Wednesday, May 29, 2013
ORNL in the News

Hua-Tay LinORNL researcher to receive Honor Medal of Aurel Stodola

(Oak Ridge Today) Hua-Tay Lin, a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been selected to receive the 2013 Honor Medal of Aurel Stodola by the Slovak Academy of Sciences...5/28

High security to accompany uranium waste to Nevada

(Las Vegas Review Journal) ...Shipments of highly radioactive uranium waste from Tennessee to Nevada would be carried out in stealth and under armed guard...The material originating at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory would be shipped aboard secured tractor trailers....5/28

Karren MoreORNL researcher wins DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells R&D Award

(Oak Ridge Today) Karren L. More, a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has received the 2013 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program R&D Award in recognition of her leadership of ORNL’s project on microstructural characterization of fuel cell materials and for her role as a subcontractor on multiple DOE-funded fuel cell research and development projects...5/28


U.S. weapons-grade uranium shipments to Chalk River near end

(Ottawa Citizen) Controversial U.S. shipments of highly-enriched, weapons-grade uranium to Chalk River Laboratories for medical isotope production are nearing an end. The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration applied last week to Washington regulators for a new licence to export seven kilograms of highly-enriched uranium (HEU) to Canada. Approval seems assured...5/28

State & Regional

Scenic Tennessee launches anti-litter campaign

(WATE) The nonprofit group Scenic Tennessee is promoting an anti-litter campaign that combines music, scenic photography and community cleanups with online videos and social networking...5/28

Gov. Bill Haslam: Tennessee firearm laws fine for now

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Tennessee should stick to the "status quo" on its gun laws and make no additional changes for now, Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday. Haslam also told incoming high school seniors at the Volunteer Girls State conference in Nashville that when it comes to the federal government, "I do think the idea of more extensive background checks makes sense to me."...5/29


Secret Service busts $6 billion money laundering scheme

(Fox News) The U.S. Secret Service have arrested five individuals and seized multiple bank accounts related to a $6 billion money laundering scheme being described by authorities as “staggering” and the largest ever case of international money-laundering...5/28

Confidential report lists U.S. weapons system designs compromised by Chinese cyberspies

(The Washington Post) Designs for many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry...5/28

East Tennessee

New lawsuit filed in Pilot Flying J probe

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Another company has sued Pilot Flying J as the federal probe into claims of fuel rebate fraud continues. The latest lawsuit, filed by trucking customer Mike Campbell of Holmes County, Miss., seeks class-action status...5/28

Lamar Alexander says 'no chance' TVA will be sold

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said today there is “no chance” the Tennessee Valley Authority will be sold as proposed by the Obama administration...5/28

science & technology

Great Barrier ReefScientists Develop CO2 Sequestration Technique

(Science News) Lawrence Livermore scientists have discovered and demonstrated a new technique to remove and store atmospheric carbon dioxide while generating carbon-negative hydrogen and producing alkalinity, which can be used to offset ocean acidification...5/28

EarthIs Global Warming Cooler than Expected?

(Scientific American) Several leading authorities on climate change have given a guarded welcome to research suggesting the Earth may warm more slowly than scientists had expected...5/28

HuaweiAll governments hack secret data, Huawei says

(PhysOrg) Using the Internet to spy and steal sensitive data is standard practice by all countries, according to the security chief of controversial Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. The comments published Wednesday follow allegations that Chinese hackers gained access to secret designs for a slew of sophisticated US weapons programmes, and stole the blueprints for Australia's new intelligence agency headquarters...5/29

Other Stories

Home prices accelerate by most in seven years

(Reuters) Home prices accelerated by the most in nearly seven years in March as the spring buying season gave the sector traction, while surging consumer confidence pointed to some resilience for the economic recovery...5/28

Coffee DrinkerNormal of Not? How Coffee Drinking May Brew a Mental Disorder

(Live Science) Coffee-drinkers, beware: Your caffeine habit could induce a temporary mental disorder. The new edition of the mental health manual, the DSM-5, lists caffeine intoxication among the many disorders known to psychiatry...5/28

Out there

Mosses400-Year-Old Mosses Revived In Lab

(Popular Science) This has been in the freezer for a long time. You think it's still good? Kids, it is most definitely still good. Researchers have regrown mosses and other simple plants that were originally buried in a glacier 400 years ago. The in-lab resurrection means such plants might be growing in the wild, wrote the re-growing team in a paper they published yesterday...5/28