Monday, January 7, 2013
ORNL in the News

Young stars from ORNL, Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Two employees from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and two from the Y-12 National Security Complex were on the "40 under Forty" list in the Greater Knoxville Business Journal. They were Sabrina Hampton, 34, production drill coordinator at Y-12; Claus Daniel, 35, deputy director of the sustainable transportation program at ORNL; Ben Preston, 38, deputy director of the Oak Ridge Climate Change Institute at ORNL; and Syreeta Vaughn, 32, operational performance improvement data analyst at Y-12...1/7

January 2013 Story Tips

(Newswise) Many of the nation’s foremost authorities on cyber security will gather in Oak Ridge Jan. 8-12 for the inaugural Cyber Sciences Laboratory workshop...

Scientists are using an instrument at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s High Flux Isotope Reactor to discover how a key binding protein protects our DNA double helix. This special Replication Protein, or RPA, is critical to keeping our hereditary information intact...

Ships of tomorrow could glide through the water with less energy because of a technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Pittsburgh...1/7

DOE

U.S. nuclear lab removes Chinese tech over security fears

(Reuters) A leading U.S. nuclear weapons laboratory recently discovered its computer systems contained some Chinese-made network switches and replaced at least two components because of national security concerns, a document shows...1/7

State & Regional

TEA against teachers carrying guns

(WATE) The president of the Tennessee Education Association says she expects her board to take an official position against proposals that would allow teachers to carry guns....1/6

National

President Obama Picks Chuck Hagel, Fight Over Defense Secretary

(ABC News) Two weeks before his inauguration, and with more "fiscal cliffs" on the horizon, President Obama is embracing a showdown with Congress over his pick to lead the Pentagon in his second term...1/7

New Iran sanctions target industry in bid for deal curbing nuclear program

(Washington Post) New U.S. sanctions have broadened the front in the West’s escalating economic conflict with Iran, targeting large swaths of the country’s industrial infrastructure even as Iranian leaders are indicating a willingness to resume negotiations on the country’s nuclear program....1/7

energy & science policy

Of Note: Selected Quotations from FYI in 2012

(AIP) ...“If we invite the team that wins the Super Bowl to the White House, then we need to invite some science fair winners to the White House as well.”  – President Obama at White House Science Fair...1/4

science & technology

Science must be seen to bridge the political divide

(Nature News) To prevent science from continuing its worrying slide towards politicization, here’s a New Year’s resolution for scientists, especially in the United States: gain the confidence of people and politicians across the political spectrum by demonstrating that science is bipartisan...1/2

Atom SmasherAtom smasher plans for future discoveries

(Fox News) The world's largest and most powerful atom smasher goes into a 2-year hibernation in March, as engineers carry out a revamp to help it reach maximum energy levels that could lead to more stunning discoveries following the detection of the so-called "God particle."...1/6

wrist computerWill Your Next Computer Be In Your Car, On Your Face, On You Wrist Or In Your Ear?

(Forbes) 2013 could be the year that consumers get used to the idea of wearable (and drivable) computers. Rumors, analyst predictions and fanciful design studies of wrist computers from Apple and Google abound...1/6

Other Stories

AirshipConstruction is complete on behemoth airship; first flight planned

(Los Angeles Times) A massive cargo-carrying airship has taken shape inside one of the 17-story wooden blimp hangars at the former military base in Tustin...1/4

Health care law may mean less hiring in 2013

(USA Today) Many businesses plan to bring on more part-time workers next year, trim the hours of full-time employees or curtail hiring because of the new health care law, human resource firms say...12/30

Workers making $30,000 will take a bigger hit on their pay than those earning $500,000 under new fiscal deal

(Mail Online) Middle-class workers will take a bigger hit to their income proportionately than those earning between $200,000 and $500,000 under the new fiscal cliff deal, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center...1/3