Wednesday, September 19, 2012
ORNL in the News

#LabChat: Supercomputing Our Way to the Future, Sept. 19 at 1:30 pm EDT

(Energy.gov) This Wednesday, September 19, at 1:30 p.m. EDT, three leaders in the field of advanced computing will participate in #LabChat: Supercomputing Our Way to the Future...Oak Ridge National Laboratory virtual reactor lead John Turner will be tweeting from @OakRidgeLabNews...9/19

Mason: 'It's fair to say it's not clear'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In a brief interview Monday, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason talked about the uncertain budget times. "I think it's fair to say to say it's not clear," he said...9/18

DOE

ORNLOak Ridge is turning 70

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge's 70th birthday party will be celebrated Wednesday (Sept. 19) with a bunch of stuff taking place in the historic Jackson Square (pictured, here back in the day) beginning at 3 p.m., including a talk by Oak Ridge Historian Bill Wilcox, update on the proposed Manhattan Project National Historical Park by Ray Smith, and other doing...9/18

State & Regional

Study examines first-year earnings of Tennessee grads

(WATE) A new study examines the average first-year earnings of graduates from two-year and four-year institutions across Tennessee...9/18

Tennessee punishing Nashville for refusing to open charter school

(Washington Post) Tennessee officials, led by Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, are withholding $3.4 million from the Nashville public schools because the state told the system to open a controversial charter school and the local school board refused...9/19

National

DREAMers Will be Ineligible for Obama's New Health Care Law

(Fox News) In dozens of campaign stops, President Barack Obama has trumpeted young undocumented immigrants, known as DREAMers, as the country's future and said he wants to do everything he can to help them. But the latest news surrounding his Affordable Care Act has left many in the Latino community speechless...9/19

Fannie Mae paid BofA premium to transfer soured loans: regulator

(Reuters) Fannie Mae agreed to pay Bank of America Corp about 20 percent more than it was contractually obligated to last year in order to transfer the servicing of troubled loans to another firm, a report by a watchdog found...9/19

US Shuts Indonesia Consulate Amid Film Protests

(ABC News) The U.S. has temporarily closed its consulate in Indonesia's third-largest city due to ongoing protests over an anti-Islam film produced in the United States. About 300 members of the pan-Islamic movement Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia rallied Wednesday morning in front of the consulate in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province...9/18

 

science & technology

Atapuerca Skull 5Studies slow the human DNA clock

(Nature News) The story of human ancestors used to be writ only in bones and tools, but since the 1960s DNA has given its own version of events. Some results were revelatory, such as when DNA studies showed that all modern humans descended from ancestors who lived in Africa more than 100,000 years ago. Others were baffling, suggesting that key events in human evolution happened at times that flatly contradicted the archaeology...9/18

Marc HauserFormer Harvard Psychologist Fabricated and Falsified, Report Says

(Chronicle of Higher Education) Marc Hauser was once among the big, impressive names in psychology, head of the Cognitive Evolution Laboratory at Harvard University, author of popular books like Moral Minds...9/5

Gamma Ray Burst"There Is No Such Thing As Time"

(Popular Science) Julian Barbour’s solution to the problem of time in physics and cosmology is as simply stated as it is radical: there is no such thing as time. “If you try to get your hands on time, it’s always slipping through your fingers,” says Barbour. “People are sure time is there, but they can’t get hold of it. My feeling is that they can’t get hold of it because it isn’t there at all.”

Fermilab Camera pictureFermilab: World’s Strongest Digital Camera Records First Images

(Batavia Patch)The most powerful sky-mapping machine ever created has recorded starlight billions of years old for the first time, Fermilab announced on Monday. That light may hold within it the answer to one of the biggest mysteries in physics – why the expansion of the universe is speeding up...9/18

Other Stories

Front porches making a big comeback

(USA Today) Front porches are making a big comeback. It's not quite a return to Norman Rockwell's Americana, but the rise in the number of new homes with porches hints at a shift in the way Americans want to live: in smaller houses and dense neighborhoods that promote walking and social interaction...9/19