Monday, October 1, 2012
ORNL in the News

Uranium-Contaminated Site Yields Wealth of Information On Microbes 10 Feet Under

(Science Daily) University of California, Berkeley, scientists have sequenced nearly all the genes in an underground community of microbes at a contaminated uranium mill site in Rifle, Colo...Wrighton, Banfield and colleagues at UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), report their metagenomic analysis in the Sept. 28 issue of the journal Science...9/28

Replacing Zacharia: an important hire for ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Replacing Thomas Zacharia as Oak Ridge National Laboratory's chief research officer and deputy director for science and technology may be the biggest personnel decision of Thom Mason's tenure as the lab's director. Zacharia, of course, was best known for building ORNL as a scientific computing center that is the envy of the world, and he'll be missed...10/1

DOE

India PipelineUS to help India form framework for shale gas licensing

(Hindu Business Line) The US Department of Commerce is to provide “active support” for the development of a regulatory framework to govern India’s upcoming round for the exploration and production of shale resources...9/30

DOE moves to terminate WSI's Y-12 contract; latest fallout from July 28 security breach

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy has moved to terminate the Y-12 protective forces contract of WSI-Oak Ridge, the latest in a series of events following the stunning break-in two months ago at the nuclear weapons plant...9/28

East Tennessee

"Today" show to broadcast live Monday a.m. rain or shine

(WBIR) The "Today Show" crew said  they will broadcast live in front of Ayres Hall Monday morning, despite the weather. Since rain is predicted in the forecast, crews said they will set up a tent to cover the set and will hand out ponchos to the crowd. ...10/1

National

BenghaziIn Libya, security was lax before attack that killed U.S. ambassador, officials say

(Washington Post) On the eve of his death, U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was ebullient as he returned for the first time in his new role to Benghazi, the eastern Libyan city that embraced him as a savior during last year’s civil war....

Defense cuts poised to deal billions of dollars in damage to contractor-heavy states

(Fox News) 9/30 Defense contractors are bracing for a blow to business should Congress fail to avert massive automatic budget cuts come January...9/30

U.S. Move to Give Egypt $450 Million in Aid Meets Resistance

(New York Times) The Obama administration notified Congress on Friday that it would provide Egypt’s new government an emergency cash infusion of $450 million, but the aid immediately encountered resistance from a prominent lawmaker wary of foreign aid and Egypt’s new course under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood...10/1

State & Regional

Semiconductor may start production in 2013

(WATE) A multi-billion dollar semiconductor may begin producing a critical base component in solar energy panels starting in 2013...

energy & science policy

President Signs Bill Extending Federal Funding for Six Months

(AIP) Continued operations of the federal government are assured with the signature of President Barack Obama on a bill passed by bipartisan majorities in Congress that largely maintains current funding levels through March 27, 2013.   The President signed the bill today; the new fiscal year starts on Monday, October 1...9/28

science & technology

Spy ShipSpy on the Inside: A Disease Lab You Have to Be Careful Photographing

(Discover) Fernando Torres-Vélez waits for samples in the darkness by a helicopter landing pad on Plum Island. Situated 1.5 miles from the eastern tip of Long Island, the island’s 840 acres of wildlife surround a handful of high-security laboratories run by the Department of Homeland Security to combat livestock diseases and bioterror threats...

Sony-OlympusSony-Olympus alliance aims for high-tech surgery

(PhysOrg) Sony's new alliance with scandal-tarnished Olympus will focus on producing endoscopes and other surgical tools packed with the Japanese electronic maker's three-dimensional imaging and super-clear "4K" display technologies...10/1

Biodegradable electronics here today, gone tomorrow

(Nature News) A team of researchers has designed flexible electronic components that can dissolve inside the body, and in water. The components could be used to make smart devices that disintegrate once they are no longer useful, helping to alleviate electronic waste...9/27

Other Stories

US blocks Chinese firm's investment in wind farms

(BBC) President Barack Obama has stopped a Chinese company from building wind turbines in the US state of Oregon, citing national security concerns, his administration said...9/28

Out there

KittyI Can Haz Productivity? Why You Should Look at Cute Animals at Work

(Live Science) Here's a defense for when your boss catches you watching kitten videos on the job: New research shows looking at cute images of baby animals may actually improve your work performance, inspiring more fine-tuned attention and careful behavior...9/27