Monday, December 12, 2011
ORNL in the News

Supercomputer Reveals New Details Behind Drug-Processing Protein Model

(TMC Net) Supercomputer simulations at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are giving scientists unprecedented access to a key class of proteins involved in drug detoxification. Jerome Baudry and Yinglong Miao, who are jointly affiliated with ORNL and the University of Tennessee, have performed simulations to observe the motions of water molecules in a class of enzymes called P450s...12/11

Automotive Carbon Fiber Composites the Subject of New SAE International Book

(KSWT News) Author Jackie D. Rehkopf is the Senior Researcher at Plasan Carbon Composites, the leading Tier 1 producer of carbon fiber composites for the U.S. automotive industry. Working out of Tennessee at their facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and out of Wixom, Mich., in their Customer Development Center, she leads Plasan's research in carbon fiber composite constituents and constructions, focused on commercialization.12/12


Greg JaczkoNuclear Panel Members Say They Have 'Grave Concerns' About Chairman

(Fox News) Four Nuclear Regulatory commissioners from both parties say they have "grave concerns" about the panel's chairman, charging that the actions of Gregory Jaczko are "causing serious damage" to the commission and creating a "chilled work environment at the NRC."...12/9

New Study: Wind Energy Success Story at Risk with 54,000 American Jobs in the Balance

(WSJ Market Watch) A new study released today finds that with stable tax policy the wind industry can create and save 54,000 American jobs in the next four years, including growing the wind manufacturing sector by one third to 46,000 American manufacturing jobs...12/12

State & Regional

Hundreds wait in cold to apply for Nissan jobs

(WBIR) The bitter-cold weather hasn't stopped hundreds of Middle Tennessee residents from standing outside for hours waiting to apply for open positions at Nissan North American...12/11


Occupy West CoastOccupy protesters to target West Coast ports

(CBS News) Anti-Wall Street protesters were planning to blockade West Coast ports from Anchorage to San Diego on Monday...12/12

Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister to Meet at White House to Discuss Relations Post Troop Withdrawal

(Fox News) With the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq in its final days, President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri-al Maliki will meet at the White House Monday to discuss the next phase of the relationship between their countries...12/12

Price Tag Hindering Congress in Struggle to Pass Year-End Legislation

(New York Times) The costs of last-minute items pending before Congress are formidable, and lawmakers say that is a major reason they have had so much difficulty reaching a year-end agreement on payroll taxes and other issues...12/11

energy & science policy

PCAST Briefed on National Nanotechnology Initiative

(AIP) Members of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology were briefed last month on the implementation of the council’s recommendations regarding the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)...12/9

Inside Energy Extra

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  • White House aims to alter Iran sanctions
  • LaHood praises pipeline safety deal
  • EPA seeks to dismiss ozone challenge
  • Policy shifts to expand species aid

science & technology

Bill Gates to Collaborate With China on a Fourth-Generation Nuclear Reactor

(Popular Science) Bill Gates recently confirmed during a talk at China's Ministry of Science and Technology that a company in which he is a primary investor, Terrapower, will be collaborating with Chinese scientists on a next-generation nuclear reactor...12/9

Rats free each other from cages

(Nature News) Rats, often anthropomorphized as greedy and selfish, may not be the callous, cartoon villains they are sometimes made out to be. A paper published today in Science demonstrates that the rodents will liberate trapped cage-mates — even when they have nothing to gain...12/8

Other Stories

Movie audiences shrink below post-Sept. 11 level

(AP) Hollywood's holidays are off to a dreadful start: Fewer people went to the movies the last two weekends than during the box-office hush that followed the Sept. 11 attacks 10 years ago...12/11

US weapons specialists dispose of Libyan weapons

(WBIR) A team of U.S. weapons experts has disposed of hundreds of pounds (kilograms) of explosives in Libya as part of an ongoing effort to disable unsecured weapons....12/11

Out there

Vocal Fry Girls'Vocal Fry' Creeping Into U.S. Speech

(Science News) A curious vocal pattern has crept into the speech of young adult women who speak American English: low, creaky vibrations, also called vocal fry. Pop singers, such as Britney Spears, slip vocal fry into their music as a way to reach low notes and add style. Now, a new study of young women in New York state shows that the same guttural vibration—once considered a speech disorder—has become a language fad...12/9