Thursday, June 28, 2012
ORNL in the News

HFIROak Ridge reactor examines M&M's, presidential mysteries

(The Tennessean) The High Flux Isotope Reactor has been a research workhorse since the 1960s, reliably producing radioisotopes for medicine and industry and generating a bountiful stream of neutrons for science experiments that explore the very essence of materials But the Oak Ridge reactor also has a wild and crazy side and occasionally gets called upon for unusual tasks, such as determining whether the country’s 12th president was poisoned or helping the Mars candy folks get the desired crunch out of their new Pretzel M&M’s....6/28

Duke, ORNL to develop graduate program

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Duke University signed an agreement earlier this week to develop a graduate student education program. According to the announcement, "Duke graduate students will join interdisciplinary research teams at ORNL that will expose them to large scale, problem-oriented research and development...6/28

Jaguar provides unique opportunity for nuclear theory

(SuperComputingOnline) An Oak Ridge National Laboratory and University of Tennessee team has used the Department of Energy's Jaguar supercomputer to calculate the number of isotopes allowed by the laws of physics. The team, led by Witek Nazarewicz, used a quantum approach known as density functional theory...6/27

DOE

Picarro Selected as the Winner of the U.S. Department of Energy Small Business of the Year Award

(Wall Street Journal Market Watch) Picarro, the world's leading provider of instruments for carbon and water cycle measurements, today announced it has been named the winner of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Technology Transfer (STTR) award...6/27

Cray Signs $40 Million Supercomputer Agreement With the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)

(Benzinga) Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced it will install a next-generation Cray supercomputer code-named "Cascade" and a next-generation Cray Sonexion storage system at the Department of Energy's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)...6/27

State & Regional

Haslam says Tenn. on track if health care upheld

(WBIR) Tennessee is prepared to implement requirements under the federal health care overhaul in the event the Supreme Court upholds the law championed by President Barack Obama, despite serious resistance among Republican lawmakers to lay the groundwork for the program...6/27

National

Awaiting Ruling on Fairly Simple Questions About a Complex Health Law

(New York Times) The Supreme Court is expected to announce on Thursday morning its decision on the health care overhaul that President Obama signed into law in 2010 — an act of Congress thousands of pages long...6/28

Eric HolderHouse GOP poised to hold Holder in contempt, with some Dems to vote in favor

(FoxNews) House Republicans and some conservative Democrats are poised to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on Thursday for withholding documents in the investigation into botched Operation Fast and Furious, which let guns slip into the hands of drug cartels...6/28

East Tennessee

Knoxville economy bouncing back

(Knoxville News Sentinel) East Tennessee's economy is on the right track, according to a think tank. A new report from the Brookings Institution, based in Washington, D.C., said the Knoxville metro area's "recovery performance" ranked 15th out of the country's 100 largest metropolitan areas from the last quarter of 2011 to the first quarter of 2012...6/27

energy & science policy

Energy Department Announces Building Energy Efficiency Investments in Twenty-Two States

(Energy.gov) The Energy Department today announced new investments in state-led energy efficiency projects, supporting the Obama Administration's commitment to reduce building energy costs and transfer those savings directly to taxpayers...6/27

science & technology

DinosaursDinosaurs warm up

(Nature) From museums to Hollywood films, dinosaurs are portrayed as highly active animals, but how they maintained this lifestyle isn’t clear. For decades, palaeontologists have debated whether the physiology of non-avian dinosaurs was akin to that of today's cold-blooded reptiles or warm-blooded mammals...6/27

Houses on Holland Island, MarylandSea Levels Rising Fast on U.S. East Coast

(National Geographic) Sea level rise on the U.S. East Coast has accelerated much faster than in other parts of the world—roughly three to four times the global average, a new study says. Calling the heavily populated region a sea level rise hot spot, researchers warn that cities such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore could face a more flood-prone future...6/25

Australopithecus sedibaAncient Human Ancestors Had Unique Diet

(Science Daily) When it came to eating, an upright, 2 million-year-old African hominid had a diet unlike virtually all other known human ancestors, says a study led by the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany and involving the University of Colorado Boulder...6/27

Google GlassesDevelopers Can Now Pre-Order A Pair of Smart Google Glasses

(Popular Science) At Google I/O, the annual Google tech conference, corporate heads let everyone know they're further ahead on Google Glass--those neat virtual reality glasses you may have seen--than anyone thought. They're available now for pre-order, but for the time being will only be sold to U.S.-based developers attending the I/O conference...6/27

Other Stories

Hugo BarraGoogle $199 Nexus Tablet Part Of Product Blitz

Google unveiled its first tablet device and a slew of other products Wednesday as the Internet search giant aspires to become a consumer electronics firm. Google's 7-inch $199 Nexus 7 will challenge Amazon's Kindle Fire, which is the same size and price. The market leader, Apple's iPad, starts at $399 — the latest version begins at $499 — but has a 9.7-inch display.