Friday, May 11, 2012
ORNL in the News

Service & Sacrifice: Revolutionizing prosthetics for vets

(WBIR) Cheaper, faster, stronger-- those are the keys to a revolution in the research on prosthetics out at Oak Ridge National Lab. "Seeing what we are able to do today, I would have said, 'we're 20 years away' five years ago," said Dr. Lonnie Love who is the group leader of the Automation Robotics and Manufacturing Group at ORNL...5/10

Zacharia: 'Our goal is to ensure that the lab is here for another 70 years'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory recruits scientific talent from around the globe, but more lab researchers received their PhDs from nearby University of Tennessee than anyplace else...5/10

Nanotube 'sponge' has potential in oil spill cleanup

Carbon Nanotube(Oak Ridger) A carbon nanotube sponge that can soak up oil in water with unparalleled efficiency has been developed with help from computational simulations performed at the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory...5/10

DOE

Will hiatus on waste certification screw up Oak Ridge's TRU momentum?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Transuranic Waste Processing Center continues to process waste, characterize and segregate the low-level waste and ship it to Nevada for disposal, but there's a two-year hiatus on certifying transuranic waste for shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico and that's got some folks nervous...5/9

State & Regional

TN fatality board a warning to motorists, distraction to some

(Tennessean) To combat the rising death toll on Tennessee roads, the Tennessee Department of Transportation has begun posting the total fatality count along the interstates on overhead electronic message boards as a warning to slow down and be careful...5/11

 

National

Kidnap-slaying suspect kills himself; 2 girls OK

(Volunteer TV) Authorities who tracked down a fugitive accused of kidnapping two girls and killing their mother and older sister said they repeatedly ordered him to surrender, but he instead pulled out a pistol and shot himself in the head...5/11

FDA advisers back first drug shown to prevent HIV infection

(USA Today)Regulatory advisers have endorsed the first drug shown to block HIV, the virus that causes AIDS...5/10

East Tennessee

Tornado won't stop Cocke County Adult High School students' graduation

(WBIR) Some East Tennessee graduates proved Mother Nature can't stop those determined to get an education. "We're just decided one day we were going to get our GEDs," Deborah Hall said along side her sister Sharon Denton...5/10

energy & science policy

SPIE Volunteers Urge Congress To Support Export Control Overhaul And Sustainable Funding For R&D, STEM Education

(San Francisco Chronicle) Volunteers sponsored by SPIE visited Congress recently to urge support for sustainable funding of federal R&D programs vital to economic growth, overhaul of U.S. export controls to foster American job creation, and prioritization of spending to support STEM education...5/10

science & technology

Brain Scans Reveal Dogs' Thoughts

Dog fMRI(Scientific American) Fido's expressive face, including those longing puppy-dog eyes, may lead owners to wonder what exactly is going on in that doggy's head. Scientists decided to find out, using brain scans to explore the minds of our canine friends...5/8

Climate forecasting: A break in the clouds

(Nature News) Seen from space, Earth can look dressed up or downright dowdy, depending on the location. In some spots, swathes of cloud cloak the dark ocean, offering a stunning contrast of hues...5/9

Researchers develop disposable paper-based touch pads

Paper Touchpad(Phys Org) Today, electronic touch pads are widely found on laptops, tablets, and other computing devices. Less common uses, but gaining in popularity, are book covers and food labels...5/10

Solar Power to Dye For: Flexible Lightweight Inexpensive Dyes Could Harvest Energy from Sun

(Science Daily) Researchers at the University of Turku believe that flexible, lightweight and inexpensive dyes could be used to harvest the power of the sun rather than our relying on costly and fragile semiconductor solar panel that use crystalline silicon...5/10

Other Stories

Cyber Briefings 'Scare The Bejeezus' Out Of CEOs

(NPR) For the CEOs of companies such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard, talk of cyberweapons and cyberwar could have been abstract. But at a classified security briefing in spring 2010, it suddenly became quite real...5/9