Wednesday, January 22, 2014
ORNL in the News

U.S. Mulls New Direction for Y-12 Uranium-Processing Efforts

(The National Journal) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason was assigned to lead a "Red Team" charged with examining possible new approaches for carrying out operations now expected to be moved to the Uranium Processing Facility, a site currently slated for construction at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee...1/21

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Names 2014 Society Award Winners

(Newswise) AIME Champion H. Mathewson Award: Awarded to an author(s) of a paper or series of closely related papers, which represents the most notable contribution to metallurgical science during the period under review. Neal Evans, University of Tennessee
Philip J. Maziasz, Oak Ridge National Lab
Michael J. Pollard, Caterpillar Technical Center
John P. Shingledecker, Electric Power Research Institute...1/21

DOE

MegTecMEGTEC Systems Becomes Affiliate to U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research

(Market Wired) MEGTEC Systems, a leading global supplier of engineered systems and environmental and energy solutions to advanced manufacturing facilities, has become an affiliate to the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Center for Energy Storage (JCESR)...1/21

State & Regional

TN lawmakers balk at Common Core school standards

(The Tennessean) Republican lawmakers are putting the final touches on legislation that would delay the implementation of Common Core education standards and the companion test in Tennessee, perhaps setting the stage for the type of fight playing out in statehouses across the country...1/21

National

Peace TalksSyrian peace talks stuck over Assad's future

(AP) Syrian peace talks began Wednesday in Switzerland with a bitter clash over President Bashar Assad's future...1/22

Hungary: Nations Get Threat About Sochi Attacks

(ABC News) Hungary's Olympic Committee says it has received an email message written in Russian and English threatening its athletes with terrorist attacks at the Sochi Olympic Games...1/22

East Tennessee

Brown's FerryHas safety improved at TVA's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant? Feds to announce findings

(AL.com) TVA is set to learn if its efforts to improve safety and reliability at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens have been enough to remove a "red finding" the plant was given in 2011 after a problem of "high safety significance."...1/21

science & technology

Rock carbonRock’s power to mop up carbon revisited

(Nature News) Last week, a group of geoengineers met in Hamburg to discuss what on the face of it sounds like a very attractive idea: to soak up anthropogenic carbon emissions using only rocks and water...1/21

Air PollutionAir Pollution from Asia Affecting World's Weather

(Science Daily) Extreme air pollution in Asia is affecting the world’s weather and climate patterns, according to a study by Texas A&M University and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory researchers...1/21

Solar WindThe Solar Wind is an Interplanetary Water Factory

(Discovery News) Comets and asteroids were not the only delivery options for seeding Earth -- and potentially other planets -- with water and organic materials for life...1/21

Hox GeneHow the Genetic Blueprints for Limbs Came from Fish

(Science Daily) The transition from water to land is one of the most fascinating enigmas of evolution. In particular, the evolution of limbs from ancestral fish fins remains a mystery...1/21

Evidence of Universe's Inflation Lurks in New Data

(LiveScience) At first, there was nothing — complete and utter emptiness. Zero energy and zero matter. And then, out of this nothingness, the universe was born. Tiny, but extremely dense and packed with energy...1/21

Other Stories

The Decline of the American Book Lover

(The Atlantic) The Pew Research Center reported last week that nearly a quarter of American adults had not read a single book in the past year. As in, they hadn't cracked a paperback, fired up a Kindle, or even hit play on an audiobook while in the car. The number of non-book-readers has nearly tripled since 1978...1/21