Monday, April 15, 2013
ORNL in the News

Richard HaireORNL’s Richard Haire receives American Chemical Society’s Seaborg Award

(Oak Ridge Today) Retired Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher and UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow Richard Haire has received the 2013 Glenn T. Seaborg Award by the American Chemical Society. The Seaborg Award is one of the top recognitions in the field of nuclear chemistry...4/14

ORNL's funding still clouded by uncertainty

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason said there is even more uncertainty than usual after this week’s release of the Obama administration’s budget request for 2014. “No one likes uncertainty,” Mason said in a telephone interview Friday. “I thinks that’s probably the trickiest thing to deal with."...4/14

DroneORNL using drones for research purposes

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Yes, drones are hot, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory is involved in research on their use in evaluating environmental contamination — especially in hazardous and hostile environments.

DOE finalizing plans to dump man-made uranium in Nevada

(Fox News) A Department of Energy plan to drag hundreds of canisters of radioactive nuclear material into the Nevada desert for a “shallow land burial” is raising safety concerns as experts worry what could happen if the security of the bomb-making material were compromised...The material would be transported from Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the government’s only facility for handling, processing and storing weapons-grade uranium...4/15


Chuck Spencer: Y-12 fence protects national security

(Knoxville News Sentinel Editorial) Much has been made of the decision at the Y-12 National Security Complex to improve security by extending one of our security fences...4/12

Enhanced Geothermal in Nevada: Extracting Heat From the Earth to Generate Sustainable Power

( In a small town in northwestern Nevada, America's first commercial, grid-connected enhanced geothermal system (EGS) is up and running...4/12

State & Regional

Tennessee DCS announcing changes

(WCYB) Officials with the Tennessee Department of Children's Service are unveiling a reorganization of the troubled child welfare agency...4/15


Gun Debate Revives Questions About Self-Defense

(ABC News) The beam from the intruder's flashlight pierced the blackness of the bedroom at 4:45 a.m., sweeping across the down comforter and into Eric Martin's eyes. Outside, the streets of his Utah subdivision lay still and silent...4/14

East Tennessee

New Deal for Roosevelt’s TVA Seen as Hard Sell for Obama

(Bloomberg News) President Barack Obama’s proposal to wean the Tennessee Valley Authority (3015A) from the U.S. government faces the same obstacles that have frustrated privatization advocates since President Dwight Eisenhower termed the state- controlled power company “creeping socialism” in the 1950s...4/14

HaywardUT cultivates long-term gifts to retain top faculty

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Stuart Riggsby was a microbiologist, but when he decided to endow a professorship, he made his donation to the theatre department...4/15

science & technology

Hawaii land board grants use permit for $1.3B Thirty Meter Telescope

(Pacific Business News) The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday granted the University of Hawaii at Hilo a conservation district use permit for the $1.3 billion Thirty Meter Telescope, saying the university can add what will be one of the world's largest telescopes to the observatories on the summit of Mauna Kea...4/14

Justices Consider Whether Patents on Genes Are Valid

(The New York Times) The Supreme Court is poised to take up the highly charged question of whether human genes can be patented. But another question could trump it: Has the field of genetics moved so far so fast that whatever the court decides, it has come too late to the issue?...4/14

Australopithecus sedibaHow 2-Million-Year-Old Ancestor Moved: Sediba's Ribcage and Feet Were Not Suitable for Running

(Science Daily) Researchers at Wits University in South Africa, including Peter Schmid from the University of Zurich, have described the anatomy of a single early hominin in six new studies...4/11

gene switchesSuper-powered switches may decide cell fate

(Nature News) Cancer cells, stem cells, muscle cells and more may owe their unique identities to powerful gene-regulating structures called super-enhancers, two studies suggest...4/12

Other Stories

This Is Your Brain on E-Books

(MIT Technology Review) I don’t have the best of memories, but ever since I was young, I prided myself on a particular talent with respect to reading. Occasionally I’d be near the end of a book, and would recall a passage near the beginning that I wanted to revisit...4/12

Spending, Confidence Slumps Add To Spring Swoon View

(Investor's Business Daily) Consumers are spending less and losing confidence unexpectedly, data showed Friday, adding to indications that economic momentum is waning again after earlier signs of strength...4/12

Out there

Scientist unravels mystery of Coral Sea’s ghostly Sandy Island

(Washington Post) A research ship cruised through the Coral Sea, east of Australia, bearing down on Sandy Island. The digital scientific databases used by the researchers showed the island to be 15 miles long, north to south, and about three miles wide. Manhattan-sized. But when the ship reached the place where the island should have been, the researchers saw only open ocean...4/14