Tuesday, April 10, 2012
ORNL in the News

Secrets of how the last ice age ended

(Earth Times) Scientists are starting to unravel the secrets of how the last ice age ended. Researchers from Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin and Oregon State University say that global rises in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere were to blame...The study was backed by the National Science Foundation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate and Global Change Fellowship. Research was carried out at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/10

2 Vegas teachers chosen for Siemens fellowship

(Las Vegas Sun) Two Las Vegas high school teachers are participating in a summer scientific research program through the multinational Siemens Corporation...Program officials say the two teachers will complete short-term projects alongside some of the nation's top scientists. The program operates from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn...4/10

DOE

Newsmaker: UT & Y-12

(WBIR-TV) Joining us to talk about a partnership ongoing for a little more than a year now is UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek and Darrel Kohlhorst, head of B&W Y-12 in Oak Ridge...4/5

State & Regional

Solar conference begins Tuesday in Memphis

(The Commercial Appeal) The second annual Tennessee Valley Solar Solutions Conference is Tuesday and Wednesday at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Adm. Dennis McGinn, a national security specialist, is to discuss his view that fossil fuels threaten the country's national security. Other topics include energy policy, smart grid technology, sustainability, innovation and job growth...4/9

National

Why North Korea seems willing to ignore US warnings on missile test

(CS Monitor) The US, which has already withdrawn a promise of food aid, warns North Korea a missile test would be 'provocative.' But analysts see an attempt to bolster the country's young leader...4/9

East Tennessee

UT researchers develop portable disease detection device

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It may not be long until a drop of blood and a few minutes is all that is needed to determine if someone has a disease, thanks to two researchers at the University of Tennessee who have developed a portable device that detects pathogens in humans and animals...4/10

Partially Africanized bees discovered in East Tennessee

(WBIR) ...According to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, genetic testing has been completed on bees belonging to a beekeeper in Monroe County. Officials have depopulated the colony and are working with other beekeepers in the area to see if other bees could have been affected...4/10

VW conducting national search to fill Tennessee jobs

(AP) ...The German automaker said Monday that it is using a national print and online advertising campaign to fill specialty positions, including maintenance technicians, manufacturing engineers and logistics supervisors...4/9

energy & science policy

GAO Assesses the Research Prioritization Process at the Department of Energy Office of Science

(AIP) Frank Rusco, Director of Natural Resources and Environment at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), recently drafted a report on the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science’s (SC) use of a multilayered process for prioritizing research...4/9

science & technology

How carbon dioxide melted the world

(Nature) Rising levels of carbon dioxide really did bring about the end of the most recent ice age, say researchers. By compiling a global climate record, a team has shown that regions in which concentrations of greenhouse gases increased after the warming were exceptions to the big picture...4/4

Shake It Off: Earth's Wobble May Have Ended Ice Age

(NPR) A wobbling of the Earth on its axis about 20,000 years ago may have kicked off a beginning to the end of the last ice age. Glaciers in the Arctic and Greenland began to melt, which resulted in a warming of the Earth, a new study says...4/5

Solar Steam Helps Coax Heavy Oil from Old Fields

(Scientific American) A demonstration project in California may prove that steam created with the sun's heat can help get more oil out of the ground...4/9

The Iceberg Was Only Part of It

(NY Times) What doomed the Titanic is well known, at least in outline. On a moonless night in the North Atlantic, the liner hit an iceberg and disaster ensued, with 1,500 lives lost...Now, a century after the liner went down in the early hours of April 15, 1912, two new studies argue that rare states of nature played major roles in the catastrophe...4/9

Other Stories

Preparing for next-gen workers, with next-gen brains

(Fortune) Many of the employees entering the workforce in the next few years will have been raised on the Internet, which has shaped the way their brains are wired. Are companies ready for this generation of workers?...4/9

The Next Time Someone Says the Internet Killed Reading Books, Show Them This Chart

(The Atlantic) Remember the good old days when everyone read really good books...Well, that time never existed...4/6