Thursday, February 24, 2010
ORNL in the News

UT researchers crack code to harmful brown tides

(EurekAlert) A team involving University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researchers has conducted the first-ever genetic sequencing of a harmful algal bloom (HAB) species, cracking the genome of the micro-organism responsible for the Eastern Seaboard's notorious brown tides. Steven Wilhelm, microbiology professor; Gary LeCleir, research associate in microbiology; Nathan VerBerkmoes, adjunct assistant professor of microbiology at UT Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Manesh Shah, senior research associate at the School of Genome Science and Technology, in collaboration with other researchers were able to solve the mystery as to why HABs continue to bloom when there are so many other competing species in the water with them....2/23

Mason: 'It's anyone's guess what's going to happen'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ORNL Director Thom Mason spent the latter part of last week in Washington, D.C., along with three other national lab directors, Paul Alivisatos of Lawrence Berkeley; Eric Isaacs of Argonne; and Persis Drell of SLAC. Mason said the effort, the first of probably several in coming weeks, was productive in that lab directors were able to explain to some key players the potential impacts of deep budget cuts, such as those contained in H.R. 1, the House version of a spending plan for the rest of Fiscal Year 2011....2/22

Jaguar Super to Unlock Mysteries of Turbulence in Solar Winds

(Inside HPC) Researchers are using the Jaguar supercomputer at ORNL to better understand turbulence in the cosmos....2/24

DOE

Energy, Interior Departments Announce New Location for Solar Decathlon 2011

(DOE Press Release) The Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 will be held at the National Mall's West Potomac Park, on the banks of the Potomac River along the path between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials....2/23

Other Stories

U.S. will no longer dominate science and research

(Pennsylvania State University) A shift in the global research landscape will reposition the United States as a major partner, but not the dominant leader, in science and technology research in the coming decade, according to a Penn State researcher....2/18

 

National

Rising Oil Prices Raise the Specter of a Double Dip

(Wall Street Journal) A sustained and significant rise in oil prices could derail the U.S. economic recovery by stirring inflation and putting the brakes on spending....2/24

In gay rights victory, Obama administration won't defend Defense of Marriage Act

(Washington Post) The Obama administration said Wednesday that it will no longer defend the federal law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriage because it considers the legislation unconstitutional, a sudden and rare reversal....2/24 [Registration Required]

If a government shutdown occurs, what actually happens?

(Christian Science Monitor) Here's what to expect if Republicans and Democrats in Congress don't reconcile their differences on spending for the last half of this fiscal year ... and a government shutdown ensues....2/23

energy & science policy

FY 2012 Request for National Nuclear Security Administration

(AIP Bulletin) The Administration has requested a 5.1 percent or $568.2 million increase for the National Nuclear Security Administration for FY 2012. Under this request, funding would increase from the FY 2011 Administration request of $11,214.8 million to $11,782.9 million....2/23

E.P.A. Scales Back Emission Rules

(New York Times) Responding to a changed political climate and a court-ordered deadline, the Obama administration issued significantly revised new air pollution rules on Wednesday that will make it easier for operators of thousands of industrial boilers and incinerators to meet federal air quality standards....2/23

Pentagon Looks to Africa for Next Bio Threat

(Wired) The Pentagon agency charged with protecting the United States from weapons of mass destruction is looking to the insecure storage of pathogens at clinics in Africa as the next flashing red light for a potential biological outbreak....2/23

Inside Energy Extra

2/23 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Thousands of lab jobs seen at stake
** DOE deepwater group to focus on safety
** Citing Libya, Hastings urges US drilling
** Liability top worry for drillers: CEO

science & technology

A Romp Into Theories of the Cradle of Life

(New York Times) Two dozen chemists, geologists, biologists, planetary scientists and physicists gathered here recently to ponder where and what Eden might have been....2/22

Google, Yahoo! BabelFish use math principles to translate documents online

(Washington Post) For decades, machine translation was mostly useful if you were trying to be funny. But in the last few years, as anyone using Google Translate, Babel Fish or many other translation Web sites can tell you, things have changed dramatically....2/22

Large Hadron Collider powers up to unravel mysteries of nature

(PhysOrg) Outside the small village of Meyrin, Switzerland, horses graze quietly in fields lined by the Jura mountains. You'd never know it by the idyllic landscape, but 300 feet below the Swiss-French border, the Large Hadron Collider is searching for the secrets of the universe....2/24

T Minus Zero: Discovery To Blast Off On Final Flight

(NPR) Space shuttle Discovery, the workhorse of the shuttle fleet, has carried almost 200 astronauts and numerous science missions to space in its three decades of spaceflight. It launches on its final flight, to the International Space Station, Thursday afternoon....2/24