Wednesday, December 5, 2012
ORNL in the News

Neutron Science and Supercomputing Come Together at Oak Ridge National Lab

(HPC Wire) ...As the data sets generated by the increasingly powerful neutron scattering instruments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) grow ever more massive, the facility’s users require significant advances in data reduction and analysis tools so they can cope.

Instrumentation—Focus on perfection

(ASM International) Through a cooperative research and development agreement, Hinds Instruments and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are refining a microscope that can play a role in the success of next-generation nuclear reactors...12/3




NNSA says it beat nukes dismantlement goal

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it exceeded its goal for dismantlement of nuclear warhead parts in Fiscal Year 2012, which concluded Sept. 30...12/5

State & Regional

Report shows high unemployment among Tenn. youth

(WATE) State lawmakers agree with a recent report that preparing Tennessee's youth to be more competitive in a tough job market requires a collaborative effort from different groups...12/4


Obama to stress need to raise debt limit "without drama"

(Reuters) President Barack Obama will renew his case for tax hikes on wealthy Americans to avert a year-end fiscal crunch and call for a smooth increase in the nation's borrowing limit in a speech to a business group on Wednesday, a White House official said....12/5

Rift Widens Between Morsi and Opposition

(Spiegel Online) The battle on the outskirts of Egypt's presidential palace was brief but intense. It was a few minutes before 6 p.m. in the upscale Cairo suburb of Heliopolis when the acrid smell of tear gas came wafting through the streets once again, overcoming thousands of demonstrators in front of makeshift police barricades...12/5

science & technology

smogMegacities move to track emissions

(Nature News) At the top of Mount Wilson in southern California, an infrared sensor scans the horizon, silently mapping carbon dioxide levels across Los Angeles. In the city below, scientists fire lasers into the sky to measure the daily rise and fall of a dome of pollution that caps the valley...12/5

Cancer DrugDrag-and-Drop DNA: Novel technique aiding development of new cancer drugs

(PhysOrg) Using a simple "drag-and-drop" computer interface and DNA self-assembly techniques, researchers have developed a new approach for drug development that could drastically reduce the time required to create and test medications...12/5

U.S Wildfire Risk Worsening, According to Climate Projections

(Science Daily) Scientists using NASA satellite data and climate models have projected drier conditions likely will cause increased fire activity across the United States in coming decades...12/4

PinocchioResearchers Can Tell A Liar By The Nose With The 'Pinocchio Effect'

(Popular Science) To tell if a person is lying, just measure his or her nose. No, not the length--the temperature. Researchers at the University of Grenada are calling it the "Pinocchio Effect," after--you guessed it!--the marionette who just couldn't seem to tell the truth and become a real boy....12/4

Other Stories

For the poor, 'recovery' is a mirage

TROY, Ohio -- ​​​​​​The rise in poverty here is evident in the mass of people who crowd the waiting room of the free health clinic every Thursday night — so many that the volunteer staff turns away about half of them...12/5

Student-Loan Collection Targeted for Overhaul in Congress

(Bloomberg) Congress will consider overhauling debt collection in the $100 billion-a-year U.S. student loan program, replacing it with automatic withdrawals from borrowers’ paychecks tied to their income -- a system used in the U.K....12/4