Thursday, February 7, 2013
ORNL in the News

Warming 'seesaw' turns extra sunlight into global greenhouse

(PhysOrg) Climate scientists, led by a group from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, used computer models to provide the strongest support yet to a case made nearly 90 years ago by mathematician Milutin Milankovitch...The researchers added Northern Hemisphere glacial melt to the IPCC computer model and ran it through the period of the last major glacial melt repeatedly on supercomputers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/7

Gold Nanoparticles Transport Particles Directly to Tumors

(Laboratory Equipment) In a new study, Univ. 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...J. Robertson and researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the School of Medicine at the Univ. of Tennessee in Knoxville used the element “actinium,” which is an element known as an “alpha emitter” because it produces alpha particles...2/7

Superbowl delays could've been prevented with LED lights, claims E. Tenn company

(WBIR-TV) An East Tennessee company claims the 34-minute wait during the Superbowl on Sunday because of a power failure could have been reduced if the New Orleans Superdome used their LED lights. "When we saw the lights go back on, one of the things I thought about was this company LED North America," said ORNL researcher Dr. James Klett. "Their LED could've solved some of the problems of the lights taking so long to turn on."...2/6

'Bridging the Gap' at ORNL, March 5-6

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is inviting business folks to come to the lab and catch up on some of the lab's most promising research and development endeavors at a conference called Bridging the Gap. The event is scheduled for March 5-6...2/5

DOE

Fueling the Next Generation of Vehicle Technology

(Energy.gov) With rapid fueling, long range and zero harmful emissions, fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) have a lot to offer consumers...2/6

State & Regional

Tenn. economy should be 'substantially stronger' in 2014

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee's economy will continue modest growth this year, but should be “substantially stronger” in 2014, University of Tennessee economists said today...2/6

TVA: River management system avoided $800 million in flood damages

(WBIR-TV) The Tennessee Valley Authority says it avoided more than $800 million in flood damage to communities along the Tennessee River and its tributaries in January...2/6

National

Khamenei rebuffs U.S. offer of direct talks

(Reuters) Iran's highest authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Thursday slapped down an offer of direct talks made by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden this week, saying they would not solve the problem between them...2/7

East Tennessee

Moving forward on Alexander Inn

(Oak Ridger) Demolition and construction at the Alexander Inn could start in the very near future. The nine-member Industrial Development Board in January approved a 10-year lease agreement with the Family Pride Corp. of Loudon to turn the old Guest House into a senior living facility...2/6

energy & science policy

President Awards Medals for Science, and Technology and Innovation; Stresses Importance of Encouraging New Researchers

(AIP) At an impressive East Room ceremony in the White House last Friday, President Obama presented the federal government’s highest awards given to scientists, engineers and inventors...2/5

science & technology

LHC set to halt for upgrades

(Nature) With the discovery of the Higgs boson or something very like it under its belt, the world’s most powerful particle collider is ready to take a well-earned rest. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will shut down on 11 February ahead of around two years of upgrade work...2/6

The Case of the Disappearing Homing Pigeons

(The Atlantic) Between 1968 and 1987, Cornell professor William T. Keeton and his colleagues released thousands of homing pigeons from different points in upstate New York and then tracked them to see if they could find their way home...2/6

Bacteria Found Deep Under Antarctic Ice, Scientists Say

(NY Times) For the first time, scientists report, they have found bacteria living in the cold and dark deep under the Antarctic ice, a discovery that might advance knowledge of how life could survive on other planets or moons and that offers the first glimpse of a vast ecosystem of microscopic life in underground lakes in Antarctica...2/6

Research sheds new light on wolves' impact on Yellowstone ecosystems

(PhysOrg) New research by Colorado State University finds that the removal of wolves from Yellowstone National Park caused complex changes in ecological processes that cannot be simply reversed by wolf reintroduction alone...2/7

Other Stories

U.S. Postal Service to Cut Saturday Mail

(Wall Street Journal) The U.S. Postal Service is moving to end Saturday mail delivery as part of a strategy to curb losses at the agency, which swelled to $15.9 billion in the most recent fiscal year...2/6