ORNL in the News

Mike PaulausPaulus: Tech transfer investments benefit nation

(Oak Ridger) The Department of Energy "is making an enormous investment in technology transfer,”according to Michael Paulus, director of the Technology Transfer Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/14

Let's talk about U-233, Nevada, federal buck-spending, and other issues

(Knoxville News Sentinel) By now everybody interested already knows that the bigtime uranium-233 stockpile at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a sizable expense to U.S. taxpayers, with millions of dollars spent annually on security costs (protecting it is a must because it's fissile and bomb capable) while in storage and much more money expected to be spent in disposing of it...10/15

Why the world’s biggest supercomputer will use graphics chips

(Venture Beat) Steve Scott, chief technology officer for Tesla graphics chip products at Nvidia, was feeling pretty good this week after the Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced it will build the world’s fastest supercomputer using 18,000 high-end graphics chips from Nvidia.

Solar PowerSolar panels can lose power

(Tennessean) Solar panels placed 11 years ago at what is now the Adventure Science Center in Nashville aren’t looking so good these days...Chad E. Duty, with the Tennessee Solar Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, says that while there are specific examples of solar modules that have degraded at a high rate, most perform as expected...10/16

DOE

Department of Energy Announces New Clean Energy Partnership with the Republic of Korea

(Energy.gov) On October 10, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Minister of Knowledge Economy Joong-Kyung Choi of the Republic of Korea signed a new agreement establishing the U.S.-Korea Clean Energy Technology Partnership that will strengthen our bilateral cooperation in clean energy technology research and development (R&D)...10/14

State & Regional

Tennessee slightly better than national foreclosure numbers

(WATE) A new nationwide study says foreclosures skyrocketed during the last quarter, with first time notices up 14 percent...10/13

East Tennessee

Drop in TVATVA fuel cost in November

(WBIR) Tennessee Valley Authority ratepayers will get another slight decrease because of lower fuel cost in November, with a drop between 50 cents and $1.00 for average residential customers.

Knox citizens assumed immediate $57 million obligation with enhanced pension vote

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The day Knox County residents signed off on the Knox County Sheriff's Office's upgraded pension plan, the county instantly assumed a $57 million obligation — money it didn't have...10/17

National

U.S. sends troops to Uganda to help fight Lord's Resistance Army

(Los Angeles Times) President Obama is deploying about 100 special operations troops to Africa to help target the leadership of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a notorious rebel group that has been entrenched in a stalemate with the government of Uganda for more than two decades...10/13

Large crowd honors King's dream at memorial dedication

(USA Today) Although it was decades in the making, the dedication Sunday of the $120 million memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. prompted only a few tears and cracking voices...10/17

Obama allies’ interests collide over Keystone pipeline

(Washington Post) In May, environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben — pondering a simmering energy issue — asked a NASA scientist to calculate what it would mean for the Earth’s climate if Canada extracted all of the petroleum in its rich Alberta oil sands region...10/16

energy & science policy

NRC Study on Successful K-12 STEM Education

(AIP) There is widespread agreement that American schools must improve K-12 instruction in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.  A new National Research Council report highlights how little firm evidence exists about how best to do so...10/14

Inside Energy Extra

10/14 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
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  • BOEM mulls options for OCS wind fees
  • Lawmakers spar over offshore drilling
  • Fluor buys bulk of small reactor maker
  • Wellinghoff defends transmission order
  • DOE to refill heating oil stockpile

science & technology

Electric CarSeven Major Automakers Agree to a Universal Charging System For Electric Cars

(Popular Science) A pretty basic fear of the oncoming electric car boom is a concern that charging will be similar to the old cellphone-charger fiasco. Will the owner of a 2017 Mazda Thundersnake have to find particular Mazda charging stations, or will they be able to pull up behind a Chrysler EnFuego?...10/14

Sexual Selection by Sugar Molecule Helped Determine Human Origins, Researchers Say

(Science Daily) Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say that losing the ability to make a particular kind of sugar molecule boosted disease protection in early hominids, and may have directed the evolutionary emergence of our ancestors, the genus Homo...10/11

Exo Mars ExplorerEurope looks to Russia after NASA falls short on ExoMars

(Nature News) The European Space Agency (ESA) will forge ahead with ExoMars, an ambitious two-part robotic mission that would look for signs of life on the red planet, even though NASA has reneged on its promise to provide a launch rocket for the first stage of the mission...10/14

Other Stories

The Cost of Betrayal: Apple’s Destruction of Android

(MacObserver) Apple is at war against Google’s Android. In any war, you make preparations, marshall your assets, analyze the enemy weaknesses, and recall the mistakes of the past. That’s exactly what Apple is doing. Android may not survive its wounds....John Martellaro is a senior scientist and author. A former U.S. Air Force officer, he has worked for NASA, White Sands Missile Range, Lockheed Martin Astronautics, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Apple Computer...10/13

Out There

One-eyed sharkOne-Eyed Anomaly

(National Geographic) Talk about a one-of-a-kind discovery—an extremely rare cyclops shark (pictured) has been confirmed in Mexico, new research shows. The 22-inch-long (56-centimeter-long) fetus has a single, functioning eye at the front of its head—the hallmark of a congenital condition called cyclopia, which occurs in several animal species, including humans...10/13