Wednesday, March 13, 2013
ORNL in the News

The 15th Annual National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering

(UND Research) The 15th Annual National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering will be held at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Labs from August 10-24, 2013.  This school is designed to help introduce graduate students to the capabilities available at the neutron and x-ray user facilities in the United States...3/12

Hands-on CNMS school delivers '10 years of literature in four days'

(Solid State Technology) Twenty-four participants in an Oak Ridge National Laboratory workshop held March 4-7 received a crash course in the latest scanning probe microscopy techniques -- skills that researchers will use to study materials for batteries, fuel cells, sensors, photovoltaics and more...3/12

Making RobotsLocal summer programs offer inexpensive options for kids

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ... The Science Academy is offered 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 8-12. Students are divided into three groups and will learn about the climate and energy resources. “They work on making biofuels, wind turbines or solar vehicles,” says [Marie] Westfall. “... Students will tour Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s research facilities, visit Buffalo Mountain Wind Farm or the National Transport and Research Center, depending on their project...3/12...


ManufacturingDOE helps manufacturers find millions in hidden energy savings

(Green Biz) Manufacturing plants are ripe for energy improvements, but company efforts can stall without a proper analysis of facilities to figure out where best to focus...3/11

State & Regional

Wine in grocery stores likely killed for the year by House committee

(The Tennessean) Legislation that would have allowed grocery stores to sell wine appears to be dead for the year after another close vote in a legislative committee...3/12

DCS commissioner discusses agency improvements

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The interim commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services says he's taken steps to address problems that have plagued the embattled agency....3/12


Pentagon creating teams to launch cyberattacks as threat grows

(Washington Post) The Pentagon's Cyber Command will create 13 offensive teams by the fall of 2015 to help defend the nation against major computer attacks from abroad, Gen. Keith Alexander testified to Congress on Tuesday, a rare acknowledgment of the military's ability to use cyberweapons...3/13

East Tennessee

Smokies park won't open some campgrounds in 2013

(WATE) The Great Smoky Mountains National Park can't open some visitor facilities because of the automatic federal budget cuts. ...3/12

Nuclear Engineering Graduate Program Ranks 5th Among Public Universities

(Tennessee Today) The graduate nuclear engineering program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, now ranks fifth among all public universities and sixth in the nation, according to the 2014 U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings released today...3/12

energy & science policy

The Sequester Is Going to Devastate U.S. Science Research for Decades

This article is co-written by ORNL Lab Director Thom Mason (The Atlantic) Less than one percent of the federal budget goes to fund basic science research -- $30.2 billion out of the total of $3.8 trillion President Obama requested in fiscal year 2012. By slashing that fraction even further, the government will achieve short-term savings in millions this year, but the resulting gaps in the innovation pipeline could cost billions of dollars and hurt the national economy for decades to come...3/12

science & technology

Astronomer Locates Previously Unseen Neighbor to the Sun

(Scientific American) When NASA launched the WISE satellite in 2009, astronomers hoped it would be able to spot loads of cool, dim objects known as brown dwarfs. Bigger than a planet, a brown dwarf is not quite a star, either—it is too small to sustain the nuclear fusion reactions that turn hydrogen to helium...3/10

RabbitsFailure to Hunt Rabbits Part of Neanderthals' Demise?

(National Geographic) A new study suggests that an inability to shift from hunting large mammals to wild rabbits and other small game may have contributed to the downfall of European Neanderthals during the Middle Paleolithic period, about 30,000 years ago...3/11

Daniel YuanDoubts about Johns Hopkins research have gone unanswered, scientist says

(Washington Post) The numbers didn't add up. Over and over, Daniel Yuan, a medical doctor and statistician, couldn't understand the results coming out of the lab, a prestigious facility at Johns Hopkins Medical School funded by millions from the National Institutes of Health...3/12

Other Stories

Environmental Groups Strongly Endorse "None Of The Above" Energy Plans

(Forbes) President Obama's obsession with transitioning from fossil-fueled energy use to so-called "clean renewables" is being thwarted by unlikely adversaries. A 2011 U.S. Chamber of Commerce report titled "Project/No Project" found 140 renewable projects that had stalled, stopped, or been outright killed due to "Not in My Back Yard" (NIMBY) environmental activism and a system that allows limitless challenges by opponents...3/12

Woman at RefrigeratorSleep Less, Eat More, Gain Weight

(NPR) Tired? Surely those cookies will help. And a burger. Chips. And a cupcake. Yeah, soda, too. People do eat more when they're short of sleep. And that impulse to snarf when sleepy can cause quick weight gain, according to a new study...3/11