Monday, March 19, 2012
ORNL in the News

Public welcome to tour the universe with physics teachers at TTU

(TTU News) About 30 physics teachers and students will be at Tennessee Tech University Friday and Saturday, March 23 – 24, for the annual meeting of the Tennessee Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers...In addition to presenting research and discussing new teaching methods, meeting attendees will listen to a talk, "Exploding Stars and the Rare Isotope Facility," by Michael Smith, head of the Nuclear Astrophysics Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/16

D.C. Symposium to Showcase Hybrid Supercomputing March 28-30

(Inside HPC) In an effort to showcase how hybrid supercomputing is enabling scientific breakthroughs across a broad range of fields, Oak Ridge National Labs will host the Accelerating Computational Science Symposium 2012 on March 28–30 in Washington, D.C...3/17


House Panel to Cite New Flaw in Energy Loans

(New York Times) A Congressional committee that has been investigating the Energy Department’s loan programs is adding to its line of attack on the eve of an appearance by the energy secretary before the panel...3/19

Y-12 respirator contamination goes back to 2009

(Knoxville News Sentinel) An investigation at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge has found that workers may have been using contaminated respirators since at least February 2009 and possibly earlier...3/17

State & Regional

Tennessee Legislature's social conservatives have full agenda

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Legislation that critics see as a means of promoting creationism in classrooms was revived last week after a year of dormancy while a so-called "don't say gay" bill suffered a setback that some supporters say is only temporary...3/19

FEMA help available for 10 counties

(WVLT) Rick Watson and his crew say they have been working 7 days a week, just trying to get roofs fixed and keep people dry. They say it's been a busy time since a tornado hit, and on Sunday they were working at Stone Cottage Shops & Gardens on Scott Street in Tellico Plains...3/19


U.S. to N. Korea: No food aid if rocket launched

(CBS News) The United States warned Friday it would not send food aid to North Korea if it goes ahead with a rocket launch next month. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. now has "grave concerns" about the Feb. 29 agreement that had eased tensions between the long-term adversaries...3/16

FranceRabbi, three children shot dead outside Jewish school in France

(Washington Post) An assassin riding a motor scooter opened fire on a knot of children on their way to classes at a Jewish school in the southwest French city of Toulouse Monday morning, killing at least four people and wounding a half-dozen more, authorities announced...3/19

East Tennessee

City budget hearings begin Monday

(Knoxville News Sentinel) New funds for major projects are unlikely in Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero's first budget. "It's not a year for a lot of major new initiatives," Rogero said Thursday. She and City Council will begin hearing pitches from city departments to kick off the 2012-13 budget process today. "There's always a lot of saying no," she said...3/19

science & technology

Hazy shades of life on early Earth

(PhysOrg) Research, led by experts at Newcastle University, UK, and published today in the journal Nature Geoscience, reveals that the Earth's early atmosphere periodically flipped from a hydrocarbon-free state into a hydrocarbon-rich state similar to that of Saturn's moon, Titan...3/18

IcarusNeutrinos not faster than light

(Nature News) Neutrinos obey nature's speed limit, according to new results from an Italian experiment. The finding, posted to the preprint server, contradicts a rival claim that neutrinos could travel faster than the speed of light...3/16

BabyBrain Imaging Study Finds Evidence of Basis for Caregiving Impulse

(Science Daily) Distinct patterns of activity -- which may indicate a predisposition to care for infants-- appear in the brains of adults who view an image of an infant face -- even when the child is not theirs, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and in Germany, Italy, and Japan...3/16

Other Stories

Mike Daisy‘This American Life’ Retracts Episode on Apple’s Suppliers in China

(New York Times) The weekly public radio program “This American Life” said on Friday that it was retracting a story about Apple’s suppliers in China because of falsehoods in it, exposing tensions between journalism, storytelling and theater...3/16

Electric Car Market Races On But Future Uncertain

(Investor's Business Daily) Gasoline prices are near $4 a gallon, but drivers are snubbing the Volt, Leaf and most other hybrid and all-electric vehicles. Carmakers are scrambling to make vehicles more efficient to meet new fuel mandates over the next decade. But outside the iconic Prius hybrid from Toyota (TM), sales of cars with some form of electric power have been weak...3/16

Out there

Booth BobbleheadGettysburg museum store pulls John Wilkes Booth bobblehead

(USA Today) The Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center bookstore has removed bobblehead dolls of Lincoln-assassin John Wilkes Booth clutching a pistol, The (Hanover) Evening Sun reports. The newspaper says the figurines were pulled this weekend after a reporter began making inquiries about them...3/14