Monday, May 7, 2012
ORNL in the News

Thom Mason: Public-private effort aims to boost budding entrepreneurs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) New technologies, materials and processes are changing our lives more quickly today than ever — moving information faster, making vehicles safer and more efficient, even adding new words to our everyday speech...Tennessee has large research universities such as the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University, renowned facilities such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and private companies seeking better ways to do business...5/6

OR Council to consider waterfront pavilion OK

(Knoxville News Sentinel) City Council Monday is expected to approve construction of a 2,300-square-foot picnic pavilion in Melton Lake Park...UT-Battelle, the contractor that operates Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy, donated $140,000 toward the pavilion construction...5/4

Cryogenic deuterium machine gun corrals edgy plasma

(ITER) Using a cryogenic deuterium pellet injector installed on the DIII-D Tokamak operated by General Atomics in San Diego, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers and collaborators were able to fire millimetre-sized frozen deuterium pellets into ultra-hot plasma at a rate of 60 times per second...5/4

DOE

After the scrap is gone, the cleanup goes on

(Knoxville News Sentinel) One of the bright lights of Recovery Act-funded cleanups in Oak Ridge was getting rid of the Old Scrap Yard at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant. Now a follow-on project, removing contaminated soils at the site, is apparently near completion...5/5

Shrinking the size of Superfund in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge office is spending about $3 million in Recovery Act money on a project that will ultimately re-do the boundaries of Oak Ridge property included on Superfund's National Priorities List. Boiled down, environmental surveys are being used to show that large areas of DOE's Oak Ridge reservation are not contaminated and do not need to be included on the list...5/5

State & Regional

Tennessee named a top state for business

(WATE) Chief Executive magazine has named Tennessee one of the four top states for business. Tennessee ranked fourth in the annual ratings for the second straight year...5/7

National

U.S. hostage appeals to Obama in video released by al-Qaeda

(USA Today) In a video released Sunday by al-Qaeda, American hostage Warren Weinstein said he will be killed unless President Obama agrees to the militant group's demands...5/7

Japan shuts down last nuclear reactor

(CNN) As Japan began its workweek Monday morning, the trains ran exactly on time, the elevators in thousands of Tokyo high rises efficiently moved between floors, and the lights turned on across cities with nary a glitch. What makes this Monday so remarkable is that for the first time in four decades, none of the energy on this working day is derived from a nuclear reactor...5/7

East Tennessee

TVA 'diet' swallows jobs, projects and maintenance

(Tennessean) With a net loss for the second quarter and a projected loss for the budget year, TVA officials said the utility’s “diet and exercise plan” involves trimming about 1,000 jobs and delaying some capital projects, including work to complete Bellefonte nuclear power plant...5/5

energy & science policy

Science Policy Initiative calls on Congress to support investments in R&D

(MIT) Undergraduate and graduate student members of the MIT Science Policy Initiative (SPI) traveled to Washington, D.C., recently to speak with members of Congress about the need for continued federal funding of science and technology R&D in fiscal year 2013...5/4

science & technology

Color-changing artificial muscles make the wearer disappear

Zebrafish(Christian Science Monitor) Scientists have created a soft, stretchy artificial muscle that can blend with its environment at the flick of a switch, mimicking the camouflage abilities of squid and zebrafish...5/2

Anthropologists Discover New Research Use for Dental Plaque: Examining Diets of Ancient Peoples

(Science Daily) While we may brush and floss tirelessly and our dentists may regularly scrape and pick at our teeth to minimize the formation of plaque known as tartar or dental calculus, anthropologists may be rejoicing at the fact that past civilizations were not so careful with their dental hygiene...5/2

Testing the Long-Awaited Fisker Karma Plug-In Hybrid

Fisker Karma Hybrid(Popular Science) At the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, the start-up Fisker Automotive unveiled its Karma concept , a high-end plug-in hybrid the company would use to challenge Tesla Motors. Cofounder Henrik Fisker said the Karma would go on sale in late 2009. Then the recession, a switch in battery suppliers and other delays kept Fisker from shipping the first trickle of cars until late last year...5/4

Remote-controlled genes trigger insulin production

Mouse(Nature News) Researchers have remotely activated genes inside living animals, a proof of concept that could one day lead to medical procedures in which patients’ genes are triggered on demand. The work, in which a team used radio waves to switch on engineered insulin-producing genes in mice, is published today in Science...5/3

Other Stories

Everyone Has Been Hacked. Now What?

(Wired) The attackers chose their moment well. On Apr. 7, 2011, five days before Microsoft patched a critical zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer that had been publicly disclosed three months earlier on a security mailing list, unknown attackers launched a spear-phishing attack against workers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...5/4

The Government Would Like You to Write a 'Social Media Will'

(The Atlantic) By some estimates, nearly a half a million people with Facebook accounts passed away last year, leaving family and friends to navigate what to do with those pages. Leave the account open? Shut it down entirely? Convert it to an official Facebook memorial page? What would you want for your own Facebook profile? And forget Facebook, what do you want to become of your email account...5/3