Wednesday, December 28, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL's grand move toward Titan

(Knoxville News Sentinel) There are a whole bunch of uncertainties, but the transition from Jaguar to Titan should be a fun and interesting ride at Oak Ridge National Laboratory....12/27

Materials modeling shows big future for boron nitride nanoribbons

(EurekAlert) "Boron nitride is a covalent material with atoms tightly bonded to each other, but it also presents a strong ionic behavior," explains Alejandro Lopez-Bezanilla, making it a great insulator and poor conductor....12/27

Describing reactions in a fuel cell on the nanoscale

(Nanowerk) Heidelberg University mathematician Dr. Francesco Ciucci in conjunction with Dr. Amit Kumar at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Dr. Anna Morozovska of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences has developed a new microscopy technique that can monitor ion transfer on the nanoscale....12/28

Fish living in once-dead creek near Y-12 in Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridger) Oak Ridge National Lab scientist Mark Peterson said East Fork Poplar Creek is probably the most studied creek in Tennessee....12/27


Y-12 chief welcomes $51 million fee, says plant ready for belt-tightening

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, the government's managing contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, received an "excellent" performance rating for Fiscal Year 2011 and earned a total fee of about $51.2 million....12/28

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge residents will soon have new resource for digital books

(WBIR-TV) Some East Tennessee residents will now have a new source to download digital books. Oak Ridge Public Library will launch an e-book and audiobook program at the start of the new year....12/27


Obama taps economist, banker as Fed governors

(Reuters) President Barack Obama will nominate Harvard economist Jeremy Stein and Jerome Powell, an investment banker and former Treasury official, to the two empty seats on the Federal Reserve's policy-setting board of governors....12/27

State & Regional

Drug testing for workers' comp, welfare sparks worries

(Tennessean) The House speaker and the governor have voiced concerns about the cost and whether federal rules that govern the programs, including food stamps and welfare, give the state enough flexibility to start drug-testing programs that can survive a legal challenge....12/28

energy & science policy

Coal extraction poses climate challenge for Obama administration

(Washington Post) When it comes to the question of how to account for the greenhouse gas emissions stemming U.S. coal, the administration's policy is still evolving....12/25

science & technology

Top Scientific Discoveries of 2011

(Wired) From emotional honeybees to particles flying faster than Einstein's theory of relativity ought to allow, 2011 abounded in findings that posed new questions and expanded frontiers of possibility....12/27

Taking the pulse of Ngozumpa

(BBC) Climate change in the Nepalese Himalayas means many glaciers are being eroded, leading to the production of large lakes that pose a future flood hazard....12/28

60 Years After Leaving, Porpoises Again Play In SF Bay

(NPR) Something that has been missing from San Francisco Bay since World War II appears to be making a comeback: Harbor porpoises are showing up in growing numbers, and researchers are trying to understand why they're returning....12/28

Over 65 Million Years, North American Mammal Evolution Has Tracked With Climate Change

(Science Daily) Climate changes profoundly influenced the rise and fall of six distinct, successive waves of mammal species diversity in North America over the last 65 million years....12/27


Under Obama, an emerging global apparatus for drone killing

(Washington Post) Other commanders in chief have presided over wars with far higher casualty counts. But no president has ever relied so extensively on the secret, targeted killing of individuals to advance the nation's security goals....12/28