Wednesday, July 31, 2013
ORNL in the News

Stephen CroftORNL's Croft elected fellow of the Institute of Physics

(Oak Ridge Today) Stephen Croft of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been elected fellow of the Institute of Physics. He was selected for his achievements in physics and outstanding contributions to the physics profession...7/30

Robert JubinRobert Jubin honored by chemical engineers

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Robert Jubin of Oak Ridge National Laboratory has received the 2013 Robert E. Wilson Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. “The (institute) recognized Jubin’s considerable contributions in the areas of nuclear fuel reprocessing and radioactive waste treatment and his chemical engineering achievements in the nuclear industry,” the laboratory said in announcing the honor...7/30

UT’s Ed Chaum Making a Difference in East Tennessee From 400 Miles Away

(Southern/Alpha) Edward Chaum is a distinguished and prolific researcher at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), an entity about 400 miles from Knoxville...many of Chaum’s activities involve relationships that he has built and continues to build with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a process that started in 2004...7/30

Water in Protein

Computer modeling shows crucial function of water molecules in proteins

(UChicago News) ..."This gives us better understanding of fundamental biology and should improve the rational design of drugs, which often target the inactivated state of channels," said Benoît Roux, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology...The work was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. Computation resources were provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center...7/31

DOE

USEC project funded through September

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) USEC Inc. this week announced a number of milestones associated with its ongoing effort to build a new uranium-enrichment plant employing advanced centrifuge technology at its Piketon, Ohio, site...7/30

Radiation SymbolNevada nuclear waste challenge: DOE officials thought they had a deal

(Las Vegas Review-Journal) The Department of Energy thought it had an agreement that would have cleared the way for highly radioactive uranium waste to be shipped to Nevada and buried at its national security landfill, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told Congress on Tuesday...7/30

State & Regional

Governor Haslam Recommends Appalachian Regional Commission Grants

(The Chattanoogan) Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday the recommendation of 19 Appalachian Regional Commission grants to assist state and local agencies, governmental entities, local governing boards or nonprofit organizations with infrastructure improvements...7/30

National

Bradley ManningManning Is Acquitted of ‘Aiding the Enemy’

(The New York Times) A military judge on Tuesday found Pfc. Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy, but convicted him of multiple counts of violating the Espionage Act...7/30

US economic growth likely weakened in 2nd quarter

(AP) A report Wednesday is expected to show the U.S. economy barely grew from April through June. But economists are hopeful that the weak second quarter is a temporary lull that gives way to stronger growth in the second half of the year...7/31

East Tennessee

TennovaCompany buying Tennova says it's too soon to talk about possible changes

(WBIR) A Franklin, Tennessee hospital operating company announced Tuesday plans to buy Tennova hospitals parent company Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA.)...7/30

energy & science policy

Ernest Moniz: Coal Commitment Is Part Of National Energy Strategy

(Huff Post) President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Energy are committed to a role for coal in a national energy strategy, and they've backed it up with research spending, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday...7/30

science & technology

Japan to start stem-cell study on humans

(Nature News) On 1 August, researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan, will start recruiting patients for the world's first clinical study using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. RIKEN's endoresement, officially announced today, was the final stage in a long series of regulatory steps that included approval from the health ministry...7/30

Radio Waves Carry News of Climate Change: Surprising Tool to Measure Our Changing Climate

(Science Daily) The ionosphere, one of the regions of the upper atmosphere, plays an important role in global communications. Ionized by solar radiation, this electricity-rich region is used for the transmission of long wave communications, such as radio waves...7/30

Lifelike cooling for sunbaked windows: Adaptable microfluidic circulatory system could cut air-conditioning costs

(PhysOrg) Sun-drenched rooms make for happy residents, but large glass windows also bring higher air-conditioning bills. Now a bioinspired microfluidic circulatory system for windows developed by researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University could save energy and cut cooling costs dramatically—while letting in just as much sunlight...7/31

Polychaete wormOxygen boost aided carnivore evolution in Cambrian Explosion

A rise in oxygen more than half a billion years ago paved the way for the origin of the first carnivores. The meat eaters in turn triggered the Big Bang of animal evolution, researchers argue...7/29

Other Stories

Troop Withdrawal: Aid Groups Warn of Afghan Security Vacuum

(Spiegel Online) The looming end of NATO operations in Afghanistan is creating a security vacuum that puts the entire purpose of the international mission at risk. Aid groups may have to scale down their operations, and Berlin is alarmed at US threats of total withdrawal...7/30

Administration to reveal order on Americans’ phone records

(Washington Post) The Obama administration has declassified a secret order directing Verizon Communications to turn over a vast number of Americans’ phone records, and it plans to disclose the document Wednesday morning in time for a Senate hearing, according to senior U.S. officials...7/31

Out there

Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks--With Me Behind The Wheel

(Forbes) Stomping on the brakes of a 3,500-pound Ford Escape that refuses to stop–or even slow down–produces a unique feeling of anxiety. In this case it also produces a deep groaning sound, like an angry water buffalo bellowing somewhere under the SUV’s chassis...7/24