Monday, August 6, 2012
ORNL in the News

Disaster resilience report identifies steps for improvement

(CIDRAP) A detailed expert assessment of what it would take for the nation to improve its resilience to natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, and other emergencies by 2030 found that although the goal is big and wide ranging, a national vision centered on measurable short-term goals could make a big difference...The resilience report was sponsored by nine government agencies, ranging from the US Army Corps of Engineers to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Community and Regional Resilience Institute...8/3

ORNL team responsible for Mars rover's generator

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Last week, James King and his research team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory were still discussing whether or not to stay up for the Mars landing early, early Monday morning or record it and watch it at a more sane time...8/5

August 2012 story tips

(PhysOrg) Data archived at Oak Ridge National Laboratory can now be more effectively discovered, used and tracked through a new research resource from Thompson Reuters...8/3

DOE

Secretary of Energy calls Y-12 breach "deeply troubling" amid firings, suspensions

Several workers at the Y-12 National Security Complex have been fired, suspended or reassigned in the wake of last weekend's security breach by three Plowshares anti-nuclear weapons protestors...8/4

After years of prosperity, Oak Ridge jobs on decline

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The government's Oak Ridge payroll appears to be shrinking gradually after a decade of extraordinary prosperity and growth, thanks, in part, to Recovery Act spending, which is starting to wind down...8/6

National

At Sikh temple in Wisconsin, gunman kills 6; suspect is shot dead by police

(Washington Post) Federal authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of six people Sunday at a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee, an incident that shocked members of the nation’s close-knit Sikh community...8/5

Syrian Prime Minister Dismissed as Violence Continues

(New York Times) President Bashar al-Assad fired his prime minister on Monday, Syria's official media reported, as activists countered that he defected to neighboring Jordan in what seemed a further indication of disarray among loyalists following a series of high-level defections...8/6

State & Regional

University of Tennessee Space Institute develops new laser technique

(The Tennessean) Researchers at the University of Tennessee Space Institute say a new laser technique they developed has the potential for advancing medical imaging and surgery...8/6

science & technology

NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars

Mars Image(CNN) NASA's rover Curiosity successfully carried out a highly challenging landing on Mars early Monday, transmitting images back to Earth after traveling hundreds of millions of miles through space in order to explore the Red Planet...8/6

Mountains, Seaway Triggered North American Dinosaur Surge

(Science Daily) The rise of the Rocky Mountains and the appearance of a major seaway that divided North America may have boosted the evolution of new dinosaur species, according to a new Ohio University-led study...8/2

Black HoleSatellites watch stellar death throes

(Nature News) Astronomers think they have seen the flare of a dying star being eviscerated by a black hole. The signal, spotted by three different satellites, could shed light on the relationship between the smaller black holes seen in our own galaxy and the supermassive ones in distant reaches of the Universe...8/2

Other Stories

Back in the Habit: Baby Boomers and Drugs

(ABC News) "Our generation is saturated with this. I don't want to say it's trendy, but it's an epidemic," said Jodi, who wants to keep her last name confidential. It turns out that those who came of age in the marijuana-happy, acid-dropping, cocaine-snorting 1960s and '70s are finding their way back to drugs...8/6

Prehistoric chocolateArchaeologists find traces of 2,500-year old chocolate

(The Telegraph) Archaeologists say they have found traces of 2,500-year-old chocolate on a plate in the Yucatan peninsula, the first time they have found ancient chocolate residue on a plate rather than a cup, suggesting it may have been used as a condiment or sauce with solid food...8/3