars and rework several buildings to reduce energy costs and air pollution...1/16

National

As U.S.-Pakistani relations sink, nations try to figure out ‘a new normal’

(Washington Post) In a call to her Pakistani counterpart this month, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reiterated the Obama administration’s counterterrorism “red line”: The United States reserved the right to attack anyone who it determined posed a direct threat to U.S. national security, anywhere in the world..1/16

East Tennessee

New radar technology coming to National Weather Service Morristown office

(WATE) New technology is coming to the National Weather Service in Nashville and Morristown. The Dual Polarization Radar will better detect tornadoes and other severe weather...1/16

energy & science policy

U.S. Unveils New Ocean Plan

(Forbes) ...The White House issued its new National Ocean Policy action plan Thursday, outlining more than 50 actions the U.S. will take to defend the ecological and economic value of its oceans and Great Lakes...1/16

science & technology

Cracking Open the Scientific Process

(NY Times) The New England Journal of Medicine marks its 200th anniversary this year with a timeline celebrating the scientific advances first described in its pages: the stethoscope (1816), the use of ether for anesthesia (1846), and disinfecting hands and instruments before surgery (1867), among others...1/16

'Lost' Darwin fossils rediscovered

(Physorg.com) A rare collection of fossils, including some collected by Charles Darwin, has been 'rediscovered' at the British Geological Survey...1/17

Liquid Silver Used to Print Electronic Circuits

(Discovery News) Printing electronics just got a boost from the University of Illinois, where the latest in electric inks has been made from silver...1/16

The Newest Revolutions in Metamaterials Bring Invisibility Within Reach

(Popular Science) The science of stealth has long been a matter of fading into already obscure environments—the night sky, say, or the deep sea. But engineers are now developing materials that could hide anything in plain sight...1/13

Other Stories

China cancer village tests law against pollution

(Reuters) The toxic water and earth that residents of southwestern Yunnan province blame for causing cancers have become a battleground over how far China will bend to letting courts punish pollution...1/16

In India, the challenge of building 50,000 colleges

(CS Monitor) To become an economic powerhouse, India needs to educate as many as 100 million young people over the next 10 years – something never done before...1/16