Friday, March 21, 2014
ORNL in the News

Study reveals new insights into sulfate-reducing bacteria

(PhysOrg) Sulfate-reducing bacteria are common in oxygen-deprived habitats, and they can have harmful industrial and health effects as well as beneficial environmental effects. This study examines the biochemical pathways used by these microbes to convert sulfate to hydrogen sulfide...scientists from the University of Missouri and Oak Ridge National Laboratory examined electron transport required for sulfate reduction in bacteria...3/20

ORNL works to hone ET into a hub of automotive research

(Business Week) One of the key allies of the Tennessee automotive industry sits on 58 square miles in Oak Ridge and was established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is the Department of Energy's largest multiprogram science and energy laboratory, has also developed into a hub of automotive research, said Thom Mason, ORNL director...3/20


Gov. Haslam in Oak Ridge on Friday to discuss development, DOE cleanup

(Oak Ridge Today) Gov. Bill Haslam will be in Oak Ridge on Friday morning to discuss the U.S. Department of Energy’s environmental cleanup program and how it is enabling economic development in East Tennessee...3/20

Energy Department Invests $17 Million in Small Businesses to Accelerate Clean Energy Innovation

( Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to continue U.S. leadership in clean energy innovation, the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) today awarded $17 million in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects to help small businesses in 13 states develop prototype technologies...3/20


Australia says suspected plane debris may have sunk

(Reuters) The international team hunting Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean failed to turn up anything on Friday, and Australia's deputy prime minister said the suspected debris may have sunk...3/21

East Tennessee

Knoxville hopes conference boosts outdoor image

(WBIR-TV) More than 200 outdoor journalists are visiting Knoxville for the 9th annual Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Business Conference...3/20

State & Regional

Teachers' union takes aim at Tennessee Gov. Haslam, Huffman in new suit

(The Tennessean) Tennessee's largest teachers' union is suing Gov. Bill Haslam and his commissioner of education over an evaluation tool it says penalizes good educators unfairly...3/21

energy & science policy

New initiative seeks to expand dialogue on the reality, risks and response to climate change

(PhysOrg) Climate scientists agree: Climate change is happening here and now. That is one of the key findings in a new report by the American Association for the Advancement of Science...3/20

science & technology

Neuroscience: Tuning the brain

(Nature) Deep brain stimulation has shown promise in treating conditions such as Parkinson's disease. Now scientists are using the technology to eavesdrop on problem neural circuits...3/19

Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science?

(NPR) As science becomes more diverse, scientific collaborators are growing more diverse, too. New research exploring the effect of this change suggests the diversity of the teams that produce scientific research play a big role in how successful the science turns out to be...3/21

Two New Resources Offer Up Massive Amounts of Utility Data

(The Energy Collective) Two new energy data initiatives being launched this week illustrate how individual utilities and smart grid research consortia are helping to break the logjam on opening the flood of data from smart meters, smart grid devices and energy-aware homes...3/20

Other Stories

Planning for retirement? What you should know about target-date funds

(Fortune) More than 51 million Americans have an active 401(k) retirement account, according to the Investment Company Institute. And if recent statistics from Vanguard hold across the category – more than half have at least some of their money in a target-date fund...3/20

Warily Leading Japan’s Nuclear Reawakening

(NY Times) To power his plans for Japan’s economic revival, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could soon return his nation to nuclear power for the first time since the Fukushima accident three years ago...3/20