Friday, February 10, 2012
ORNL in the News

National Academy of Engineering elects 66 members and 10 foreign associates

(PhysOrg) The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 66 new members and 10 foreign associates, announced NAE President Charles M. Vest today...Steven J. Zinkle, UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow and director, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn. For advancing understanding of radiation damage in metallic and ceramic components.

Gas ExchangerRumors: Industry Report—From Exhaust Gases To Drinking Water

(Winding Road) A joint effort between Borla and Oak Ridge National Laboratory is in the process of creating a unique exhaust system that could create potable water from the exhaust gases of internal combustion engines...2/10


U.S. Rep. Markey introduces bill to slash $100B from 'bloated' nuclear weapons program over 10 years; would kill both UPF and CMRR

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., today introduced legislation to cut $100 billion from the nation's "bloated" nuclear weapons budget over the next decade...2/8

Department of Ecology looking into leak at DOE site

(NBC News) NBC Right Now has learned there's been a leak at the Central Waste Complex site, a Department of Energy facility at Hanford. A spokesperson from Washington State Department of Ecology Radioactive Waste Program has confirmed there was a radioactive reading found near a concrete box containing radioactive waste....2/9

State & Regional

Most TN homebuyers won't get a share of mortgage settlement

(Tennessean) While Tennessee consumers stand to get about $146 million from a $25 billion settlement announced Thursday between the government and the nation’s top five mortgage-loan servicers, the benefits at street level may be limited...2/10


Gas PricesGas prices to spike 60 cents or more by May

(ABC News) Get ready for another round of pain at the pump: $4 (or higher) gasoline. After rising 19 cents a gallon in the past four weeks, regular unleaded gasoline now averages $3.48 a gallon, vs. $3.12 a year ago and $2.67 in February 2010...2/6

House bans federal lawmakers from insider trading

(CBS News) The House on Thursday joined the Senate in voting to explicitly prohibit members of Congress and other top officials from making investments on insider information. But an effort to bridle purveyors of Capitol Hill political intelligence could delay the bill's enactment...2/9

East Tennessee

Knoxville tops list of most romantic cities in the U.S.

(WBIR) Knoxville has moved up to the title of "most romantic city" in the U.S., according to The company, in a news release, said it uses sales data of romance novels and relationship books, romantic comedy movies, Barry White albums, and sexual wellness products....2/9

science & technology

AmasiaHow Earth's next supercontinent (Amasia?) will form

(Fox News) The Earth has been covered by giant combinations of continents, called supercontinents, many times in its past, and it will be again one day in the distant future. The next predicted supercontinent, dubbed Amasia, may form when the Americas and Asia both drift northward to merge, closing off the Arctic Ocean, researchers suggest...2/9

Lake VostokRussian 'Small Window' On Lake Vostok a Geyser

(Discovery News) "A 'small window' to the unknown world of subglacial Lake Vostok is open," wrote Valerii Lukin, head of the Russian Antarctic Expedition, in a press statement sent to Discovery News today...2/10

Other Stories

U.S. approves 1st nuclear reactors since 1978

(USA Today) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved Southern Co.'s request to build two nuclear reactors in the southern state of Georgia. The $14 billion reactors could begin operating as soon as 2016 and 2017...2/9

Windows 8 Preview Timing Suggests Late 2012 Launch

(Information Week) Microsoft's announcement of a Windows 8 Consumer Preview event at the end of February is the strongest indication yet that the operating system could be generally available later this year--if the company is being consistent with release cadences it used with previous versions of Windows...2/9

Out there

Pig on CarPigs on police cars? Prank by Vermont inmates adorns decals

(Burlington Free Press) How did an image of a pig — the infamous ’60s-era epithet by protesters for police officers — wind up on a decal used on as many as 30 Vermont State Police cruisers?...2/8