Monday, April 30, 2012
ORNL in the News

Commencement welcomes distinguished speakers to send off graduates

(Knoxville News Sentinel) More than 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students will be ushered out into the world with the help of an august group of speakers this coming week at the University of Tennessee's commencement ceremonies. Ceremonies begin Wednesday, May 9, and feature speakers like Thom Mason, the director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, whom will speak to the graduates of the College of Engineering...4/27

ORNL project highlights Cray's 1st Qtr

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Cray Inc. announced what it termed "strong" first quarter financial results, with a major supercomputer acceptance at Oak Ridge National Laboratory being one of the highlights...4/29

Ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen visits ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory earlier this week and among the facilities he visited was one named after him, the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Education...4/28

DOE

After Chu misspeaks, Y-12 goes mum; what's the reality about Lake Reality?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) You wouldn't think you'd have to go to the state of Tennessee to get factual information about operations at the federal Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, but that's the situation -- especially as regards the environmental activities...4/29

Bringing NPS into the K-25 game

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, one of the signatories to the preservation agreement in Oak Ridge, invited the National Park Service to prepare the report that's gaining so much attention and reinvigorating the discussion about preserving part of the K-25 uranium-enrichment plant...4/28

U.S. Department of Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative Announce a Women in Clean Energy Program for United States

(Energy.gov) At the Third Clean Energy Ministerial in London today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a three-part plan to help implement the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment initiative or “C3E” – a Ministerial program aimed at attracting more women to clean energy careers and supporting their advancement into leadership positions...4/26

State & Regional

CDC praises TN's work to reduce hospital infections

(Tennessean) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has praised Tennessee and Colorado for going “the extra mile to ensure the accuracy of infection data reported by their hospitals.” Tennessee is also one of 21 states that experienced a significant decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections...4/30

National

U.S. drone strikes resume in Pakistan; action may complicate vital negotiations

(Washington Post) CIA drone missiles hit militant targets in Pakistan on Sunday for the first time in a month, as the United States ignored the Pakistani government’s insistence that such attacks end as a condition for normalized relations between the two perpetually uneasy allies...4/29

Obama, Noda To Discuss Trade, Security Issues

(NPR) President Barack Obama holds a bilateral summit with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the White House Monday. It's the first such meeting between U.S. and Japanese leaders in three years. Political turmoil in Japan has led to a constant turnover in leadership — there have been six prime ministers in as many years...4/30

East Tennessee

Local beekeepers called on to relocate thousands of valuable honey bees

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Covered from face to foot in heavy white cotton and dark netting, Lynda Rizzardi walks straight toward the ominous buzzing of several thousand honeybees...4/30

Fire at TVA's Bull Run Steam Plant under investigation

(WATE) The cause of a fire Saturday at the Bull Run Steam Plant in Claxton remains under investigation. Authorities say the fire at the Tennessee Valley Authority power plant in Anderson County started Saturday morning on a coal conveyer belt, which carries coal from the yard into the plant...4/30

 

science & technology

Drug-resistant bacteria go undetected

Bacteria(Nature News) Efforts to detect and halt the global spread of drug-resistant bacteria are being hindered by a poor understanding of the limitations of crucial laboratory tests...4/27

Wind farms lift the temperature in their region

(Phys Org) Wind turbines can modify the local climate by warming the atmosphere, according to a study that revealed an increase in temperature of 0.72 degrees over a region of Texas where four large wind farms have been built...4/30

Space Shuttle Enterprise Makes Its Final Flight

Enterprise Shuttle(Popular Science) The Space Shuttles, having served valiantly, are currently being retired to museums and institutions around the country. Each retirement comes with a dose of pageantry like today's. Enterprise flew past the Statue of Liberty, up the Hudson, over the George Washington Bridge, and landed at JFK airport, where it was greeted by exuberant crowds...4/27

New Particle Discovered at CERN

(Science Daily) Physicists from the University of Zurich have discovered a previously unknown particle composed of three quarks in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator. A new baryon could thus be detected for the first time at the LHC. The baryon known as Xi_b^* confirms fundamental assumptions of physics regarding the binding of quarks...4/27

Other Stories

Profiled By The TSA? There's An App For That

(NPR) More than a decade after 9/11, heightened security at U.S. airports has become routine, yet some religious and minority groups say they're unfairly singled out for even more screening. Well, now there's an app for that...4/28

How One Chevrolet Dealer Is Selling 25 Volts a Month

(Forbes) All it takes to sell Chevrolet Volts to the American public is a dealership that is dedicated to the task from the top down, focused training of salespeople in how to showcase the car, a handful of Volts in inventory, and a homegrown Excel spreadsheet with some data comparing the cost of ownership of several Chevrolet models...4/29