Monday, July 1, 2013
ORNL in the News

RameshORNL's new research chief encourages debate, demands excellence

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s new research chief said the federal lab is like a shopping mall, and he meant that as a compliment. Like other laboratories, ORNL has the scientific staff and wherewithal to carry out basic, fundamental research in its purest form...6/29

Lecture to focus on translating ORNL technology from lab bench to clinic

(Oak Ridge Today) The Friends of ORNL will hold its monthly luncheon lecture meeting on Tuesday, July 9. This month, Cymbeline Culiat will discuss "Translating an ORNL Technology from Lab Bench to the Clinic: The NELL1 Story."...6/29

DOE

Kevin KnoblochArlington’s Knobloch Named Department of Energy Secretary’s Chief of Staff

(Arlington Patch) Arlington's Kevin Knobloch was recently named chief of staff to Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Knobloch most recently served as president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, an organization that works to solve Earth's most pressing problems, such as global warming, through science...6/29

State & Regional

New laws taking effect in Tennessee today

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) A measure that allows people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked is among a number of new state laws that take effect today...7/1

 

National

Egypt crisis: Mass protests over Morsi grip cities

(BBC News) Huge protests across Egypt calling for the resignation of President Mohammed Morsi have taken place through the night, with some outbreaks of violence...6/29

19 firefighters killed in Arizona blaze; 'Our entire crew was lost'

(CNN) They were part of an elite squad who confronted wildfires up close, setting up barriers to stop their destructive spread. But the inferno blazing across central Arizona proved too much...7/1

East Tennessee

Cleanup a big deal for environment, economy

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It’s not sexy science (although it can be at times) and it’s not weapons production, but environmental cleanup continues to be a big part of Oak Ridge’s economic impact on the region and will continue to be for the foreseeable future...6/30

 

energy & science policy

Science Committee Discusses Exascale Computing Research and Development

(AIP) A May 22 hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy demonstrated bipartisan enthusiasm for advanced computing technology.  Members were interested in learning about developments and challenges faced by researchers as they relate to exascale computing...6/28

science & technology

CoronaRocket-Launched Camera Reveals Highways and Sparkles in the Solar Atmosphere

(Science Daily) Using an innovative new camera on board a sounding rocket, an international team of scientists have captured the sharpest images yet of the Sun's outer atmosphere...6/30

ITERInside The Most Expensive Science Experiment Ever

(Popular Science) Some people have spent their whole working lives researching fusion and then retired feeling bitter at what they see as a wasted career. But that hasn’t stopped new recruits joining the effort every year: optimistic young graduates keen to get to grips with a complicated scientific problem that has real implications for the world.

IvanpahIs Anything Stopping a Truly Massive Build-Out of Desert Solar Power?

(Scientific American) The vast and glittering Ivanpah solar facility in California will soon start sending electrons to the grid, likely by the end of the summer...7/1

Baseball players reveal how humans evolved to throw so well

(Nature News) Sporting feats such as baseball's 100-mile-per-hour fastball are made possible by a suite of anatomical features that appeared in our hominin ancestors about 2 million years ago, a video study of college athletes suggests...6/30

Other Stories

Hospitals Threaten Obamacare Savings by Exiting Program

(Bloomberg News) Almost a third of 32 hospitals and health systems involved in an experiment aimed at changing the way medical providers are paid may exit the program, a potential threat to the Affordable Care Act’s ambitious cost-saving goals...6/29