Monday, December 17, 2012
ORNL in the News

Everest$2.5M upgrade at ORNL's visualization chamber

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A staple of many ORNL tours is a stop at the computer visualization chamber known as EVEREST (Exploratory Visualization Environment for Research in Science and Technology)...12/15

Dark Clouds, But Bright Outlook for R&D

(R&D Magazine) In conjunction with R&D Magazine's 50th Anniversary of the R&D 100 Awards program, the editors of R&D Magazine held their annual Research Executives' Roundtable in Orlando, Fla., on November 1, 2012..."We need to develop more partnerships and consortiums," says Bill Peter, head of the material processing and manufacturing group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, Tenn....12/14

DOE

Y-12 responds to review of UPF; says safety culture 'very strong'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ..."The DOE Office of Health, Safety and Security conducted an independent assessment of the UPF's nuclear safety culture during February and March 2012 and released its final report in June."...12/14

ARPA-E Funds Laser-Drilled Geothermal Energy Project

(Green Optimistic) The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has provided funding to Foro Energy to develop inexpensive, high-powered lasers that may be able to tear through rock to drill for oil...12/15

State & Regional

Battery Plant WorkerNissan Battery Plant Begins Operations in Tennessee

(New York Times) Nissan announced on Wednesday that its new lithium-ion battery plant in Smyrna, Tenn., is operating and will be ready with the batteries for the all-electric 2013 Nissan Leaf when production begins at the vehicle assembly plant next door early next year...12/13

National

A Painful Duty: Consoling a Town Preparing to Bury Its Children

(New York Times) Rabbi Shaul Praver watched closely as the grieving mother stepped into the funeral home where her son, Noah, 6, lay. It was early Sunday, the first time that Veronique Pozner had seen the boy’s body since he was shot to death in his first-grade classroom two days before...12/16

Boehner Agrees To A Millionaire Tax--And Moves Closer To A Fiscal Cliff Deal

(Forbes) House Speaker John Boehner has made a decision that will make some wealthy Americans squeal, while making most Americans smile....12/17

East Tennessee

Violent WeatherUT study raises climate concern

(Knoxville News Sentinel) More intense heat waves, a drastic increase in precipitation and an uptick of severe storms could come to the eastern part of the U.S. in the next 50 years, a new University of Tennessee study shows...12/17

energy & science policy

The History of the World is the History of Energy

(The Globalist) (Editorial) The history of the world is really the history of energy. We have seen human conflict and human progress intertwined with energy dating back to the discovery of fire...12/17

science & technology

Tumor gelGel and Light Beam Could Starve Tumors

(Discovery News) gel that expands and contracts when hit with light could work to cut off the blood supply to a tumor. Developed by Akira Harada, a professor of Macromolecular Science and his team at Osaka University in Japan, the gel could also be used inside a person's body to pump drugs in a specific location at a specific time...12/14

Oldest Known GalaxyHubble Discovers Oldest Known Galaxy

(National Geographic) The Hubble space telescope has discovered seven primitive galaxies formed in the earliest days of the cosmos, including one believed to be the oldest ever detected...12/13

Scientists 'Surprised' to Discover Very Early Ancestors Survived On Tropical Plants, New Study Suggests

(Science Daily)Researchers involved in a new study led by Oxford University have found that between three million and 3.5 million years ago, the diet of our very early ancestors in central Africa is likely to have consisted mainly of tropical grasses and sedges...12/14

Other Stories

Surveillance cameraPublic Buses Across Country Quietly Adding Microphones to Record Passenger Conversations

(Wired) Transit authorities in cities across the country are quietly installing microphone-enabled surveillance systems on public buses that would give them the ability to record and store private conversations, according to documents obtained by a news outlet...12/14

Medical companies brace for 'devastating' ObamaCare tax, prepare for layoffs

(Fox News) Andre DiMino has been running medical device company ADM Tronics since his father, who founded the decades-old firm, died in 2001. He's never laid off anybody. "These people are like family with us," he said...12/14