Wednesday, April 3, 2013
ORNL in the News

SNSDOE advisory panel supports $1 billion expansion at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Money is tight, to say the least, in the federal science budget, so there are obvious concerns at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for its important research programs. That includes the work taking place at the Spallation Neutron Source, where there are hopes of doubling the research capacity with construction of a second Target Facility in the years ahead...4/2

April 2013 story tips

(Science Codex) With the introduction of Prosolia's flowprobe, researchers have an instrument that could accelerate drug discovery, aid in cancer research and improve the way scientists perform hundreds of tests. The flowprobe system, which is based on a technique invented by Gary Van Berkel of ORNL's Chemical Sciences Division, allows for efficient, automated direct sampling of surfaces while mapping the location of each chemical...4/2

 

DOE

No Trespassing SignNew Y-12 fence restricts media, too

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Anti-nuclear protesters are considering going to court over the government's decision to fence off an area outside the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant where demonstrations have been held for many years...4/2

NNSA gave thumbs up to contract extension

(Knoxville News Sentinel) National Nuclear Security Administration spokesman Steven Wyatt today confirmed that NNSA gave B&W Y-12 approval to negotiate a contract extension with the Y-12 unions, even though the contractor is due to be replaced in the near future...4/2

State & Regional

401(k) eyed to cut cost of Tennessee pensions

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) The next generation of Tennessee teachers and state workers could lose the security of a guaranteed pension as state leaders eye a more risky, investment-driven retirement plan...4/2

National

UN passes historic arms trade treaty by huge majority

(BBC News)The UN General Assembly has adopted a historic treaty to control the trade in conventional arms, voting it through by a huge majority. Member-states voted by 154 votes to three, with 23 abstentions, to control a trade worth $70bn (£46bn) annually...4/2

Military DrillsU.S. struggling to contain nuclear threats from North Korea, Iran

(Washington Post) After more than four years of diplomacy, the Obama administration is struggling to contain the nuclear threats posed by North Korea and Iran, a pair of nations already isolated internationally and resistant to the economic incentives offered in return for an end to their programs...4/3

East Tennessee

Jackson, Miss. beats Knoxville when it comes to allergies

(WBIR) Jackson, Miss., is the worst U.S. city for people with allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The foundation releases its list of "2013 Spring Allergy Capitals" today...4/2

energy & science policy

Bipartisan House Letter Urges President to Provide Strong Support for DOE High Energy Physics Program

(AIP) Seventeen Republican and Democratic representatives have signed a letter to President Obama advocating “strong support of our nation’s High Energy Physics program.”  The March 22 letter urges prioritization of the DOE Office of Science’s High Energy Physics (HEP) program as final decisions are made about the allocation of funding in the FY 2013 budget...4/2

Berkeley Lab researchers release guide to financing energy upgrade for K-12 school districts

(Eurekalert) Energy costs K-12 schools in the U.S. $6 billion dollars annually. Spending less money on energy costs would leave more for funding-constrained school districts to spend on educating their students, according to researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)...4/2

science & technology

Internet ServersCool It: Is the Internet Too Hot for Data Centers to Handle?

(Scientific American) The Internet may not consume nearly as much environmentally unfriendly fossil fuel as airplanes or automobiles, but the growth of cloud-based services offered by Apple, Netflix and others is forcing data centers to provide greater speed and more storage capacity...4/1

Climate Maverick to Quit NASA

(New York Times) James E. Hansen, the climate scientist who issued the clearest warning of the 20th century about the dangers of global warming, will retire from NASA this week, giving himself more freedom to pursue political and legal efforts to limit greenhouse gases...4/1

Nebula OneNebula One steps forth as world's first cloud computer

(PhysOrg) Nebula has announced its first product, Nebula One. The new entry is defined in a promotional video (with symphonic, celestial music and a British voiceover for gravitas) as the world's first cloud computer...4/3

Other Stories

Negative Emotions in Response to Daily Stress Take a Toll On Long-Term Mental Health

(Science Daily) Our emotional responses to the stresses of daily life may predict our long-term mental health, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science...4/2