Friday, November 30, 2012
ORNL in the News

PiranhaEnergy lab's Piranha puts teeth into text analysis

(GCN) The Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has pioneered a new approach to text analytics that uses software agents distributed over very large computer clusters that can quickly filter through large volumes of documents, show relationships between them and present relevant information to business and government analysts...11/29


7 University of Tennessee faculty named AAAS Fellows

(Tennessee Today) From cave art to clean water to nuclear security, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, faculty are being recognized for their teaching and research in a variety of disciplines. Seven professors have been named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to their 2012 class of fellows...Pengcheng Dai, professor of physics...Howard Hall, UT-ORNL Governor's Chair for Global Nuclear Security...Jimmy Mays, professor of polymer chemistry and UT-ORNL distinguished scientist...Gary Sayler, Beaman Distinguished University Professor of Microbiology...Alexei Sokolov, Governor's Chair in Polymer Science...11/29


U.S., state to fund battery research at Argonne

(Chicago Tribune) The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen Argonne National Laboratory, in suburban Lemont, to become America's capital for battery technology....11/30

Hanford EngineeringStudy: Energy Department Has More Work To Do On Safety Culture

(Northwest Public Radio) The U.S. Department of Energy still has work to do to improve its own safety culture. That’s the upshot of a recent study on the federal agency that heads environmental cleanup of nuclear waste across the country, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington...11/29

State & Regional

Bill HaslamTennessee could be hit hard by fiscal cliff cuts

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) If federal officials don't resolve the so-called fiscal cliff, the impact of tax hikes on consumer spending likely will hit sales-tax dependent states like Tennessee the hardest, a tax expert warned Wednesday...11/29


U.N. Votes To Give Palestinians 'Non-Member Observer State' Status

(NPR) The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a resolution upgrading Palestine to a "non-member observer state," from a "non-member observer entity."...11/29

Obama's opening "fiscal cliff" bid seeks debt limit hike, stimulus

(Reuters) The Obama administration's opening bid on Thursday in negotiations to avert a year-end fiscal crunch included a demand for new stimulus spending and authority to unilaterally raise the U.S. borrowing ceiling, a Republican congressional aide said....11/29

East Tennessee

KSO Receives Getty Music and Wellness Grant

(Metro Pulse) Although concerts are the most visible aspect of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and its programs, there is much more behind the scenes in the orchestra's education and outreach. The KSO has announced that it has received a first-year Getty Education and Community Investment Grant that will be used to expand the orchestra's Music & Wellness program...11/29

energy & science policy

National Academies Review the Manufacturing-Related Programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

(AIP) The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently requested that the National Research Council (NRC) assess the quality of the multidisciplinary, multi-sector, and crosscutting area of the agency’s manufacturing-related programs...11/29

science & technology

JellyfishCan a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality?

(New York Times) After more than 4,000 years — almost since the dawn of recorded time, when Utnapishtim told Gilgamesh that the secret to immortality lay in a coral found on the ocean floor — man finally discovered eternal life in 1988...11/28

Grand CanyonGrand Canyon as Old as the Dinosaurs: Dates for Carving of Western Grand Canyon Pushed Back 60 Million Years

(Science Daily) An analysis of mineral grains from the bottom of the western Grand Canyon indicates it was largely carved out by about 70 million years ago -- a time when dinosaurs were around and may have even peeked over the rim, says a study led by the University of Colorado Boulder...11/29

Greenland Ice SheetsPolar Ice Sheets Shrinking Worldwide, Study Confirms

(National Geographic) The polar ice sheets are indeed shrinking—and fast, according to a comprehensive new study on climate change. And the effects, according to an international team, are equally clear—sea levels are rising faster than predicted, which could bring about disastrous effects for people and wildlife...11/29

Other Stories

U.S. had plans to nuke the moon

(CNN) You could easily skip by it in an archive search: a project titled "A Study of Lunar Research Flights." Its nickname is even more low-brow: "Project A-119." But the reality was much more explosive. It was a top-secret plan, developed by the U.S. Air Force, to look at the possibility of detonating a nuclear device on the moon...11/28

Can We Stop Modern-Day Mad Scientists?

(Popular Mechanics) It's hard to stop a bad idea with enough money behind it—even rogue science on the high seas. Russ George, a wealthy American businessman with a history of big, controversial ideas, launched his latest one this October: dumping 200,000 pounds of iron sulfate into the North Pacific...11/28

Senate panel approves bill requiring police to get a warrant to read emails

(Fox News) A key Senate panel approved legislation Thursday that would require police to obtain a search warrant from a judge before they can read a private citizen's emails, Facebook messages or other electronic communications...11/29