Wednesday, April 10, 2013
ORNL in the News

miceSystem Provides Clear Brain Scans of Awake, Unrestrained Mice

(Science Daily) Setting a mouse free to roam might alarm most people, but not so for nuclear imaging researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Maryland who have developed a new imaging system for mouse brain studies...4/9

Adaptive Computing Announced Adaptie Award Winners

(HPC Wire) Adaptive Computing, the largest provider of High-Performance Computing (HPC) and private cloud workload management software, today announced the winners of its first annual Adaptie Awards...Lifetime Achievement – Don Maxwell, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) — The HPC systems team lead at ORNL was honored for his contributions to the HPC industry...4/9

DOE

GAO ruling on Y-12 contract due by April 29

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The combined contract to manage the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons facilities is a big deal to a bunch of people, and a ruling on the contract protests is expected before the end of the month, which should make a complicated situation a little bit clearer...4/10

Coming and Going at the Energy Department

(New York Times) Just as the Senate moved toward approving a new energy secretary, the department’s second-in-command is announcing his departure...4/10

State & Regional

Meningitis outbreak: Nashville attorneys Chalos, Stranch take on roles in lawsuits

(Tennessean) Two Nashville attorneys have been selected by a federal judge in Boston to play key roles in the multiple lawsuits filed on behalf of victims of the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that has sickened a growing number of Tennessee residents...4/10

National

Gen. LocklearTop admiral: US can intercept a North Korean missile

(NBC News) If North Korea decides to launch a missile, the United States is ready to respond and is capable of intercepting it, a top U.S. military commander told Congress on Tuesday...4/9

BudgetObama to unveil $3.77 trillion spending plan

(Washington Post) President Obama plans Wednesday to unveil a $3.77 trillion spending plan that proposes modest new investments in infrastructure and education, major new taxes for the wealthy and significant reforms aimed at reducing the cost of Social Security and Medicare...4/10

East Tennessee

Website supports STEM education in northeast Tenn.

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A new website has been created in northeast Tennessee to support and share best practices in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The subjects, known by the acronym STEM, are getting increased attention in K-12 schools in Tennessee...4/8

energy & science policy

Nomination Hearing for Ernest Moniz to be Next Secretary of Energy

(AIP) There is every indication from today’s hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that committee members will approve Ernest Moniz’s nomination to be the next Secretary of Energy and send it to the full Senate for confirmation...4/9

science & technology

German EnergyRenewable power: Germany’s energy gamble

(Nature News) In an industrial warehouse on the outskirts of Stuttgart, the sooty past is shaking hands with Germany's green-energy future. In one corner sits a relic destined for a museum: a cast-iron engine as big as a bus, which was used until the early 1970s to compress coal gas for lighting, cooking and heating...4/10

The genetics of life and death in an evolutionary arms-race

(PhysOrg) The researchers studied the reaction of aphids when a parasitic wasp with genetic variation laid eggs in them. They found that different genotypes of the wasp affected where the aphids went to die, including whether they left the plant host entirely....4/10

Consumption Junction: Childhood Obesity Determined Largely by Environmental Factors, Not Genes or Sloth

(Scientific American) New evidence is confirming that the environment kids live in has a greater impact than factors such as genetics, insufficient physical activity or other elements in efforts to control child obesity...4/9

Other Stories

Secrets of FBI Smartphone Surveillance Tool Revealed in Court Fight

(WIRED) A legal fight over the government’s use of a secret surveillance tool has provided new insight into how the controversial tool works and the extent to which Verizon Wireless aided federal agents in using it to track a suspect...4/9

New Guidelines Call for Broad Changes in Science Education

(New York Times) Educators unveiled new guidelines on Tuesday that call for sweeping changes in the way science is taught in the United States — including, for the first time, a recommendation that climate change be taught as early as middle school...4/9

Out there

LightningThunderstorms contain ‘dark lightning,’ invisible pulses of powerful radiation

(Washington Post) ...scientists recently discovered something mind-bending about lightning: Sometimes its flashes are invisible, just sudden pulses of unexpectedly powerful radiation. It’s what Joseph Dwyer, a lightning researcher at the Florida Institute of Technology, has termed dark lightning...4/9