Tuesday, January 22, 2013
ORNL in the News

Touring Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(Oak Ridger) ...Oak Ridge National Laboratory director Thom Mason presents an ORNL overview in the EVEREST facility to Tyler Threadgill and Alek Vey, who are U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann’s new communications director and new legislative director...1/18


Disruption mitigation researchers investigate design options

(PhysOrg) US ITER, managed by DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will continue working closely with global partners on the ITER disruption mitigation system, as the 2016 deadline for design of the system rapidly approaches...1/21

State legislators, county mayor tour ORNL

(Oak Ridge Today) Five Tennessee legislators and Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank recently toured Oak Ridge National Laboratory...1/21


A Call for Progressive Values: Evolved, Unapologetic and Urgent

(NY Times) He did not utter the words, but President Obama suffused his second Inaugural Address with the spirit of a favorite phrase: the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to heed “the fierce urgency of now.”...1/21


Y-12 protesters seek dismissal of sabotage charges

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Attorneys for the Transform Now Plowshares protesters have filed a motion seeking the dismissal of sabotage charges against Michael Walli, Greg Boertje-Obed and Sister Megan Rice...1/22

The depleted uranium that disappeared; December incident melted poly container at EnergySolutions

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A poly drum containing depleted uranium shavings reportedly melted down in a weekend incident in early December at the EnergySolutions waste-processing facility in Oak Ridge, according to reports filed with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission...1/20




East Tennessee

Cyclotron logistics: 8,000-mile journey from Belgium to Knoxville

(Knoxville News Sentinel) They called it a Christmas Day present. After a four-week transoceanic voyage, a 220-ton cyclotron that will be used for cancer treatment had completed its 8,000-mile trek from Belgium to East Tennessee on Dec. 25...1/20

State & Regional

Sophomore legislator says Energy, Homeland Security appointments ‘perfect fit’

(Oak Ridger) Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., is starting off his second elected term as U.S. representative from the Third Congressional District on a high note.
Already excited about being named to the House Committee on Appropriations late last year, Fleischmann confirmed this week that Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers has appointed him to the Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee...1/21

ID check beefed up for licenses in Tennessee

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) ...Customers at driver service centers or county clerks' offices will leave with paper "interim" licenses. Meanwhile, the state will take a week to run their pictures through photo-recognition technology and compare them against 12 million images in a database...1/12

energy & science policy

Speech Gives Climate Goals Center Stage

(NY Times) President Obama made addressing climate change the most prominent policy vow of his second Inaugural Address, setting in motion what Democrats say will be a deliberately paced but aggressive campaign built around the use of his executive powers to sidestep Congressional opposition...1/21

science & technology

Planetary disasters: It could happen one night

(Nature) One hundred thousand years ago, a massive chunk of the Mauna Loa volcano cracked away from Hawaii and slid into the sea, launching a wave that rose as high as the Eiffel tower up the slopes of a nearby island...1/8

Ultra-Small Devices for Energy-Efficient Electronics

(Science Daily) A team of scientists from Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork and the National University of Singapore have designed and fabricated ultra-small devices for energy-efficient electronics...1/21

Curbing Climate Change Will Cost $700 Billion a Year

(Scientific American) The world must spend an extra $700 billion a year to curb its addiction to fossil fuels blamed for worsening floods and heat waves and rising sea levels, a study issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF) showed on Monday...1/21

South Korea makes billion-dollar bet on fusion power

(Nature) South Korea has embarked on the development of a preliminary concept design for a fusion power demonstration reactor in collaboration with the US Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) in New Jersey...1/21

Other Stories

U.N. nuclear agency says Iran talks moved to February 13

(Reuters) The International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran failed in two days of discussions last week to agree a framework deal to resume a long-stalled IAEA investigation into suspected nuclear bomb research in the Islamic state...1/21