Wednesday, May 30, 2012
ORNL in the News

High-Tech Whitley

(Times-Tribune) Congressman Hal Rogers and other Kentucky officials toured a zero energy housing development in Whitley County on Thursday afternoon...“Technology and methods gleaned from research institutions like Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Kentucky were used to achieve long-term sustainability,” said President and CEO of Kentucky Highlands Jerry Rickett...5/29

Earliest residents of Oak Ridge star in oral history project

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Stars in a Secret City with an explosive past, some of Oak Ridge's first residents were feted with Tuesday's launch of a new center that's captured their histories...Alex Zucker, former associate director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, said he thought his interview was "wide-ranging" and covered the lab's evolution and changing emphases over the years...5/30

DOE

18 layoffs at UCOR

(Knoxville News Sentinel) URS-CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) spokeswoman Fran Poda today said UCOR had reduced its workforce by 18 employees "as a result of work completion and implementation of efficiencies across the board...5/29

Obama Administration Launches $26 Million Multi-Agency Competition to Strengthen Advanced Manufacturing Clusters Across the Nation

(Energy.gov) The Obama Administration today announced a $26 million multi-agency Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge to foster innovation-fueled job creation through public-private partnerships...5/29

Energy Department Launches Veterans Mentoring Program

(Energy.gov) At the Energy Department, we know we can’t achieve excellence in our management and operations without fostering an environment that values a diverse workforce. Supporting the men and women who served in our armed forces is a vital part of securing that diversity...5/29

State & Regional

TDOT: State doesn't inspect slide-prone highway slopes

(Knoxville News Sentinel) State workers regularly inspect highway bridges for safety, and Tennessee even has a program to identify potential rockslide areas. But it has no formal method for watching for possible slope failures such as those that twice have closed Interstate 75 in Campbell County...5/30

National

UK court backs Assange extradition to Sweden

(Reuters) Britain's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden over alleged sex crimes, but gave him two weeks to seek to reopen the case...5/30

Waivers for 8 More States From ‘No Child Left Behind’

(New York Times) The Obama administration freed eight states from core provisions of the No Child Left Behind education law on Tuesday, bringing to 19 the number of states granted waivers this year, and officials said that even more states would soon qualify for them...5/29

East Tennessee

'So they don't forget': Monument from 9/11 girder dedicated in Roane County

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In a ceremony steeped in patriotism and laden with symbolism, a monument paying tribute to the sacrifices endured during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, was dedicated Tuesday...5/29

Tennessee Lady Vols' Pat Summitt honored among Medal of Freedom recipients

(Tennessean) Sketching impressive contributions to society in intensely personal terms, President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Freedom to more than a dozen political and cultural greats Tuesday, including former Tennessee Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, rocker Bob Dylan, astronaut John Glenn and novelist Toni Morrison...5/29

energy & science policy

White House Petitioned to Make Research Free to Access

(Scientific American) More than 17,000 people have signed an online petition urging US President Barack Obama to require all scientific journal articles resulting from US taxpayer-funded research to be made freely available online...5/29

science & technology

Ghostly jets seen streaming from Milky Way's core

Rays from Milky Way(Nature News) Astronomers have found the best evidence yet that a pair of jets recently emanated from the dormant gravitational monster that lies at the centre of the Milky Way, a supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A*...5/30

Scientists, doctors use snake robots for surgery, rescues, and exploration

(Washington Post) Imagine a tiny snake robot crawling through your body, helping a surgeon identify diseases and perform operations...5/29

Sandia Labs Technology Used in Fukushima Cleanup

(Newswise) A Sandia National Laboratories technology has been used to remove radioactive material from more than 43 million gallons of contaminated wastewater at Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant...5/29

Team finds buckyballs grow larger by 'eating' vaporized carbon

(PhysOrg) Fullerenes were first discovered back in 1985 by a team of physicists vaporizing graphite in helium gas, one class of which, the buckminsterfullerene (C60) named after Buckminster Fuller and his geodesic domes, forms into spherical, hollow cages that resemble soccer balls...5/30

Evil Eyebrows and Pointy Chin of a Cartoon Villain Make Our ‘threat’ Instinct Kick in

Villain(Science Daily) New research from the University of Warwick could explain why the evil eyebrows and pointy chin of a cartoon villain make our 'threat' instinct kick in...5/29

Other Stories

Irish mathematicians explain why Guinness bubbles sink

(PhysOrg) Why do the bubbles in a glass of stout beer such as Guinness sink while the beer is settling, even though the bubbles are lighter than the surrounding liquid? That’s been a puzzling question until now, as a team of mathematicians from the University of Limerick has shown that the sinking bubbles result from the shape of a pint glass, which narrows downwards and causes a circulation pattern that drives both fluid and bubbles downwards at the wall of the glass...5/29