Monday, August 20, 2012
ORNL in the News

Electric Car ChargerElectric car chargers showing up on city turf

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Stephen Smith, director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, says the group's electric car has plenty of power to spare... Knoxville has teamed with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TVA and ECOtality to install charging stations on nine locations around the city, a cost of about $485,000 in federal money...8/18

Ramgen simulates shock waves, makes shock waves across energy spectrum

(PhysOrg) The Department of Energy (DOE) is currently sponsoring large-scale demonstration projects to prove the viability of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS)... Enter Jaguar, one of DOE's flagship supercomputers located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF)...8/20

It didn't take long for Zacharia's would-be successors to come calling

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Thomas Zacharia's departure from Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a big deal, and finding his replacement -- as deputy lab director for science and technology and chief research officer -- will involve a big-league effort..8/17


U.S. Department of Energy Pushing for Stronger, Lighter Car Materials

(Aftermarket News) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced projects for the development of stronger and lighter materials for American-made vehicles...8/17

Intrusion embarrasses 'Fort Knox of uranium'

(Associated Press) Officials like to refer to the Y-12 National Security Complex as the Fort Knox for highly enriched uranium, which is why an unprecedented incursion by an 82-year-old nun and two fellow protesters has critics mocking the notion that the weapons plant is secure...8/19

State & Regional

TennCare tightens funding for seniors

(WBIR) TennCare officials say it is getting more difficult for low-income seniors to qualify for nursing homes and other services...8/19

CDCCDC ranks Tennessee obesity rates 15th in country

(WVLT) 35 percent of us are obese says a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; that's nearly 78 million Americans. Tennessee's obesity rate of 29.2 percent ties with Virginia for the 15th highest rate in the country for 2011...8/14


Unemployment rates rise in 44 states in July

(USA Today) Unemployment rates rose in 44 U.S. states in July, the most states to show a monthly increase in more than three years and a reflection of weak hiring nationwide. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates fell in only two states and were unchanged in four...8/17

AssadU.N. monitors pull out of Syria

(Reuters) United Nations military observers left Damascus on Monday after a four-month mission in which they became helpless spectators of Syria's spiraling conflict, instead of monitoring a ceasefire between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels...8/20

East Tennessee

TVA electricity rates will not go up in October

(Bloomberg) ...TVA's board of directors voted Thursday to approve an $11.2 billion budget for the financial year that begins Oct. 1 that does not include a rate hike to wholesale power distributors...8/17

science & technology

Fly CatcherStudies Shed Light On Why Species Stay or Go in Response to Climate Change

(Science Daily) Two new studies by scientists at UC Berkeley provide a clearer picture of why some species move in response to climate change, and where they go...8/17

DNAHarvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram

(Extreme Tech) A bioengineer and geneticist at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have successfully stored 5.5 petabits of data — around 700 terabytes — in a single gram of DNA, smashing the previous DNA data density record by a thousand times...8/17

Using evolution to understand pollution

(PhysOrg) Emily Monosson, author of “Evolution in a Toxic World,” told her Harvard audience that the lessons from our evolutionary past have been ignored by toxicologists and industry alike...8/20

Other Stories

Robert Scott's Ship

Doomed Polar Explorer's Famed Ship Found on Seafloor

(Live Science) A research vessel testing its underwater mapping equipment recently made a remarkable discovery: the wreck of the Terra Nova, the famed ship that took British explorer Robert Falcon Scott on his fateful voyage to Antarctica a century ago...8/16

General Motors Is Headed For Bankruptcy -- Again

(Forbes) Right now, the federal government owns 500,000,000 shares of GM, or about 26% of the company.  It would need to get about $53.00/share for these to break even on the bailout, but the stock closed at only $20.21/share on Tuesday...8/15

Out there

How the Wet-Dog Shake Gets Mammals Dry in No Time Flat

(Discover News) There’s a certain expression a wet dog wears as it trots up to you, a kind of gleam in the eye that says, “I’m about to shake so vigorously that in a mere 4 seconds, 70 percent of the water in my fur will fly off of my coat and on to you.”...8/16