Thursday, July 12, 2012
ORNL in the News

SlaterDevelopment of 'Slater Insulator' That Rapidly Changes from Conductor to Insulator at Room Temperature

(Science Daily) Dr. Kazunari Yamaura, a Principal Researcher of the NIMS Strongly Correlated Materials Group, Superconducting Properties Unit, in joint work with a research group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (United States), has succeeded in developing a Slater insulator which functions at room temperature...7/11

Mason with Lego$50K from UT-Battelle for robotics, LEGO contests

(Oak Ridger) UT-Battelle has announced a gift of $50,000 to fund the FIRST Robotics and FIRST LEGO science competitions for Oak Ridge schools....Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason said the decision to support the two science competitions "is a perfect fit between UT-Battelle's support for science education and what are rapidly becoming the most popular science programs in America."...7/11

DOE

U.S. House committee approves Manhattan Project park bill

(Oak Ridge Today) A U.S. House committee approved a bill today to set up a Manhattan Project National Historical Park that would include Oak Ridge. In the works for years, the park would also include facilities in Hanford, Wash., and Los Alamos, N.M...7/11

Romney, Obama Campaigns Give Clean Tech Research Some Bipartisan Love

(Science Insider) ...this morning, surrogates for the two campaigns joined hands in supporting the 3-year-old Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), an innovative effort at the U.S. Department of Energy to pump public money into studies of potentially transformational clean energy technologies...7/11

State & Regional

Haslam gathers experts to revamp Tennessee higher education

(The Tennessean) Experts laid out ideas for holding down college costs while making degrees more valuable in a forum at the governor’s mansion, kicking off efforts to revamp Tennessee’s high education system...7/10

National

U.S., China square off over South China Sea

(CNN) The Obama administration pressed Beijing on Thursday to accept a code of conduct for resolving territorial disputes in the resource-rich South China Sea, a difficult U.S. mediation effort that has faced resistance from the communist government — although it has endeared the U.S. to once-hostile countries in Southeast Asia...7/12

Syrian EnvoyTop Syrian envoy defects, urges revolt

(Reuters) Syria's ambassador to Iraq has defected and urged the army to "turn your guns on the criminals" of President Bashar al-Assad's government, giving the anti-Assad uprising one of its biggest boosts in 16 months of bloodshed...7/12

East Tennessee

Solar PanelsSolar panels at Knox Convention Center another step towards energy efficiency

(WBIR) The City of Knoxville moves towards becoming more energy efficient. On Wednesday, Mayor Madeline Rogero announced the city's participation in a national energy efficiency program...7/11

science & technology

Science AppsA Handy App for Deep Diving into Science Databases

(Energy.gov) Everyone loves a handyman. And with good reason: Individuals with the uncanny ability to speak to – and heal – broken air conditioners and automobiles are simply priceless. Handy apps can be pretty important, too. And that's why OSTI, the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, has been developing them..7/11

Smilodon fatalisSkulls Shed New Light On the Evolution of the Cat

(Science Daily) Modern cats diverged in skull shape from their sabre-toothed ancestors early in their evolutionary history and then followed separate evolutionary trajectories, according to new research from the University of Bristol published July 6 in PLoS ONE...7/11

Mystery Solved: Why We Sunburn

(National Geographic) Though "sunburn is a common experience for human beings, there's surprisingly little information on how energy in sunlight is detected [in the body] as a source of danger," said study leader Richard L. Gallo, professor of medicine and chief of dermatology at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine...7/11

Other Stories

Couple Offers An Unorthodox Theory About Our Biggest Battle

(Metro Pulse) For the past few weeks of this hot summer, Charlie Faulkner and his wife Terry have been hard at work digging in the dirt. Retired couples often cooperate on digging a rose garden. The Faulkners are different. They have been conducting science’s first archaeological excavation of Union Fort Sanders...7/11