Wednesday, March 19, 2014
ORNL in the News

Location Based Technologies Signs an Exclusive Licensing Agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory...

(Business Wire) Location Based Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: LBAS), a leading developer of comprehensive GPS tracker solutions, announced the signing of an exclusive license agreement with UT-Battelle, LLC (UT-Battelle), which manages and operates the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for the US Department of Energy (DOE), to integrate and market UT-Battelle’s electric power restoration forecasting system, called VERDE™ ...3/18

908 Devices Introduces World's First Handheld Mass Spectrometer

(Lab Bulletin) 908 Devices, a pioneer of purpose-built analytical devices for chemical analysis, is delighted to introduce M908™, the world’s first truly handheld tool utilizing high-pressure mass spectrometry™ (HPMS)...The research conducted by Ramsey’s group on micro MS began at Oak Ridge National Labs and continued at UNC.  This is an on-going program that has invested $17.5M in support from DOE, DARPA, and DTRA...3/19

DOE

Inslee: State not satisfied with latest Hanford cleanup plan

(King5.com) Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday said the state is unhappy with the Department of Energy's plans for cleaning up millions of gallons of nuclear waste at the Hanford Site in eastern Washington...3/18

South Carolina Sues U.S. Department Of Energy Over MOX Plan

(WJBF) The state of South Carolina is suing the U.S. Department of Energy and others over federal plans to shut down the proposed mixed oxide fuel (MOX) plant at the Savannah River Site (SRS)...3/18

State & Regional

Haslam bends on Hope scholarship cuts

(WBIR) New students at public colleges in Tennessee would see their Hope scholarships cut by less than originally planned under a new proposal...For many students, the amount still represents a $500 cut from the $4,000 Hope scholarships that students receive now....3/18

National

Ukraine officials plan Crimea trip to halt tension

(AP) Senior Ukrainian officials planned to travel to Crimea on Wednesday in a bid to avert an escalation in hostilities, a day after two men were killed at a military facility in a gunbattle between Ukrainian troops and a militia loyal to the local government...3/19

East Tennessee

AMSEAMSE celebrates 65 years on Wednesday

(Oak Ridge Today) The American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge will celebrate its 65th birthday on Wednesday, and the public is invited. The birthday celebration starts at 2 p.m. in the AMSE lobby...3/18

Tennessee Environmental Conference March 25-26

(WATE) The 13th Annual Tennessee Environmental Conference will be held next week in Kingsport. The conference on March 25 and 26 will feature over 90 speakers and offer attendees information and practices focusing on the fields of environment...3/19

energy & science policy

White House launches new climate data initiative Wednesday

(The Washington Post) The White House is launching an initiative Wednesday that aims to expand the use of climate data nationwide, to help communities cope with the impacts of global warming...3/19

science & technology

Big Bang WavesWaves from the Big Bang

(Nature News) The detection of gravitational waves in the afterglow of the Big Bang — if confirmed — opens a new chapter in astronomy, cosmology and physics. The signature, seen by the BICEP2 radio telescope at the South Pole, packs at least three discoveries into one...3/18

Little Foot'Little Foot' Fossil Could Be Human Ancestor

(Science Magazine) He may be called Little Foot, but for human evolution researchers he’s a big deal: His is the most complete skeleton known of an early member of the human lineage..3/14

Corn RootwormVoracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It

(WIRED) One of agricultural biotechnology’s great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement can squander the benefits of genetic modification...3/17

Other Stories

A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

(WIRED) There has been a lot of speculation about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Terrorism, hijacking, meteors. I cannot believe the analysis on CNN; it’s almost disturbing. I tend to look for a simpler explanation, and I find it with the 13,000-foot runway at Pulau Langkawi...3/18

Out there

Bionic PlantThe $6 Mln Plant? Bionic Plants on the Horizon

(Discovery News) ...In a paper published yesterday in the journal Nature Medicine, chemical engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology report that when injected with single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), chloroplasts can be coaxed to photosynthesize more efficiently than normal...3/18