Friday, October 22, 2010
ORNL in the News

Isotope near 'doubly magic' tin-100 flouts conventional wisdom

(PhysOrg) Tin may seem like the most unassuming of elements, but experiments performed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are yielding surprising properties in extremely short-lived isotopes near tin-100's "doubly magic" nucleus. The international team of experimentalists and theorists was led by Iain G. Darby of the University of Tennessee, who is now in Belgium, and Robert Grzywacz, a physics professor at UT and a former Wigner Fellow at ORNL....10/21

Major Computing Companies Incorporate Open Scalable File Systems

(TMCnet) A coalition of high-performance computing companies that consists of Cray, Inc., Data Direct Networks, Inc., Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have embraced California-based nonprofit mutual benefit corporation Open Scalable File Systems. OpenSFS stated that it will support the requirements of the data-intensive computing community by fostering the practical development of HPC storage software technology....10/21


DOE granted cleanup extension

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Getting rid of Oak Ridge's nastiest nuclear wastes has proved harder than expected, and environmental regulators have agreed to give the U.S. Department of Energy more time to do that job. John Owsley, Oak Ridge oversight chief for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, confirmed that the state will OK schedule changes for processing transuranic wastes...10/21

East Tennessee

Blount's Japanese connection

(Maryville Daily Times) Takatsugu Yamaguchi has been involved in connecting Japan's and Tennessee's economies since 1998. "I explain the location is good, the people are good and also the Oak Ridge National Lab is very close — there are many reasons. That's why DENSO chose Tennessee, and also many Japanese companies. Also, very sophisticated people, high-tech oriented people, especially around Oak Ridge National Lab, which is in your backyard — and also the airport that we have."...10/21


U.S. plan for trade targets runs into G20 headwinds

(Reuters) The United States sought to corral reluctant finance leaders into a deal that would commit emerging markets to cut their current account surpluses and allow their currencies to rise at a meeting on Friday....10/22

State & Regional

TN jobless numbers don't tell whole story

(Tennessean) As unemployment rates continue to fall, there is optimism that the worst of the recession is over. But for some, the unemployment rate — which in September was 9.4 percent in Tennessee, down from 9.6 percent the month before — doesn't give the whole story....10/22

Other Stories

Royal Society's science book prize will be the last

(BBC News) Biochemist and author Nick Lane has won this year's Royal Society Science Book Prize for Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution. However, Dr Lane will be the last to collect the Royal Society prize. After more than two decades of sifting through the annual offerings of popular science publishing, the award is closing down due to lack of funding....10/22


energy & science policy

Conflicts of interest mar food producers' independent inspections

(Washington Post) The voluntary quality control system widely used in the nation's $1 trillion domestic food industry is rife with conflicts of interest, inexperienced auditors and cursory inspections that produce inflated ratings, according to food retail executives and other industry experts....10/22 [Registration Required]

science & technology

Predators Gone, Small Fish Get Bolder

(New York Times) Little fish are cautious and timid around big, hungry fish, and rightly so. But when populations of predators like tuna and shark shrink because of human fishing, small prey are more adventurous, according to a forthcoming study in The American Naturalist....10/22

What's the moon made of? NASA mission finds it's nothing so simple as cheese.

(Washington Post) Gazing at the moon will just never be the same. It remains a place of mystery, for sure. But scientists say they now know that the moon has enough water ice and vapor to potentially quench the thirst of lunar astronauts and even fuel lunar rockets....10/21 [Registration Required]

$19 Billion Later, Pentagon's Best Bomb-Detector Is a Dog

(Wired) Drones, metal detectors, chemical sniffers, and super spycams — forget 'em. The leader of the Pentagon's multibillion military task force to stop improvised bombs says there's nothing in the U.S. arsenal for bomb detection more powerful than a dog's nose....10/22

Grainy Season: Engineering Drought-Resistant Wheat

(NPR) Following the summer's drought in Russia that sent wheat prices skyrocketing, scientists are studying ways to make one of the world's most important crops drought-resistant. And creative genetic engineering may hold the answer....10/22

Diabetes may affect as many as 1 in 3 Americans by 2050

(USA Today) The future of diabetes in America looks bleak, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report out today, with cases projected to double, even triple, by 2050....10/22

Tomorrow's Internet: 1,000 times faster

(PhysOrg) Imagine if all the data traversing the world right now -- on long distance networks and between and within computers and other hardware -- could be sent through a single fiber the width of a human hair....10/21