Tuesday, August 13, 2013
ORNL in the News

Congressman Fleischmann at ORNL

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, the Third District Republican, is scheduled to visit Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Tuesday to meet with ORNL Director Thom Mason and some of ORNL's top scientists and winners of six R&D 100 Awards in 2013...8/12

Neutron studies of HIV inhibitors reveal new areas for improvement in drug design

(Alpha Galileo Foundation) The first study of interactions between a common clinical inhibitor and the HIV-1 protease enzyme has been carried out by an international team...scientists from Georgia State University, Purdue University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the USA and Harwell Oxford in Great Britain used neutrons at the Institut Laue-Langevin to analyse this binding....8/13

East Tennessee

UT professors study dilemmas in sustaining red light camera programs

(Oak Ridge Today) It’s a common driving predicament: As you approach the intersection, the light is yellow. Do you hit the brakes or face a red light camera fine?...8/12

TN legislator considers legalized hemp farming

(WBIR) A certain crop is now drawing the attention of some Tennessee legislators, but its name often raises eyebrows. Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) says hemp could boost local agriculture...8/12


'Whitey' Bulger guilty of gangland killings

(AP) James “Whitey” Bulger, the feared Boston mob boss who became one of the nation's most-wanted fugitives, was convicted Monday in a string of 11 killings and other gangland crimes, many of them committed while he was said to be an FBI informant...8/12

Arms Shipments Seen From Sudan to Syria Rebels

(The New York Times) Syrian rebels, frustrated by the West’s reluctance to provide arms, have found a supplier in an unlikely source: Sudan, a country that has been under international arms embargoes and maintains close ties with a stalwart backer of the Syrian government, Iran...8/12

energy & science policy

White House Council of Economic Advisers and Energy Department Release New Report on Resiliency of Electric Grid During Natural Disasters

(Energy.gov) The White House Council of Economic Advisers and the U.S. Department of Energy today released a new report that assesses how to best protect the nation’s electric grid from power outages that occur during natural disasters...8/12

science & technology

Serum bankPentagon’s giant blood serum bank may provide PTSD clues

(Nature News) Nestled inside a generic-looking office building here in suburban Maryland, down the hall from cable-provider Comcast, sits the largest blood serum repository in the world...8/12

DiamondResearchers Optically Levitate a Glowing, Nanoscale Diamond

(Science Daily) Researchers at the University of Rochester have measured for the first time light emitted by photoluminescence from a nanodiamond levitating in free space...8/12

Scientists have found new evidence to show how early humans migrated into Europe

(PhysOrg) Humans originated in Africa. But what route did they take as they began to disperse around the world 60,000 years ago? A new professor at the University of Huddersfield has played a key role in finding the answer to one of the most fundamental questions in the history of mankind...8/12