Monday, June 18, 2012
ORNL in the News

Frozen mice: Celebrating a 40-year success story

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A scientist's career isn't filled with eureka moments. In fact, they're quite rare. Peter Mazur had his 40 years ago today...However, after Whittingham arrived at the ORNL lab (which was physically located, at the time, at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant), the team had no luck using the Whittingham technique...6/17

People and honors: June 17

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Chemical and Materials Sciences Building has earned the Department of Energy Office of Science 2011 Excellence Award for Project Management Improvement. The project also received the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Region-VI Technology Award for excellence of energy efficiency design and was nominated for the national ASHRAE award...6/17



Asbestos find shuts down Oak Ridge Federal Building

(WVLT) Oak Ridge's federal building closed indefinitely after an inspection found asbestos inside. A meeting is set for Monday to figure out where the 350 Department of Energy workers and others who use the building...6/17

US reclaims top spot on Top500 supercomputing list

(ComputerWorld) The U.S. once again has the most powerful supercomputer in the world, thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy's Sequoia, according to the latest edition of the Top500 supercomputer list, ending Asia's hold on the top spot...6/18

State & Regional

Gail Kerr: Lamar Alexander takes a stand for air quality

(Tennessean) A refreshing breeze is wafting through Tennessee politics. One of the state’s favorite sons is bucking his own party to stand up for something he feels passionately...6/18


G-20 summit lets Obama, Putin size up the competition

(USA Today) President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin need one another, an uncomfortable truth for the superpower leader facing a tough re-election and the newly elected Russian leader who is deeply suspicious of the United States...6/18

East Tennessee

Anti-nuclear summit planned in Chattanooga this month

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Hoping to capitalize on concerns about Fukushima and local nuclear plant problems, 25 anti-nuclear groups plan a "Know Nukes Y'all Summit" in Chattanooga at the end of June...6/18

Top Secret Trail launched at Secret City Festival

(Oak Ridger) Oak Ridge kicked off its 10th annual Secret City Festival with state Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker and state Transportation Commissioner John Schroer in attendance...6/15

energy & science policy

NIH Panel Urges Steps to Control Growth in Biomedical Research Trainees

(Science) A glut of trainees and a dearth of academic positions in the United States is creating a dysfunctional biomedical research system, an advisory group to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded today...6/14

House Votes Against Proposed Cut in FY 2013 Nuclear Weapons Technology Funding

(AIP) During the House of Representative’s consideration of H.R. 5325, the FY 2013 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, an amendment was offered to reduce the budget for the nuclear weapons technology account by $298.0 million. This amendment was defeated by a vote of 138 to 281...6/15

science & technology

Human-Eye Precursor Grown from Stem Cell

Human Eye(Scientific American) A stem-cell biologist has had an eye-opening success in his latest effort to mimic mammalian organ development in vitro. Yoshiki Sasai of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CBD) in Kobe, Japan, has grown the precursor of a human eye in the lab...6/15

Startup turns carbon dioxide into fuels

(Phys.Org) Today, carbon dioxide (CO2) is a hot topic. Scientists around the globe are searching for ways to store, dispose of, or prevent the formation of the greenhouse gas, which is a major driver of global climate change...6/15

Boron finally gets a triple bond

Boron Sample(Nature News) An elite chemical club has a new member, after a team in Germany found a way to link two boron atoms together with a stable triple bond...6/14

Other Stories

Japan Public Still Divided as 2 Reactors to Be Opened

(New York Times) Brushing aside widespread public opposition to avoid feared electric power shortages, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda ordered the reactivation of two nuclear reactors at a plant in western Japan on Saturday, making it the nation’s first plant to go back online since the crisis last year in Fukushima...6/16

This Is the Food We'll Eat on Mars

Mars Food(Popular Science) A crew of scientists and astronauts prepare to feed human colonists on the Red Planet...6/15