May 31, 2013
ORNL in the News

Rare-Earth Europium Nanocrystals Never Seen Before Could Revolutionize Huge LED Market

(Science World Report) Newly discovered minuscule nanocrystals that glow different colors may be the missing ingredient for white LED lighting that illuminates homes and offices as effectively as natural sunlight..."But it's hard to get one phosphor that makes the broad range of colors needed to replicate the sun," said John Budai, a scientist in ORNL's Materials Science and Technology division...5/30

Ernest Moniz

Energy secretary to visit ORNL Monday

(Oak Ridge Today) He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 97-0 vote on May 16, and on Monday, Ernest Moniz will visit Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the first time as energy secretary. Moniz will meet with the media at the Spallation Neutron Source. A former under secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, Moniz was sworn in as the nation’s 13th Secretary of Energy on May 21. ...5/30

DOE

Eric Cantor talks economic issues, scientific research in Oak Ridge

(WBIR) House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke at the Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit in Oak Ridge on Thursday. He addressed the country's economic issues, and how they affect scientific research and development at the Y-12 National Security Complex and the Oak Ridge National Lab...5/30

East Tennessee

EPA announces progress in Kingston coal ash cleanup

(WBIR) The Environmental Protection Agency says the coal ash cleanup effort in Kingston has turned a corner. In 2008, more than a billion gallons of coal ash spilled into the Clinch and Emory rivers. ..5/30

National

Eric HolderFox News, other media outlets refuse off-record meeting with Holder

(Fox News) Fox News joined several other major media outlets Thursday in refusing to send a representative to a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder on the department's surveillance of reporters if Holder continues to insist that the session be off the record...5/30

US GDP growth revised down slightly

(BBC News)The US economy grew at an annualised rate of 2.4% in the first three months of the year, figures from the Commerce Department show...5/30

State & Regional

Coursera partners with TN schools for online learning

(The Tennessean) A pilot program beginning this fall at many Tennessee universities and colleges will give students and faculty a chance to use learning technology created by one of the nation’s leading providers, and may help Tennessee gain more college graduates...5/30

energy & science policy

Asteroid Mission, New Rocket System Major Topics of House Hearing on NASA

(AIP) The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee will write a reauthorization bill for NASA in coming months.  A hearing last month before the committee provides insight into some of the major concerns of its members...5/30

science & technology

Auromis xui

New contender for first bird

(Nature News) A Jurassic fossil that had been languishing in the archives of a Chinese museum may qualify as the first known bird, researchers say. If they are right, it could mean that flight evolved in dinosaurs only once, in the lineage that led to modern birds...5/30

CFCsGlobal Warming Caused by CFCs, Not Carbon Dioxide, Researcher Claims in Controversial Study

(Science Daily) Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are to blame for global warming since the 1970s and not carbon dioxide, according to a researcher from the University of Waterloo in a controversial new study published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B this week...5/30

Mars RockMars Curiosity Rover Provides Strong Evidence for Flowing Water

(Tennessee Today) Despite satellite images that show vast networks of channels, past Mars rover missions have shown limited evidence for flowing water on Mars. Now, rocks analyzed by NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover team, including Linda Kah, associate professor of earth and planetary sciences at UT, provide solid evidence that Mars had rivers or streams...5/30

Other Stories

Americans have rebuilt less than half of wealth lost to the recession, study says

(Washington Post) American households have rebuilt less than half of the wealth lost during the recession, according to a new analysis from the Federal Reserve, hampering the country’s economic recovery...5/30

In Lithuania, the Tax Man Cometh Right After the Google Car Passeth

(Wall Street Journal) One day last summer, a woman was about to climb into a hammock in the front yard of a suburban house here when a photographer for the Google Inc. Street View service snapped her picture. The apparently innocuous photograph is now being used as evidence in a tax-evasion case brought by Lithuanian authorities against the undisclosed owners of the home...5/31