Tuesday, January 28, 2014
ORNL in the News

Google VP talks new energy at ORNL

(WATE-TV) The Vice President of Google's Energy Initiative made a stop at the Oak Ridge National Lab Monday morning. Arun Majumdar was in town to talk about creating a new industrial revolution with sustainable energy. As a former Director for the Department of Energy, Majumdar oversaw extensive research for creating new sustainable energy...1/27

ORNL Study Advances Quest for Better Superconducting Materials

(HPC Wire) Nearly 30 years after the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity, many questions remain, but an Oak Ridge National Laboratory team is providing insight that could lead to better superconductors...1/27

Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides real-world experience through internships

(The Daily Beacon) Not all skills can be learned in a classroom setting. This is the void UT's nearly 14-year-long partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory seeks to fill for UT students and graduates. Since April of 2000, UT-Battelle LLC has managed the nation's largest open-science laboratory...1/28

DOE

Y-12 protesters to be sentenced Tuesday morning

(Oak Ridge Today) The three protesters convicted on federal charges after sneaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex and splashing human blood and spray-painting slogans on a uranium storage building in July 2012 will be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Knoxville on Tuesday morning...1/28

3 Cleantech Facilities You Should Know About

(Energy.gov) The Energy Department's National Labs are leading the way in science and innovation by developing the next generation of clean energy technologies. To help drive this innovation, the scientists at the National Labs use some of the most cutting-edge facilities in the world -- some of which are also available for use by other government agencies, private companies and universities...1/27

National

Obama to lift minimum wage for federal contractors

(Reuters) President Barack Obama will announce on Tuesday he is issuing an executive order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for federal contract workers with new contracts, the White House said...1/28

New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

(NPR) Members of the House and Senate have reached a bipartisan agreement on a five-year farm bill that will end months of uncertainty for farmers and agriculture workers...It includes measures to reduce the deficit and eliminate programs...1/27

What's behind worldwide plunge in stocks?

(CS Monitor) ...Investors are worried about slower economic growth in China, a gloomier outlook for U.S. corporate profits and an end to easy-money policies in the United States and Europe...1/25

energy & science policy

NIH Is Losing Its Funding Edge, 2014 Budget Suggests

(Science Magazine) The 2014 budget suggests that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is losing its place as first among equals when Congress has additional money to spend on research...1/24

science & technology

Age of Grand Canyon bewilders, perplexes

(CS Monitor) New findings about the formation of the Grand Canyon may do little to resolve a heated geological debate over the canyon's age...1/27

There’s a Science to Foot Traffic, and It Can Help Us Design Better Cities

(Wired) ...In the late 1970s, British architects Bill Hillier and Julienne Hanson hit on the idea that any space within a city – or the entire city itself – could be analyzed in terms of connectivity and movement. They reasoned that a city’s success depended largely on how easy it was for people to move about on foot...1/27

Toyota's hydrogen-powered gamble on the future

(Fortune) Toyota Motor is getting set to defy naysayers once more. This time, Toyota's initiative is the first commercial hydrogen-powered fuel-cell car, which the Japanese automaker said it will sell starting next year...1/27

New Study Shakes Up Science On Midwest Quake Zone

(NPR) ...seismologists from the United States Geological Survey believe they've uncovered evidence that the New Madrid Seismic Zone, as the area that spawned the 1811-12 quakes is known, is still alive and kicking...1/24

Other Stories

From Warheads to Cheap Energy

(NY Times) ...As the Cold War ended in the late 1980s and early ’90s, a new fear arose amid the rejoicing and relief: that atomic security might fail in the disintegrating Soviet Union, allowing its huge stockpile of nuclear warheads to fall into unfriendly hands...1/27

U.S. Agencies, Tech Firms Agree To Rules On Surveillance Info

(NPR) Internet companies that receive U.S. government requests for information about their customers will be able to disclose more details about surveillance than has been allowed, according to a deal announced today by the Justice Department...1/27