Tuesday, October 23, 2012
ORNL in the News

The minimal microbe

(Phys Org) There are approximately one trillion quintillion microbial cells on this planet. That's more than the number of stars in the known universe!...To study these microbes and the complex communities they form in the environment, Argonne and three other national laboratories (Lawrence Berkeley, Brookhaven and Oak Ridge) are collaborating to build a research tool called the Systems Biology Knowledgebase, or "KBase."...10/22

‘Core’ capabilities, unique technologies covered by Lab chief at Smyser Lecture

(Oak Ridger) ...As featured speaker for the Friends of ORNL’s Dick Smyser Community Lecture Series, [Tom] Mason presented a program titled "Oak Ridge National Laboratory: An Update." The 15th annual Smyser Lecture Series is named after the founding editor of The Oak Ridger, and Tuesday evening’s event was held in the American Museum of Science and Energy...10/22

DOE labs help CMS manage healthcare data

(Fierce Government IT) The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has more data and must facilitate its use with a broader array of partners thanks to initiatives mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148)...The agency looked to the Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory for help creating a consolidated warehouse environment that can utilize more data tools and services...10/22

DOE

Y-12 protesters release government photos of July 28 break-in

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The three Plowshares protesters who infiltrated the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant on July 28 have released a series of government photographs taken that morning outside Y-12's storage facility for bomb-grade uranium...10/23

State-of-the-Art Beams From Table-Top Accelerators

(Berkeley Lab News Center) Berkeley Lab’s lead in laser plasma acceleration research continues with new benchmarks for electron beam quality...10/22

National

Navy’s Top Geek Says Laser Arsenal Is Just Two Years Away

(Wired News) Never mind looming defense cuts or residual technical challenges. The Navy’s chief futurist is pushing up the anticipated date for when sailors can expect to use laser weapons on the decks of their ships, and raising expectations for robotic submarines...10/22

East Tennessee

Tech experts to attend Tennessee cyber security summit

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Technology experts in government, private business and academia will be gathering in Knoxville this week for the eighth annual East Tennessee Cyber Security Summit...10/23

energy & science policy

Fake Addendum by Contrarian Group Tries to Undo U.S. Government Climate Report

(Scientific American) A soon-to-be-released Cato Institute report purports to be an "addendum" to a 2009 federal summary of climate change impacts but discounts the science in the original...10/22

Developed Nations Pledge to Double Biodiversity Aid

(Science News) Two years after setting targets in Aichi, Japan, for saving global biodiversity, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity has struck its first deal on how to pay for the goals....10/22

science & technology

Australian research grants escape government cutbacks

(Nature) Australia’s research grants have been left untouched in mid-year spending adjustments aimed at maintaining a budget surplus...10/22

The internal combustion engine is far from dead

(Fortune) ...Absent a revolutionary breakthrough within the next few years, carmakers from Volkswagen to BMW are now finding new ways to work with what they have. That's becoming especially important with a looming hike in fuel economy standards in the U.S. to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025...10/23

Italian scientists convicted over earthquake warning

(Reuters) Six scientists and a government official were sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter by an Italian court on Monday for failing to give adequate warning of an earthquake that killed more than 300 people in L'Aquila in 2009...10/22

New Glow for Electron Microscopy

(Science Daily) The glowing green molecule known as green fluorescent protein (GFP) has revolutionized molecular biology. When GFP is attached to a particular protein inside a cell, scientists can easily identify and locate it using fluorescence microscopy...10/22

Other Stories

50 Years Later: The Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis

(Time) Hard to believe for those of us who lived through it – or even if you merely witnessed it by watching 2000′s Thirteen Days – but the Cuban Missile Crisis turned 50 last week...10/22