Monday, February 18, 2013
ORNL in the News

FDA Approves First Bionic Eye for the Blind

(Scoop San Diego) The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that its support for a decade of revolutionary research has contributed to the creation of the first ever retinal prosthesis – or bionic eye – to be approved in the United States...The project...included researchers from five DOE National Laboratories —Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California; Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico; Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee...2/14

Pics: Former governor tours ORNL

Don Sundquist(Oak Ridge Today) Former Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Thursday with Leadership Knoxville. The group toured ORNL’s supercomputing facilities as part of the visit....2/16



NNSA won't say what's been removed from UPF work scope to deal with costly redesign

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In the recently released FY2012 performance evaluation report for Babcock & Wilcox Y-12, the National Nuclear Security Administration acknowledged that the design screw-up on the Uranium Processing Facility had a cost impact of $539 million...2/15

State & Regional

TN Senate approves plan to leave income tax up to voters

(The Tennessean) The Senate voted Thursday to place proposed constitutional amendments to ban a state income tax before Tennessee voters...2/15

Haslam's voucher plan is gearing up in TN legislature

(The Tennessean) Tiffany Clay says she wants to give her sons the best education possible, and that’s why the Memphis mother favors a proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee...2/18


Obama’s Plan Sees 8-Year Wait for Illegal Immigrants

(New York Times) A plan by President Obama for an overhaul of the immigration system would put illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship that could begin after about eight years and would require them to go to the back of the line behind legal applicants...2/17

East Tennessee

Environmentalists urge TVA to shut down more coal plants

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) The Tennessee Valley Authority has shut down or announced plans to soon shutter more than a dozen of its oldest and smallest coal-fired generation units to meet federal clean air standards...2/14

East Tennessee copes with stress, anxiety of protracted national recession

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In nearly 30 years of marriage, with two grown children, a house and 6 acres, Sonny and Yvonne Hinkle of Knoxville have stuck together for richer or poorer. Lately, it's been a little more of the second...2/17

science & technology

This Is a Fish on (Prescription) Drugs

(Bloomberg News) Imagine you are a perch. One day you notice that all the other perch around you are acting different. Previously timid and communal—as the species has been for millennia—they’ve become foolhardy, leaving the safety of the school to search alone for bits of zooplankton to eat...2/14

Russian meteor largest in a century

(Nature News) A meteor that exploded over Russia this morning was the largest recorded object to strike the Earth in more than a century, scientists say...2/15

Affordable Fuel Cells Closer: Synthetic Molecule First Electricity-Making Catalyst to Use Iron to Split Hydrogen Gas

(Science Daily) To make fuel cells more economical, engineers want a fast and efficient iron-based molecule that splits hydrogen gas to make electricity...2/17

Other Stories

To Reduce Suicide Rates, New Focus Turns to Guns

(New York Times) Craig Reichert found his son’s body on a winter morning, lying on the floor as if he were napping with his great-uncle’s pistol under his knee. The 911 dispatcher told him to administer CPR, but Mr. Reichert, who has had emergency training, told her it was too late...2/13

Will young adults face ‘rate shock’ because of the health-care law?

(Washington Post) Many young, healthy Americans could soon see a jump in their health insurance costs, and insurance companies are saying: It's not our fault...2/17

Out there

Ping Pong BallBehold the 900-MPH Supersonic Ping-Pong Bazooka

(Popular Mechanics) The Internet can teach you how to build a gun that launches ping-pong balls at a few hundred miles per hour. Big deal—where's the fun in shooting projectiles at subsonic speed? To kick it up a notch, a team of mechanical engineers at Purdue University has reconfigured the procathedrals gun into a supersonic bazooka....2/13