Friday, April 27, 2012
ORNL in the News

Where did ORNL staffers get their PhDs?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A lot of people know that Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a gathering place for folks holding doctorate degrees in science and engineering. But do you know where lab researchers got their PhDs? Well, the general answer is from institutions around the globe, but the biggest domestic supplier -- by far -- is the nearby University of Tennessee, which also is a partner (along with Battelle) in managing the U.S. Department of Energy's largest science lab...4/24

Los Alamos boosting production of Ac-225; Brookhaven, ORNL join effort

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Interesting video out of Los Alamos National Laboratory about boosting production of actinium-225 for tumor-killing cancer therapies. Brookhaven and ORNL are partners on the endeavor...4/25



CERCLA landfill filling up faster than thought?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The construction of Cell 6, the final expansion of the Department of Energy's landfill for CERCLA wastes in Oak Ridge, is now complete -- although UCOR, DOE's cleanup manager, said it's not yet receiving waste...4/25

Nanosolar Successfully Completes Grant Specifications From U.S. Department of Energy

(WSJ Market Watch) Nanosolar Inc., today announced that it has successfully achieved or surpassed all 10 major tasks in completion of a $42 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for a Solar America Initiative (SAI) Technology Pathway Partnership (TPP) program...4/26

State & Regional

House passes $31 billion state budget, still at odds with Senate

(Knoxville News Sentinel) House Republicans on Thursday soundly defeated a raft of Democratic attempts to revise their plans for state spending of $31.4 billion in the coming year and, by a closer margin, put down a rebellion against closing the Taft Youth Center...4/27

Tick-borne Rocky Mountain spotted fever cases jump in TN

(Tennessean) Cases of tick-borne Rocky Mountain spotted fever are up 533 percent this spring compared to the same period last year, the Tennessee Department of Health said Thursday...4/27


Okinawa deal between US and Japan to move marines

(BBC) The United States and Japan have reached a deal to move thousands of US Marines from the island of Okinawa. Some 9,000 marines will be sent to ''locations outside of Japan'', a joint statement by Washington and Tokyo said...4/26

House passes cybersecurity bill despite veto threat over privacy protections

(CS Monitor) The cybersecurity bill seeks to protect the nation from cyberattack, but concerns over how personal information is shared with the government and corporations has sparked opposition and a veto threat from the Obama administration...4/26

East Tennessee

TVA board approves billions more to finish Watts Bar reactor

(WATE) The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors on Thursday approved continuing construction to complete the Unit 2 reactor at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. The approval is in accordance with a revised estimate including additional funding of $1.5 billion to $2 billion...4/26

energy & science policy

White House Council Issues Report on Public Access

(AIP) In fulfillment of a provision in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) has sent a report to Congress detailing “progress toward the coordination of policies” “related to the dissemination and long-term stewardship of the results of unclassified research, including digital data and peer-reviewed scholarly publications, supported wholly or in part by funding from the Federal science agencies...4/26

science & technology

Pigeons may ‘hear’ magnetic fields

Pigeons(Nature News) Individual neurons in birds' brains can relay crucial information about Earth’s magnetic field, possibly providing the animals with an ‘internal GPS’, according to research into magnetoreception...4/26

Samsung patent wants to get in user's face

(Phys Org) Samsung phones of the future may tell if you are happy, sad, or altogether disgusted. Samsung has filed for a patent on a method and device that can tell a user’s emotions based on facial expressions...4/27

Study Shows A Third Of Motorists Would Buy Self-Driving Cars

(Forbes) Cadillac recently announced it was working on a system it calls “Super Cruise” that would be capable of steering, braking and lane-centering in highway driving without human intervention. Volkswagen showed similar technology under development last year, and it’s hoped that such “autonomous driving” systems could be headed to market by mid-decade...4/26

Scar Tissue Turned Into Heart Muscle Without Using Stem Cells

(Science Daily) Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have shown the ability to turn scar tissue that forms after a heart attack into heart muscle cells using a new process that eliminates the need for stem cell transplant...4/26

Other Stories

Can Helmets Cut Tornado Deaths? CDC Isn't So Sure

Helmet(NPR) Tornadoes killed more than 500 people in the U.S. last year — the highest number in decades. Already this year, 63 people have died, and the tornado season doesn't hit its peak until June. But tornadoes don't have to be as deadly. Experts say some deaths could be prevented if people would do one more thing when taking cover: wear a helmet...4/27