Tuesday, May 27, 2014
ORNL in the News

A new look at the solid-liquid interface

(PhysOrg) Interesting things happen at interfaces, and when solids meet liquids it is no exception..."The solid-liquid interface is the location of many important physical, biological and chemical processes," explains researcher Liam Collins...Collins worked with colleagues in UCD, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US and Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University in Ukraine...5/27

Accidents turn focus to safety at ORNL

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Two accidents this spring, including one with serious injuries, have put safety in the spotlight at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and drawn the scrutiny of the Department of Energy...5/26

EPA recognizes federal facilities for $42 million in cost savings, environmental benefits

(FM Link) On May 22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized more than 400 federal facilities, from national parks to government office buildings to research laboratories, for their efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of facilities across the country.... Improvement by target area - highest increased percentage over previous year: Electronics: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge, TN...5/26

Science & Technology

DNA NanotechnologyDNA nanotechnology places enzyme catalysis within an arm's length

(Science Daily) Using molecules of DNA like an architectural scaffold, scientists have developed a 3-D artificial enzyme cascade that mimics an important biochemical pathway that could prove important for future biomedical and energy applications...5/25

Genetic NetworkBiologists Find New Rules for Life at the Edge of Chaos

(WIRED) In the space between order and chaos, a zone usually described with the mathematics of impending avalanches and crystallizing liquids, scientists are finding new rules for life...5/27

Energy and Science Policy

Spitzer imageNASA might nix Spitzer telescope to save others

(Nature News) Based on the findings of an independent review panel, NASA has taken stock of its fleet of orbiting astrophysics telescopes and decided which to save and which to shutter....5/23

Obama to highlight tech aid at science fair

(PhysOrg) President Barack Obama is putting a new emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math education as he hosts the annual White House Science Fair...5/27

DOE

CMS BeamThanks to budget cuts, we may never know for sure why the universe is expanding

(The Washington Post) ...A series of budget scenarios laid out by the Department of Energy finds that if funding for high-energy particle experiments were frozen for the next three years, before it's then allowed to rise 3 percent a year thereafter, DoE would have to scale back some of its most important projects...5/23

Senate Appropriations Hearing on NNSA Focuses on MOX Facility

(AIP) The Obama Administration’s request to pause FY 2015 construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility was the focus of a hearing of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee...5/22

Fired Y-12 guard seeks vindication (and a lot of back pay)

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Kirk Garland lost his job, his home and his health following the July 28, 2012 break-in at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant. But he hasn't lost his fight. Garland returned to Y-12 last month for a difficult six-hour arbitration hearing, where once again he defended his actions as the first guard on the scene of the biggest security breach in the plant's history...5/26

State and local

New businesses on the rise in Tennessee, report says

(The Tennessean) Tennessee's new business filings increased in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2013, suggesting strong economic growth, according to a new report released Thursday by the Secretary of State's Office and the University of Tennessee...5/22

Meteorologists expect a pretty typical East Tenn. summer

(WBIR) After a harsher than normal winter in East Tennessee, meteorologists expect the summer to be pretty close to average...5/26

'Matchmaking' trade show to have state officials, new seminars

(Bloomberg Business Week) Annual trade show introduces local sellers, government buyers One of the largest contracts Scientific Sales has landed was to make safety packets for federal agents training to do meth investigations, said Vicki Dyer, owner of the Oak Ridge-based company...5/25