Monday, April 23, 2012
ORNL in the News

Top Earth Day Champions Slash Carbon Emissions, Equal to 45,000 Acres of Pine Forests

(Wall Street Journal Market Watch) In celebration of Earth Day, Johnson Controls, the global leader in delivering solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, released its Top Earth Day Champions list... Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tenn. tops the list with its annual reduction of 49,135 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions...4/23

TN seen as likely cyber target

(Tennessean) Businesses, utilities, government agencies and research organizations in Tennessee will be watching closely this week as Congress considers a slate of bills to combat cyberattacks...“We’ve significantly ramped up our defensive and detection measures in the last year,” said Mike Bartell, chief information officer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ...4/23

DOE

Philips Light BulbNew LED Philips light bulb could save U.S. billions in energy costs

(Newsroom New Jersey) incandescent light bulbs are scheduled to be banned in the next few years, and the newest innovation in energy-efficient bulbs is set to go on sale today on Earth Day...The bulb was the winner in the Department of Energy's Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize...4/20

State & Regional

Report shows link between money, education and life expectancy

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The average life expectancy of the residents of some Tennessee counties is on par with the life expectancies in some of the healthiest countries — Sweden, for example...4/23

East Tennessee

Dowell SpringsConstruction continues on $119 million proton therapy center

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Mounds of dirt have been moved and millions of pounds of concrete poured as workers continue to make progress on the construction of the state's first proton therapy center for cancer treatment...4/20

National

Government auditors call for end to $8 billion Medicare bonus program

(Fox News) In a rebuke to the Obama administration, government auditors are calling for the cancellation of an $8 billion Medicare program that congressional Republicans have criticized as a political ploy...4/23

North Korean military warns of "special actions" against South Korea after failed rocket launch

(CBS News) North Korea - North Korea's military vowed Monday to launch unspecified "special actions" soon meant to reduce South Korea's conservative government and media companies "to ashes" in less that four minutes, in an escalation of its recent threats...4/23

Obama to target foreign nationals’ use of new technologies in human rights abuses

(Washington Post) President Obama will issue an executive order Monday that will allow U.S. officials for the first time to impose sanctions against foreign nationals found to have used new technologies, from cellphone tracking to Internet monitoring, to help carry out grave human rights abuses...4/23

energy & science policy

First Information: FY 2013 Funding for NSF, NASA and NIST

(AIP) The FY 2013 appropriations process moved into a new phase with the drafting of several appropriations bills providing significant support for physics and related research programs...4/20

science & technology

Synthetic DNA and RNA seen to evolve

(UPI) The discovery that synthetic DNA and RNA can evolve like their natural counterparts could bring artificial life one step closer, U.S. scientists say. DNA is built using deoxyribose sugars and RNA with ribose, but scientists have discovered how to replace these sugars with six others to create synthetic genetic chains called xeno-nucleic acids or XNAs...4/20

How Humans Grew Fruitful by Devouring Meat

(Live Science) Humans' meat-eating habits help separate them from other great apes, new research suggests. A meat-heavy diet lets people wean younger babies and have more offspring, which may have contributed to the population explosion, the researchers say...4/18

Other Stories

The tab for U.N.’s Rio summit: Trillions per year in taxes, transfers and price hikes

(Fox News) The upcoming United Nations environmental conference on sustainable development will consider  a breathtaking array of carbon taxes, transfers of trillions of dollars from wealthy countries to poor ones, and new spending programs to guarantee that populations around the world are protected from the effects of the very programs the world organization wants to implement, according to stunning U.N. documents examined  by Fox News.

1 in 2 new graduates are jobless or underemployed

(Yahoo News) The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work. A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge...4/23

Out there

Making a Stream of Water Flow Up, Using Trickery

(Popular Science) If you only watch one optical illusion today in which a stream of water appears to have droplets freeze in mid-air or inch their way backwards back into the tube from whence they came, make it this one...4/20