Monday, March 17, 2014
ORNL in the News

ORNL honors 6 small businesses

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory today recognized six East Tennessee companies for their work at ORNL with the annual Small Business Impact Awards. The presentation took place at a meeting of the East Tennessee Economic Council....3/14

Nuclear Power Sources Nixed for NASA’s Next Discovery Mission

(Space News) NASA has ruled nuclear power off limits for its next Discovery-class planetary mission and likely will require any such mission going farther than the Moon to carry an experimental laser communications payload, officials said here March 12...NASA has been paying DoE about $50 million a year to restart plutonium-238 production at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...3/13

ChestnutHow Genetic Engineering Can Save the Iconic American Chestnut Tree

(The Motley Fool) A team of researchers at the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry, led by Dr. William Powell and Dr. Charles Maynard (the men who taught me college genetics), is leading the charge against chestnut blight in an effort to revive the iconic American chestnut tree...The first chestnuts produced from the university's hybrid plot have already been sent to Oak Ridge National Laboratory to ensure they are exactly identical to wild-type chestnuts...3/16

DOE

Eschenberg: UPF designed to withstand plane crash

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) At his recent talk at the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Nuclear Security, Federal Project Director John Eschenberg said the Uranium Processing Facility is being designed to withstand an airplane crash...3/14

Inslee, Moniz to discuss Hanford amidst secrecy concerns

(The Bellingham Herald) Expectations are high as the energy secretary meets Monday morning in Olympia with Gov. Jay Inslee to discuss what's next -- technically and legally -- for the Hanford vitrification plant...3/15

State & Regional

Tenn. honored for reforestation program

(WATE) The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has received the Arbor Day Foundation's 2014 Forest Lands Leadership Award...3/17

National

Obama to Putin: U.S. will never recognize Crimea vote

(USA Today) The White House and leaders in Congress vowed Sunday to impose tough economic sanctions on Russia in hopes of stopping further aggression into Ukraine, following what they decried as a bogus referendum in Crimea...3/16

Plane search expands from Australia to Kazakhstan

(AP) The search for the missing Malaysian jet pushed deep into the northern and southern hemispheres Monday as Australia took the lead in scouring the seas of the southern Indian Ocean and Kazakhstan - about 10,000 miles to the northwest - answered Malaysia's call for help in the unprecedented hunt...3/17

East Tennessee

Tech 20/20 partners with automotive-focused accelerator

(Bloomberg Business Week) When Tom Brewer thinks about the future of the automobile industry, he sees a lighter, more-efficient and connected vehicle, and even ones that drive themselves...3/16

energy & science policy

FY 2015 Budget Request: STEM Education

(AIP) The President’s FY 2015 Budget proposal for science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) education revises and develops the goals proposed in the Administration’s 2013 Federal STEM Education Five Year Strategic Plan...3/14

science & technology

Black HoleScientists May Get Best View Yet of a Black Hole in Action

(WIRED) It’s the cosmic event of the year. Right now, telescopes all over the world are turning to our galaxy’s center, where for the first time ever they may have a front-row look at a supermassive black hole consuming a gas cloud...314

The new dilemma of online peer review: too many places to post?

(Nature News) As online comments on newly published research become widespread, a new dilemma faces scientists wanting to enter the electronic fray: where to comment, and in what format for maximum impact?...3/14

Greenland Ice SheetGreenland Ice Sheet Loses Its Last Grip

(LiveScience) Greenland is losing the battle against rising air and ocean temperatures, a new study finds. The last bulwark to fall is the northeast corner of the Greenland Ice Sheet, which started shrinking rapidly in 2003, according to a new study...3/16

CigarettesMajor 'third-hand smoke' compound causes DNA damage and potentially cancer

(Science Daily) Leftover cigarette smoke that clings to walls and furniture is a smelly nuisance, but now research suggests that it could pose a far more serious threat, especially to young children who put toys and other smoke-affected items into their mouths...3/16

Other Stories

InternetUS Will Turn Over Control Over the Internet Next Year

(InTheCapital) The U.S. government through the Commerce Department controls most of the fundamental parts of the Internet but that will change soon thanks to a plan announced Friday to transfer major backend control to a global group...3/16

Out there

The Future of Brain Implants

(The Wall Street Journal) What would you give for a retinal chip that let you see in the dark or for a next-generation cochlear implant that let you hear any conversation in a noisy restaurant, no matter how loud? Or for a memory chip, wired directly into your brain's hippocampus, that gave you perfect recall of everything you read?...3/114