Friday, February 17, 2012
ORNL in the News

Virginia Tech, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Collaborate on Wireless Research

(TMC News) ...UT-Battelle, which manages and operates Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will be working with Wireless@Virginia Tech, one of the largest university wireless research groups in the U.S. Wireless@Virginia Tech, which was formed in 2006, includes several notable laboratories of wireless technologies...2/16

Story Tips From the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, February 2012

(Newswise) ...Alejandro Lopez-Bezanilla used the computing power of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Jaguar supercomputer, America’s fastest, to study the effects of adding oxygen, sulfur and hydrogen to nanoribbons made of boron nitride...2/14

DOE

Y-12 equipment certified as clean turns up radioactive

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Operations involving the use of respirators at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant were suspended last week after it was discovered that some of the plant's respiratory equipment — including masks and breathing tubes — was radioactively contaminated...2/17

Tribal Clean Energy Projects Awarded $6.5 Million from U.S. Energy Department

(Energy.gov) As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to strengthening partnerships with Tribal Nations and supporting tribal energy development, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that 19 clean energy projects to receive more than $6.5 million...2/16

State & Regional

Nuclear plants need bigger evacuation zones, advocates say

(Tennessean) Dozens of clean energy and anti-nuclear groups — including two in Tennessee — want evacuation zones around nuclear plants expanded from 10 to 25 miles...2/16

National

Mission impossible? U.S. wants sanctions to hurt only Iran

(Reuters) President Barack Obama hopes the toughest sanctions ever imposed on Iran will squeeze its oil exports - all without scaring markets, crimping growth, impoverishing ordinary Iranians or antagonizing allies...2/17

McCain: Cybersecurity Bill Ineffective Without NSA Monitoring the Net

(Wired News) After three years of haggling to produce bipartisan cybersecurity legislation that addresses the security of the nation’s critical infrastructure systems, the Senate finally got a bill this week that seemed destined to actually pass...2/16

East Tennessee

Reactor at TVA's Watts Bar plant over budget, behind schedule

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA board members learned Thursday that the second reactor at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant will not be completed before 2014 and is over budget...2/16

energy & science policy

FY 2013 Request for National Institute of Standards and Technology

(AIP) Total NIST Funding: Up $106.2 million or 14.1 percent from $750.8 million to $857.0 million...2/16

Secretary Clinton, officials launch new climate change initiative

(Electric Light & Power) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and environmental ministers from five other countries launched a new initiative on Climate and Clean Air to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants...2/16

science & technology

Cancer-causing mutations yield their secrets

(Nature News) The mystery of how mutations in a gene called isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) cause brain cancer and leukemia is beginning to be unraveled...2/15

Highest Rates Ever Recorded of Multi-Drug-Resistant TB

(Wired News) On the heels of the news of totally drug-resistant (TDR) TB being identified in India — and disavowed, unfortunately, by the Indian government — the World Health Organization has released an update on the background situation of drug-resistant TB around the world...2/16

With New Technique, Tiny Robots Can Be Mass-Produced Like Pop-Up Books

(Popular Science) A technique inspired by pop-up books could enable quicker production of tiny robots and other electrical devices, according to Harvard engineers...2/16

World's Tiniest Chameleon Discovered

(Scientific American) A species of chameleon small enough to easily perch on a match head has been discovered on a tiny island off Madagascar, a group of scientists has announced...2/15

Other Stories

Organic Foods Can Be Loaded With Arsenic

(Discovery News) Infant formulas, cereal bars and other foods made with organic brown rice syrup can contain excessive levels of arsenic...2/16