Monday, January 28, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL project in spotlight

(Knoxville News Sentinel) McCarthy Building Companies of St. Louis, which managed construction of ORNL's Chemical and Materials Sciences Building, has received the Construction Management Association of America's Project Achievement Award for new construction project with constructed value less than $100 million...1/24

DOE

Somewhere north of awkward

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Y-12 nuclear weapons plant has never been an easy to place to work, given the security, the classification, and the layers and layers of bureaucracy, rules and regs, and other day-to-day niceties associated with the federal government and its contracting...1/27

State & Regional

Tennessee Department of Health says Antibiotic Resistance is a Growing Concern

(Clarksville Online) ...The Tennessee Department of Health is working to educate Tennesseans that some antibiotics are no longer effective for some people due to antibiotic resistance...1/28

East Tennessee

Knox County commissioners may pull plug on digital billboards

(WATE) Knox County commissioners will consider a permanent ban on all new digital billboards at its meeting Monday afternoon...1/27

National

US Envoy Urges North Korea to Scrap Nuke Test Plan

(1/28) A U.S. envoy says North Korea is playing a dangerous game with the international community by threatening a nuclear test and urged the communist nation to scrap the planned test...1/28

Bipartisan group of 8 senators reaches deal on immigration changes

(Fox News) A bipartisan group of eight senators plans to announce they have agreed on a set of principles for comprehensive immigration reform. The deal, which will be announced at a news conference Monday afternoon, covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country...1/28

Mali FightersU.S. expands aid to French mission in Mali

(Washington Post) The United States is significantly expanding its assistance to a French assault on Islamist militants in Mali by offering aerial refueling and planes to transport soldiers from other African nations, the Pentagon announced Saturday night...1/28

 

energy & science policy

National Research Council Reviews NASA's Strategic Direction

(AIP) In 2011, Congress directed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Office of Inspector General to assess NASA’s goals, objectives, and strategies that were set forth in the 2011 NASA Strategic Plan.  NASA requested that this assessment be conducted by the National Research Council (NRC)...1/25

science & technology

CitiesCities Affect Temperatures for 1,000s of Miles

(Discovery News) If you have ever looked out across a city on a frosty winter morning, the question might have occurred to you (as it has to me): What happens to all that heat when it eventually gets out of the buildings, cars and other fossil fuel burning sources?...1/27

Why poor sleep and forgetfulness plague the ageing brain

(Nature News) Deterioration of a specific brain region impairs sleep quality as people age, leading to poorer memory retention, according to research published today in Nature Neuroscience1...1/28

QuasarAstronomers Witness Possible Birth Of A Quasar

(Live Science) This discovery could help scientists answer lingering questions about how these exceptionally bright celestial bodies form, and how they helped the ancient universe shape today's galaxies...1/25

Other Stories

The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013 (So Far): It Is Now a Crime to Unlock Your Smartphone

(The Atlantic) That's right, starting this weekend it is illegal to unlock new phones to make them available on other carriers. I have deep sympathy for any individual who happens to get jail time for this offense. I am sure that other offenders would not take kindly to smartphone un-lockers...1/27

Out there

DogDarpa’s Plan to Recruit Military Dogs: Scan Their Brains

(Wired) Dogs do it all for the military: sniff for bombs, detect narcotics and rescue hapless humans. But to recruit the best canine squadmates, the Pentagon’s blue-sky researchers are working on a plan to scan their brains — and figure out how dogs think. Belly rubs won’t cut it anymore...1/25