Monday, March 24, 2014
ORNL in the News

Metal-detecting helicopter helps Navy clean up Ocala National Forest bombing range

(Orlando Sentinel) The space-age-looking contraption attached to the belly of a helicopter that swoops into the heart of the Ocala National Forest is helping the Navy fulfill a routine cleanup in an unusual way...The metal-detecting system was developed at the prestigious Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, which is the U.S. Department of Energy's largest science-and-energy facility...3/23

Study on element californium could change ballgame on radioactive waste

(PhysOrg) Groundbreaking work by a team of chemists on a fringe element of the periodic table could change how the world stores radioactive waste and recycles fuel...All of the experiments were conducted at Florida State, but Albrecht-Schmitt also worked with theorists and scientists from nine universities and institutes, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which supplied the californium...3/23

DOE

Governor touts economic potential of nuclear site

(The Daily Herald) Gov. Bill Haslam got a firsthand look Friday at a piece of Oak Ridge property that has a prized history and — according to the governor — a big future as well...3/22

MIT students win US Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge

(MIT News) A team of eight MIT undergraduate and graduate students won two awards in this year’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Case Competition, out of more than 150 students from across the country...3/20

State & Regional

ExecutionsTennessee plans executions in secret

(USA Today) The state of Tennessee doesn't want you to know how it will kill the condemned. It doesn't want you to know who will flip the switch, sending a lethal dose of pentobarbital through the veins of death row inmates. And it doesn't want you to know how it obtained that pentobarbital...3/24

National

NATO general warns of further Russian aggression

(The Washington Post) U.S. and Ukrainian officials warned Sunday that Russia may be poised to expand its territorial conquest into eastern Ukraine and beyond, with a senior NATO official saying that Moscow might even order its troops to cross Ukraine to reach Moldova...3/23

Australian, Chinese planes spot objects in Indian Ocean in search for missing plane

(WVLT) Chinese and Australian planes have spotted several objects in an area of the southern Indian Ocean identified by multiple satellite images as containing possible debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370...3/24

East Tennessee

Spotlight: Oak Ridge welcomes travel writer tour

(Oak Ridge Today) Travel writers from across North America were in Oak Ridge on Thursday, researching interesting stories to help promote tourism to the area. With a focus on outdoor adventure and heritage tourism...3/21

energy & science policy

Overview of H.R. 4186, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act

(AIP) Last week the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology considered and then voted to send H.R. 4186, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014 to the full House Science, Space, and Technology Committee...3/21

science & technology

Human NoseHumans can distinguish at least one trillion different odors

(Science Daily) Humans are capable of discriminating at least one trillion different odors, new research shows. Scientists determined that our sense of smell is prepared to recognize this vast olfactory palette after testing individuals' ability to recognize differences between complex odors mixed in the laboratory...3/20

Bad ScienceStanford University To Open A Center For Studying Bad Science

(Popular Science) Among Stanford University's palm trees and sandstone arches—the picture of ivory-tower—there's going to be a center dedicated to chipping away that ivory, The Economist reports. The university plans to open a Meta-Research Innovation Center: a center for the study of bad science....3/21

Even Einstein Could Not Have Imagined Technology Used to Directly Detect Gravitational Waves

(Scientific American) Physicists were thrilled this week at news of strong evidence for gravitational waves, perturbations of the early universe that confirm it expanded rapidly following the big bang during a period called inflation...3/21

Other Stories

Japan to Let U.S. Assume Control of Nuclear Cache

(The New York Times) Japan will announce Monday that it will turn over to Washington more than 700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium and a large quantity of highly enriched uranium, a decades-old research stockpile that is large enough to build dozens of nuclear weapons, according to American and Japanese officials...3/23

Out there

Sea AnemoneSea Anemones Are Half-Plant, Half-Animal, Gene Study Finds

(LiveScience) The sea anemone is an oddball: half-plant and half-animal, at least when it comes to its genetic code, new research suggests.