Monday, June 11, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL cooperated on federal probe that led to DOE official's indictment; case has many Oak Ridge ties

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A spokesman for Oak Ridge National Laboratory said lab officials cooperated fully in a federal investigation that led to the recent indictment of Michael Strayer, a former senior executive at the U.S. Department of Energy and longtime employee at ORNL, and his wife, Karen Earle, for a scheme that allegedly diverted $1.2 million in government funds to their personal use...6/11

University of Tennessee Professors Take Big Step to Develop Nuclear Fusion Power

(Newswise) Imagine a world without man-made climate change, energy crunches or reliance on foreign oil...US ITER is a Department of Energy Office of Science project managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory...6/8

Approaching a U-233 milestone

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Sue Cange, acting environmental manager at the Dept. of Energy's Oak Ridge office, said the agency is nearing a milestone in getting rid of the uranium-233 inventory at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...6/8

DOE

Energy Department Announces Investments to Accelerate U.S. Manufacturing of Energy Efficient Lighting Technologies

(Energy.gov) As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to help reduce energy costs for America’s homes and businesses, the Energy Department today announced more than $7 million for three innovative lighting projects at companies in California, Michigan and North Carolina that aim to lower the cost of manufacturing high-efficiency solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies like light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs)...6/7

State & Regional

Scenic Cummins Falls makes latest addition to Tennessee park system

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The parking lot was freshly graveled, and at the nearby overlook banners representing the Tennessee state flag were draped over the split rail fence as reminders of the dedication that took place here just before Memorial Day weekend...6/11

TN educators submit feedback on evaluation system

(Tennessean) The head of an education foundation commissioned by Gov. Bill Haslam to review Tennessee’s new teacher evaluation system says it has identified a key concern teachers have about the testing data used to evaluate them and will propose recommendations to address it...6/11

National

State of emergency declared for western Myanmar

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Myanmar’s president has declared a state of emergency in a western state where sectarian tensions between Buddhists and Muslims have unleashed deadly violence...6/11

Candidates in Mexico Signal a New Tack in the Drug War

(New York Times) The top three contenders for Mexico’s presidency have all promised a major shift in the country’s drug war strategy, placing a higher priority on reducing the violence in Mexico than on using arrests and seizures to block the flow of drugs to the United States...6/10

East Tennessee

Bear on UT campus relocated to Cherokee National Forest

Bear at UT(Knoxville News Sentinel) A bear that caused quite a stir on the University of Tennessee campus was tranquilized and relocated this morning...6/10

Trail at Big South Fork area gets expanded use

(WATE) The Grand Gap Loop Trail at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is now open for use by hikers and mountain bikers every day...6/11

science & technology

Stress Alters Kids' Brains

(Discovery News) Intense and lasting stress may deliver a blow to a kid's noggin, say researchers who found that a brain area linked to memory was smaller in children who had experienced chronic stress compared with their less-strained counterparts...6/8

Is Japanese Dock A Noah's Ark Or A Trojan Horse?

Japanese Dock in Oregon(NPR) A bizarre event has drawn scientists to a beach in Oregon — a floating concrete dock from Japan has washed ashore. It had been ripped from its moorings by last year's tsunami and floated across the Pacific...6/8

Information Processing: Adding a Touch of Color

Colorized Grayscale Rooster(Science Daily) Creating a high-quality realistic color image from a grayscale picture can be challenging. Conventional methods typically require the user's input, either by using a scribbling tool to color the image manually or by using a color transfer...6/7

Flame spy virus gets order to vanish: experts

(Phys.Org) US computer security researchers said Sunday that the Flame computer virus that smoldered undetected for years in Middle Eastern energy facilities has gotten orders to vanish, leaving no trace...6/10

Other Stories

A flash of reel genius: Program gives Hollywood writers access to scientists

(Washington Post) There’s a moment early in the new sci-fi film “Prometheus” where a scientist doffs his helmet on a distant alien moon. But wait: The atmosphere is toxic, we were told...6/8

Scientists protest against prison sentence for Iranian student

Omid Kokabee(Nature News) The 10-year prison sentence imposed on physics PhD student Omid Kokabee in Iran for conspiring with foreign countries has triggered protests by scientific organizations around the world...6/11