Wednesday, April 25, 2012
ORNL in the News
Paul Trap Function

ORNL, Yale take steps toward low-cost DNA sequencing device

(R&D Magazine) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Yale University have developed a new concept for use in a high-speed genomic sequencing device that may have the potential to substantially drive down costs...4/24

MarthaNeutrons used to study a key protein in milk

(PhysOrg) Martha, a cow placidly grazing in a field in The Netherlands, became an important collaborator with researchers who successfully analyzed and characterized the internal protein structure and the composite particles of her milk using small-angle neutron scattering at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/24

DOE

Department of Energy Announces Funding for Solar Energy Systems for Homeowners

(Energy.gov) As part of the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced up to $5 million available this year to develop “plug-and-play” photovoltaic (PV) systems that can be purchased, installed and operational in one day...4/24

State & Regional

Amazon telling Tennessee customers about owed tax

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Online retailer Amazon.com has begun emailing Tennessee customers, telling them they might owe taxes on their purchases...4/24

Haslam's spending plan headed to Senate floor

(WATE) Gov. Bill Haslam's more than $31 billion spending proposal is headed for a vote on the Senate floor. Members of the Senate Finance Committee approved the plan 10-0 Tuesday night...4/25

National

First criminal charges filed in BP oil spill

(CNN) The first criminal charges have been filed in connection with the BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster two years ago, the Justice Department said Tuesday...4/24

Justices to hear Arizona's appeal over controversial immigration law

(CNN) The Supreme Court is bracing for another election-year legal and political fight over Arizona's immigration law, which has met strong opposition from the Obama administration...4/24

East Tennessee

State grants LMU law school extension in bid for accreditation

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The state accrediting agency has granted Lincoln Memorial University's law school five more years to achieve national approval from the American Bar Association, meaning its students can sit for the state bar exam at least through December 2017...4/24

energy & science policy

Senate Panel Preserves Energy Science, Boosts ARPA-E

(AAAS) If, as scientists joke, "flat" is the new "up" in federal research budgets, then things are looking up for the Department of Energy's (DOE's) research portfolio. Today, a Senate spending panel voted to raise funding for DOE's Office of Science, which is the United States' single largest funder of the physical sciences, by 0.7% from current spending levels, to $4.909 billion...4/24

Coalition for National Security Research Issues FY 2013 Funding Statement

(AIP) The Coalition for National Security Research, “a broadly-based coalition of industry, research universities, and associations united by a commitment to a strong Defense S&T base” has issued a FY 2013 funding statement...4/24

science & technology

RNA studies under fire

(Nature News) High-throughput RNA sequencing has yielded some unexpected results in the past few years — including some that seem to rewrite conventional wisdom in genetics.

Central ParkDo Urban 'Heat Islands' Hint at Trees of Future?

(Science Daily) City streets can be mean, but somewhere near Brooklyn, a tree grows far better than its country cousins, due to chronically elevated city heat levels, says a new study...4/24

Other Stories

John EdwardsJohn Edwards trial continues with testimony by former aide Andrew Young

(Washington Post) Ex-presidential candidate John Edwards, who is on trial for allegedly using campaign contributions to hide an affair, initially targeted a longtime friend and a successful musician for money to support his mistress, a former aide said...4/24

Out there

Quantum ParticleIn New Quantum Experiment, Effect Happens Before Cause

(Popular Science) A real-world demonstration of a thought experiment conducted at the University of Vienna, has produced a result that is somewhat befuddling to people with what the lead researcher calls a "naïve classical world view."