Monday, March 25, 2013
ORNL in the News

Text of imagesUT professors' project turns text into images

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The project’s the work of Amy Szczepanski and Evan Meaney. Szczepanski’s an assistant research professor in electrical engineering and computer science. Their computer script encodes text files as images, visualizing large-scale sets of data as aesthetic translations. ...The project began with Szczepanski and a supercomputer project at the Remote Data Analysis and Visualization Center (RDAV), an initiative of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the UT Joint Institute for Computational Science...3/22

DOE

Y-12 PlantNo furloughs at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Sequestration is having an impact at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and it's going to hurt, but -- contrary to earlier projections -- the spending reductions apparently will not result in employees being furloughed...3/22

Guest column: Questions remain on Oak Ridge cleanup funding

(Oak Ridge Today) There is great uncertainty on what the looming federal budget cuts will be and what effect they will have on funding for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management, or EM, program at the Oak Ridge Reservation...3/22

Trade secrets on computer files at heart of B&W lawsuit

(Amarillo Globe-News) Dan Glenn’s computer thumb drives, the defense contractor’s lawyer said, held “secret formulas,” 1,400 pages of confidential contractor files, financial data and other information about medical imaging technology worth millions of dollars...3/23

National

Wounded in SyriaBacking up Obama’s warnings to Syria creates tough challenges on two fronts

(Washington Post) The suspicious attack that killed 26 people in northern Syria last week exposed the difficulty of determining whether the Syrian regime has resorted to using chemical weapons as well as the lingering uncertainty over how President Obama would respond if what he has called a “red line” is crossed...3/24

State & Regional

Austin Peay State University hosts science fair

(Clarksville Leaf Chronicle) What effect does fertilizer have on Sunflowers? That was the question Northwest High School student Taylor Marie Cook used for her science project for the 61st annual Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair, which was held Friday at Austin Peay State University...3/22

Tennessee Race for Medicaid: Dial Fast and Try, Try Again

(New York Times) Two nights a year, Tennessee holds a health care lottery of sorts, giving the medically desperate a chance to get help...3/24

energy & science policy

U.S. Department of Energy : ARPA-E Announces $40 Million for Research Projects to Develop Cleaner and Cheaper Transportation Choices for Consumers

(4-Traders) The Department of Energy today announced that approximately $40 million from its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will be made available for two new programs  that will engage our country's brightest scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to develop technologies that shift our cars and trucks off oil...3/22

science & technology

So, has Voyager 1 left the Solar System? Scientists face off

(Nature News) A space physicist this week suggests that NASA’s venerable Voyager 1 spacecraft has become the first vehicle to venture beyond the heliosphere — the magnetic bubble created by the Sun — but other mission scientists disagree...3/21

Google EyewareGoogle patent suggests Google-Glass-ish control of appliances

(PhysOrg) Perceptions, design concepts, and expectations of Google Glass roll on, with yet another patent filing by Google. This time the call is for a Google Glass-like wearable computer to be the ultimate solution for remote controls...3/24

Oberkassel 1First Migration from Africa Less Than 95,000 Years Ago: Ancient Hunter-Gatherer DNA Challenges Theory of Early Out-Of-Africa Migrations

(Science Daily) Recent measurements of the rate at which children show DNA changes not seen in their parents -- the "mutation rate" -- have challenged views about major dates in human evolution...3/22

Other Stories

Bills Would Mandate Warrant for GPS Tracking, Cellphone Location Data

(WIRED) Two bills introduced Thursday in the House and Senate would compel law enforcement agents to obtain a warrant before affixing a GPS tracker to a vehicle, using a cell site simulator to locate someone through their mobile device or obtaining geolocation data from third-party service providers..3/22

GOLDMAN: There Is No Sign Of An American Manufacturing Renaissance

(Business Insider) One of the big emerging economic stories in the world today is the American manufacturing renaissance. This is the idea that low energy prices, increasing productivity, and rising costs overseas would invigorate the production of goods in the U.S....3/24