Wednesday, February 6, 2013
ORNL in the News

RFA Says New DOE Research Highlights Economic Success of RFS

(KNEB) The Renewable Fuels Association notes a recent research article concluded the Renewable Fuel Standard is producing significant positive economic effects in the U.S. The paper is authored by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/5

‘Bridging the Gap’ conference invites business community to ORNL

(Oak Ridge Today) Several of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s most promising applied research and development capabilities will be in the spotlight March 5-6 as dozens of entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists gather at the lab’s third annual “Bridging the Gap” conference...2/5

Gold Nanoparticle Can Transport Powerful Radioactive Particles Directly to Tumors for Treatment

(Science Daily) In a new study, University of Missouri researchers have demonstrated the ability to harness powerful radioactive particles and direct them toward small cancer tumors while doing negligible damage to healthy organs and tissues...Robertson and researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the School of Medicine at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville used the element "actinium,"...2/5


US Department of Energy employees hit by hackers

(ZDNet) The US Department of Energy has confirmed that it was the target of a cyber attack in January, which stole employee and contractor data, but said no classified data was compromised...2/5

Editorial: Secrecy over Y-12 management team is unjustified

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The sudden secrecy surrounding the management team of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant is a reversal of past policy and an unacceptable display of disdain for the public...2/5

State & Regional

Amendment to ban state income tax advances

(WBIR) Tennesseans currently do not pay a state income tax, and now some lawmakers want make sure tax payers never will...2/5

Tennessee joins Dept. of Justice in S&P suit

(WRCB TV) Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper has joined the Department of Justice and other several other state Attorneys General in filing enforcement actions against Standard and Poor's and its parent company, McGraw-Hill...2/5


Obama Calls For Small Package Of Cuts, Tax Changes To Head Off 'Sequester'

(NPR) Looking to head off deep, automatic spending cuts set to kick in on March 1, President Obama on Tuesday afternoon said that to avoid the negative economic effects that come with "political disfunction [sic]," Congress should move quickly to pass "a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms" that won't hurt the economy...2/5

East Tennessee

Henley Bridge closure extends to 8 months as TDOT tries innovative fix

(Knoxville News Sentinel) State transportation officials will try "a pillar within a pillar" solution to address deteriorating piers on the Henley Bridge, but the new work will extend the closure until February 2014...2/5

UT Named a ‘Best Value’ Public College by Princeton Review

(Tennessee Today) UT consistently delivers an affordable, high quality education and offers plenty of opportunities to engage its students, according to the Princeton Review’s 2013 Best Value survey...2/5

science & technology

Schodinger's CatDoes Probability Come from Quantum Physics?

(Science Daily) Ever since Austrian scientist Erwin Schrödinger put his unfortunate cat in a box, his fellow physicists have been using something called quantum theory to explain and understand the nature of waves and particles.

Gamma ray camera will give new insights into the birth and evolution of stars

(PhysOrg) A major step forward in our understanding of the structure and behaviour of some of the most elusive atomic nuclei in existence, some of which occur only briefly on the surface of exploding stars, is now taking place thanks to the first experiments to come from the new Advanced Gamma Tracking Array (AGATA)...2/5

Girls Lead in ScienceGirls Lead in Science Exam, but Not in the United States

(New York Times) For years — and especially since 2005, when Lawrence H. Summers, then president of Harvard, made his notorious comments about women's aptitude — researchers have been searching for ways to explain why there are so many more men than women in the top ranks of science...2/4

Other Stories

Michael DellDell computers to be bought back by founder Michael Dell

(BBC News) Michael Dell has said he will buy back the world's number three PC-maker that he founded and that carries his name. Along with technology investor Silver Lake, and with financial backing from Microsoft, he will offer to buy the firm for $24.4bn (£15.5bn)...2/5

Facebook May Soon Be Tracking You At All Times

(Forbes) Facebook already knows who all of your friends are, when you broke up with your last girlfriend/boyfriend and what you did or wish you didn't do on spring break last year. But if that wasn't enough, Facebook may soon be tracking you at all times...2/5

Out There

Halley VI

This Weird Antarctic Building Can Ski On Ice

(Popular Science) This is the Halley VI Antarctic research station, and today it officially opens as home to up to 52 (very cold) scientists working as part of the British Antarctic Survey. The Seuss-like $40.6 million facility, designed by Hugh Broughton Architects, is built to withstand the elements on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf...2/5