Monday, May 21,2012
ORNL in the News

TitaniumTeaming up on titanium: Australia joins forces with US

(Industry Search: Australia and NZ) US Energy Department Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with CSIRO to explore ways to improve efficiency for powders used as feedstock in the production of titanium components...5/20

Exascale Apps Pave Way To Supercomputing Greatness

(APN News) ...Jeffrey Vetter, distinguished R&D staff member and leader of the future technologies group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, opined that new programming models will be most important in building robust exascale apps that can contend with system failures, load balancing requirements and the like...5/21

Tommy PhelpsQ&A: Tommy Phelps, biologist studying ‘extreme bacteria’

(Smart Planet) Tommy Phelps goes to extremes so we don’t have to. A biologist with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Phelps specializes in unearthing and studying ‘extreme bacteria,’ organisms that survive and thrive in remote and sometimes dangerous environments. The work has taken Phelps from national parks to miles-deep African mines. ”You’re always looking at the next frontier,” Phelps said in an interview this month. “You see if there’s a way you can add value to society.”...5/21

DOE

Federal contractors turn temporary pay into $1.8 million windfall

(Bangor Daily News) Four high-ranking federal lab workers found a way to turn “per diem” funds for a temporary assignment into a steady flow of extra income — at taxpayers’ expense...5/19

Uranium miners wary of plan to enrich depleted uranium stockpile

(Trib.com) The uranium industry and Wyoming’s congresswoman are questioning a determination by Energy Secretary Steven Chu that releasing and enriching up to 9,200 tons of depleted uranium from a federal stockpile won’t roil the uranium market and undermine prices...5/17

State & Regional

Tennesseans show 'bittersweet' reaction to health law in Vanderbilt Poll

(Tennessean) Mothers never stop fretting about their children even when they become adults, but Louise Hardaway worries less now that her 21-year-old son is back on her health insurance...5/21

National

ProtestersProtesters and Police Clash at NATO Meeting; 2 Held on Terrorism Charges

(New York Times) Protesters at the NATO summit meeting clashed with the Chicago police late Sunday as officers tried to disperse thousands of people who had gathered several blocks from the site of the meeting and refused demands to leave...5/21

Iraq buys U.S. drones to protect oil

(USA Today) The United States has agreed to sell unarmed surveillance drones to Iraq's navy as part of an effort to help protect that nation's oil exports amid growing tensions in the Persian Gulf and to strengthen U.S.-Iraqi ties...5/20

East Tennessee

Public hearing gives Knox residents chance to weigh in on budget

(WATE) Citizens will get a chance to voice their concerns about Knox County's budget Monday in a public hearing at the City-County Building...5/21

science & technology

SingularitySingularity University launches synthetic biology accelerator

(C|Net) Synthetic biology startups have a new friend in Silicon Valley. Today, Singularity University pulled back the wraps on its new SynBio Startup Launchpad, an accelerator program designed to boost the prospects of entrepreneurs in the blossoming field...5/17

Drug Found for Parasite That Is Major Cause of Death Worldwide

(Science Daily) Research by a collaborative group of scientists from UC San Diego School of Medicine, UC San Francisco and Wake Forest School of Medicine has led to identification of an existing drug that is effective against Entamoeba histolytica...5/20

California considers DNA privacy law

(Nature News) California lawmakers are weighing a bill aimed at protecting their state's citizens from surreptitious genetic testing but scientists are voicing their growing concerns that, if passed, such a law would have a costly and damaging effect on research...5/18

Other Stories

Robin GibbRobin Gibb, Bee Gees Co-Founder, Dead at 62

(Rolling Stone) Robin Gibb, one-third of the Bee Gees, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, his spokesperson has confirmed via a statement. Gibb was 62 years old.

White House visitor logs provide window into lobbying industry

(Washington Post) Before 9 a.m., a group of lobbyists began showing up at the White House security gates with the chief executives of their companies, all of whom serve on President Obama’s jobs council, to be checked in for a roundtable with the president...5/21

Out there

In Breakthrough Study, Paralyzed Patients Move a Robotic Arm With Their Own Thoughts

(Popular Science) Concentrating deeply, Cathy Hutchinson stared at the tumbler of coffee on the table in front of her wheelchair. A cup-shaped dome on her head powered her small neural implant, capturing signals from her motor cortex as she thought about holding the mug. Slowly, the robot arm began to move...5/16