Tuesday, March 19, 2013
ORNL in the News

Human Microbe Study Provides Insight Into Health, Disease

(Newswise) Microbes from the human mouth are telling Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists something about periodontitis and more after they cracked the genetic code of bacteria linked to the condition...“This is like discovering that in a language you know well there is a dialect in which the word stop means go,” said co-author Mircea Podar of the Department of Energy lab’s Biosciences Division...3/18

The Graphite Reactor: Isotopes and a new element

(Oak Ridger) ...In its heyday, the program separated, purified, promoted, packaged and scheduled the delivery of radioisotopes. The isotopes shipped from Oak Ridge to hospitals were used to diagnose and treat cancer and other diseases, prolonging lives. Other isotopes were useful for industry, agriculture and research...3/18

Evatran™ Awarded Department Of Energy Sub-Contract To Integrate High Power Wireless Charging Technology Into Production Electric Vehicles

(CNBC) Evatran announced today, in cooperation with Oak Ridge National Lab, that it has been awarded a subcontract under ORNL's DOE Project, "Wireless Power Transfer and Charging of Plug-In Electric Vehicles." The three-year project, opened in October of 2012, covers high power wireless charging technology integration into electric vehicles currently on-sale in select US markets...3/18

DOE

Making STEM Personal: Introducing the Women @ Energy Series

(Energy.gov) Occupations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are among the fastest growing job sectors – offering top paying positions and a host of opportunities...3/18

State & Regional

NRC finds flood concerns at 2 TVA nuclear plants

(AP) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has found substantial safety issues at two Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear plants involving flooding risks...3/18

MTSU professor drives cross-country on solar, hydrogen power only

(AP) ...Middle Tennessee State University fuels researcher Dr. Cliff Ricketts drove into Long Beach, Calif., having used only solar power and hydrogen to power his car. Ricketts and backup driver Terry Young of Woodbury finished their six-day journey Thursday afternoon...3/18

National

US drops Europe missile defense plan – but Moscow is unimpressed

(CS Monitor) Russia issued a cool response to the scrapping of a NATO anti-missile system much resented by the Kremlin. But experts say the cancellation could still help US-Russian relations...3/18

East Tennessee

USEC's update on American Centrifuge Project

(Knoxville News Sentinel) USEC Inc. today released, in conjunction with the distribution of financial results, an update on the American Centrifuge Project -- which has a significant manufacturing presence in Oak Ridge...3/18

energy & science policy

Could Tapping Undersea Methane Lead To A New Gas Boom?

(NPR) The new boom in natural gas from shale has changed the energy economy of the United States. But there's another giant reservoir of natural gas that lies under the ocean floor that, theoretically, could dwarf the shale boom...3/15

Impact of Budget Cuts on NOAA and NIST Programs

(AIP) In a letter last month to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank described the projected impacts of a $551 million mandatory reduction in the budget for the Department of Commerce this fiscal year...3/18

science & technology

Monarch Butterflies Hit New Low; "Worrisome" Trend

(National Geographic News) The king of the butterflies may reign no more: Monarch butterflies are experiencing a steady decline, a new report says, with the insects occupying the smallest area of land in one Mexican butterfly reserve than they have in two decades...3/18

Beware the Superflare

(Discover) A National Research Council panel recently examined the likely impact of a present-day solar superstorm. GPS signals and radio transmissions would be disrupted by the radiation blasting Earth’s upper atmosphere...2/5

Unwanted Electronic Gear Rising in Toxic Piles

(NY Times) Last year, two inspectors from California’s hazardous waste agency were visiting an electronics recycling company near Fresno for a routine review of paperwork when they came across a warehouse the size of a football field, packed with tens of thousands of old computer monitors and televisions...3/18

Other Stories

Google Street View Goes to Its Most Extreme Destinations Yet: 4 of the Planet's Highest Mountains

(The Atlantic) Perhaps you've always been curious: What is it like on top of the world? But as for going yourself, well, you'll leave that to the adventurers...3/18

In 1918, U.S. changed the way we look at time

(Tennessean) Until 1918, each town in the United States set its clocks based on local solar time, but time became more important as railroads and telecommunications expanded and local time differences made schedules difficult...3/18