Tuesday, January 7, 2014
ORNL in the News

Dr. Bill Peter, Associate division director, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Dr. Bill Peter gets to show off these days the work underway at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory that he believes can change the future of manufacturing. Peter, an associate division director at the lab, shares the promise of new materials and technology with students and industry titans at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, as well as overseeing more than 90 employees who perform groundbreaking research in carbon fiber composites, batteries, advanced manufacturing and materials development...1/6

ORNL’s Lapsa to talk about Sustainable Campus

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Melissa Voss Lapsa, deputy director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building Technologies Research and Integration Center, will be the guest speaker at the Jan. 14 lunch meeting of the Friends of ORNL...1/6

Ann Weaver, Director, Facilities Management Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Ann Weaver is not a scientist, but her work is integral to the research underway at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...Weaver, who began her career at ORNL nearly a decade ago as a facility engineer, oversees roughly 300 people who make sure the 5 million square feet of laboratory and office space is clean and comfortable, and that the state-of-the art equipment housed there is maintained...1/6

DOE

New security contractor for DOE Oak Ridge receives ‘commendable’ rating

(Oak Ridge Today) The new security contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy in Oak Ridge has received a “commendable” rating for its performance protecting federal facilities...1/6

The Clean Energy Economy in Three Charts

(Energy.gov) Over the last five years, American inventors and investors have delivered significant progress in developing and deploying key clean energy technologies, supported by Administration policies. Electricity production from solar and wind has doubled...1/6

State & Regional

TVA expects high electricity demand during cold wave

(Oak Ridge Today) The Tennessee Valley Authority expects plunging temperatures from an arctic cold wave moving across the region will produce high demand for electricity...1/6

National

Violence in Iraq threatens to undo U.S. effort

(Washington Post) An eruption of violence in Iraq is threatening to undo much of what U.S. troops appeared to have accomplished before they withdrew, putting the country’s stability on the line and raising the specter of a new civil war in a region already buckling under the strain of the conflict in Syria...1/6

U.S. Seeing Coldest Chill in Decades After Storm

(Time) Wide swaths of the country are set to experience the coldest temperatures in decades this week after a fierce winter storm last week...1/6

 

 

energy & science policy

Nuclear Fuel Storage Remains Safe, Panel Members Say

(NY Times) Most members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission indicated on Monday that they considered it safe to continue storing most spent nuclear fuel in pools, even though concerns remain about potential accidents and terrorist attacks...1/6

science & technology

Stellar Trio Could Put Einstein's Theory of Gravity to the Test

(Science Magazine) In a cosmic coup, astronomers have found a celestial beacon known as a pulsar in orbit with not one, but two other stars. The first-of-its-kind trio could soon be used to put Einstein's theory of gravity, or general relativity, to an unprecedented test...1/5

Scientists find a practical test for string theory

(PhysOrg) Scientists at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, have identified a practical, yet overlooked, test of string theory based on the motions of planets, moons and asteroids, reminiscent of Galileo's famed test of gravity by dropping balls from the Tower of Pisa...1/6

Plan to stop Asian carp could cost billions, take 25 years

(CS Monitor) To keep Asian carp and other invasive species out of the Great Lakes will require at least 25 years and billions of dollars, according to a study released Monday by the US Army Corps of Engineers...1/6

Intel takes leap into wearable computing

(PhysOrg) Computer chip giant Intel unveiled a major new push Monday into wearables and connecting everyday devices as it seeks to leapfrog the competition in mobile computing...1/7

Other Stories

Foul Weather In Britain Linked To U.S. 'Polar Vortex'

(NPR) Britain's southwest coast is getting slammed by a winter storm, with high winds driving waves as high as 27 feet ashore in an unusual event that meteorologists say is likely linked to the bone-chilling "polar vortex" gripping much of the U.S...1/6