Monday, February 10, 2014
ORNL in the News

Mason: ‘Having some stability is really welcome’

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Last month’s passage of the “omnibus” spending package for the rest of Fiscal Year 2014 was good news for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, lab Director Thom Mason said...2/9

Winter weather causes car energy costs to rise

(KQFX) According to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, fuel efficiency drops about 12 percent when the temperature lowers from the seventies to 20 degrees. For short trips to home an work, that estimate drops to 22 percent...2/8

Red Team’s Y-12 recommendations by mid-April; Mason says effort will be ‘pretty intense’

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, who’s heading the government’s Red Team looking for alternatives to the super-expensive Uranium Processing Facility, said the effort will be of limited duration but “pretty intense.” “My marching orders are to have some recommendations by the middle of April,” Mason said in a telephone interview....2/9

 

 

 

DOE

NASCAR And Sprint Participate In Department Of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge

(Sports Business Daily) At the NASCAR Plaza in Charlotte, N.C., officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, NASCAR and Sprint Corp. announced the companies' participation in the Department's Workplace Charging Challenge – a collaborative effort to increase the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging...2/6

State & Regional

Tennessee Teachers Push Back on Evaluation Process

(ABC News) When Tennessee was competing for a half-billion dollars in federal education money, teachers agreed to allow the state to ramp up its use of student test scores for evaluating educators...2/9

National

AmanoU.N. nuclear agency sees 'good' progress with Iran, much work remains

(Reuters) The U.N. nuclear watchdog signaled its determination on Monday to get to the bottom of suspicions that Iran may have worked on designing an atomic bomb, a day after Tehran agreed to start addressing the sensitive issue...2/10

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge squad advances to national Science Bowl

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The five-member Jefferson Middle School Science Bowl team in Oak Ridge is heading to Washington to compete in the national competition...2/6

energy & science policy

Obama's Climate Goals Jeopardized By Shutting Working Nuclear Plants

(Forbes) Concern is mounting in the Obama Administration over a growing number of nuclear reactors that are being closed prematurely. For the wrong reasons...2/9

science & technology

Astronomers discover oldest star: Formed shortly after the Big Bang 13. 7 billion years ago

(Science Daily) A team led by astronomers at The Australian National University has discovered the oldest known star in the Universe, which formed shortly after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago...2/10

China becomes world’s third-largest producer of research articles

(Nature News) Chinese science is on the rise: the country is now the third-largest producer of research articles, behind only the European Union (EU) bloc and the United States. China's output has surged during the past decade, according to a report released today by the US National Science Foundation (NSF)...2/7

Martian Crater

Spectacular new Martian impact crater spotted from orbit

(Ars Technica) Yesterday, the team that runs the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter released the photo shown above. It's a new impact crater on Mars, formed sometime early this decade. The crater at the center is about 30 meters in diameter, and the material ejected during its formation extends out as far as 15 kilometers...2/6

Other Stories

President Obama signs farm bill at MSU

(Grand Valley Lanthorn) Agriculture is the second-largest industry in Michigan, and it supports nearly one in four jobs in the state. The farm bill, written by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., will benefit farmers throughout the country, she said...2/8

Obamacare MarketplaceAccenture, hired to help fix HealthCare.gov, has had a series of stumbles

(The Washington Post) Accenture, the contractor urgently tapped to help fix the federal health-insurance Web site, is a favorite of corporate America but has a record that includes troubled projects and allegations of ethical lapses, a review of the consulting giant’s history shows...2/10