Wednesday, February 27, 2013
ORNL in the News

Researchers at Michigan State, Vandy win High-Performance Computing Grants for work at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Faculty members from Vanderbilt and Michigan State Universities have won High Performance Computing Grants valued at up to $75,000 over three years and will work with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and use ORNL's top-level supercomputers...2/26

China's move toward scientific leadership is clouded by growing evidence of cyber espionage

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is an important player in the world of science, and scientists from more than 100 foreign countries visited the Oak Ridge campus last year, led -- once again -- by a large contingent from China....2/27

ORNL unveils new $20.5 million MAXLAB

(WATE) The recently completed $20.5 million ORNL MAXLAB  is aimed at making homes and other buildings better and to save money at the same time.   The 18,000 square foot lab was completed two months ago.  Researchers will use this facility to test the efficiency and durability of building walls and appliances along with heating and cool systems...2/26

DOE

Y-12 has second annual ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering’ event

(Oak Ridge Today) bout 400 girls from East Tennessee schools were encouraged to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics during the second annual ”Introduce a Girl to Engineering” event at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge...2/26

Arpa-eEnergy Department's advanced energy agency ARPA-E attracts $450M in private funding

(The Verge) The US Department of Energy's effort to fund research into advanced, experimental energy projects to meet the nation's growing demand for power has succeeded on at least one level, attracting some $450 million in private funding into 17 nascent projects...2/26

State & Regional

Tennessee wine bill clears Senate hurdle

(Nashville Business Journal) A bill allowing local communities to vote on whether to expand wine sales has narrowly cleared a subcommittee in the Tennessee Senate, according to media reports...2/26

National

Justices Turn Back Challenge to Broader U.S. Eavesdropping

(The New York Times) The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned back a challenge to a federal law that broadened the government’s power to eavesdrop on international phone calls and e-mails...2/26

Chuck HagelHagel clears filibuster hurdle, is set for confirmation

(Washington Post) Chuck Hagel’s bid to become the next defense secretary cleared a major hurdle Tuesday, beating back a Republican effort to block his nomination almost two weeks after GOP senators launched a filibuster...2/26

East Tennessee

Knox home sales see significant growth

(WBIR) ... The Knoxville Area Association of Realtors recorded 583 closed home sales in January 2012. This January, that number jumped to 683. Year to year numbers look also look better, with 8,585 closed home sales for the entire 2011 year. In 2012, the total reached 10,470...2/26

energy & science policy

Energy Technology Investments Face Funding Cliff

(Scientific American) Funding for research and development in the U.S. is running up to a cliff. If sequestration kicks in on March 1, across-the-board cuts and a decade-long spending cap will go into effect...2/26

Important Appropriations Hearing on the National Nuclear Security Administration

(AIP) “There is nothing more important in our committee’s jurisdiction than your mission,” said House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) at the conclusion of a two-hour hearing on the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA.)...2/26

science & technology

US science to be open to all

(Nature News) The rumours have been buzzing around Capitol Hill since before last year’s election, and last week, supporters of open-access publication in the United States got most of what they wanted...2/26

sleepBad sleep 'dramatically' alters body

(BBC News) The activity of hundreds of genes was altered when people's sleep was cut to less than six hours a day for a week. Writing in the journal PNAS, the researchers said the results helped explain how poor sleep damaged health...2/25

Inch Worm

'Fat Worms' Inch Scientists Toward Better Biofuel Production

(Science Daily) Fat worms confirm that researchers from Michigan State University have successfully engineered a plant with oily leaves ­- a feat that could enhance biofuel production as well as lead to improved animal feeds...2/26

Other Stories

Sequestration is not a smart strategy for reducing the deficit, say small business leaders

(PhysOrg) More than two-thirds (67%) of small business leaders say basic research funded by the federal government is important to private sector innovation, according to a new nationwide survey of small business owners/operators commissioned by Research!America...2/26

Out there

AsteroidEuropean Space Agency Decides Which Asteroid They'll Go Smash Into First

(Popular Science) A European mission to intercept and deflect an asteroid now has a target: asteroid Didymos. The proposed Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment mission couldn't have had better timing, sounding a call for proposals in the days before a huge meteorite exploded above northern Russia and an even larger chunk of space rock gave Earth a close shave...2/26