Wednesday, September 5, 2012
ORNL in the News

Oak Ridge partnership merges strengths of lab, private sector

(Oak Ridge Today) An Oak Ridge engineering services firm with an international footprint has teamed with three Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists to form a subsidiary and market an award-winning text analysis system...“Piranha can find similar documents to a document of interest, remove duplicated documents such as identical news stories from different sources, and automatically classify documents by topic,” said ORNL’s Tom Potok, one of the software’s inventors. The technology has been used to find and arrest child predators and to uncover illicit activities...9/2

FORNL topic: Prosthetics for the military

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Tuesday, Sept. 11 meeting of Friends of Oak Ridge National Laboratory will feature a presentation from Dr. John Kyle P. Mueller. Mueller will talk about, "The Development of a Mobile Gait Analysis System for Military Populations with Lower Limb Prosthetics."...9/4

Coast 2 Coast Clients Get Total Facility Solutions with New RFID Partnership

(PRWeb) Open Wave RFID is Coast 2 Coast’s Chattanooga, Tennessee-based RFID technology company with over 10 years of experience in Radio Frequency Identification practices...One of their more exciting applications of technology is Open Wave's work with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where it is being used to inventory chemicals stored in supply cabinets...9/4

State & Regional

Scientists seek concrete solution to bat epidemic

(Knoxville News Sentinel) One of Tennessee's leading conservation organizations is taking drastic action to combat a fast-spreading epidemic that is wiping out bat populations across eastern North America...9/4

Spinach Power Gets a Big Boost: Researchers Combine Spinach Protein With Silicon to Make Biohybrid Solar Cell

(Science Daily) An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed a way to combine the photosynthetic protein that converts light into electrochemical energy in spinach with silicon, the material used in solar cells, in a fashion that produces substantially more electrical current than has been reported by previous "biohybrid" solar cells....9/4


New Methane Hydrate Research: Investing in Our Energy Future

( While many of us think of the Arctic as home to polar bears and year-round freezing temperatures, it is also home to a potentially huge source of natural gas called methane hydrates...9/31

Evidence of possible cheating on security tests found at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The U.S. Department of Energy confirmed Tuesday night that inspectors from DOE's Office of Health, Safety and Security — who were at Y-12 last week to conduct a major top-to-bottom security review — found copies of security quizzes and answers and other inspection-related materials in one of the plant's patrol cars...9/4

East Tennessee

Blount businesses take solar company up on its offer of charging stations

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Lisa Stewart, executive director of the organization, said it has installed 18 stations at businesses or organizations in Townsend and six in Maryville, and plans to install two at Knoxville's McGhee Tyson Airport. The group plans to install 12 more as part of its involvement in the U.S. Department of Energy's EV Project...9/4

Big Ideas: Professor’s Invention Seeks to Destroy Cancer

(Tennessee Today) Christian Parigger, associate professor of physics at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma, wants to advance the fight against cancer. His big idea: develop a technology that goes on a “seek and destroy” mission for cancerous tumors...9/31


energy & science policy

Biodiversity conservation depends on scale: Lessons from the science-policy dialogue

(PhysOrg) The year 2010 marked the deadline for the political targets to significantly reduce and halt biodiversity loss. The failure to achieve the 2010 goal stimulated the setting up of new targets for 2020...8/30

science & technology

Biodiversity Found to Increase During Warm Periods in Earth's History

(Scientific American) A new approach contradicts previous research that reported an inverse correlation between high temperatures and biodiversity...9/4

A Buoy-Based Security System For Our Ports

(Popular Science) About 40 percent of U.S. trade—some $1.4 trillion a year—passes through the country’s 360 ports and waterways. (The rest arrives via truck, rail or plane.) And despite increased protection since 9/11, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says that these ports remain especially vulnerable to attack from small vessels carrying improvised explosive devices, including radioactive dirty bombs...9/4

How the 50-year-old campaign against Silent Spring still distorts environmental debates.

(Slate) Silent Spring, Rachel Carson’s landmark warning about the indiscriminate use of pesticides, turns 50 this month. By extension, that puts the environmental movement also at the half-century mark—along with the bitter, divisive argument we continue to have over both the book and the movement it spawned...9/4

What's Ambergris? Behind the $60k Whale-Waste Find

(National Geographic News) ...Walking along the beach in Dorset with his dad, the boy found what looked to be a very odd rock. He and his dad used Google to help identify it as ambergris. Weighing more than a pound, it is said to be worth up to U.S. $63,000...8/30

Other Stories

India’s forest area in doubt

(Nature) To judge from India’s official surveys, the protection of its forests is a success. Somehow, this resource-hungry country of 1.2 billion people is managing to preserve its rich forests almost intact in the face of growing demands for timber and agricultural land...9/4