Thursday, March 21, 2013
ORNL in the News

Flo-ProbeFlo-Probe

(WVLT) The flo probe is a new device developed right here at oak ridge national laboratory. The flow probe will be able to detect in minutes what's on your skin, what may be in your body, and also on the products and the foods that you buy in the store. Dr Gary Van Burkel, distinguished research scientist at ORNL says, "some of those chemicals can be hazardous, and people want to know if they are there and what amounts."..3/20

Metal ConstructionNew research explores energy saving opportunities in metal building systems

(Structural Engineer) The desire to provide high performance and energy efficient buildings continues to grow among architects, designers and building owners...The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have embarked on a cooperative research project to prove the most energy efficient combinations for an actual building system...3/20

DOE

Plug-insEnergy Department offers $50 million for more, better plug-in vehicles

(Autoblog Green) Sequestration or no sequestration, Washington is investing another $50 million in electric vehicles and hybrid electric cars, with the goal of making them as affordable to own and operate as today's gas-powered vehicles...3/19

State & Regional

Tennessee senators support government funding bill

(Nooga.com) Both Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker voted Wednesday in favor of legislation to fund the federal government for the next six months, describing their actions as votes that would cut government spending...3/21

Veteran seeks to limit police drones in Tennessee

(WRBC) Tennessee lawmakers delayed a vote on a measure that seeks to restrict police agencies in the state from using unmanned drone aircraft. The House civil affairs subcommittee on Wednesday pushed a vote on the proposal to next week...3/20

National

Rockets hit southern Israel as Obama meets Palestinians, pushes peace talks

(Washington Post) U.S. President Barack Obama is meeting Palestinian officials on the second day of his Mideast tour to emphasize the importance of reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, a message underscored Thursday when Palestinian militants in Gaza launched rockets into southern Israel...3/21

ratesFed projects high US unemployment into 2015

(WBIR) The Federal Reserve sees unemployment remaining high into 2015, suggesting it will keep short-term interest rates near record lows at least until then...3/20

East Tennessee

Nine area employers nominated for Freedom Award

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A metalworking shop, airport, chemical company, police department and a girls school are among nine East Tennessee employers nominated for the Department of Defense 2013 Freedom Award...3/21

science & technology

Ariane 5 RocketThe Race to Cash in on Earth Orbit

(Popular Mechanics) On a viewing platform 3 miles away from the launchpad, Clay Mowry can see the flash of fire and plume of smoke under Ariane 5 before he hears the boom of its ignition. But when the sound waves arrive, they more than rumble air around Mowry's ears—they vibrate his internal organs...

Natural Climate Swings Contribute More to Increased Monsoon Rainfall Than Global Warming

(Science Daily) Natural swings in the climate have significantly intensified Northern Hemisphere monsoon rainfall, showing that these swings must be taken into account for climate predictions in the coming decades, a new study finds...3/20

3KR RadiationPlanck telescope peers into the primordial Universe

(Nature News) The Planck space telescope has delivered the most detailed picture yet of the cosmic microwave background, the residual glow of the Big Bang...3/21

Other Stories

The Greatest Retirement Crisis In American History

(Forbes) We are on the precipice of the greatest retirement crisis in the history of the world. In the decades to come, we will witness millions of elderly Americans, the Baby Boomers and others, slipping into poverty...3/20

Chicken and EggFYI: Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg?

(Popular Science) Short answer: the egg. Chickens, as a species, became chickens through a long, slow process of evolution. At some point, a chicken-like bird produced an offspring that, due to some mutation in its DNA, crossed the threshold from mere chicken likeness into chicken actuality...3/20

Out there

Gastric Frog

Scientists Resurrect Bonkers Extinct Frog That Gives Birth Through Its Mouth

(Popular Science) In 1983, the world lost one of its weirdest frogs. The gastric-brooding frog, native to tiny portions of Queensland, Australia, gave birth through its mouth, the only frog to do so (in fact, very few other animals in the entire animal kingdom do this--it's mostly this frog and a few fish). It succumbed to extinction due to mostly non-human-related causes--parasites, loss of habitat, invasive weeds, a particular kind of fungus...3/18