Monday, August 26, 2013
ORNL in the News

Study Data from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Update Understanding of Blood Proteins

( Researchers detail new data in Proteins. According to news originating from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Concern about the toxicity of engineered nanoparticles, such as the prototypical nanomaterial C-60 fullerene, continues to grow...8/25

U.S. Electrical Grid on the Edge of Failure

(Scientific American) Facebook can lose a few users and remain a perfectly stable network, but where the national grid is concerned simple geography dictates that it is always just a few transmission lines from collapse....Benjamin Carreras, a physicist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee who has conducted similar work, says that network theory can be useful for providing insight into electric grids...8/25

Oak Ridge group thanks cyber warriors

(WBIR) A group of wounded veterans will enter their last week of training at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) this week. 10News first introduced you to them earlier in August. For four weeks, 18 men and women are training on ORNL technology to track child porn and catch online predators...8/25



DOE stayed silent on State's latest pipeline review

(E&E Publishing) The Department of Energy didn't join U.S. EPA and the Interior Department in writing public comments on the review of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, according to a DOE spokeswoman..8/23

How much $$$ to get rid of the U-233?

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy’s plan to dispose of some of the uranium-233 stockpile at the Nevada National Security Site has run into a roadblock of opposition in Nevada, and perhaps because of that the federal agency has not been giving a lot of updates on the overall project...8/24

State & Regional

TN virtual school hits bottom, gets reprieve

(WBIR) Students at the Tennessee Virtual Academy, an online school run for profit, learned less than their peers anywhere else in Tennessee last year, data released by the state last week show...8/25


UN Syria team departs hotel as Assad denies attack

(AP) A U.N. team tasked with investigating the Syrian regime's alleged use of chemical weapons near the capital Damascus last week left their hotel Monday, as world leaders suggested that an international response to the attack that is reported to have left hundreds dead was likely...8/26

Yosemite wildfire threatening San Francisco's water and power supply, as well as giant sequoias

(Fox News) A massive wildfire racing through the Yosemite wilderness -- fueled by high winds -- is threatening San Francisco's fresh water and power supply as well as California's famous giant sequoias...8/26

East Tennessee

Knoxville Museum of Art closes its doors for renovations

(WBIR) The Knoxville Museum of Art hosted a unique community art exhibit on its last day open before it closes for more than two months. Dozens of people checked out a mobile library featuring 4,500 sketchbooks from around the world at KMA on Sunday...8/26

energy & science policy

FY 2014 Senate Department of Defense Appropriations Bill: S&T Programs

(AIP) Earlier this month the Senate Appropriations Committee approved S. 1429, the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for FY 2014.  Accompanying this $594.4 billion bill is Senate Report 113-85 detailing the committee’s budget and policy recommendations...8/23

science & technology

NebulaNew telescope will be 10 times sharper than Hubble

(USA Today) Scientists are currently hard at work on a new telescope that promises to have 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope — but we're going to have to wait awhile...8/25

Atomic ClockAtomic clock achieves record stability, holds promise for tech

(The Los Angeles Times) Atomic clocks built at the official U.S. timekeeping laboratory tick with record-breaking regularity, scientists said — marking an advance that may someday allow researchers to perform new tests of the laws of physics and engineers to perfect technologies such as GPS systems...8/22

Sea IceSea Ice Decline Spurs the Greening of the Arctic

(Science Daily) Sea ice decline and warming trends are changing the vegetation in nearby arctic coastal areas, according to two University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists...8/23

Saturn V RocketHave a Rocket to Launch? NASA’s Massive Launch Platforms Are Now on Sale

(WIRED) Space pioneers, super villains, and delusional architects, get your checkbooks ready. NASA is putting its Mobile Launcher Platforms up for sale, and if you’ve got the cash and a business case, you can snag one of three 4,115-ton space shuttle platforms. But you won’t be able to drive it home...8/23

Custodian of world's longest running experiment dies

(PhysOrg) The science professor who oversaw the world's longest running laboratory test—the Pitch Drop Experiment—has died after more than half a century on its watch, his university said Monday...8/26

Other Stories

"Farmers' Almanac" predicts a "bitterly cold" winter

(CBS News) The Farmers' Almanac is using words like "piercing cold," "bitterly cold" and "biting cold" to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy "Storm Bowl."...8/25