Wednesday, June 27, 2012
ORNL in the News

Nuclear physics in the USA: What's the outlook? What are the priorities?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Research Council today released a report that outlines what should be the priorities in the U.S. nuclear physics program. Witold Nazarewicz, professor of physics at the University of Tennessee and longtime presence at the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility at ORNL, served on the council's Committee on the Assessment and Outlook for Nuclear Physics...6/26

ORNL home to new battery manufacturing R&D facility

(R&D Magazine) Future automotive batteries could cost less and pack more power because of a new manufacturing research and development facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...6/26

Physics professor receives early career research award from Department of Energy

(The Lane Report) Christopher Crawford, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, recently received a prestigious five-year, $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2012 Early Career Research Program...Crawford will conduct his experiments at the $1.4 billion Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...6/26

National

Can the US and Russia save the UN cease-fire monitoring mission in Syria?

(CS Monitor) All signs in Syria seem to point to the demise of Kofi Annan's peace plan, including the UN cease-fire monitoring mission. But Annan is hoping the US and Russia can agree on a new contact group to rescue the plan...6/26

DOE

Lab Breakthrough: Fusion Research Leads to Antiterrorism Device

(Energy.gov) Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory developed an antiterrorism device that can detect and identify sources of dangerous radiation that could be used in a dirty bomb...6/26

Hanford waste plant sees new costs, delays

(AP) A new cost estimate and construction schedule for a massive waste plant being built at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site will be delayed at least a year as workers try to resolve serious technical problems raised by whistleblowers about design and safety...6/26

East Tennessee

Mayor testifies before Senate on national park bill

(Oak Ridge Today) Mayor Tom Beehan will testify before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on Wednesday, advocating for a Manhattan Project national historical park that would include Oak Ridge...6/26

German rad waste still charted for Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Walker confirmed that the company still plans to bring low-level radioactive waste from Germany to the Oak Ridge Bear Creek Facility for incineration and volume reduction, but he said that hasn't begun yet and he said there is no date yet scheduled...6/27

STEM Leadership Academy offering science teaching tips

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Educators and administrators from 53 school districts in the state are participating in the academy at Oak Ridge Associated Universities, said Craig Rigell, associate director of ORAU's science education programs...6/27

energy & science policy

Oil exploration ramps up in US Arctic

(Nature) ...The oil giant Shell has been granted permission by the US government to drill two exploratory wells in the Beaufort Sea and three in the Chukchi Sea, both north of Alaska...6/26

FY 2013 Senate Appropriations Committee Recommendation for National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

(AIP) The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the FY 2013 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill. This bill provides $158.8 billion in current year funding for a wide variety of discretionary programs...6/26

FY 2013 House Defense Appropriations Bill: Science and Technology Programs

(AIP) Six of the twelve FY 2013 appropriations bills will have been considered on the House floor by the end of this week...6/26

science & technology

Mazda Ends Hummm as Rotary Gives Way to Hydrogen Cells

(Bloomberg) ...The last Mazda using the rotary, which won fans with its ability to generate more power than traditional power plants of the same size, will roll off the assembly line this month at the company’s Hiroshima factory and headquarters...6/26

RIP, Lonesome George, the Last-of-His-Kind Galapágos Tortoise

(Scientific American) He was the last of his kind and now he is gone. Lonesome George, the world-famous Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni) has died in the Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador....6/26

Zebrafish: Melanoma’s Next Top Model

(BioTechniques) Zebrafish have been used to study heart defects, regeneration, and skin color, and melanoma, the most lethal type of human skin cancer, now can be added to that list...6/26

Why Is There a Helium Shortage?

(Popular Mechanics) A crucial ingredient in MRI machines, wafer manufacturing, welding, and more, helium is experiencing a shortage that’s driving up its price around the world...6/25

Other Stories

What's Driving College Costs Higher?

(NPR) Just days before student loan rates are set to double for millions of Americans, President Obama and congressional leaders haven't reached an agreement on legislation to keep those rates at 3.4 percent...6/26