Monday, August 13, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL scientists make fuel part for NASA Mars Space Laboratory

(WBIR) A group of East Tennessee scientists play a big role in NASA's current mission to Mars. They developed some of the spacecraft's small, but crucial, parts that make the machine's power supply possible. "So many people put years of their lives and their careers on the line for the success of this mission," said Evan Ohriner. He has extra-terrestrial curiosity about the man-made machine named "Curiosity"...8/13

The question remains: Is ORNL's radioactive waste crossing the Clinch River?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) For the past few years, there have been ongoing studies to determine whether radioactive wastes historically buried in trenches near the Clinch River may be somehow migrating under the river to groundwater on the other side...8/10

DOE Announces Funding for ‘Extreme Scale’ Supercomputers

(Data Center Knowledge)...The FastForward program, funded by DOE’s Office of Science and NNSA, is managed by LLNL on behalf of seven national laboratories including: Lawrence Berkeley, Los Alamos, Sandia, Oak Ridge, Argonne and Pacific Northwest...8/10

DOE

IG report: DOE policy encumbers Y-12's ability to reuse and recycle; tons of scrap metal going to landfill

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As noted in an earlier post, the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General gave Oak Ridge National Laboratory high marks for its materials recycling and pollution prevent programs...8/12

Federal spending on clean energy falls short on jobs, but wind and solar advance

(Kansas City Star) What has America gotten so far from President Barack Obama’s spending on clean energy, and has it been worth the cost?...8/12

State & Regional

Police take down "occupy" camp in Memphis

(WVLT) Memphis Police have dismantled the Occupy Memphis encampment. WMC-TV reported officers moved in around 4 a.m. Friday to take down the tents on Civic Center Plaza. The station reported Police Director Toney Armstrong was there as the camp came down...8/10

National

Economists see budget impasse blocking growth

(USA Today) Most economists surveyed by USA TODAY have little faith a divided Congress will adequately address looming tax increases and spending cuts, significantly hampering economic growth well into 2013...8/12

Iran EarthquakeIran earthquake death toll passes 300 day after search for survivors called off

(CBS News) Iran has raised the death toll from Saturday's twin earthquakes to 306, a day after rescuers called off the search for survivors...8/13

East Tennessee

Watts BarEast Tennessee farmers feeling effects of Midwest drought

(WATE) The drought could raise corn prices this fall to their highest prices ever at $8.90 a bushel. During his weekly address, President Barack Obama pledged to aid farmers in their time of need. The drought has affected farmers in East Tennessee who rely on corn...8/12

energy & science policy

Department of Energy Collaborates to Recruit Native Students

Indian Country Image(Indian Country) The U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been working to develop a strong relationship with Indian Tribes over the past few years. Among their many economic efforts, they are now collaborating with other organizations to recruit Native students and professionals...8/11

science & technology

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Full Color Images at 100,000 Dots-Per-Inch Resolution, Using Metal-Laced Nano-Structures

(Science Daily) Researchers from A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) have developed an innovative method for creating sharp, full-spectrum colour images at 100,000 dots per inch (dpi), using metal-laced nanometer-sized structures, without the need for inks or dyes...8/12

SatellitesBread-Loaf Size Satellites to Probe Atmosphere, Deep Space

(National Geographic) Formerly the domain of student projects, CubeSats—low-cost satellites no bigger than loaves of bread—are coming into their own, performing high-level scientific research. ...8/8

Flying HumveeLockheed Martin's 'Flying Humvee' Concept Gets a Lift from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

(Popular Science) When DARPA launched its Transformer (TX) program back in early 2010, PopSci responded as most media did by applauding the ambition while simultaneously harboring serious skepticism. In essence the DoD was asking for a flying car, a "1- to 4-person transportation vehicle that can drive and fly," capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), for troops looking to avoid rough terrain and IEDs....8/10

Other Stories

GoogleGoogle Appeases Hollywood But Rankles Internet Freedom Watchers

(PC World) Google's nod to Hollywood with its decision to demote in its search results sites accused of copyright infringement raises questions about fairness and the ability of suspected violators to challenge the move...8/11

Out there

Pumice IslandHuge Pumice 'Island' Floats in Pacific

(Live Science) An "island" of floating pumice rocks bigger in area than Israel has been spotted in the South Pacific, New Zealand's Royal Navy said...Lieutenant Tim Oscar, of the Royal Australian Navy, described the rocks as "the weirdest thing I've seen in 18 years at sea," according to the Australian Associated Press.