Wednesday, August 22, 2012
ORNL in the News

Moving Closer to Extracting Uranium from Seawater

(Science Daily) Fueling nuclear reactors with uranium harvested from the ocean could become more feasible because of a material developed by a team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The combination of ORNL's high-capacity reusable adsorbents and a Florida company's high-surface-area polyethylene fibers creates a material that can rapidly, selectively and economically extract valuable and precious dissolved metals from water...8/21

DOE

Will Y-12 security breach undermine plans for UPF?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The July 28 security breach seems to have pierced the aura of invincibility at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...8/22

State & Regional

ACT scoresTennessee ACT scores scrape bottom

(The Tennessean) For the second straight year, Tennessee's high school students scored so poorly on a national college and career readiness test that only Mississippi students received a lower overall score...8/22

UT study: Tennessee's Hispanic population continues to grow

(WATE) A new study released by the University of Tennessee reveals the state's Hispanic community is growing. Tennessee has the third-fastest growing Hispanic population in the country...8/21

National

DamascusRussia warns West over Syria after Obama threats

(Reuters) Russia warned the West on Tuesday against unilateral action on Syria, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama threatened "enormous consequences" if his Syrian counterpart used chemical or biological arms or even moved them in a menacing way...8/22

East Tennessee

Coal AshEPA outlines river bottom coal ash cleanup options

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Leave it, cover it or scoop it. Those are the three options for dealing with some 500,000 cubic yards of coal ash that coat the Emory and Clinch river bottoms for several miles after the catastrophic ash spill nearly four years ago at TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant...8/22

science & technology

Geyser on MarsNASA May Go Mars Geyser Hopping

(Forbes) In showbiz, the adage has always been “leave ‘em wanting more.” So, following the brilliant opening salvos of its $2.5 billion Mars rover mission, what does NASA do for an encore?...8/22

CASIS Announces Upcoming Requests for Proposals in Materials Science and Earth Observational Science

(CASIS) The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit organization promoting and managing research on board the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, will soon announce two upcoming solicitations for ISS research proposals. Both solicitations will be made available for commercial, governmental, and academic researchers over the next month...8/20

Tangled Roots: Mingling among Stone Age peoples muddies humans’ evolutionary story

(Science News) An ancient finger bone recently landed a genetic sucker punch on scientists studying human evolution. DNA extracted from this tiny fossil, unearthed in Siberia’s Denisova Cave, unveiled a humanlike population that interbred with people in East Asia at least 44,000 years ago...8/25

Other Stories

Gen Y most likely to hold low-paying jobs in retail

(USA Today) Chances are if you're a working Millennial, you're working in retail, says a study released Tuesday by Generation Y research firm Millennial Branding in conjunction with PayScale, a company that collects compensation data...8/21

Rare MLK recording found in attic

(CBS News) Stephon Tull was looking through dusty old boxes in his father's attic in Chattanooga a few months ago when he stumbled onto something startling: an audio reel labeled, "Dr. King interview, Dec. 21, 1960."...8/21