Friday, February 14, 2014
ORNL in the News

DOE

Energy Secretary Moniz Dedicates World’s Largest Concentrating Solar Power Project

(Energy.gov) ...As President Obama highlighted in his State of the Union address, the U.S. is becoming a global leader in solar energy -- demonstrated by a new industry report which found that U.S. utility-scale solar set a record with 2.3 gigawatts installed in 2013...2/13

Illicit nuclear trade a ‘worsening problem’

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The trafficking of nuclear materials and technologies related to nuclear weapons is a growing threat, experts said Thursday at the 6th annual Nuclear Deterrence Summit, but they said there are numerous ways to try to mitigate — if not eliminate — the problem...2/13

State & Regional

Guns-in-parks measure passes Tenn. Senate

(The Tennessean) The Tennessee Senate approved a bill Thursday that would lift gun bans in local parks, despite opposition from Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and other city leaders...2/13

National

In China, Kerry talks NKorea, regional tensions

(AP) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday appealed for China's help in bringing a belligerent North Korea back to nuclear disarmament talks but faced an uncertain response as the request was accompanied by demands for Beijing to roll back a series of increasingly aggressive steps it has taken to assert itself in territorial disputes with its smaller neighbors...2/14

Euro zone recovery accelerates more than expected in fourth quarter

(Reuters) The euro zone economy grew more than expected in the last quarter of 2013 thanks to stronger expansion in its biggest countries France and Germany, the first estimate from the European Union's Statistics Office showed on Friday...2/14

East Tennessee

NWS: Knoxville received most snowfall in 20 years

(WATE) The National Weather Service in Morristown says 5.8 inches of snow were recorded at McGhee Tyson Airport Wednesday night into Thursday morning, which is the highest amount in 21 years...2/13

science & technology

Gold-Ion CollisionWhat are the chances that a particle collider's strangelets will destroy the Earth?

(PhysOrg) At the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Long Island, New York, scientists study high-speed ion collisions that reveal what the universe may have looked like moments after the Big Bang...2/12

Sweet Spot in BrainResearchers find brain's 'sweet spot' for love in neurological patient

(Medical XPress) A region deep inside the brain controls how quickly people make decisions about love, according to new research at the University of Chicago. The finding, made in an examination of a 48-year-old man who suffered a stroke, provides the first causal clinical evidence that an area of the brain called the anterior insula "plays an instrumental role in love,"...2/14

AdmixtureMixed genes: Interactive world map of human genetic history reveals likely genetic impacts of historical events

(Science Daily) When individuals from different groups interbreed, their offspring's DNA becomes a mixture of the DNA from each admixing group. Pieces of this DNA are then passed along through subsequent generations, carrying on all the way to the present day...2/13

Other Stories

Comcast, Time Warner Cable reach $45B deal

(USA Today) Comcast and Time Warner Cable confirmed Thursday that they will enter into a $45.2 billion deal to combine the nation's two largest cable companies, a mammoth proposal that will trigger close scrutiny from federal regulators...2/13

AAAS announces open-access journal

(Nature News) The publisher of the august journal Science is to launch its first open-access journal in early 2015. The nonprofit American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced the new online-only broad-discipline journal, to be called Science Advances, today ahead of the AAAS annual meeting in Chicago...2/13