Tuesday, August 28, 2012
ORNL in the News

Sun SphereKnoxville earns high rankings in economic growth and development

(WBIR) Knoxville was ranked in the top ten among America's fastest growing cities and places for economic growth according to a business trade magazine...These new rankings can be partially attributed to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee for their high-tech research initiatives and their work in discovering alternative energies...8/27

Oak Ridge partnership merges strengths of lab, private sector

(R&D Magazine) An Oak Ridge engineering services firm with an international footprint has teamed with three Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists to form a subsidiary and market a 2007 R&D 100 award-winning text analysis system...8/27

Pollution suspected at Oak Ridge lab

(The Tennessean) There are signs that radioactive waste could be migrating from Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s old burial sites to groundwater on the other side of the Clinch River. But officials said the evidence found in monitoring wells is relatively faint and inconsistent and that it’s too early to draw conclusions...8/26

DOE

Y-12 signPlan to reduce Y-12 guard force scrapped following breach

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A plan to eliminate about three dozen security positions at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant has been scrapped following the July 28 break-in by protesters, a federal official confirmed Monday evening...8/28

State & Regional

TDOTTennessee earns an award for using iPads in driver service centers

(WBIR) Tennessee has earned an award for using Apple iPad technology inside its state driver service centers. The Center for Digital Government has awarded Tennessee in the state government-to-citizen category for its use of iPads in its driver service centers...8/27

National

Gas prices likely to rise in wake of Tropical Storm Isaac

(USA Today) Tropical Storm Isaac, which could prompt the closure of 12 Gulf Coast refineries as high winds and rain continue to pummel the region, could push prices at the pump 10 cents a gallon or higher over the next few days...8/27

Francois HollandeFrance urges recognition of shadow Syrian government

(Washington Post) Scattershot diplomatic efforts aimed at curbing the worsening violence in Syria grew more complicated Monday, with France urging world recognition of a shadow Syrian government that the United States considers premature...8/27

East Tennessee

Baumgartner lawyers: Government's case against ex-judge flawed

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A federal magistrate judge today heard a defense appeal to toss out a case against former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner...8/27

energy & science policy

NASA looking at dozens of advanced technology concepts

(PhysOrg) NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts program announced on August 1st that it has funded 28 studies for the upcoming year...8/27

science & technology

Arctic IceArctic Sea Ice Reaches Lowest Extent Ever Recorded

(Science Daily) The blanket of sea ice floating on the Arctic Ocean melted to its lowest extent ever recorded since satellites began measuring it in 1979, according to the University of Colorado Boulder's National Snow and Ice Data Center...8/27

How to learn in your sleep

(Nature News) It sounds like every student's dream: research published today in Nature Neuroscience shows that we can learn entirely new information while we snooze...8/26

Gibbon singingGibbons and Opera Singers Use the Same Voice Tools

(National Geographic) It's an old party trick—sucking helium from balloons so you can sing like a Wizard of Oz munchkin. When gibbons inhale this non-toxic gas, researchers can detect much more sophisticated impersonations...8/23

Other Stories

Neil ArmstrongNeil Armstrong, first man on moon, dies at 82

(Science News) Neil Armstrong landed and walked on the moon, the first of just a dozen men to do so. He died in Ohio on August 25, at age 82....8/27

GM suspending Chevy Volt output, retooling for Impala

(USA Today) General Motors is halting, for a month, the manufacture of its well-known Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car. Automotive News, citing unnamed sources, reports the Detroit-Hamtramck plant will suspend production from Sept. 17 until Oct. 15...8/28

Out there

Cypress Hill Played Through a Squid: Insane in the Membrane, Indeed

(Time Magazine) ...A group called Backyard Brains — two scientists who perform hands-on experiments to expose the wonders of neuroscience — conducted its latest experiment to test the effects of music on squids’ pigmented cells known as chromatophores. Because really, you know, why not?