Monday, December 2, 2013
ORNL in the News

Mystery of Neutron Stars Heats Up: Previously Unknown Layers Where Rapid Neutrino Cooling Occurs

(Science Daily) Until now, scientists were pretty sure they knew how the surface of a neutron star -- a super dense star that forms when a large star explodes and its core collapses into itself -- can heat itself up...However, research by a team of scientists led by a Michigan State University physicist has researchers rethinking that...Schatz's co-authors were...William Hix from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee...12/2

Slow turn: tracking the Molten Salt Reactor

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Molten Salt Reactor Experiment has been shut down since the 1960s, but it’s going to be decades still before the Oak Ridge National Laboratory reactor goes away. The fissile uranium was extracted from the fuel tanks a few years back, as part of a problem-plagued, technically complex project, but the high-rad fuel salts are still there and will be for the foreseeable future...12/1


GE Hitachi, US Department of Energy in talks over Kentucky uranium

(WCPO) The U.S. Department of Energy said Wednesday that it is entering negotiations with General Electric's nuclear division on a proposal to replace an aging uranium enrichment plant in Kentucky with a new facility...11/27

State & Regional

Tennessee's rural hospitals cut staffs, services to the bone

(The Tennessean) Frances Waller is a regular at Trousdale Medical Center, a hospital dwarfed by the trees that surround it. The 88-year-old woman gets checked every six weeks at the small rural hospital in Hartsville to make sure the blood thinner she takes is the right dosage...12/1


Train DerailmentTrain derailment in New York City leaves four dead, dozens injured; NTSB investigating

(The Washington Post) Federal investigators are in New York to determine why a Manhattan-bound Metro-North passenger train spun out of control early Sunday in the Bronx, killing four people and propelling dozens of passengers out of their seats as Thanksgiving crowds headed home on one of the busiest travel days of the year, authorities said...12/2

Iran to reassert authority at OPEC after nuclear deal

(Reuters) Bijan Zanganeh returns this week to the same Vienna hotel suite he last occupied eight years ago as Iranian oil minister, ready to prepare OPEC for what Tehran hopes will mark its return as the cartel's second biggest producer...12/2

energy & science policy

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Examines Manufacturing Hubs

(AIP) The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a November 13 hearing to discuss the role that manufacturing hubs play in strengthening the innovation economy...11/27

science & technology

CornStudy Linking Genetically Modified Corn to Rat Tumors Is Retracted

(Scientific American) Bowing to scientists' near-universal scorn, the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology today fulfilled its threat to retract a controversial paper claiming that a genetically modified (GM) maize causes serious disease in rats, after the authors refused to withdraw it...11/29

CoralCorals surviving the ocean's pollution

(PhysOrg) Unlike other marine species, the corals are still capable of adapting under current circumstances of sea acidification, reveled by researchers at the Center of Biological Research of the Northeast (Cibnor). "The first models indicated that the coral reefs would disappear midcentury, but our study reveals that corals are adapting to the ocean's acidification that has increased since the industrial revolution", Eduardo Balart Páez said, head of research...12/2

Moon RoverChina Launches Moon Rover Mission

(The New York Times) China’s latest display of ambition in space involves sending a Jade Rabbit roaming across the Bay of Rainbows. A rocket blasted off from southwest China early Monday, carrying the country’s first robotic lunar rover, the Jade Rabbit...12/1

Other Stories

Investigation reveals black market in China for research paper authoring

(PhysOrg) The journal Science has uncovered, via investigation, a thriving black market in science paper authoring—people are paying to have their names added to papers that have been written to describe research efforts. Mara Hvistendahl was the lead investigator and author of a paper published by Science, describing the operation and what was found...11/29