Wednesday, January 30, 2013
ORNL in the News

Professor Robert W. Williams, PhD, at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Selected by European Commission to Participate in Human Brain Project

(Yahoo Finance) ...“UTHSC's role is to assemble massive genetic data sets and to build computer systems for the analysis of brain function and disease,” said Robert W. Williams, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. “We will build a sophisticated tool kit for joint genetic studies of humans and mouse models of human brain disease.” Dr. Williams is one of four scientists in the U.S.A. who are part of the first phase of this massive project....1/28

Nuclear WasteU.S. To Bury Almost All Existing Nuclear Waste; Recycling Deferred At Least 20 Years

(Forbes) There’s little hope that the 70,000 metric tons of used nuclear fuel dispersed across the United States will ever be recycled, according to a recent study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory—so nearly all existing waste will go into the earth...1/28

‘Zoomable’ Map of Poplar Proteins Offers New View of Bioenergy Crop

(Newswise) Researchers seeking to improve production of ethanol from woody crops have a new resource in the form of an extensive molecular map of poplar tree proteins, published by a team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory...1/29

DOE

Partner in new Oak Ridge security team accused of filing false claims in Iraq

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Triple Canopy Inc., a partner in the team that recently won a $181 million contract to provide security at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge facilities, was accused last year of defrauding the U.S. government on a 2009-10 security contract in Iraq...1/29

Running Low On Cash, U.S. Physicists Recommend Shutting Off Nation's Last Big Collider

(Popular Science) A group of scientists is reluctantly recommending that the U.S. shut off its last giant atom smasher, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory, in the face of declining federal funds...1/29

State & Regional

Haslam: No Medicaid decision, more education money, DCS shake up

(WVLT) Gov. Bill Haslam has presented to lawmakers a nearly $33 billion annual spending plan that includes a staffing shakeup at the troubled Department of Children's Services, a heavy investment into construction projects around the state and a large deposit into the state's cash savings fund...1/29

National

Egyptian RiotsAs Egyptians flout curfew, Army warns of 'collapse'

(CS Monitor) The head of Egypt's Army warned today that Egypt's upheaval could lead to the “collapse of the state,” a starkly worded warning from the institution that ruled Egypt during the recent transition...1/29

Hillary Clinton Stands by Benghazi Testimony

(ABC News) In her final television interview as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton told ABC's Cynthia McFadden that she is "flattered and honored" at the intense interest in whether she might run for president in 2016...1/29

East Tennessee

Newfound Gap FloodingNPS: Fixing Newfound Gap Road will cost millions and continue into June

(Knoxville News Sentinel) he National Park Service has taken the first step toward cleaning up the landslide that swept away a 200-foot section of U.S. 441 — the Newfound Gap Road — but completing the reconstruction of the road may take until mid-May or early June...1/29

energy & science policy

Code Red: NASA Safety Panel’s Warning on Funding Uncertainty

(AIP) Earlier this month the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel issued its 2012 Annual Report.  Looking for hazards across the space agency’s wide-ranging portfolio of on-going and proposed operations and facilities, the panel assessed six issues and concerns...1/29

Obama rekindles climate hopes

(Nature News) Throughout his re-election campaign, US President Barack Obama rarely said the words ‘climate change’. But in his second inaugural address, on 21 January, Obama renewed a commitment to address global warming, citing both moral and economic imperatives...1/29

science & technology

Spring May Come Earlier to North American Forests, Increasing Uptake of Carbon Dioxide

(Science Daily) Trees in the continental U.S. could send out new spring leaves up to 17 days earlier in the coming century than they did before global temperatures started to rise, according to a new study by Princeton University researchers...1/29

New theory on African exit

(PhysOrg) Modern humans left Africa twice as early as previously thought, spreading in a number of climate-driven waves, new research suggests. The paper, published in Quaternary International, pours fresh doubt on the previously-held consensus that humans spread from Africa in a single cohort...1/30

Other Stories

U.S. approves sale of A123 to Chinese firm

(Detroit News) The Obama administration approved the sale of most of bankrupt battery maker A123 Systems' assets to Chinese firm Wanxiang Group Corp. The company's U.S. subsidiary, Chicago-based Wanxiang America, said it has received approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. to complete its acquisition of substantially all of the non-government business assets of A123 Systems, Inc...1/29

CatCats killing billions of animals in the US

(BBC News) Cats are one of the top threats to US wildlife, killing billions of animals each year, a study suggests. The authors estimate they are responsible for the deaths of between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 billion mammals annually. Writing in Nature Communications, the scientists said stray and feral cats were the worst offenders...1/29

Out there

DNA TaggerGun Shoots Criminals With DNA Tags, Marking Them For Later Arrest

(Popular Science) Riots are a tough nut for law enforcement in part because of the sheer number of people involved--it's impossible to stop and arrest every person involved in a skirmish. That's why cops have some pretty high-tech methods for catching suspects, from facial recognition software to debilitating sonic cannons. But none is as bizarre as this new DNA gun from a UK security firm...1/30