Friday, July 6, 2012
ORNL in the News

UCOR donates $250,000 to UT engineering fellowship

(Oak Ridge Today) UCOR, a federal cleanup contractor in Oak Ridge, is donating $250,000 to set up an engineering faculty fellowship at the University of Tennessee. The first award recipient is Jason Hayward, an assistant professor in UT's Department of Nuclear Engineering, a university press release said...Hayward holds a joint faculty position with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Thom Mason at Buck TomsORNL donates money to boy scouts for camp renovations

(WBIR) East Tennessee boy scouts are a big step closer to enjoying a newly renovated camp site, thanks to UT Battelle and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The Great Smoky Mountains Council is working on a $4 million project to renovate Camp Buck Toms. The plans include the addition of classrooms for activities centered around science, technology, engineering and mathematics...7/5

New Oak Ridge lab develops batteries for electric, hybrid cars

(WBIR) U.S. car makers are in a race to develop electric and hybrid vehicles that use less energy. The key to making those cars affordable is in making better batteries. A new Oak Ridge National Lab facility is working on making those batteries of the future and grow American jobs. Full-size video at this link...7/3

Thomas Zacharia: 'Spectacular numbers' out of ORNL's hybrid test unit for Titan supercomputer

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Thomas Zacharia, ORNL's deputy lab director for science and technology, wouldn't speculate about funding that could potentially affect the future of the lab's supercomputer transition from Jaguar to Titan...7/5

DOE

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu on the Higgs Particle

(Energy.gov) “I congratulate the thousands of scientists around the globe for their outstanding work in searching for the Higgs boson,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu...

East Tennessee

Line of storms does damage in East Tennessee

(WATE) A strong line of storms swept across East Tennessee Thursday night, snapping trees and knocking out power for thousands of people...7/6

National

U.S. hiring seen stuck in low gear in June

(Reuters) U.S. employers likely quickened the pace of hiring last month but not enough to allay worries that Europe's debt crisis is shifting the economy into low gear...7/6

‘No Child’ Law Whittled Down by White House

(New York Times) In just five months, the Obama administration has freed schools in more than half the nation from central provisions of the No Child Left Behind education law, raising the question of whether the decade-old federal program has been essentially nullified...7/6

energy & science policy

Roadmap Session Features DOE Key Players at Forefront of Energy-Saving Technologies, Strategies

(U.S. Glass) Experts from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) associated research organizations discussed energy-saving tactics, such as emerging technologies for highly efficient building envelopes and windows, during a recent workshop...7/5

science & technology

Smaller Volcanoes Could Cool Climate

(Science Daily) A U of S-led international research team has discovered that aerosols from relatively small volcanic eruptions can be boosted into the high atmosphere by weather systems such as monsoons, where they can affect global temperatures. The research appears in the July 6 issue of the journal Science...7/5

Squirrel-Tale Dinosaur"Beautiful" Squirrel-Tail Dinosaur Fossil Upends Feather Theory

(National Geographic) A newfound squirrel-tailed specimen is the most primitive meat-eating dinosaur with feathers, according to a new study. The late-Jurassic discovery, study authors say, challenges the image of dinosaurs as "overgrown lizards."...7/2

UT Physicist part of group discovery of so-called "God Particle"

(WVLT) ...Stefan Spanier is an Physicist and Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee. He said, "It hasn't been found since the time it was predicted, 1964." Spanier is one of more than 2,000 scientists worldwide who worked to find the Higgs particle...7/5

Other Stories

Underwater RestaurantBuilding in the Deep: 7 Feats of Underwater Engineering

(Popular Mechanics) Seafood takes on new meaning at Rangali Island's underwater restaurant, a 14-seat eatery located 16 feet below the water's surface. The boat-size structure is encased in a transparent acrylic tunnel offering 270-degree exterior views, so it's almost like dining in a fish tank...7/3

Out there

NOAA Denies Existence of Mermaids

(Discovery News) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which usually deals with environmental matters like tsunamis and hurricanes, recently took the strange step of posting a statement on their website denying that mermaids exist...6/29