Monday, November 25, 2013
ORNL in the News

Highly Efficient, Low Cost Copper Oxide Solar Cell — A Game Changer?

(Solar Novus Today) An efficient solar cell made out of copper oxide (Cu2O), a once-dismissed solar semiconductor and one of the first discovered, could be a cardinal catalyst for solar energy. That is why researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Tennessee (US), now took a fresh look at this cheap, earth-abundant and nontoxic photovoltaic material...11/25

ORNL team analyzed JFK assassination evidence

(WBIR) Like most people alive in 1963, Frank Dyer remembers where he was when he heard the news. "I was working in building 4501 at that point. I started toward building 4500 north, and the PA system announced Kennedy had been shot."

UT senior from Oak Ridge named a Rhodes Scholar, starts Oxford studies in October

(Oak Ridge Today) ...Lindsay E. Lee of East Pasadena Road is a math and Spanish major at UT. She has completed research at the National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...11/24

Microbiome Affects Cancer Drug Efficacy

(C&EN) Gut bacteria help humans and other animals extract nutrients from food and fight pathogens. According to new research with mice, microorganisms colonizing digestive tracts also affect cancer drug efficacy... The two papers "provide unexpected but compelling evidence that intestinal microbiota play a strong role in the efficacy of cancer drug treatment outcomes," comments Robert L. Hettich, a chemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory who studies the human microbiome...11/25



The future of SRS: Aiken's economy

(Aiken Standard) The Savannah River Site has obviously taken enormous hits in recent months. Dating back to September, SRS contractors announced nearly 1,000 layoffs and 1,700 furloughs...11/23

NNSA removes high-activity radioactive materials from Boston

(Oak Ridge Today) The National Nuclear Security Administration recently successfully recovered a disused, high-activity cesium-137 source from Massachusetts General Hospital in downtown Boston and transported it for permanent disposition...11/24

State & Regional

NRC approves license extension to complete work on second reactor at Watts Bar

(Chattanooga Times-Free Press) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today formally accepted TVA’s bid to continue construction on its oft-delayed second reactor at the Watts Bar nuclear project near Spring City, Tenn., extending TVA’s permit until Sept 30, 2016...11/22


Easing of Iran sanctions could start in December

(AP) Sanctions against Iran could be eased as soon as December, France's foreign minister said Monday, after a potentially history-shaping deal that gives Tehran six months to increase access to its nuclear sites in exchange for keeping the central elements of its uranium program...11/25

East Tennessee

Remote Area Medical film debuts at the Tennessee Theater

(WBIR) Thursday night, hundreds of people gathered at the Tennessee Theater to see the premiere of "Remote Area Medical" the movie...11/22

energy & science policy

House Energy Subcommittee Holds Hearing on STEM Education and Manufacturing

(AIP) The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a November 15 hearing examining global competitiveness as it relates to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce...11/22

science & technology

TNeutrino Astronomyhe Era of Neutrino Astronomy Has Begun

(Science Daily) Astrophysicists using a telescope embedded in Antarctic ice have succeeded in a quest to detect and record the mysterious phenomena known as cosmic neutrinos -- nearly massless particles that stream to Earth at the speed of light from outside our solar system, striking the surface in a burst of energy that can be as powerful as a baseball pitcher's fastball...11/21

Americas’ natives have European roots

(Nature News) The 24,000-year-old remains of a young boy from the Siberian village of Mal’ta have added a new root to the family tree of indigenous Americans. While some of the New World's native ancestry clearly traces back to east Asia, the Mal’ta boy’s genome — the oldest known of any modern human — shows that up to one-third of that ancestry can be traced back to Europe...11/20

Elevation plays a role in memory error rates

(PC World) With memory, as with real estate, location matters. A group of researchers from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory have found that the altitude at which SRAM (static random access memory) resides can influence how many random errors the memory produces...11/22

Scientists Find Brain Region That Helps You Make Up Your Mind

(Science Daily) ...A University of British Columbia study published in Nature Neuroscience says the lateral habenula, a region of the brain linked to depression and avoidance behaviours, has been largely misunderstood and may be integral in cost-benefit decisions...11/24

Other Stories

Temp Jobs Up 57% Vs. 4% For All Others Since Aug. 09

(Investor's Business Daily) A boost in temporary employment typically presages strong full-time hiring, but four years after the Great Recession's end, temp jobs keep growing briskly as skittish businesses avoid permanent hires in a sluggish, uncertain economic environment...11/22

New faultlines widen at UN climate talks

(PhysOrg) Fraught UN climate talks revealed growing frustration this week among vulnerable nations and observers with the political stance of emerging economies like China and India in the battle to stave off dangerous Earth warming...11/24