Monday, May 14, 2012
ORNL in the News

Key lawmaker on nuclear cleanup tours Oak Ridge sites

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, was in Oak Ridge on Friday to tour the government's facilities — Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and the former K-25 uranium-enrichment plant...5/12

Guest column: Time to launch Tennessee entrepreneurship

(The Commercial Appeal) Tennessee is home to world-class researchers at prestigious institutions like Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital...5/13

Examining thin films of ferroelectric bismuth samarium ferrite

(ElectroIQ) Using scanning transmission electron microscopy, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, USA, have mapped the position of atoms in bismuth samarium ferrite (BSFO) films to find what happens to its local structure at the transition between ferroelectric and antiferroelectric phases...5/12

ORNL develops test bed for ITER's big-time transmission lines

(Knoxville News Sentinel) There's a feature on the ITER website about Oak Ridge National Laboratory's new testbed for mega-type transmission lines needed for the big fusion reactor in France...5/11


Department of Energy funds to help start medical isotope plant in Janesville

(Chicago Tribune) The Morgridge Institute for Research and the U.S. Department of Energy have reached a multimillion-dollar agreement to help open a medical isotope plant in Janesville -- a development that Morgridge's director says could spark a manufacturing cluster that could ultimately bring as many as 1,000 jobs to economically beleaguered Rock County...5/9

UCOR gets slap on wrist for security issue

(Knoxville News Sentinel) URS-CH2M Oak Ridge, the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge cleanup manager since August 2011, got a light slap on the wrist for security issues identified in a May 4 letter from DOE's Office of Health, Safety and Security...5/13

State & Regional

TN boosts film incentives

(The Tennessean) It has a good opening sequence and the potential to become a sleeper hit, but certainly not the makings of a summer blockbuster. That’s the Middle Tennessee film industry’s initial review of the state’s latest effort to attract more movie projects to Tennessee...5/14

GM reported to be hiring team leaders at plant

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A union official says about 60 team leaders will be hired in about two weeks for the General Motors plant in Spring Hill, Tenn...5/14


Judge: Bay of Pigs Document Stays Closed

(TIME) A federal judge has ruled that a final volume of the CIA's three-decade-old history on the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba can remain shrouded in secrecy because it is a draft, not a finished product...5/11

IAEA, Iran begin new nuke talks

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.N. nuclear agency has started new talks with Iran aimed at getting access to what it suspects was the site of secret tests to make nuclear arms. The International Atomic Energy Agency thinks the site at Iran's Parchin military facility was used to test explosives needed to set off a nuclear charge...5/14

East Tennessee

First class of Haslam Scholars graduates this week

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Chelsea Knotts spent the last four years conducting cancer research, running track and cross country for the University of Tennessee, and starting a running club for the Knoxville homeless...5/11

West Knox mom bided time for baby girl from Ethiopia

(Knoxville News Sentinel) This is the first Mother's Day Cortney Blackston celebrates as the mother of four...The Blackstons share parenting duties when Matthew, a nuclear physicist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, gets home...5/12

energy & science policy

Teaching Science Policy With Creative Nonfiction

(Live Science) A science policy book on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years — one that is being made into an HBO movie produced by Oprah Winfrey — who ever heard of such a thing...5/11

Science journal could give recipe for deadly avian flu virus

(ABC 2 News) A science journal is poised to publish a study that some experts believe could give a recipe to bioterrorists...5/14

science & technology

Does nanotechnology offer athletes more than a sporting chance?

Water-repellent swimsuits(The Guardian) Nanotechnology is used widely to alter the properties of sports equipment and, with it, improve athletic performance..5/8

Researchers generate electricity from viruses

(Phys Org) Imagine charging your phone as you walk, thanks to a paper-thin generator embedded in the sole of your shoe. This futuristic scenario is now a little closer to reality...5/13

Restoring sight with wireless implants

Eye(Nature News) The development of retinal implants has been dogged by problems of unwieldiness since the first implantable stimulator for vision restoration was developed in 1968...5/13

Scientists Identify Protein That Stimulates Brown Fat to Burn Calories

(Science Daily) Scientists have identified a protein which regulates the activation of brown fat in both the brain and the body's tissues...5/10

Global Nuclear Retreat? Armenia, Others Aim to Keep Plants Alive

Armenian Nuclear Power Plant(National Geographic) While Japan is now trying to run its economy without nuclear energy for the first time since 1970, the post-Fukushima world's continued dependence on atomic power is probably best illustrated on the other side of Asia...5/8

Other Stories

Long Commutes May Be Hazardous to Health

(Science Daily) As populations move even further away from urban centers, more people spend longer hours behind the wheel on their way to and from work. While sedentary behavior is known to have adverse effects on cardiovascular and metabolic health, the impact of long commutes by automobile are less understood...5/8

Americans support national clean-energy standard: study

(Phys Org) The average U.S. citizen is willing to pay 13 percent more for electricity in support of a national clean-energy standard (NCES), according to Yale and Harvard researchers in Nature Climate Change...5/13