Monday, July 22, 2013
ORNL in the News

PathogensNICS Project Aims to Piece Together Pathology Puzzle

(Tennessee Today) ...Comparing certain characteristics in the images with genomic and clinical data may be key in predicting disease progression and in targeting new treatments. The current work of a research team from Emory University in Atlanta and Oak Ridge National Laboratory at UT’s National Institute for Computational Sciences revolves around making those very connections...7/19

'Drunken' weather pattern producing deadly heat wave

(Utah Standard-Examiner) The heat wave that has built across the eastern U.S. — roasting cities from Memphis to Washington to Boston in a stifling blanket of heat and humidity — has had one strange characteristic that meteorologists cannot yet explain in a long-term climate context...According to NOAA, scientists are scheduled to meet at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in September to explore whether such “monster ridges” of high pressure are becoming more frequent or more intense as the atmosphere warms in response to man-made greenhouse gas emissions...7/19

DOE

Fracking Earth MoverDepartment of Energy study claims fracking is safe, contradicting previous findings

(RT.com) Preliminary results from a study funded by the US Department of Energy demonstrate that hydraulic fracturing has no effect on drinking water – results that contradict numerous other reports that prove the opposite...7/19

Revving up for emergencies

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy, in conjunction with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, will hold an Oak Ridge Emergency Management Forum on Sept. 26. The event is being staged at the New Hope Center at the Y-12 National Security Complex...7/19

State & Regional

Failure to file reports endangers Tennessee's federal funding

(Chattanooga Times-Free Press) The Tennessee Department of Human Services has terminated its former budget coordinator after an audit found he failed to file reports to the federal government...7/19

National

Gansu EarthquakeChina quake death toll more than doubles to 54, hundreds hurt

(Reuters) The death toll from a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in China's western Gansu province on Monday more than doubled to 54 people, the municipal government said, with hundreds injured as many homes in affected areas collapsed...7/22

East Tennessee

How much will rebate scandal cost Pilot Flying J?

(The Tennessean) Before 2013 is over, Pilot Flying J expects to open at least 16 truck stops in North America, continuing its full-speed-ahead approach that made it the sixth-largest privately held company in the U.S. last year...7/19

More school security officers to be hired in Knox County

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Forty-seven new school security officers will not be considered full time until they graduate from a five-week training academy...7/22

energy & science policy

Subcommittee Holds Hearing to Examine Oversight and Science Activities at the Department of Energy

(AIP) The House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy held a July 11 hearing to examine Department of Energy (DOE) management and oversight of science and technology activities...7/19

science & technology

Climate Friendly Fuel Cells for Hydrogen Cars Have Come One Step Closer

(Science Daily) Climate friendly fuel cells for hydrogen cars have come one step closer. Researchers at the Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, have shown how to build fuel cells that produce as much electricity as current models, but require markedly less of the rare and valuable precious metal platinum...7/21

Sex chromosome shocker: The 'female' X a key contributor to sperm production

(PhysOrg) Painstaking new analysis of the genetic sequence of the X chromosome—long perceived as the "female" counterpart to the male-associated Y chromosome—reveals that large portions of the X have evolved to play a specialized role in sperm production...7/21

Telescope on the moonPrivate Company To Put A Telescope On The Moon

(Popular Science) Private space exploration is coming to the Moon, and soon. The world's first mission to the Moon's sunny South Pole will put a private telescope on a the lunar peak Malapert Mountain as early as 2015...7/19

ChimpanzeeChimpanzees and orangutans remember distant past events

(BBC News) Chimpanzees and orangutans were able to remember past events when presented with sensory reminders, a new study shows. Both species found where a useful tool was hidden three years after performing a task only four times. They were also able to recall a unique event two weeks later...7/19

Other Stories

Microsoft shares hit by biggest sell-off since 2000

(Reuters) Microsoft Corp shares fell more than 12 percent on Friday, their biggest plunge in 13 years, a day after the software company posted dismal quarterly results due to weak demand for its latest Windows system and poor sales of its Surface tablet...7/19

Out there

Pitch7 of the World's Longest-Running Experiments

(National Geographic) When physicists at Trinity College, Dublin, started a viscosity experiment in 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt was president of the United States, World War II was well underway, and Meet Me in St. Louis was tearing up the box office...7/19