Friday, August 23, 2013
ORNL in the News

Big Science tools for clean transportation: neutron scattering at ORNL

(Green Car Congress) This begins an occasional series on “big science” tools hosted at US national laboratories that are being applied to support the development of technology innovations for clean transportation. First up is a quick look at the two advanced neutron-scattering facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee: the newer (2006) $1.4-billion Spallation Neutron Source and the older (1965) High Flux Isotope Reactor...8/22

Neutron Studies Reveal New Areas for Improvement in Drug Design of HIV Inhibitors

(PharmTech Talk) A team of scientists recently reported on the first study of interactions between the antiretroviral drug, amprenavir, and the HIV-1 protease enzyme. The findings provide the first true picture of how the protease inhibitor blocks viral replication...Dr Andrey Kovalevsky from Oak Ridge National Laboratory said in the same release, “X-ray crystallography has been playing a crucial role in the structure-guided drug design for over two decades. It provides us with a picture of how a drug molecule binds to its macromolecular target...8/22

National

Obama: Time Frame For Possible Action On Syria Has Shortened

(NPR) While the U.S. and its allies cannot move militarily against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime "without a U.N. mandate and without clear evidence" that Assad's forces have used chemical weapons, the time within which a decision about such action must be made has been shortened...8/23

DOE

Study Recounts Early, Difficult Years Of Lawrence Livermore National Lab

(The Independent) In the mid-1950s, the small, secret weapons laboratory that eventually became Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was more vulnerable than is commonly recognized to being marginalized or closed, according to a physicist who is studying the Laboratory’s early years...8/23

State & Regional

TVA raises rate, cuts budget

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said the federal utility has seen a decline in revenue from lower electricity sales due to milder weather and a still-sluggish economy. The rate increase, set to take effect Oct. 1, is the first TVA rate increase since October 2011...8/22

East Tennessee

Roane industrial site wins state certification

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The 44-acre Cardiff Valley site in the center of the Roane County Industrial Park in Rockwood joins a select group of locations statewide that are deemed ready for prospects...The state Department of Economic and Community Development launched SelectTN in June 2012 to help communities prepare sites for investment and expansion...8/21

Knoxville expert on Mars gains national attention

(WATE-TV) For more than 36 years, Harry "Hap" McSween has walked the halls of the University of Tennessee. McSween, known as a "teacher's teacher," is now getting national attention as one of the world's foremost experts on the composition of Mars...8/22

energy & science policy

Cordova to be Nominated as Next NSF Director

(AIP) The White House announced that President Obama will nominate France Anne Cordova to become the next director of the National Science Foundation...8/22

science & technology

Decrease in monarch butterfly population raises concern

(Journal News) Spotting a monarch butterfly this summer may be difficult, according to some experts who fear the population of the orange-and-black butterfly is crashing...8/22

The World's Most Precise Clock Could Prove Einstein Wrong

(NPR) ...Better atomic clocks will facilitate more precise GPS and faster telecommunication networks. And some physicists are excited about another application: testing Einstein's Theory of Relativity...8/22

Flight of the bumblebee decoded

(Nature) To stay aloft, insects have to beat their wings very fast — up to 500 times a second in the case of mosquitoes. Exactly how they do this has long been debated...8/22

Other Stories

The drone that may never have to land

(Fortune) ...Titan Aerospace, a one-year-old venture-backed aircraft designer, last week unveiled its Solara 50 and Solara 60 unmanned aircraft. These are two massive solar-powered, high-altitude vehicles the company plans to send aloft for weeks, months, and eventually years at a time without ever having to land...8/23