Monday, June 25, 2012
ORNL in the News

Partners Seek New Generation of Multi-Sensor Smoke Alarms

(Occupational Safety & Health) The collaboration of the U.S. Fire Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working on ways to make home smoke alarms more effective.

 

Powder Metal Gaining Interest in Titanium

(AMD.com) Powder metal technology has garnered considerable interest in the global titanium industry....Regarding the focus on manufacturing titanium powder-metal parts, Bill Peter, leader, Materials Processing and Manufacturing Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, will present “Forging of Powder Metallurgy Processed Ti-6Al-4V.”

DOE

National park for Oak Ridge moves one step closer

(Oak Ridger) The U.S. Congress has taken another major step toward the creation of a Manhattan Project National Historical Park to include Oak Ridge; Los Alamos, N.M.; and Hanford, Wash...6/23

New accelerator to examine heavy-ion-beam approach

(PhysOrg) The Department of Energy's Heavy Ion Fusion Science Virtual National Laboratory (HIFS-VNL), whose member institutions include LLNL, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, has recently completed a new accelerator designed to study an alternate approach to inertial fusion energy...6/25

East Tennessee

Emerald Ash BorerDreaded emerald ash borer arrives on government's Oak Ridge reservation

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The emerald ash borer, a destructive non-native insect, has been found at multiple locations on the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge reservation — and that's bad news for a bunch of trees...6/25

National

James ClapperDirector of national intelligence expected to roll out new measures against leaks

(CNN) Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is expected to roll out new measures aimed at ending leaks of classified information after a spate of recent leaks...6/25

Four Ways The High Court Could Rule On Obamacare

(Forbes) With the Supreme Court expected to hand down it’s decision on Obamacare as early as Monday morning, I thought it might be useful to provide a quick, easy to follow review of what the court will be deciding—and what it all might mean...6/25

Spain requests EU aid, market hopes dim

(Reuters) Spain formally requested euro zone rescue loans to recapitalize its debt-laden banks on Monday as the euro and shares fell on investor skepticism about this week's EU summit...6/25

science & technology

Complex Thinking Behind the Bow and Arrow

(Science Daily) The bow and arrow have long been regarded as a possible indicator of culture in prehistoric times. Bows and arrows appear to have been in use for some 64,000 years, given evidence from South Africa...6/25

Parts of Mars Interior as Wet as Earth's

(Discovery News) The interior of Mars holds vast reservoirs of water, with some spots apparently as wet as Earth's innards, scientists say. The finding upends previous studies, which had estimated that the Red Planet's internal water stores were scanty at best -- something of a surprise, given that liquid water apparently flowed on the Martian surface long ago....6/23

ChimpanzeeWhat was he thinking? Study turns to ape intellect

(PhysOrg) Baboons can distinguish between written words and gibberish. Monkeys seem to be able to do multiplication. Apes can delay instant gratification longer than a human child can. They plan ahead. They make war and peace. They show empathy. They share...6/24

Other Stories

GeorgeLast-of-his-tortoise-species, Lonesome George, a Galapagos icon, dies at 100

(CBS News) Ecuadorean officials say that the famed Galapagos giant tortoise Lonesome George has died. The Galapagos National Park says in a statement that the tortoise estimated to be about 100 years old died Sunday...He was believed to be the last living member of the Geochelone abigdoni species and had become a symbol of the islands that helped inspire Charles Darwin's ideas on evolution...6/24

E-book Library Borrowing Takes Slow Pace

(US News and World Report) E-book readers have been relatively slow to borrow digital works from the library, frustrated by a limited selection and by not even knowing whether their local branch offers e-releases, according to a new study...6/22