Tuesday, October 18, 2011
ORNL in the News

Community pride

(Knoxville News Sentinel) "Clinton High School is very community tied," said principal Eric Snider. "This community is fiercely proud of this school and its heritage...At Clinton, involving the community is key to ensuring the success of its students. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has teamed with the school to build a net zero house that was inspired by a small model a science teacher and his students built in class...10/17

ORNL, Roane State partner on carbon fiber facility

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Research perfecting new ways to make superstrong carbon fiber cheaply will be demonstrated in a pilot plant, and a local college has received grants to train future workers...The facility will parlay cutting-edge research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory into making the material, now so expensive its use is limited...10/17

UCOR shipping soils from around ORNL liquid waste tank

(Oak Ridger) URS/CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) recently began offsite shipments of soils excavated from around an underground waste tank at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/17

National

US Intelligence Community Is Moving To The Cloud!

(Fortune) Today at the GEOINT 2011 Symposium in San Antonio, TX, Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper told the almost 4000 attendees that the United States Intelligence Community will use cloud computing as a tool to meet aggressive budget reduction targets...10/17

DOE

Biomonitoring and water quality at Y-12

(Oak Ridger) The following details of the emerging environmental situation and public concerns that produced increased regulations for Y-12 is provided by Mick Wiest, of the Y-12 Environment, Safety and Health organization's Water Compliance Department...10/17

DOE Awards Grant to Develop Permanent Magnets for Efficient Electric Cars

(Azom.com) Virginia Commonwealth University has received a contract totaling $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, ARPA-E, to develop and design a new class of permanent magnets to be used in energy-efficient electric car motors or generators...10/17

East Tennessee

Babcock & Wilcox to lay off 134 at Oak Ridge complex

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Babcock & Wilcox, a partner in the American Centrifuge Project, has notified 134 employees at Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Clinch River facility in Oak Ridge that they will be laid off effective Dec. 1...10/17

Cumberland Gap tunnel marks 15th anniversary

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Fifteen years ago today — Oct. 18, 1996 — motorists traded a dangerous stretch of highway through Cumberland Gap for the safety of a nearly mile-long tunnel bored through the base of Cumberland Mountain...10/18

State & Regional

Smokies visits off 6 percent from 2010

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Visits to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park remain behind the numbers from last year...10/17

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

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science & technology

Drug-Resistant Staph Infections in Europe Could Mark Start of a New Epidemic

(Scientific American) A relatively new type of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus could represent the world’s next bacterial epidemic...10/16

Toxic Seaweed Poisons Coral Reefs on Contact

(Wired Science) ...A new study of reefs in the South Pacific suggests that some algae can poison coral on contact. This chemical warfare may be increasing the pressure on struggling reef communities worldwide, researchers say...10/17

Sea Levels to Continue to Rise for 500 Years? Long-Term Climate Calculations Suggest So

(Science Daily) Rising sea levels in the coming centuries is perhaps one of the most catastrophic consequences of rising temperatures...10/17

Not Such a Stretch to Reach for the Stars

(NY Times) A starship without an engine? It may seem a fantastical notion, but hardly more so than the idea of building a starship of any kind, especially with NASA’s future uncertain at best...10/17

Other Stories

Iran’s nuclear program suffering new setbacks

(Washington Post) Iran’s nuclear program, which stumbled badly after a reported cyberattack last year, appears beset by poorly performing equipment, shortages of parts and other woes as global sanctions exert a mounting toll, Western diplomats and nuclear experts say...10/17

For Older Job Seekers, An Even More Difficult Road

(NPR) ...Though some people have had success landing jobs in recent months, millions of Americans are still out of work. But many older people are finding it particularly difficult to get hired...10/17

Spies to use Twitter as crystal ball

(Nature News) US intelligence agency aims to forecast unrest by reading the runes of social media...10/17