Monday, May 6, 2013
ORNL in the News

Chattanooga leaders hope to capitalize on Oak Ridge technological research, military resources

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Oak Ridge was a secret city during World War II when it was developing components for the atom bomb. But a group from the Chattanooga area last week eyed ways to unlock the vast technology and resources of Oak Ridge National Lab and Y-12 National Security Complex...5/5

Mason: New deputy is 'natural fit' for lab

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The new deputy lab director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory won’t arrive until June 1, but ORNL chief Thom Mason said Ramamoorthy Ramesh is a “natural fit” for the job. Ramesh is a materials scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, where he’s done significant research. He also has spent some time in Washington, D.C....5/6

DOE

More UPF design concerns

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The design of the Uranium Processing Facility has attracted scrutiny from the get-go, with some folks (notably the Project On Government Oversight) questioning plans to be build the high-security operation above ground...5/4

Sen. Alexander: Oak Ridge to get new water plant to treat mercury contamination

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) A new water treatment plant will be built to combat mercury contamination in water near Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander announced today...5/3

Federal trial for Y-12 break-in to start this week

(WBIR) The federal trial against three anti-nuclear weapons activists, charged with destroying property and trespassing at Y-12 National Security Complex, starts this week...5/5

National

Official: We knew Benghazi was a terrorist attack "from the get-go"

(CBS News) "Everybody in the mission" in Benghazi, Libya, thought the attack on a U.S. consulate there last Sept. 11 was an act of terror "from the get-go," according to excerpts of an interview investigators conducted with the No. 2 official in Libya...5/5

Syrian FighterAttacks Fuel Debate Over U.S.-Led Effort

(The New York Times) The apparent ease with which Israel struck missile sites and, by Syrian accounts, a major military research center near Damascus in recent days has stoked debate in Washington about whether American-led airstrikes are the logical next step...5/5

East Tennessee

Pershing YoakleyPershing Yoakley launches 'big data' affiliate

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Professional services firm Pershing Yoakley & Associates has launched a new affiliate company to help clients make sense out of the mountains of electronic data they deal with every day...To run PYA Analytics, Pershing hired Brian Worley, former director of the Computational Science and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

energy & science policy

Senators Seek Investigation of ITER Program

(AIP) Four key senators have asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate the cost and schedule for the completion of ITER and the feasibility of delaying or adjusting  U.S. contributions to the fusion reactor.  This request came in the form of a letter sent today to the U.S. Comptroller General...5/3

science & technology

Happy and Sad BreadGM crops: Promise and reality

(Nature News) The introduction of the first transgenic plant 30 years ago heralded the start of a second green revolution, providing food to the starving, profits to farmers and environmental benefits to boot. Many GM crops fulfilled the promise. But their success has been mired in controversy with many questioning their safety, their profitability and their green credentials...5/2

As Climate Changes, Boreal Forests to Shift North and Relinquish More Carbon Than Expected

(Science Daily) It's difficult to imagine how a degree or two of warming will affect a location. Will it rain less? What will happen to the area's vegetation?...5/5

New Feathered DinosaurNew Dinosaur Species Found In China

(Popular Science) A new dinosaur found in China may be the oldest of its kind—and a crucial link between lizard-like dinosaurs and the feathered, late-period creatures that bore a closer resemblance to today's birds...5/3

Physicists present a non-destructive technique for measuring at the atomic scale

(PhysOrg) Improving our understanding of the human brain, gathering insights into the origin of our universe through the detection of gravitational waves, or optimizing the precision of GPS systems- all are difficult challenges to master...5/5

Other Stories

German euro founder calls for 'catastrophic' currency to be broken up

(The Telegraph) Oskar Lafontaine, the German finance minister who launched the euro, has called for a break-up of the single currency to let southern Europe recover, warning that the current course is "leading to disaster"...5/5

Out there

Wisconsin family discovers fully-stocked fallout shelter in their back yard 50 years after it was installed at the height of the Cold War

(Daily Mail) For more than a decade after they moved into their house in Neenah, Wisconsin, the Zwick family knew they had a Cold War bunker in their backyard. It was not until 2010 that anyone thought to open the heavy steel hatch, climb down the ladder and explore the 8-foot-by-10-foot chamber that the home's previous owner had built to protect his family from a nuclear attack...5/5