Thursday, February 2, 2012
ORNL in the News

UT-Battelle's $10K to Aid to Distressed Families

(Knoxville News Sentinel) UT-Battelle, the government's managing contractor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has given $10,000 to Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties. The money will help the local organization provide housing for families in need, UT-Battelle said...2/1

Update on U-233 shipments to Nevada

Knoxville News Sentinel) Department of Energy spokesman Mike Koentop said today a total of six shipments of materials containing uranium-233 have been made from Oak Ridge to the Nevada National Security Site. In early January, DOE confirmed the first shipment, which was reportedly made in late 2011. The fissionable materials have been stored at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for decades...2/1

DOE

DOE's John Eschenberg more than satisifed with '12 budget in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ..."At the top line, our budget for '12 at the Oak Ridge Reservation is much better than any of us had hoped for in Science, in Defense and in cleanup," [John] Eschenberg said. "But, just to focus on the cleanup budget, we were planning for a 5 percent cut, which would have put us at about $380 million...2/1

Oak Ridge cleanup gains momentum

(Oak Ridger) ...John Eschenberg, DOE’s interim manager for the Oak Ridge Office, says, “It is no exaggeration to suggest that the community’s economic future depends to a large extent on how well, and how quickly, we can clean up some of DOE’s largest and most challenging environmental projects.”...2/1

Malaria Researchers Find Weakness in Global Killer

(Energy.gov) The killer is malaria, and its deadliest form is caused by an unusual suspect, a microbe with the moniker Plasmodium falciparum. Plasmodium is a parasite, a living cell that depends on other cells to survive and reproduce...2/1

National

August surprise? Iran could have fuel for bomb before US election, study says.

(USA Today) Iran could have 85 kg of low-enriched uranium by June, the report says. If Iran is willing to take a 'break-out' step, that quantity could be converted into enough weapons-grade uranium to fuel a nuclear bomb by late August...2/1

State & Regional

State expanding rebate program for electric cars

(AP) The state of Tennessee is adding a second car model to its electric vehicle rebate program, which so far has drawn fewer participants than expected...2/1

East Tennessee

Young physicists converge on Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...For the second year in a row, the U.S. Invitational Young Physicists Tournament will be held in Oak Ridge, with teams coming from across the United States -- as well as one from Shenzhen, China. The event will also include a team from Oak Ridge High School...2/1

 

energy & science policy

Science Committee Hearing on Energy Critical Elements

(AIP) ... The hearing was held to examine issues regarding the future availability of energy critical materials, including a report by the American Physical Society’s Panel on Public Affairs and the Materials Research Society entitled “Energy Critical Elements: Securing Materials for Emerging Technologies.”...2/1

Next Up in Nuclear: Small Modular Reactors

(Popular Mechanics) The Obama administration’s next move in boosting energy techonlogy will be nearly $500 million in support of small modular reactors. Individually, these nuclear reactors would produce less energy than traditional reactors, but could be used more flexibly and operate more efficiently...1/28

science & technology

As Journal Boycott Grows, Elsevier Defends Its Practices

(The Chronicle of Higher Education) A protest against Elsevier, the world's largest scientific journal publisher, is rapidly gaining momentum since it began as an irate blog post at the end of January. By Tuesday evening, about 2,400 scholars had put their names to an online pledge not to publish or do any editorial work for the company's journals, including refereeing papers...1/31

Supercharged! Battery Power for the Future

(Discovery News) What do smart phones, electric vehicles and solar panels have in common? They all demand more and more battery power to keep our homes, jobs and vehicles running. Lithium ion is still the "gold standard," but researchers are looking at the entire periodic table for new combinations of elements...2/1

Other Stories

Russia Says U.N. Draft Resolution On Syria Has 'No Chance' Of Adoption

(NPR) The resolution in front of the United Nations Security Council that would call for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad will be vetoed by Russia...2/1