Tuesday, January 15, 2013
ORNL in the News

NASA Researchers Studying Advanced Nuclear Rocket Technologies

(Science Daily) The Nuclear Cryogenic Propulsion Stage project is part of the Advanced Exploration Systems program, which is managed by NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate and includes participation by the U.S. Department of Energy...Marshall researchers are partnering on the project with NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio; NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston; Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls; Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M.; and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn...1/10

Robotics season

(Oak Ridger) Students from dozens of area high schools came to Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility last Saturday to get a sense of the obstacles they will be battling over the next six weeks. Hundreds of students, parents and mentors attended the kickoff event for the 2013 FIRST robotics competition, a nationwide event in which students design and build complex robots that can tackle the challenges of a specially-designed game...1/14

 

DOE

Y-12 reclaims Cold War form in making uranium 'buttons'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Y-12 nuclear weapons plant is the nation's designated Uranium Center of Excellence, and it's known worldwide for its expertise in processing and fabricating uranium in many forms...1/13

POGO calls for federalizing guard force at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A government watchdog group says high-level security analyses — including one by former Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine — support the need for federalizing the guard force at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and other installations where nuclear bomb-making materials are housed...1/15

National

Obama warns of 'disaster' if House GOP doesn't raise debt ceiling

(CS Monitor) In the final press conference of his first term, President Obama called on House Republicans to pay the bills Congress has already racked up. He also reiterated that he will not negotiate over the debt ceiling...1/14

State & Regional

Hamilton County officials expected to push for VW SUV in Chattanooga

(Times Free Press) Hamilton County officials are expected to lobby Volkswagen's top brass next week in Detroit for production of a sport utility vehicle in the company's Chattanooga plant...1/12

 

energy & science policy

Coal Loses Crown As King Of Power Generation

(NPR) Just a few years ago, Georgia Power generated nearly three-fourths of its electricity with coal. Last year, for the first time, natural gas edged out coal, and just this week the company announced plans to close 10 coal-fired power generators within the next few years...1/11

A New Point of Reference for Offshore Energy Development

(Science Daily) A new Department of Energy research facility could help bring the U.S. closer to generating power from the winds and waters along America's coasts and help alleviate a major hurdle for offshore wind and ocean power development...1/8

science & technology

Lake Vostok Water Ice Has Been Obtained

(Scientific American) Almost a year ago, in February 2012 Russian scientists and engineers drilled to a depth of nearly 4,000 meters in the ice above Lake Vostok – a 1,300 cubic mile volume of liquid water thought to have formed some 20 million years ago and to have been effectively isolated from the outside world for at least 100,000 years and possibly for millions of years...1/13

New Clean Nuclear Fusion Reactor Designed

(Science Daily) A researcher at the Universidad politécnica de Madrid (UPM) has patented a nuclear fusion reactor by inertial confinement that, apart from be used to generate electric power in plants, can be applied to propel ships...1/14

Other Stories

The Ugly Battle Over Virginia’s Uranium

(Slate) ...The Virginia General Assembly will decide during this winter’s session, which was called to order this week, whether or not to lift a 30-year-old moratorium on uranium mining...1/10

Nation's First Bookless Library Set To Open

(Discovery News) ... the nation’s first public book-free library is set to open this fall in San Antonio, Texas. Serving residents of Bexar County, the new bookless library, called BiblioTech, will lend out e-readers for two weeks at a time...1/14