Tuesday, December 27, 2011
ORNL in the News

UT-ORNL research reveals aquatic bacteria more recent move to land

(Bio-Medicine.org) Research by University of Tennessee, Knoxville, faculty has discovered that bacteria's move from sea to land may have occurred much later than thought...Igor Jouline, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory joint faculty professor of microbiology and researcher at ORNL's Joint Institute for Computational Sciences, performed a genome sequence analysis of the soil bacteria Azospirillum, a species' whose forbearers made the sea-to-land move. The analysis indicates the shift may have occurred only 400 million years ago, rather than approximately two billion years earlier as originally thought...12/24

Fish living in once-dead creek near bomb plant

(AP) For decades at the Y-12 National Security Complex in East Tennessee, mercury from making hydrogen bombs flowed into East Fork Poplar Creek...Oak Ridge National Lab scientist Mark Peterson said it's probably the most studied creek in Tennessee...12/26

Geographical Patterns of Rainfall Extremes

(Water Link International) Using statistical analysis methods to examine rainfall extremes in India, a team of researchers has made a discovery that resolves an ongoing debate in published findings and offers new insights. The study, initiated by Auroop Ganguly and colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, reports no evidence for uniformly increasing trends in rainfall extremes averaged over the entire Indian region...12/26


Y-12 first

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Darrel Kohlhorst, president and general manager of B&W Y-12, the government's managing contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, said the Oak Ridge plant was the first and only NNSA site to date to have a validated Line Oversight and Contractor Assurance System (LOCAS) in place...12/26

State & Regional

Rare crane finds way to Tenn.'s Hiwassee Refuge

(AP) The Tennessee Wildlife Resources says a rare Asian hooded crane has been spotted at the Hiwassee Refuge in Birchwood, Tenn. The bird normally is seen only in Southeast Asia, and Japan. Officials said they were not sure how this one ended up in Tennessee...12/27

Nissan Leaf takes a long journey in Tennessee

(Tennessean) Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, sees his role as promoting the technology for the benefit of society and the environment and helping to find any weak links. SACE is part of the EV (Electric Vehicle) Project and has chargers publicly available at its Knoxville office...12/27


Dictator puts U.S. in tough spot

(CNN) Ali Abdullah Saleh, the embattled president of Yemen, has signaled he would like to come to the United States to possibly seek medical treatment. That could put the Obama administration in a delicate diplomatic dilemma...12/27

East Tennessee

Three years later, TVA meeting ash cleanup deadlines, rebuilding image

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee Valley Authority Senior Vice President Bob Deacy was on target when he said, referring to the 2008 coal ash spill in Roane County, "It's been a long three years."...12/27

Megabus considering new destinations from Knoxville

(WATE-TV) The roads were crowded with post-holiday travelers and shoppers Monday night, but there were actually fewer cars out there thanks to Megabus...12/26

energy & science policy

Science and Technology Landscape in a Changing World – Enhancing Collaboration with the EU and its Member States

(AIP) The Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States led a conference in cooperation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science on enhancing collaboration between the US, the EU and its Member States...12/23

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science & technology

Science and Censorship: A Duel Lasting Centuries

(NY Times) The specter of censorship loomed over science last week with news that a federal advisory panel had asked two leading journals to withhold details of experiments out of fear that terrorists could use the information to make deadly flu viruses — the first time the government had interceded this way in biomedical research...12/26

New Particle Discovered At The Large Hadron Collider

(Forbes) Although the headline draw of the Large Hadron Collider is the search for the Higgs Boson, the world’s largest particle accelerator is busy performing other experiments, too. And researchers associated with the ATLAS detector have reviewed reams of data coming from those experiments, and have announced that the Large Hadron Detector has discovered its first particle...12/27

The Touchy-Feely Future Of Technology

(NPR) In 1975, when then-composer and performer Bill Buxton started designing his own digital musical instruments, he had no way of knowing he was helping to spark the next technological revolution. But nine years — and a master's in computer science — later, that all changed...12/26

Other Stories

The (surprisingly upbeat) state of the world

(CS Monitor) A different perspective on the state of the world: four major areas where mankind's long-term progress is striking...12/26

Spain cuts science ministry in government changeover

(Nature) Spain's ministry of science is the latest casualty of changes to the country’s government. Mariano Rajoy, leader of the newly elected right-wing People's Party that took over last month, pledged to reduce the number of ministries from 15 to 12 to save money and improve governance...12/23