Friday, September 28, 2012
ORNL in the News

Hydrogen beam injector guides plasma physics research

(R&D Magazine) The Madison Symmetric Torus, a leading piece of equipment in plasma physics research for more than 20 years, recently gained a new capability with the installation of a neutral beam injector...Paper co-authors include other colleagues at UW-Madison, the University of California at Los Angeles, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Woods students conduct research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(TribStar) When Shelby Becker held the first prototype of a bionic limb, she said it felt like holding a backpack filled with all her books for an entire semester...The SMWC students were three of 12 handpicked interns in ORNL’s prestigious Research Alliance in Math and Science program...9/2

DOE

High Speed NetworkEnergy Research Network Reaches 100 Gbps

(IEEE Spectrum) The U.S. Department of Energy’s high-speed science network is getting a much-needed makeover. When the new 100-gigabit-per-second Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) goes live next month, it will be the world’s fastest continent-spanning science network...9/27

UT gets $3.5M grant from DOE nuclear program

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The University of Tennessee is among the institutions sharing $13 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Programs, the DOE announced today.

State & Regional

Nashville judge declines to overturn Tennessee voter-photo ID law

(Memphis Commercial Appeal) A Nashville judge declined Wednesday to block enforcement of the state's voter-photo identification law or to allow the Memphis Public Library's new photo library cards to be valid for voting purposes...9/26

National

US officials knew Libya attack was terrorism within 24 hours, sources confirm

(Fox News) U.S. intelligence officials knew within 24 hours of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that it was a terrorist attack and suspected Al Qaeda-tied elements were involved, sources told Fox News -- though it took the administration a week to acknowledge it...9/27

Q2 GDP SLASHED TO 1.3%

(Business Insider) The third reading on Q2 GDP just came out and the report was ugly. The headline growth number was revised down to 1.3 percent on an annualized basis. Economists expected the number to be unchanged at 1.7 percent...9/27

East Tennessee

Former Lady Vols media director sues, claims Summitt was forced out

(WBIR) The University of Tennessee's former associate athletic director for media relations is suing the university and Athletic Director Dave Hart...9/27

 

energy & science policy

FY 2013 Senate Appropriations Bill for USGS

(AIP) Somewhat unexpectedly, Senate Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) jointly released the starting point for their FY 2013 funding bill...9/27

science & technology

Black HoleMeasuring the Universe’s 'Exit Door': For the First Time, an International Team Has Measured the Radius of a Black Hole

(Science Daily) The point of no return: In astronomy, it's known as a black hole -- a region in space where the pull of gravity is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape. Black holes that can be billions of times more massive than our sun may reside at the heart of most galaxies...9/27

Element 113 at last?

(Nature News) After nine years of painstaking experiment, researchers in Japan reported yesterday that they have created a third atom of the element 113. That success, according to experts in the field, could see the element officially added to the periodic table...9/27

Australian plateIntraplate quakes signal tectonic breakup

(Science News) Two giant earthquakes in the eastern Indian Ocean have shown geologists that breaking up is easy to do — for tectonic plates, that is. The pair of quakes hit on April 11, startling seismologists with their size (magnitudes 8.6 and 8.2) and location (hundreds of kilometers from the active zone that spawned the deadly 2004 magnitude 9.1 earthquake and tsunami)....

Other Stories

ABC News Tracks Missing iPad To Florida Home of TSA Officer

(ABC News) In the latest apparent case of what have been hundreds of thefts by TSA officers of passenger belongings, an iPad left behind at a security checkpoint in the Orlando airport was tracked as it moved 30 miles to the home of the TSA officer last seen handling it...9/27

 

Out There

Foetal DNASome women actually have men on the brain

(Los Angeles Times) For decades after a woman has carried a male child in her womb or shared her mother's womb with a brother, she carries a faint but unmistakable echo of that intimate bond: male fetal DNA that lodges itself in the far recesses of her brain...9/27