Tuesday, February 5, 2013
ORNL in the News

Manufacturers access next-generation technologies at Oak Ridge laboratory

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Two East Tennessee companies are taking advantage of a year-old facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to help them build robots used by first responders and medical devices to help set difficult fractures. Remotec and DeRoyal Industries are two of 26 industry and university users recently approved by the lab to take advantage of its Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, a Department of Energy-funded center that seeks to develop and disseminate advanced manufacturing techniques...2/4

Oak Ridge, Berkeley research replication protein

(The Daily Beacon) Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., in conjunction with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., is currently conducting research on RPA, a replication protein that prevents a single strand of DNA (ssDNA) from getting damaged when being unwound from the DNA double helix...2/5

Neutron imaging breast cancer

(Science Codex) More precise optical imaging is vital for better diagnosis of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the United States alone. Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee are using the neutron imaging beam line at ORNL's High Flux Isotope Reactor to evaluate neutron imaging as a powerful new tool for early detection...2/4

Grant used to train workers, link companies

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A regional coalition has secured $2.39 million to help local companies leverage advanced manufacturing techniques and train employees to use them. Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its Manufacturing Demonstration Facility are among partners receiving the grant to support an Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping Center of East Tennessee...2/4

 

DOE

Appropriations role to require balancing act

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It was welcome news for Oak Ridge when U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., whose congressional district includes the government operations in Atomic City, landed a seat on the House Appropriations Committee's Energy & Water Development Subcommittee...2/4

Much at stake in awarding of Y-12 contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Days after a new contracting team been named to operate the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, a competitor filed a protest to the decision and the transition to new management was halted...2/4

Carbon Capture and Storage FutureGen 2.0 Project Moves Forward Into Second Phase

(Energy.gov) Following the successful completion of the first phase, the Energy Department today announced the beginning of Phase II of project development with a new cooperative agreement between the FutureGen Industrial Alliance and the Department of Energy for an innovative carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Illinois...2/4

National

Cybersecurity: how preemptive cyberwar is entering the nation's arsenal

(CS Monitor) In addition to authorizing the use of cyberweapons, the White House is preparing an executive order to beef up cybersecurity for critical infrastructure, such as the electric grid, refineries, and telecommunications...2/4

East Tennessee

UT To Host Symposium on Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights

(Tennessee Today) Wars. Major storms. Terrorist attacks. With all of these making frequent headlines, UT is hosting a timely two-day multidisciplinary symposium on disasters, displacement, and migration, and human rights...2/4

TVC National Summit Returns To Oak Ridge Memorial Day Week

(The Chattanoogan.com) Third District Rep. Chuck Fleischmann has announced the Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit will be held the last week of May returning to the site of its inaugural meeting 18 years ago – Oak Ridge...2/4

energy & science policy

U.S. seeks greater ethanol use despite efforts to cut it

(Reuters) Corn ethanol would get a larger share of the U.S. gasoline market under a government proposal on Thursday while ranchers, environmentalists and the oil industry aim to kill the renewable fuels mandate altogether...1/31

Are Mini-Reactors The Future Of Nuclear Power?

(NPR) The U.S. government is investing millions of dollars in what it considers a promising new industry for American manufacturing: nuclear reactors. The plan is to build hundreds of mini-reactors, dot them around the U.S. and export them overseas...2/4

science & technology

Students with Autism gravitate toward STEM majors

(Nature) U.S. business and policy leaders have made it a priority to increase the number of students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM. But one source of STEM talent is often overlooked: young people with autism spectrum disorders...2/4

Energy's Latest Battleground: Fracking For Uranium

(Forbes) No tour of Uranium Energy Corp.’s processing plant in Hobson, Tex. is complete until CEO Amir Adnani pries the top off a big black steel drum and invites you to peer inside. There, filled nearly to the brim, is an orange-yellow powder that UEC mined out of the South Texas countryside...1/23

How To Save The Electrical Grid

(Popular Science) Extreme storms such as Hurricane Sandy have pushed the U.S. electrical grid to its breaking point. The technology exists to keep the lights on—we just need to implement it...1/28

Scientists notch a win in war against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

(PhysOrg) A team of scientists just won a battle in the war against antibiotic-resistant "superbugs"—and only time will tell if their feat is akin to the bacterial "Battle of Gettysburg" that turns the tide toward victory...2/4

Other Stories

Electric cars head toward another dead end

(Reuters) Recent moves by Japan's two largest automakers suggest that the electric car, after more than 100 years of development and several brief revivals, still is not ready for prime time - and may never be...2/4

Confirmed! Bones of King Richard III Found

(Discovery News) ...Archaeologists announced today (Feb. 4) that bones excavated from underneath a parking lot in Leicester, "beyond reasonable doubt," belong to the medieval king...2/4