Tuesday, February 22, 2011
ORNL in the News

First harmful algal bloom species genome sequenced

(Science Blog) The microscopic phytoplankton Aureococcus anophagefferens, which causes devastating brown tides, may be tiny but it’s proven to be a fierce competitor...Researchers from the University of Tennessee, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Rutgers University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Macquarie University, University of Delaware, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology also contributed to this work.2/21

'Return to Thunder Road' author to speak at Oak Ridge literacy event

(Oak Ridger) Alex Gabbard, an award-winning author of 16 books of fiction and non-fiction, will speak at the March 17 Literacy Luncheon sponsored by Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary and Altrusa International of Oak Ridge...Gabbard, an atomic physicist, retired after 25 years as a research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/21

DOE

Amid budget scare, NNSA tells field sites to stay the course on spending

(Knoxville News Sentinel) There was an anomaly or exception in the continuing budget resolution for FY 2011 that provided elevated funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration's nuclear weapons work, and NNSA sites apparently will continue to spend at that level even though there's a threat that significant reductions could take place based on congressional cost-cutting measures in the works...2/20

DOE Research Group Makes Case for Exascale

(HPC Wire) Exascale computing promises incredible science breakthroughs, but it won't come easily, and it won't come free. That's the premise of a feature story from the DOE's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, whose mission it is "to discover, develop, and deploy the computational and networking tools that enable researchers in the scientific disciplines to analyze, model, simulate, and predict complex phenomena important to the Department of Energy."...2/21

State & Regional

Ramsey, Harwell propose bill that would cut committees

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In a move pitched as streamlining government, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey have jointly proposed abolishing a dozen special committees, some decades old, that oversee state functions ranging from prisons and TennCare to children's issues and the lottery...2/22

National

U.S. struggles with little leverage to restrain Libyan government

(Washington Post) As Libya's government brutally cracked down on demonstrators Monday, the Obama administration confronted a cold truth: It had almost none of the leverage it has exercised in recent days to help defuse other crises in the region...02/22

Neither side budging in Wisconsin union fight

(AP) Republican backers of a Wisconsin plan to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees are trying to move the explosive proposal closer to reality, even as Democrats remain on the run...2/22

Home Sales Data Doubted

(Wall Street Journal) The housing crash may have been more severe than initial estimates have shown.   The National Association of Realtors, which produces a widely watched monthly estimate of sales of previously owned homes, is examining the possibility that it over-counted U.S. home sales dating back as far as 2007...2/22

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge, Tenn.: Small-town feel, world-class facilities

(Oak Ridger) The Chamber of Commerce wants to expand one initiative to get more local employees to live in Oak Ridge ... and to help with another initiative to battle drugs and crime, improve housing, and make the city a better place to live and invest...2/21

 

science & technology

Plankton Key to Origin of Earth's First Breathable Atmosphere

(ScienceDaily) Researchers studying the origin of Earth's first breathable atmosphere have zeroed in on the major role played by some very unassuming creatures: plankton...2/21

Oldest fossils ever found may not be fossils after all

(PhysOrg) A rock formation in Western Australia was the site of great excitement a couple of decades ago when it revealed evidence of the oldest fossils of bacteria ever found, but a new study casts doubt on those findings...2/21

Archive Gallery: How the World Will End

(Popular Science) For all our talk on "the future now," there is one future we'd prefer to delay for the next five billion years, and that's the inevitability of our planet's destruction. Mankind's speculated on the end of the world for thousands of years, but it wasn't until recent centuries that people began attaching scientific possibilities to doomsday scenarios, instead of blaming the gods for our demise...2/21

Other Stories

The Bar Is Open: A Slot Machine That Pays In Drinks

(Popular Science) Gambling just to win silver coins can get boring. Instead, play for a perfectly crafted cocktail. The BarBot was built by a team from the hacker collective NYC Resistor as part of a hacking competition co-sponsored by the video content company VIMBY and the carmaker Scion...2/21