Tuesday, May 22, 2012
ORNL in the News

Nanotube 'sponge' has potential in oil spill clean-up

(Environmental Research Web) 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 Oak Ridge National Laboratory...ORNL's Bobby Sumpter was part of a multi-institutional research team that set out to grow large clumps of nanotubes by selectively substituting boron atoms into the otherwise pure carbon lattice...5/21

Prosolia and AB SCIEX reach licensing agreement

(The Sacramento Bee) Prosolia, Inc. and AB SCIEX announced today that they have entered into a license agreement for technologies developed by Dr. Gary Van Berkel and his colleagues of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Van Berkel is an innovator in the field of mass spectrometry and is the recipient of several awards for his contributions in the field...5/21


Secretary Chu Announces 68 Scientists to Receive Early Career Research Program Funding

(Energy.gov) Underscoring the Obama Administration's commitment to investing in innovation and the American workforce, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that 68 scientists from across the nation will receive up to $18.9 million in funding for research grants as part of DOE’s Early Career Research Program...5/18

State & Regional

Tick-carried disease spreading in Tennessee

(AP) The warmest March on record statewide is having its downside in the form of insect-borne diseases. The Tennessean reported the Tennessee Department of Health has identified 74 cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever statewide by mid-May. That's three times the rate at which the disease was found last year during the same time span...5/21


Private Cargo Rocket Heads to Space Station

(NY Times) A private cargo rocket headed to the International Space Station blasted off early Tuesday morning. Built by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. of Hawthorne, Calif. — commonly known as SpaceX — this rocket is carrying only about 1,000 pounds of cargo, and nothing of great value. The importance is instead technical and symbolic...5/22

East Tennessee

UT to co-host Global Supply Chain Forum in Paris

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The University of Tennessee will co-host the second annual Western Europe Global Supply Chain Forum in Paris next month...5/21

IMPACT Services shuts its doors; 1 million pounds of rad waste on site

(Knoxville News Sentinel) IMPACT Services, a nuclear waste processing company, reportedly closed its Oak Ridge business on Friday, and state officials were at the scene Monday to make sure the radioactive waste housed there — estimated at 1 million pounds — was in a safe and secure condition...5/21

science & technology

Happy Birthday, Electron

(Scientific American) Electrons rule our world, but not so long ago they were only an idea. This month marks the 120th anniversary of a profound and influential creation, the electron theory of Dutch physicist Hendrik Antoon Lorentz...5/21

Forget About the Mythical Lone Inventor in the Garage: Real innovations happen in big, well-funded labs

(Slate) As Americans, we tend to embrace the notion that a brilliant inventor doesn’t need much more than a garage, a sturdy workbench, and a dream. From Thomas Edison to Iron Man, our inventor-heroes have been popularly viewed as single-combat warriors working feverishly in a basement or some other threadbare den of solitude...5/13

Canada's renowned freshwater research site to close

(Nature) The Canadian government has cancelled its funding for the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), a research site in northwestern Ontario that has led to the re-shaping of international policies. It is the latest target in a string of research programmes to have been scaled back, shut down or left in limbo in the wake of massive cuts to this year’s federal budget...5/21

Other Stories

5 Nuclear Sites That Could Launch War With Iran

(Wired News) This week, the U.S. and its allies will sit down with some of their arch-nemeses: the Iranians. The meeting in Baghdad is the definition of high stakes, as 2012 has been characterized by frequent speculation that Israel would bomb Teheran to prevent it from going nuclear, launching a war that would inevitably draw the U.S. in...5/21

U.N. Nuclear Monitor Says Deal With Iran Is Near

(NY Times) In an apparent breakthrough, the leader of the United Nations nuclear monitoring arm said on Tuesday that despite unspecified differences, he expects to sign a deal with Iran “quite soon” on the arrangements for an investigation into potential military applications of Tehran’s disputed nuclear program...5/22

Head of U.S. Nuclear Safety Agency Resigns

(Time) The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, under fire for what fellow commissioners called an intimidating, even bullying style, announced his resignation Monday...5/21