Friday, November 8, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL wins 14 MarCom Awards

(Oak Ridge National Lab) The Association of Marketing and Communication announced this week that Oak Ridge National Laboratory won eight platinum and six gold awards in its annual international competition. The competition recognizes “outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals” and drew more than 6,500 entries, according to a MarCom release...11/7

UT/ORNL supercomputer team ‘deeply disappointed’ by misfire on NSF competition; hope remains for second chance

(Knoxville News Sentinel) One of the big wins ever for the University of Tennessee, in conjunction with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was getting a $65 million grant from the National Science Foundation in 2008 to acquire the Cray “Kraken” supercomputer — one of the world’s fastest machines for science...11/7

 

DOE

Energy Department Invests to Drive Down Costs of Carbon Capture, Support Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Pollution

(Energy.gov) As part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, today the Energy Department announced the selection of 18 projects across the country to research innovative, second-generation technologies that will help improve the efficiency and drive down costs of carbon capture processes for new and existing coal-fired power plants...11/7

East Tennessee

Lake City votes to change name to Rocky Top

(WBIR) Lake City Council voted to change its name to Rocky Top, despite the possibility of copyright infringements. Developers are interested in building a Rocky Top theme park on property currently owned by the city on Highway 441 between I-75 and US 25. City officials said the name change would make it easier to market the new attraction...11/7

National

West and Iran Seen as Nearing a Nuclear Deal

(New York Times) After years of fruitless negotiations, Western and Iranian diplomats are on the verge of an agreement that would freeze Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for an easing of some economic sanctions...11/8

State & Regional

TSU adds new biotechnology program

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee State University's College of Agriculture is adding a new program in biotechnology. The university received approval from the state Board of Regents to begin offering the concentration within a bachelor's degree in agricultural sciences...11/8

TN leads nation in math, reading gains

(Tennessean) Tennessee claimed the title Thursday of fastest-improving state in academic growth after boasting the greatest leaps nationally in math and reading assessment scores by middle school students, a feat that drew glowing praise from the top U.S. education official...11/7

TVA coal plants polluting groundwater, report says

(Tennessean) The Tennessee Valley Authority has polluted groundwater supplies around all its coal-fired power plants, including ones near Gallatin and Clarksville, a national environmental group concluded in a report released Thursday...11/8

energy & science policy

Republican Plan to Guide NSF Programs Draws Darts, and Befuddlement, From Research Advocates

(Science Magazine) A bill unveiled this week that would reshape how the U.S. government manages key research and education programs has rekindled tensions between the scientific community and Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), the head of the science committee in the House of Representatives...11/7

science & technology

Of fish scales and adaptable armor – the things that X-rays can tell you

Armored Fish(Phys Org) The remarkably tough scales of a huge air-breathing fresh water fish in the Amazon Basin named "Arapaima gigas" were the subject of a recent study led by Robert Ritchie of Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division and Marc Meyers of the University of California at San Diego...11/8

Why Late Nights Are Bad for Your Immune System

Infection Fighting Cells(Science Magazine) Jet lag, shift work, and even late nights staring at your tablet or smartphone may be making you sick. That's because the body's internal clock is set for two 12-hour periods of light and darkness, and when this rhythm is thrown off, so is the immune system...11/7

A Rare New Bacterium Thrives In Spacecraft Cleanrooms

Clean Room at NASA(Popular Science) Tersicoccus phoenicis is no ordinary microbe. This rare bacterium can withstand chemical cleaning, ultraviolet rays, and a dearth of nutrients to live in some of the most sterile places around: the cleanrooms that space agencies like NASA and the European Space Agency keep as clean as possible to prevent Earth's bacteria from hitching a ride into space...11/7

Other Stories

FDA Moves To Phase Out Remaining Trans Fats In Food Supply

Crisco(NPR) If the Food and Drug Administration has its way, an era of food technology will soon end. The agency announced Thursday it is aiming to ban partially hydrogenated vegetable oils from all food products...11/7

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

(Huffington Post) Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us...11/6