Monday, December 16, 2013
ORNL in the News

Titan Expands on Molecular Dynamics Discovery

(HPC Wire) Thanks to the power of supercomputing, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee (UT)–ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS) have discovered a molecular “switch” in a receptor that controls cell behavior...12/13

Robert DavisUTHSC Taps Davis to Lead Biomedical Informatics

(Memphis Daily News) Dr. Robert L. Davis has been appointed as the founding director of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Center in Biomedical Informatics and the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair in Biomedical Informatics...12/16

Muddy Boots PeopleStephenson, Biloski, Smith receive ‘Muddy Boot’

(The Oak Ridger) "We are Oak Ridge," D. Ray Smith stated on behalf of the community at large. "And we are proud of it. "We have a brand others would die for."...Smith, who serves as historian at the Y-12 National Security Complex, was joined in the 2013 "Muddy Boot" winners' circle by Bill Biloski, redevelopment project manager at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Barry Stephenson, chief executive officer at Materials & Chemistry Laboratory (perhaps better known throughout the Greater Oak Ridge Area as MCLinc)...12/13

DOE

US Energy Department Announces it Still Plans to Use Hanford as a National Radioactive Waste Dump

(Salem News) The U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) will issue a formal "Record of Decision" in the Federal Register on Friday, December 13th stating that USDOE will plan to resume using Hanford as a national radioactive and chemical waste dump for waste from other USDOE weapons and nuclear facilities...12/13

State & Regional

Gov. Haslam eyes bid for re-election

(The Tennessean) As Gov. Bill Haslam looks ahead to the 2014 legislative session, he does so with one eye on his re-election prospects...12/16

National

US takes aim at China, ups naval aid to SE Asia

(AP) Taking clear aim at China's growing aggressiveness in territorial disputes with its smaller neighbors, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday that the United States will boost maritime security assistance to the countries of Southeast Asia amid rising tensions with Beijing...12/16

Syrian CrisisSyria crisis: UN launches record $6.5bn aid appeal

(BBC News) The United Nations has announced its biggest ever appeal, seeking $6.5bn (£4bn; 4.7bn euros) for humanitarian aid to Syria. The UN estimates nearly three-quarters of Syria's 22.4 million population will need humanitarian aid in 2014...12/16

science & technology

Chang'e 3China lands rover on Moon

(Nature News) At 9.11 on Saturday night, the Chang’e 3 spacecraft hovered just metres above the Moon. Seconds later, it shut off its engines and dropped to the surface. With that plunge, China became only the third country to land a craft on the Moon, and the first to do so since the Soviet Union in 1976...12/15

Life may have originated miles underground

(USA Today) ...Researchers have found microbes up to 3.1 miles below the Earth's surface — tiny organisms that are almost exactly the same on opposite sides of the planet. That points to a possible common ancestor about 3.5 billion years ago, which is when earthly life began, the paper explains...12/14

Europa's GeysersJupiter’s Moon Europa Is Bursting With Icy Geysers

(Popular Mechanics) Today scientists announced evidence pointing to the possibility of ice plumes firing upward at the poles of Europa, potentially connected to the subterranean ocean on this icy moon of Jupiter...12/12

Evidence of Mass Extinction Associated With Climate Change 375 Million Years Ago Discovered in Central Asia

(Science Daily) Members of a U.N.-sponsored research team with members from Appalachian State University's Department of Geology have found evidence for catastrophic oceanographic events associated with climate change and a mass extinction 375 million years ago that devastated tropical marine ecosystems...12/13

Other Stories

Energy UseNew 2012 data show that 3 states used 23% of U.S. electricity

(Scientific American) According to this organization, Texas, California, and Florida topped the nation in total electricity sales. Of the almost 3.7 trillion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in retail states throughout the United States in 2012, almost 10% was sold in Texas...12/13

Chicago PileRare Project Photos Show The Birth Of The Atomic Age

(Gizmodo) Built under the west stands of the Stagg football field of the University of Chicago and initiated on 2 December 1942, the Chicago Pile-1 was the world’s first nuclear reactor. It consisted of a large, monolithic pile of uranium pellets and graphite blocks, with cadmium, indium, and silver control rods, but no radiation shield and cooling system...12/14