Thursday, August 2, 2012
ORNL in the News

Thomas Zacharia leaving ORNL, will assume leadership post at Qatar Foundation's research enterprise

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Thomas Zacharia, a key figure in Oak Ridge National Laboratory's rise to world leadership in scientific computing and who's served as the lab's chief research officer for the past three years, is leaving Oak Ridge later this month to assume a prominent role in the Qatar Foundation's burgeoning research enterprise...7/31

US Oak Ridge lab software gets wireless between a rock and a hard place

(Networkworld) A wireless start-up has licensed Oak Ridge National Laboratory-developed software that lets companies more effectively design and implement wireless networks in difficult locations. The company, Networcsim, was founded by ORNL researchers Phani Teja Kuruganti and James Nutaro who also helped develop the technology known as Radio Channel Simulator software...7/30


NASA chief: U.S. won't go it alone on manned Mars mission

(USA Today) U.S. astronauts won't land on Mars by themselves but with international partners in the 2030s, NASA's chief said Wednesday...8/1


Security stand-down: Government contractor halts all nuclear operations at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In an extraordinary effort to address growing security concerns following Saturday's break-in by protesters at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, the government's contractor shut down all plant nuclear operations, placed the stocks of enriched uranium in secure vaults, and set up a schedule for thousands of Y-12 workers to take refresher courses on security do's and don'ts...8/2

East Tennessee

UT professors helping to lead mission to Mars

(WVLT-TV) Scientists across the country won't be getting much sleep Sunday night waiting to see if the Mars rover Curiosity will have a successful landing on the red planet. Curiosity launched from Cape Canaveral back in November. UT planetary science professor Dr. Jeffrey Moersch has been dreaming about going to Mars since he was a boy...8/1

State & Regional

TN works on fracking rules, but environmentalists say they don't go far enough

(Tennessean) The state of Tennessee is embarking on a new set of rules for fracking, a controversial technique to extract gas from shale. Environmentalists say the rules don't go far enough...8/2

energy & science policy


Sobering Budget Outlook for Nuclear Physics Research

(AIP) Now the ground started to fall away almost immediately,” said Stuart Freedman, Chair of the National Research Council committee that wrote a report on the future of nuclear physics research, at a recent meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)...8/1

science & technology

Nano Breakthrough Paves Way for Super Cheap Solar Panels

(Wired Science) Two things hold back the mass adoption of solar energy as a source of sustainable energy. One is the need to store and transmit excess power, a problem people like Danielle Fong are working on solving by developing innovative new ways to store power. The other is the high cost of solar panels...8/1

Seeing Through Walls With a Wireless Router

(Popular Science) In the 1930s, U.S. Navy researchers stumbled upon the concept of radar when they noticed that a plane flying past a radio tower reflected radio waves. Scientists have now applied that same principle to make the first device that tracks existing Wi-Fi signals to spy on people through walls...8/1

At Old Mine, Hopes Of Striking Gold With Dark Matter

(NPR) In Lead, S.D., a steel cage drops almost a mile below ground into the Sanford Underground Laboratory. It's formerly the deepest underground gold mine in North America, and when it closed a decade ago, state officials hoped that an underground science laboratory along with on-site university classes could spur economic development...8/1

As Species Vanish, Taking Up a Mission to Protect Birds and Beasts

(NY Times) When Cristián Samper told his children, ages 3 and 6, that he might leave his post as director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington for a job in New York, they were crestfallen. After all, it is hard to top having a father who oversees dinosaur skeletons and stuffed lions, all part of one of the world’s largest collections of specimens and artifacts, 126 million in all...8/1

Other Stories

Why India Just Suffered the World's Biggest Blackout

(Scientific American) A grid malfunction in Agra may be the cause, some media report. Also northern Indian states were drawing more power from the grid than allotted...7/31