Thursday, April 25, 2013
ORNL in the News

Cherokee Farm hopes to recruit investors to research center

(WBIR-TV) For the past several years, Knoxville has seen the transformation of the 188-acre Cherokee Farm innovation campus on Alcoa Highway across from UT hospital...The project is a joint venture between UT and the Oak Ridge National Lab. Construction is already underway on the joint institute for advanced materials...4/24

Migrating rad waste a continuing concern

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The concern has been around for several years now, but it’s still not clear whether radioactive wastes seeping from Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s old burial grounds are polluting groundwater on the other side of the Clinch River...4/24

New book details UT-Battelle management of ORNL

(AP) A hardcover book chronicling the history of UT-Battelle's management of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is on the market. "Breaking the Mold" details the initial decade of the partnership between the University of Tennessee and Battelle Memorial Institute...4/24


New Chemical Trick To Make Fertilizer That Won't Explode

(Popular Science) The same chemical that makes fertilizer so useful also makes it really cheap bomb fuel. Researchers at Sandia labs in Albuquerque wondered if they could render the explosive properties of fertilizer inert while still keeping the beneficial properties intact...4/24

New battery design could help solar and wind power the grid

(PhysOrg) Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a low-cost, long-life battery that could enable solar and wind energy to become major suppliers to the electrical grid...4/24

Ex-U.S. attorney general testifies on behalf of Y-12 protesters

(Tennessean) Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark on Tuesday testified that ongoing production of nuclear weapons at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge could be considered unlawful because it violates some tenets of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty aimed at eliminating weapons...4/25

State & Regional

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander presses for online sales tax

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Senators on Tuesday sought to humanize a bill that would let states require sales tax collection on all online purchases...4/24


Boston Response Praised, But Intelligence-Sharing Questioned

(NPR) In the days since the Boston Marathon bombings, local law enforcement officials have been given high marks for their response to the attack and the coordination among numerous federal, state and local agencies involved...4/24

East Tennessee

Knox County air quality improving, but still failing

(WBIR-TV) Knox County's air quality has received another failing grade, but the latest study shows the area is making improvements...4/24

ORHS ranked No. 6 in Tenn.'s Best High Schools

(Oak Ridger) ...The Top 5 ranked schools are, in order, Hume-Fogg Academic High School and Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet at Pearl High School, both located in the Metropolitan Nashville public school system; Merrol Hyde Magnet School, Hendersonville, Sumner County; Brentwood High School and Ravenwood High School, both in Brentwood in Williamson County...4/24

Bill Richardson discusses clean energy, North Korea to East TN crowd

(WBIR-TV) ...Former democratic governor Bill Richardson made his address at the Baker's Center Wednesday evening. He's in town for a couple days discussing clean energy and the North Korean crisis...4/24

energy & science policy

Obama Praises Future Scientists at White House Science Fair

(Scientific American) With the third annual White House Science Fair as his backdrop, Pres. Barack Obama announced plans Monday to recruit one million new science, technology, engineering and math mentors from the private and public sectors to inspire many more students to pursue advanced educations and careers in those fields...4/24

Rep. Bill Foster on FY 2014 Department of Energy Appropriations Legislation

(AIP) ...Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) wrote to House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) about FY 2014 funding levels and committee report language for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and Office of Nuclear Energy...4/24

Holdren Appears Before House Science Committee

(AIP) Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren appeared before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee last week to answer questions about the Obama Administration’s FY 2014 request for several important science agencies...4/24

science & technology

Guidance issued for US Internet research

(Nature) Institutional review boards may need to take a closer look at some types of online research...4/24

Europe Set to Vote on Pesticide Ban to Save Honeybees

(Scientific American) A proposed ban of pesticides called neonicotinoids is gathering scientific support as some experts are calling for more field studies. The goal is to reverse massive honeybee hive die-offs, which also afflict U.S. farming...4/24

1960s Satellite Images Add To Evidence Of Shrinking Sea Ice

(NPR) Scientists have digitized and analyzed imagery taken by one of the first U.S. weather satellites to create a montage showing the extent of polar sea ice in 1964 so they can compare it to more recent satellite photos...4/24

Study: There may not be a shortage of American STEM graduates after all

(Washington Post) ...A study released Wednesday by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute reinforces what a number of researchers have come to believe: that the STEM worker shortage is a myth....4/24

Other Stories

Just how bad were cleantech investments?

(Fortune) Cleantech investments have underperformed, but that doesn't mean they're underwater...4/24