Friday, January 6, 2012
ORNL in the News

First shipments of U-233 to Nevada

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Dept. of Energy's Oak Ridge office today announced that the first shipment of U-233 to Nevada had been completed, signaling the start of a years-long effort to empty the fissile material stored at a World War II-era facility at ORNL. According to DOE, the six canisters contained small Zero Power Reactor plates that will be used in future tests at the National Criticality Experiments Research Center at the Nevada National Security Site...1/5

Cray cuts 2011 outlook amid delay on major project

(WSJ Market Watch) Cray Inc. cuts its 2011 guidance as unexpected supply issues resulted in delays completing the acceptance process on a key project during the fourth quarter, though the company expects the change in timing to help its performance in the current year...The contract at issue is for the upgrade of a system at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...1/5


B&W responds to DNFSB report

(Knoxville News Sentinel) I posted earlier about a letter/staff report by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board that identified weaknesses in the work planning at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...1/5

State & Regional

Bill HaslamHaslam airs plan to fight drugs, gangs, violence

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Haslam administration has launched a coordinated fight against drug abuse, gangs and violent crime in Tennessee. The plan produced by representatives of 11 state agencies was announced Thursday in Nashville. It intends to reduce drug abuse and trafficking, lower violent crime and cut the rate of repeat offenders...1/5

Home building begins to rise in parts of Middle Tennessee

(Tennessean) Although single-family home construction has dropped dramatically since the economic downturn, fresh momentum is slowly picking up in some corners of Middle Tennessee. New home building over the past 12 months in a number of Nashville’s suburban counties has improved from 2010, with the best improvement in Williamson County...1/6


New Pentagon strategy stresses Asia, cyber, drones

(Reuters) President Barack Obama unveiled a defense strategy on Thursday that would expand the U.S. military presence in Asia but shrink the overall size of the force as the Pentagon seeks to reduce spending by nearly half a trillion dollars after a decade of war...1/6

US Stock Futures Slightly Mixed Before Jobs Report

(Wall Street Journal) U.S. stock futures were mixed early Friday, with investors awaiting the release of December nonfarm payrolls and other jobs data for clues to the strength of the economic recovery. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 11 points to 12320. S&P 500 Index futures fell 1.50 points to 1271.50, while Nasdaq 100 futures gained 2 points to 2341.50...1/6

East Tennessee

Fired U. Tenn coach under investigation

(UPI) Police refused to provide specifics on a criminal investigation into allegations against fired University of Tennessee swimming Coach John Trembley. Representatives of the Knoxville Police Department and the university met Thursday morning, the department said in a statement, WVLT-TV, Knoxville, reported. "As a result of the meeting, KPD has launched a criminal investigation into the alleged activities of Mr. Trembley," the statement said.

energy & science policy

Department of Energy Launches Initiative with Industry to Better Protect the Nation’s Electric Grid from Cyber Threats

(DOE Press Release) As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to enhance the security and reliability of the nation’s electrical grid, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced an initiative to further protect the electrical grid from cyber attacks...1/5

science & technology

GM to call back 8,000 Chevy Volts

(AP) General Motors will strengthen the structure around the batteries in its Volt electric cars to keep them safe during crashes, a person briefed on the matter said Thursday...1/5

Peter DuesbergPaper denying HIV–AIDS link secures publication

(Nature News) A controversial research paper that argued “there is as yet no proof that HIV causes AIDS" and met with a storm of protest when it was published in 2009, leading to its withdrawal, has been republished in a revised form, this time in the peer-reviewed literature...1/6

Men-women symbolsMen and Women Have Major Personality Differences: New Report Suggests Previous Measurements Have Underestimated Variation Between the Sexes

(Science Daily) Men and women have large differences in personality, according to a new study published Jan. 4 in the online journal PLoS ONE...The authors conclude that the true extent of sex differences in human personality has therefore been consistently underestimated...1/5

Other Stories

Housekeeper sentenced to life in killing of retired Oak Ridge National Lab scientist in Ky.

(Chicago Tribune) A former northern Kentucky house cleaning woman has been sentenced to life in prison in the murder of a retired Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist. Willa Blanc received the sentence Wednesday in Boone Circuit Court at Burlington, according to The Kentucky Enquirer...1/5

Kodak FilmKodak Near Bankruptcy? How Did Photography Giant Fall?

(ABC News) Twenty years ago, the brightest color in photography was yellow -- the bright yellow of a box of Kodak film. Eastman Kodak was the giant of the picture business, with more than 80 percent of the American film market...1/6

Out there

Time Cloak Image"Time Cloak" Created; Can Make Events Disappear

(National Geographic) Einstein's theories of relativity suggest that gravity can cause time to slow down. Now scientists have demonstrated a way to stop time altogether—or at least, to give the appearance of time stopping by bending light to create a hole in time...1/4