Thursday, December 13, 2012
ORNL in the News

Tony MezzacappaNew Leader Named to UT-ORNL Supercomputer Center

(Tennessee Today) Tony Mezzacappa, a leader in the field of astrophysics and supernova science, has been named director of the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS) at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Mezzacappa is a world leader in computational astrophysics and a pioneer in the field of supernova science. He is UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow and group leader for theoretical physics in the Physics Division at ORNL and joint professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UT.....12/12

DOE

In the wake of deep security breach at Y-12, Finan's findings and D'Agostino's remarks

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In the wake of the unprecedented security breach July 28 at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, Brigadier General Sandra Finan -- the National Nuclear Security Administration's principal assistant deputy administrator for military application -- was asked to take a comprehensive look at the security organization at NNSA headquarters...12/11

State & Regional

State invests $1.85 million in West Tennessee STEM network

(Commercial Appeal) On the surface, Braxton Wilson is a teenager fascinated with video games. Talk to him a minute and it's clear it's not the villains and heroines he loves. It's the software...12/12

Vanderbilt poll: Tennesseans happy with Gov. Bill Haslam

(The Tennessean) Tennessee voters support Gov. Bill Haslam, but they appear to disagree with his most recent decision on health care reform, according to a poll released Wednesday by Vanderbilt University...12/12

National

N. Korea's launch causes worries about nukes, Iran and the Pacific

(CNN) North Korea's newly launched satellite marks a "big deal" for Pyongyang, the crossing of a major threshold and a public relations win for the secretive country's new leader, Kim Jong Un, experts say...12/13

US budget deficit reaches $172B in November

(AP) The U.S. federal government's budget deficit widened in November compared to October, a sign that the nation is on a path to its fifth straight $1 trillion-plus deficit...12/12

Fed To Pump $1 Trillion Into Sluggish Economy In 2013

(Investor's Business Daily) The Federal Reserve more than doubled the rate of its net bond buying and set guidelines for keeping interest rates near zero that explicitly tolerate short-term inflation above its 2% target...12/12

East Tennessee

New guide provides tour of once-secret Oak Ridge

(WVLT) A new pocket guide to the city of Oak Ridge and its connections to the Manhattan Project will give visitors a tour of the once secret city...12/13

science & technology

A Pledge To Science? That's Something Congress Should Consider

(NPR) It was a simple question and all it required was a simple answer. How old is the Earth? When GQ magazine put the question to Marco Rubio, United States senator from Florida, he balked...12/11

Ediacaran FossilsControversial claim puts life on land 65 million years early

(Nature) Some enigmatic fossils regarded as ancient sea creatures were land-dwelling lichen, argues a paper published today in Nature. But other palaeontologists flatly reject the hypothesis, by Gregory Retallack, a geologist at the University of Oregon in Eugene...12/12

DKRPWhy North Korea's Latest Rocket Launch Does Not Spell Imminent Doom

(Popular Science) North Korea's entrance into the small group of spacefaring nations is certainly significant. But the idea that it is nearing an intercontinental nuclear capability is overblown...12/12

Other Stories

Testimony on CIA’s treatment of 9/11 suspects will be kept secret, judge rules

(Washington Post) A military judge has ruled that any testimony about the CIA’s treatment of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other men accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks will remain secret during their death penalty trial at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba...12/12

N. Joseph Woodland, Inventor of the Bar Code, Dies at 91

(New York Times) N. Joseph Woodland, who six decades ago drew a set of lines in the sand and in the process conceived the modern bar code, died on Sunday at his home in Edgewater, N.J. He was 91...After spending World War II on the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, Mr. Woodland resumed his studies at the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia (it is now Drexel University), earning a bachelor’s degree in 1947.