Friday, December 6, 2013
ORNL in the News

Bioluminescence Technology from UT Named a Top Innovation of 2013

(The University of Tennessee) Technology that lights up cells to enable study of the effects of drugs and monitor disease is among The Scientist magazine’s top 10 innovations of 2013....Research conducted on the project was the subject of dissertations by then-graduate assistants Dan Close, now Eugene P. Wigner fellow in the Biosciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Stacey Patterson, now assistant vice president for research and director of research partnerships for the UT System...12/5

Liane B. RussellORNL establishes Liane B. Russell Fellowship

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has established an early-career research fellowship in honor of famed biologist Liane B. Russell, who along with her late husband, Bill Russell, made ORNL’s mammalian genetics research program an internationally acclaimed center for studies with mice...12/5

NERSC Supercomputer Boosts Energy Research

(HPC Wire) Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are using DOE supercomputers and a neutron scanning technique to develop more efficient methods of extracting gas and oil from shale...12/4

DOE

Special Feature: National Security & Public Safety at the National Labs

(Energy.gov) For more than 60 years, the Energy Department's National Labs have played a crucial role in the national security of the United States...12/4

Eric IsaacsEric D. Isaacs appointed provost of University of Chicago

(U Chicago News) Eric D. Isaacs, an accomplished physicist, a national advocate for basic research and director of Argonne National Laboratory, will be the next provost of the University of Chicago...12/5

State & Regional

Winter storm expected to blast state with ice, floods

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) A massive winter storm is moving its way across the U.S. and is once again expected to blast portions of Tennessee, but, just like last week, East Tennessee is expected to be spared the worst of any frozen precipitation...12/5

National

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies

(CNN) Freedom fighter, prisoner, moral compass and South Africa's symbol of the struggle against racial oppression. That was Nelson Mandela, who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead his country out of decades of apartheid. He died Thursday night at age 95...12/5

Stolen cobalt-60 found in Mexico; curious thieves likely doomed

(The Washington Post) The day after a load of stolen radioactive material was found in a field, Mexican authorities had formed a perimeter around the area and were measuring for contamination as they planned the recovery process Thursday, according to Mexican news reports...12/5

East Tennessee

UT Donates More Than 600 Pounds of Food

(Tennessee Today) Steps are being taken to reduce food waste at Neyland Stadium while helping those in need throughout the Knoxville community...12/5

energy & science policy

Obama doubles the goal for renewable energy usage by federal agencies

(The Washington Post) President Obama ordered federal agencies Thursday to more than double their use of electricity produced by renewable resources, a directive that requires them to make solar, wind and hydro power 20 percent of the government's energy portfolio by 2020...12/5

science & technology

Chikyu and FujiKiller qualities of Japanese fault revealed

(Nature News) The devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan shocked researchers who did not expect that the seismic fault involved could release so much energy. Now the world's deepest-drilling oceanographic ship has been able to pin down the odd geology that made this disaster so horrific...12/5

Geoengineering Approaches to Reduce Climate Change Unlikely to Succeed

(Science Daily) Reducing the amount of sunlight reaching the planet's surface by geoengineering may not undo climate change after all. Two German researchers used a simple energy balance analysis to explain how Earth's water cycle responds differently to heating by sunlight than it does to warming...12/5

Atapuerca 5Discovery of Oldest DNA Scrambles Human Origins Picture

(National Geographic) New tests on human bones hidden in a Spanish cave for some 400,000 years set a new record for the oldest human DNA sequence ever decoded—and may scramble the scientific picture of our early relatives...12/5

Hexagonal Storm on SaturnCassini Captures Amazing High-Res Animation of Saturn’s Mysterious Hexagon

(WIRED) NASA's Cassini mission has captured an incredible high-resolution animation of the psychedelic jet stream known as Saturn's Northern Hexagon. The strange polygonal object is a continent-sized six-sided hurricane with 200 mph winds that spins around Saturn's north pole...12/5

Other Stories

Wedding DanceChristie’s Reveals Detroit Art Appraisal

(The New York Times) The heart of the world-class collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts would raise somewhere between $452 million and $866 million if sold to help the City of Detroit dig its way out of bankruptcy, Christie’s said Wednesday, announcing the results of a highly anticipated appraisal...12/4

Washington Is Finally Learning That Technology Can’t Be Contained

(WIRED) So, you unlocked your cell phone in order to jump to T-mobile. Should you go to jail for five years and get fined $500,000? Of course not. That punishment sounds berserk. But earlier this year, that could have happened...12/6