Wednesday, February 5, 2014
ORNL in the News

Story Tips from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, February 2014

(Newswise) With the installation this month of LED fixtures, the University of Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena will become the first major sports venue to feature lights that are smaller, brighter and up to 85 percent more efficient than conventional arena metal halide lights...2/4

DOE

Oak Ridge panel will discuss 2016 EM budget

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge environmental advisory panel will meet Feb. 12 and hear a presentation on the FY 2016 budget and priorities for Oak Ridge. The meeting, which is open to the public, starts at 6 p.m. at the DOE Information Center, 1 Science.gov Way on the east side of Oak Ridge...2/4

Small Reactors on Fast Track

(ECT.Coop) With the help of a dozen cooperatives, plans for deployment of up to four small modular nuclear reactors in Tennessee are proceeding toward the goal of producing commercial-grade power by 2022...2/5

State & Regional

UT system reacts to Haslam's Tennessee Promise

(WBIR) The University of Tennessee system is reacting to governor Haslam's plan to provide Tennessee high school graduates with two years of free tuition to a state community college or technical school...2/5

National

Syria misses deadline to hand over all critical chemicals

(REUTERS) Syria on Wednesday missed a deadline to hand over all the toxic materials it declared to the world's chemical weapons watchdog, putting the program several weeks behind schedule and jeopardizing a final June 30 deadline...2/4

Lawmakers Look To Prevent More Target-Sized Data Breaches

(NPR) The sheer size and frequency of the at Target, Neiman Marcus and other companies are prompting lawmakers to consider legislative options to keep sophisticated cyberthefts from happening...2/5

East Tennessee

TVATVA sticks with stable power outlook despite record power use last month

(Chattanooga Times-Free Press) The increase in residential consumption of electricity this winter reflects the unusual cold this year, not a fundamental change in power use, TVA President Bill Johnson said...2/4

science & technology

Fossil Dinosaur'Animal Pompeii' wiped out China's ancient creatures

(BBC News) The puzzle of how a 120-million-year-old animal graveyard in China formed may have been solved. Scientists believe that the creatures from the lower Cretaceous era were instantly killed by volcanic eruptions similar to the violent blast that hit the Roman city of Pompeii...2/4

Heisenberg BoxResearch team challenges the limits of famous quantum principle

(PhysOrg) A team of physicists is challenging the very limits of Heisenberg's famous uncertainty principle by measuring quantum particles with unprecedented accuracy. Physicists from The University of Queensland have performed joint measurements on single light particles with accuracy never seen before, and developed methods that could help improve the most sensitive quantum sensors...2/5

Mars SurfaceNASA Responds To Martian Life Lawsuit: It's Just A Rock

(Popular Science) Earlier this week, we reported that NASA was being sued. The allegations? That the space agency had failed to conduct a proper examination of "life" on Mars, which had mysteriously appeared in front of the agency's Opportunity rover...1/30

Other Stories

The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World.

(The New York Times) In Manhattan, the upscale clothing retailer Barneys will replace the bankrupt discounter Loehmann’s, whose Chelsea store closes in a few weeks. Across the country, Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants are struggling, while fine-dining chains like Capital Grille are thriving...2/4

McCarthyEPA official’s fraud fell through the cracks, documents show

(the Washington Post) A human resources official for the Environmental Protection Agency became aware as early as 2008 of “problems” with a high-ranking official who pleaded guilty last year to scamming the agency out of $900,000, according to documents released Tuesday by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.)...2/4s