Thursday, March 29, 2012
ORNL in the News

Neutrons uncover new density waves in fermion liquids

(Physorg.com) Scientists working at the Institut Laue-Langevin, one of the world's leading centres for neutron science, have carried out the first investigation of two-dimensional fermion liquids using neutron scattering, and discovered a new type of very short wave-length density wave...As part of this on-going investigation a team of researchers from the Institut Néel (Centre national de la recherche scientifique and Université J. Fourier) in France and Aalto University in Finland (Microkelvin Collaboration), Oak Ridge National Laboratory and SUNY University at Buffalo in the US, Johannes Kepler University in Austria carried out the first direct investigation of these very short wave-length elementary excitations in a fermion liquid by inelastic neutron scattering...3/28

Father of SNS takes a visit

(Knoxville News Sentinel) There never was a grand opening for the Spallation Neutron, which began operations in April 2006...Al Trivelpiece, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1989 to early 2000, deserves credit -- probably more than anybody else -- for making the SNS a reality. Trivelpiece was at the lab last week (March 20) and, among other things, visited the Spallation Neutron Source up on Chestnut Ridge...3/28

ORNL exec praises unions for commitment to lab

(Knoxville News Sentinel) After Oak Ridge National Laboratory's union workers last week approved a three-year contract extension, ORNL Deputy Director Thomas Zacharia praised the hourly employees for their cooperation and commitment to the lab...3/28

DOE

Oak Ridge still holding a lot of ARRA Dollars

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Recovery Act, in many folks' minds, is already in the past, but the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge office is still holding -- and spending -- a lot of stimulus money for science projects, environmental cleanup, and energy-related work...3/28

Weapons-grade Uranium from around the world comes to Y-12 for disposal

(WBIR-TV) East Tennessee is playing a key role in a global effort to secure weapons-grade Uranium located all over the world. Decades ago, Oak Ridge was a location where Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) was produced and manufactured into the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima during World War II. Today it is a storehouse for the nuclear material...3/28

National

U.S. Weighs Easing Curbs on Chinese Access to High Tech

(Wall Street Journal) U.S. officials are signaling a rethink of guidelines that now block China's access to certain technologies for military reasons, both to spur U.S. exports and to address complaints from Beijing that the policy is discriminatory...3/28

East Tennessee

Knoxville economy recovering faster than most cities

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Knoxville is recovering from the Great Recession faster than most other cities, but weak housing prices continue to be a drag on the local economy, according to a Brookings Institution report released today...3/28

energy & science policy

Small Reactors Make a Bid to Revive Nuclear Power

(Scientific American) ...While the U.S. government has not given up on investing in large units that boast conventional designs, the Department of Energy has also announced the availability of $450 million in funds to support engineering and licensing of so-called "small modular reactors."...3/27

science & technology

New Layer of Genetic Information Helps Determine How Fast Proteins Are Produced

(Science Daily) A hidden and never before recognized layer of information in the genetic code has been uncovered by a team of scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) thanks to a technique developed at UCSF called ribosome profiling, which enables the measurement of gene activity inside living cells -- including the speed with which proteins are made...3/28

Weather Runs Hot and Cold, So Scientists Look to the Ice

(NY Times) ... Does science have a clue what is going on? The short answer appears to be: not quite. The longer answer is that researchers are developing theories that, should they withstand critical scrutiny, may tie at least some of the erratic weather to global warming...3/28

Scientists must be taught to manage

(Nature) Starting an academic lab is like launching a small business. But does scientific training really prepare us for success?...Young scientists need more help to set up and run research labs, says Jessica C. Seeliger...3/28

Other Stories

Inside SAP's radical makeover

(Fortune) ...Though SAP enjoys enviable market position -- nearly 80% of the Fortune 500 use SAP software for processes like inventory planning, and 63% of worldwide financial transactions are processed through SAP software at one point or another -- corporations are starting to radically rethink the way they buy and deploy software...3/29