Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ORNL in the News

Hardin Valley Academy senior wins four-year UT-Battelle scholarship

(Oak Ridge Today) Meredith Graves, a senior at Hardin Valley Academy, is the recipient of the 2013 UT-Battelle Scholarship to the University of Tennessee. The four-year, $20,000 scholarship, presented annually to a graduating senior with a parent who works at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is awarded annually to an outstanding student who plans to study science, engineering, or mathematics at the University of Tennessee....4/29

Harry Brooks and Thom Mason: State keeps raising academic standards

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The 2012-13 school year was an important one for our state. It was marked by achievement gains for our students and by the implementation of new efforts to better prepare students for college and the workforce...There is no doubt that Tennessee is making important strides in improving public education...4/27


Students from California and Indiana win DOE’s 23rd National Science Bowl

(Energy.gov) Students from Mira Loma High School from Sacramento, Calif. won the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl today in Washington D.C. This year’s championship team in the middle school competition is Creekside Middle School from Carmel, Ind...4/29

State & Regional

24 Main Street cities generate $82 million

(AP) State officials say a program that aims to revitalize downtown commercial districts in communities across Tennessee generated more than $82 million in private and public investment last year...4/30


Putin, Obama speak again amid probe into Tamerlan Tsarnaev

(CS Monitor) Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev remains the focus of investigation in both Russia and the US, as authorities seek to learn how he became radicalized. Here are four other developments in the case...4/29

East Tennessee

Manhattan Project Park bill moves on

(Oak Ridger) A bill to establish a national park commemorating the Manhattan Project of World War II in Oak Ridge and two other sites is again on its way through the U.S. House and Senate...4/29

energy & science policy

Obama calls for peer-review autonomy

(Nature) In a brief 15-minute speech today, US President Barack Obama championed independence for the peer-review process, in front of an audience of elite researchers at the 150th annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC...4/29

science & technology

Diamond shows promise for a quantum Internet

(Nature) Today's Internet runs on linked silicon chips, but a future quantum version might be built from diamond crystals...4/24

Can Solar Energy Get Bigger by Thinking Small?

(National Geographic News) Nearly 60 years after researchers first demonstrated a way to convert sunlight into energy, science is still grappling with a critical limitation of the solar photovoltaic cell...4/28

Blazing The Trail For Female Programmers

(NPR) Sarah Allen has been the only woman on a team of computer programmers a few times in the more than two decades she has worked in the field...4/29

Researchers find high-fructose corn syrup may be tied to worldwide collapse of bee colonies

(PhysOrg) A team of entomologists from the University of Illinois has found a possible link between the practice of feeding commercial honeybees high-fructose corn syrup and the collapse of honeybee colonies around the world...4/30

Other Stories

How Many People Have Really Been Killed by Chernobyl?

(Slate) When the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded in 1986, experts predicted as many as 40,000 extra cancer deaths from the radiation spewed onto parts of what was then the Soviet Union. Friday is the 27th anniversary of the disaster. How many people has Chernobyl killed so far?...4/26