Wednesday, November 28, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL's new video


(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason narrates the lab's new whiteboard video, which walks you through the lab's research missions and its big-time facilities -- such as the Spallation Neutron Source, High Flux Isotope Reactor, and National Center for Computational Sciences....11/27

SNSSNS revved up and ready for users

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Scientific users at the Spallation Neutron Source will return to their experiments Wednesday morning for the first time since Oct. 11, when a second target failed prematurely and forced a shutdown & investigation...11/27

New thermoelectric material is as easy as dirt, heat, pressure

(R&D Magazine) By using common materials found pretty much anywhere there is dirt, a team of Michigan State University researchers have developed a new thermoelectric material...Other institutions involved with the MSU-based center are Northwestern University, the Ohio State University, Wayne State University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...11/27

Researchers use imaging technologies to solve puzzle of nanoscale plant architecture

(Nanowerk) Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) combined different microscopic imaging methods to gain a greater understanding of the relationships between biomass cell wall structure and enzyme digestibility...11/28


Reshaping the Department of Energy in Obama's Second Term: Institutional Reform Goals

(Forbes) As my colleague Clifton Yin and I have written recently, U.S. clean energy innovation policy is at an inflection point. The decisions made in the coming months and years will shape America’s ability to address its climate and energy challenges as well as its international competitiveness in the clean tech industry...11/26

State & Regional

More than 20 bomb threats reported at Tennessee county courthouses

(WATE)...Emergency workers confirmed bomb threats reported in at 29 counties, including the old Knox County and old Blount County courthouses, as well as courthouses in Anderson, Campbell, Carter, Cheatham, Cumberland, Fentress, Greene, Hamblen, and Hancock counties...11/27


Egypt crisis: Mass rally held against Mohammed Mursi

(BBC) Tens of thousands of people have held protests in Cairo against Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, who last week granted himself sweeping new powers...11/27

Senate Dems divided over cuts to benefit programs

(San Francisco Chronicle) Deep divisions among Senate Democrats over whether cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid should be part of a plan to slow the government's mushrooming debt pose a big obstacle to a deal for avoiding a potentially economy-crushing "fiscal cliff," even if Republicans agree to raise taxes...11/28

East Tennessee

Tenn. selected for food safety center

(WVLT) The University of Tennessee and the state Department of Health are partnering to develop training to improve responses to food-borne illnesses and outbreaks in Tennessee and across the country...11/27

science & technology

Flooded Land'Middle Ground' of Sea-Level Change: 'Intra-Seasonal' Variability Impacts Forecasting and Ecosystems

(Science Daily) The effects of storm surge and sea-level rise have become topics of everyday conversation in the days and weeks following Hurricane Sandy's catastrophic landfall along the mid-Atlantic coast...11/27

EthanolGrowth of ethanol fuel stalls in Brazil

(Nature News) “A new moment for mankind.” That was how Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, described his country’s biofuel boom in March 2007. Back then, Brazil was the poster child of ethanol fuel, its output second only to that of the United States...11/27

Particle CollisionLarge Hadron Collider May Have Produced New Matter

(TPM) The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator and the “Big Bang machine” that was used to discover what appears to be the long-sought Higgs boson particle (as announced July 4), may have another surprise up its sleeve this year: The LHC looks to have produced a new type of matter...11/27

QuasarBiggest black hole blast discovered: New observations reveal most powerful quasar outflow ever found

(PhysOrg) Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have discovered a quasar with the most energetic outflow ever seen, at least five times more powerful than any that have been observed to date. Quasars are extremely bright galactic centres powered by supermassive black holes...11/28

Other Stories

Accident rate rises at intersections with red-light cameras, N.J. study shows

( They were installed at dangerous intersections to reduce the number of crashes, but New Jersey's controversial red-light cameras have actually seen an increase in collisions, according to a new state report...11/27

Push to step up domestic use of drones

(San Francisco Chronicle) Are unmanned aircraft, known to have difficulty avoiding collisions, safe to use in America's crowded airspace? And would their widespread use for surveillance result in unconstitutional invasions of privacy?...11/27

Out there

Sasquatch'Bigfoot' Is Part Human, DNA Study Claims

(Discovery News) Genetic testing confirms the legendary Bigfoot is a human relative that arose some 15,000 years ago -- at least according to a press release issued by a company called DNA Diagnostics detailing supposed work by a Texas veterinarian...11/27