Thursday, May 9, 2013
ORNL in the News

The List: ORNL dominates in number of LEED projects

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The number of environment-friendly, energy efficient buildings continues to increase in the Knoxville-area, although many of them are tied to government funding...Department of Energy-related projects in Oak Ridge dominate the rankings. Fourteen of the 33 projects surveyed are tied to Oak Ridge National Laboratory...5/8

U.S. Department of Homeland Security and White House Office of Science & Technology Policy to Present at 2nd Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Biosurveillance Symposium

(PRWeb) Industry leaders from around the world will convene in Alexandria, VA for the 2nd Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Biosurveillance Symposium on June 17th..5/8

UT-ORNL hire advanced manufacturing expert as 11th Governor's Chair

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory hired the 11th joint Governor’s Chair, an advanced manufacturing expert from Ohio State University. Sudarsanam Suresh Babu, a professor in the Welding Engineering Program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has conducted research that has helped develop 3D printing — the layering of materials to create a three-dimensional product from digital blueprints...5/8

DOE

Jury finds Y-12 intruders guilty of injuring national defense

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed surprised everyone, including themselves, when they managed to penetrate the high-security core of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge last summer and stage an unprecedented protest at the foot of the nation’s storehouse for bomb-grade uranium...5/8

State & Regional

Solar farm project launches in Kingston

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...In a cooperative venture with a Nashville company, 200 solar panels are being installed behind the city’s water treatment plant on Highway 58 South, the mayor said after a brief ceremony Tuesday at the facility...5/7

National

Furloughs Only The Latest Blow To Federal Worker Morale

(NPR) Federal workers say they don't have much to celebrate these days. Furloughs began in April, exacerbating already low morale for many government agencies as budgets have tightened. Downsizing has meant more work for those who remain, and talk of further cuts has many worried about job security...5/9

East Tennessee

Is Knoxville the Typical American City?

(Metro Pulse) ...It is educated enough to avoid some of the more stereotypical features of the South, and indeed it was recently named the #2 ‘reading city’ in America. It has elements of the South and of Appalachia, two major regions of the country.”...5/8

energy & science policy

Senate Appropriations Hearing on FY 2014 NNSA Request

(AIP) “I’m glad I’m not in your shoes,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Acting Administrator Neile Miller at the conclusion of a demanding hearing on the agency’s FY 2014 budget request...5/8

science & technology

Pear-shaped nucleus boosts search for new physics

(PhysOrg) The strange shape of radium 224 could lead to test alternatives to standard model...5/8

U.S. Urban Trees Store Carbon, Provide Billions in Economic Value, Finds State-By-State Analysis

(Science Digest) From New York City's Central Park to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, America's urban forests store an estimated 708 million tons of carbon, an environmental service with an estimated value of $50 billion, according to a recent U.S. Forest Service study...5/7

Toxic Waste Sites Take Toll on Millions in Poor Nations

(Scientific American) New studies attempt to quantify just how harmful the rampant exposure to lead and other chemicals is in the developing world...5/8

The fluorescent future of solar cells

(PhysOrg) For some solar cells, the future may be fluorescent. Scientists at Yale have improved the ability of a promising type of solar cell to absorb light and convert it into electrical power by adding a fluorescent organic dye to the cell layer...5/9

Yes, Unconventional Fossil Fuels Are That Big of a Deal

(The Atlantic) And the evidence is solid that they are well on their way to changing the world's energy choices...5/7

Other Stories

U.S. citizens ditch passports in record numbers

(Fortune) Americans are ditching their U.S. passports in record numbers, a sign of growing frustration with a system that taxes U.S. citizens on their global wealth whether they live in Montana or Mongolia...5/8

U.S. Top of List for First-Day Deaths in Rich Nations

(National Geographic News) More babies die on their first day of life in the United States than in any other industrialized country...5/8