Friday, June 22, 2012
ORNL in the News

11 layoff notices at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Eleven contractor employees at Oak Ridge National Laboratory this week received layoff notices...Keim said job reductions came in the lab's Physical Sciences Directorate and the Environmental and Energy Sciences Directorate...6/21

Waves of Berkeley Lab Responders Deploy Omics to Track Deepwater Horizon Cleanup Microbes

(Science Newsline) In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago, various strategies were deployed to prevent 4.9 million barrels of light crude oil from fouling the waters and reaching the shores..."There was oil on the surface and oil below, but no oil in between," said microbial ecologist Terry Hazen, former head of the Ecology Department at Berkeley Lab and now holder of the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair...6/21

DOE

Democrats Highlight Doe User Facilities As Critical Tools For Supporting U.S. Technological Innovation

(Utility Products) Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology`s Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing to examine the role the Department of Energy`s (DOE) national scientific user facilities play in enabling research that drives innovation and economic growth...6/21

United States, Canada Announce Next Phase of U.S.-Canada Clean Energy Dialogue

(Energy.gov) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Environment Canada released the U.S.-Canada Clean Energy Dialogue (CED) Action Plan II, outlining the next phase of activities the two countries will undertake to jointly advance clean energy technologies...6/21

FACTSHEET: Energy Department Launches Open-Source Online Training Resource to Help Students, Workers Gain Valuable Skills

(Energy.gov) As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to invest in skills for American workers, the Energy Department officially launched today its National Training and Education Resource (NTER), an open-source platform that brings together information technologies to support education, training and workforce development...6/21

East Tennessee

KUB wastewater increase effective in November

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The KUB Board of Commissioners approved a wastewater rate increase Thursday expected to boost the average monthly bill by up to $5.20 when it takes effect in November...6/22

Rattlesnakes not uncommon in East Tennessee

(WATE) Wildlife companies in middle Tennessee are reporting an increase in rattlesnakes. So, could this rattlesnake invasion come to East Tennessee? Dozens of harmless snakes exist here in East Tennessee, many of them being sold at the Critter Barn to keep as pets as well...6/21

State & Regional

U.T. tuition hike passed

(WVLT) The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees passed an 8% tuition hike for next year of the Knoxville students. That translates into $289 per semester or $578 per year. U.T. Chattanooga and U.T. Martin students will pay 6% more in tuition...6/21

A Fight To The Finish For Tennessee Mosque

(NPR) The first minarets in Murfreesboro, Tenn., are about to be placed atop a new mosque. But when construction is complete on the new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, located about 30 miles southeast of Nashville, no one will get to move in...6/21

energy & science policy

Senate Defense Authorization Bill: Funding for S&T Programs

(AIP) The Senate Armed Services Committee released its report accompanying S. 3254, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 on June 8. This bill recommends a decrease in total spending for the three defense science and technology programs, as did the Administration’s request and the House defense authorization bill, with all three figures approximately the same...6/21

Informed consent: A broken contract

(Nature News) As researchers find more uses for data, informed consent has become a source of confusion. Something has to change...6/20

science & technology

Fluorescent nanotube coating can detect strain

(Phys.Org) The Rice scientists call their mixture "strain paint" and are hopeful it can help detect deformations in structures like airplane wings...6/21

Tesla's New Electric Sedan: Five Passengers, 89 MPG, And No Engine

Tesla Model S(NPR) The Tesla electric car company has high hopes for its new Model S, which it calls "the world's first premium electric sedan." The new car, which is being delivered to customers Friday, is priced at around half the cost of the only other Tesla model, the svelte, two-door Roadster...6/22

Global Shift to Obesity Packs Serious Climate Consequences

(Scientific American) Expanding waistlines are not just tipping scales but may also push the mercury higher around the world, according to a new study...6/21

Researchers amplify variations in video, making the invisible visible

Amplified image of face(Phys.Org) At this summer's Siggraph — the premier computer-graphics conference — researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) will present new software that amplifies variations in successive frames of video that are imperceptible to the naked eye...6/22

Study of Angry Mice Could Find Drugs to Prevent Pathological Rage

Caged Mouse(Popular Science) Shutting down a brain receptor in mice — a receptor that also exists in humans — can block pathological rage, a new study says. We didn't realize that mice could experience pathological rage...6/20

Other Stories

The Battle Over Climate Science

(Popular Science) There’s no police tape across Michael Mann’s office doorway this morning. “Always a good start,” he says, juggling a cup of coffee as he slides his key into the lock...6/21