Monday, December 30, 2013
ORNL in the News

FIRST 3D printing award sponsored by America Makes & ORNL

(Today's Medical Developments) Sponsored by America Makes and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), this award seeks to motivate teams to explore applications of 3D Printing that directly support the FIRST mission of inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders and to the FIRST vision of transforming the culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated...12/30

SNS and UPF, Mason and Chu

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) I had a chance to sit down with NNSA Acting Administrator Bruce Held for an interview earlier this month.  We weren’t playing word association or anything like that, but the conversation, as it wrapped up, took a couple of interesting turns...12/30




Y-12 touts improved security after breach

(Chattanooga Times-Free Press) One of the embarrassing parts of the July 28, 2012, security breach at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant was the relative ease with which three protesters were able to cut their way into the high-security Protected Area and reach the plant's storage facility for bomb-grade uranium...12/29

State & Regional

Flu has hit statewide

(The Tennessean) Tennessee initially lagged behind its bordering states this year in cases of the flu, but activity is picking up in this state, particularly among young and middle-age adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...12/28


Volgograd blasts: New deadly explosion hits Russian city

(BBC News) At least 14 people have been killed in a suicide bombing on a trolleybus in the Russian city of Volgograd, investigators say. The blast comes a day after 17 people died in another suicide attack at the central station in the city. Security has been tightened at railway stations and airports across Russia...12/30

East Tennessee

Cleanup of meth homes is big business in TN

(WBIR) A tall man and a slender woman wiggled into their white hazardous materials suits, putting on protective masks and gloves before venturing into the dark, two-story home where police say a methamphetamine lab recently exploded...12/30

science & technology

IgnimbriteNew York Botanical Garden Digitizes Biodiversity History

(Popular Science) There's a trove of biodiversity information out there, but much of it is locked in natural history collections. To make all this plant data more accessible, the New York Botanical Garden—one of the four largest herbariums in the word—is turning its more than 7.3 million specimens into a browsable digital database...12/26

IgnimbriteScientists show how deadly volcanic phenomenon moves

(PhysOrg) For the first time scientists have tracked how one of the deadliest volcanic hazards moves over time. Pyroclastic density currents are searing hot clouds of ash and gas released by volcanoes; they travel up to 450 miles per hour...12/30

Solar Activity Not a Key Cause of Climate Change, Study Shows

(Science Daily) Climate change has not been strongly influenced by variations in heat from the sun, a new scientific study shows. The findings overturn a widely held scientific view that lengthy periods of warm and cold weather in the past might have been caused by periodic fluctuations in solar activity...12/22

Other Stories

How Science Goes Viral

In times past, counting up scholarly citations– i.e. how often other academics were using your work for their own research – was one of the only ways to know how widely read and appreciated a piece of research had been...12/23

The Devious Ad Campaign That Convinced America Coffee Was Bad for Kids

(The Atlantic) For most of my life, I've assumed that the grotesque amounts of coffee I began drinking around age 12 to keep up with my nightly homework load had something to do with the fact that I grew up to be a good 2-to-3 inches shorter than my pediatrician predicted...12/27