ORNL in the News

Israel’s Top BioEnergy Researchers Are Arriving Today at Oak Ridge National Laboratory For Deliberations to Establish U.S.-Israel Collaboration

(PRWeb) The Israel Energy Partnership (TIEP) and the US-Israel Science and Technology Foundation (USISTF) announced today that a delegation of Israel's top bioenergy scientists, entrepreneurs, and government officials have arrived in Oak Ridge Tennessee to meet with their counterparts from the Department of Energy's Bioenergy Science Center based at ORNL...4/21

Legislative, financial challenges nix potentially lucrative UT-Provision partnership

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The University of Tennessee may have abandoned tens of millions of dollars over the next decade from a proposed partnership that it is no longer pursuing with a proton therapy center in West Knoxville because of legislative and financial challenges associated with it...For UT, the money would have gone toward...developing a research and development institute with UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory focused on radiological and imaging services at Cherokee Farm...4/21

DOE

United Way donations down after security breach, contractor changes

(Oak Ridge Today) Donations to the United Way of Anderson County were down this year, and on Thursday, officials cited challenges in the federal contracting community, including the July 28 security breach at the Y-12 National Security Complex and the later departure of security contractor WSI...4/19

BNLEnergy Department to seek bids on managing BNL

(Newsday) The U.S. Department of Energy Thursday said it would solicit bids to manage Brookhaven National Laboratory, which since 1998 has been run by a partnership including the State University of New York's research arm...4/18

State & Regional

Shots fired at TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant

(WBIR) A TVA spokesperson confirmed that a security officer patrolling TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City was involved in a shootout with a suspect Sunday at about 2:00 a.m...4/21

National

Suspects Seemed Set for Attacks Beyond Boston

(The New York Times) The two men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings were armed with a small arsenal of guns, ammunition and explosives when they first confronted the police early Friday, and were most likely planning more attacks, the authorities said Sunday...4/21

East Tennessee

Search warrants: Haslam knew about scheme to defraud customers

(WBIR) Search warrants reveal new and potentially damaging information about the investigation into Knoxville-based Pilot Flying J, including that top executives like CEO Jimmy Haslam knew about the alleged scheme to defraud commercial customers...4/19

energy & science policy

FY 2014 USGS Budget Request

The President's FY 2014 budget request for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) is $1.17 billion, an increase of $98.8 million or 9.2 percent above the FY 2012 enacted level of $1.07 billion...4/19

science & technology

DNA StrandEvolving Genes Lead to Evolving Genes: Selection in European Populations of Genes Regulated by FOXP2

(Science Daily) Researchers have designed a method that can universally test for evolutionary adaptation, or positive (Darwinian) selection, in any chosen set of genes, using re-sequencing data such as that generated by the 1000 Genomes Project...4/18

Solar CellSolar Cell Could Dramatically Improve Energy Harvest

(Live Science) A special coating could dramatically improve the percentage of energy that can be harvested from solar cells by splitting photons in two, new research suggests....4/18

Rocket launches from Wallops Island

(Washington Post) The first launch of the Antares rocket, which is intended to fill an important niche in the U.S. space program, took place Sunday at a NASA facility on Virginia’s Atlantic Coast...4/22

Little Ice AgeFirst 2000-Year-Long Temperature Reconstructions for Individual Continents

(Science Daily) Past climate change varied remarkably between regions. This is demonstrated in a new study coordinated by the international Past Global Changes (PAGES) project, which reconstructed temperature over the past 1000 to 2000 years...4/19

Other Stories

Russia's Caucasus have seen decades of war, terror

(WATE) Russia's volatile North Caucasus, which the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings once called home, have seen two decades of brutal fighting between Russian forces and separatists bent on carving out an independent Islamic state...4/19

The sad long story of Fisker Automotive, ‘the largest VC-backed debacle in U.S. history’

(Reuters) In January 2005, legendary car designer Henrik Fisker founded a company to bring innovative new thinking to the automobile industry...4/18