Friday, May 10, 2013
ORNL in the News

Aimee ClassenAimée Classen, Knoxville’s Ecologist

(Metro Pulse) Aimée Classen, 40, knows it’s a cliché for scientists to say their childhoods spent outside, exploring their backyards, led them to their current careers...Classen was a post-doc fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and eventually became a staff scientist studying the impact climate change has on ecosystems. “But those early experiences outside and thinking about ‘Why is there all this diversity?’ Of course I didn’t frame it in that way when I was a little kid"...5/9

TitanTitan on track

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan, a Cray XK7 system, is once again going through acceptance testing, and that's apparently going pretty well based on the little bit that I've learned...5/9

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

(Albany Times Union) Industry leaders from around the world will convene in Alexandria, VA for the 2nd Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Biosurveillance Symposium on June 17th which will take place at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center...5/8

DOE

Bill BichselY-12 trio to remain jailed while judge ponders legal issues

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Three Y-12 protesters convicted of obstructing the national defense remain in jail while U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar considers whether they can be released pending their Sept. 23 sentencing...5/9

HanfordHanford Nuclear Waste Cleanup Plant May Be Too Dangerous

(Scientific American) The most toxic and voluminous nuclear waste in the U.S.—208 million liters —sits in decaying underground tanks at the Hanford Site (a nuclear reservation) in southeastern Washington State...5/9

State & Regional

Knoxville torture-murder case to be retried with Nashville jury

(The Tennessean) The Davidson County Criminal Court has summoned 480 people as potential jurors in a notorious Knoxville murder case...5/10

National

ATM thieves conducted massive cyberattack

(The Washington Post) A gang of cyber-criminals stole $45 million in a matter of hours by hacking their way into a database of prepaid debit cards and then fanning out around the globe to drain cash machines, federal prosecutors said Thursday...5/10

Boston PoliceFBI Under Fire, Didn't Tell Boston PD About Marathon Bombing Suspects

(ABC News) The FBI never told the Boston police or the Massachusetts State Police about possible Russian terror connections of the suspected Marathon bombers until three and half days after the attack...5/9

East Tennessee

18th Annual TVC Summit Keynoters Include House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Other Members Of Congress And Federal Officials

(The Chattanoogan) Business, community, and political leaders and senior decision-makers will convene at the 2013 Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit to discuss issues that are critical to the economic engine of the Tennessee Valley...5/9

energy & science policy

The Science Laureate of the United States

(WIRED) Bipartisan agreement is hard to come by in today’s political environment.  But one thing both parties seem to agree on is the importance of science and math education as a driver of future innovation and economic progress...5/9

Pressure Builds on Congress to Kill NSF Bill

(Science Magazine) Several former top officials at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the chairs of its oversight body yesterday wrote to Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) urging him to withdraw a bill proposing changes to grant-making at the agency...5/9

science & technology

MosquitoSickly mosquitoes stymie malaria’s spread

(Nature News) Scientists have engineered mosquitoes to carry a bacterium that confers resistance to the malaria parasite — a long-sought advance that could eventually curb malaria cases in humans...5/9

Lithion Ion TestNew Technique to Improve Quality Control of Lithium-Ion Batteries

(Science Daily) Researchers have created a new tool to detect flaws in lithium-ion batteries as they are being manufactured, a step toward reducing defects and inconsistencies in the thickness of electrodes that affect battery life and reliability...5/9

3-D Printed GunU.S. State Department Tells Defense Distributed To Take Down 3-D Printed Gun Plans

(Popular Science) Defense Distributed, the Texas company that created the plans for the Liberator, a 3-D-printed gun, have received a letter to take the plans down from the internet, reports Betabeat...5/9

Other Stories

U.S. Weighs Wide Overhaul of Wiretap Laws

(The New York Times) The Obama administration, resolving years of internal debate, is on the verge of backing a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan for a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws that would make it easier to wiretap people who communicate using the Internet rather than by traditional phone services, according to officials familiar with the deliberations...5/9

John McCain Wants To Blow Up The Cable Industry As We Currently Know It

(Business Insider) ...The legislation would force cable companies and satellite TV providers to give consumers an option to pick and choose which channels they get...5/9

The Windows 8 Flop: What Does It Mean For Microsoft?

(Forbes) Windows 8 was the revolution that wasn't. But don't count Microsoft out just yet. In a lot of ways, the boring, button-down software giant was just a little ahead of its time...5/9