Tuesday, February 12, 2013
ORNL in the News

Why is Rotary International president coming here?

(Oak Ridge Today) For the second time since Rotary International was born in 1905 in Chicago, a sitting RI president will visit Oak Ridge. He will serve as keynote speaker and hear innovative ideas at the Oak Ridge Peace Forum on Saturday, March 9, at Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ Pollard Auditorium...He will also visit Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the International Friendship Bell (made in Japan), and the Secret City Commemorative Walk (built by the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge) in Bissell Park...2/11

Warming 'seesaw' turns extra sunlight into global greenhouse

(PhysOrg) Climate scientists, led by a group from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, used computer models to provide the strongest support yet to a case made nearly 90 years ago by mathematician Milutin Milankovitch...The researchers added Northern Hemisphere glacial melt to the IPCC computer model and ran it through the period of the last major glacial melt repeatedly on supercomputers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/7

DOE

More than 100 workers volunteer to leave INL jobs

(AP) Battelle Energy Alliance says 110 workers have volunteered to leave their jobs at the Idaho National Laboratory in southeastern Idaho ahead of job cuts...2/11

Oak Ridge meetings to discuss benefits for sick nuclear workers

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Labor will host a series of town hall-type meetings Wednesday in Oak Ridge to explain medical benefits associated with the government's compensation program for sick nuclear workers....2/11

State & Regional

Tennessee launches effort to boost $30B export business

(The Tennessean) Tennessee plans to open four offices abroad to help promote the state’s export business, with outposts in China, Mexico, German and the United Kingdom, Gov. Bill Haslam and the state Department of Economic and Community Development announced today...2/11

National

Obama calls North Korea nuclear test a threat to U.S.

(USA Today) President Obama on Tuesday called North Korea's third successful nuclear test a "highly provocative act" that "undermines regional stability" and threatens action by the international community. He said North Korea's nuclear program constitutes "a threat to U.S. national security."...2/12

East Tennessee

100 tons of Germany's radioactive waste burned at Oak Ridge facility

(Knoxville News Sentinel) EnergySolutions confirmed Monday that about 100 tons of radioactive waste from Germany was burned at the company's Oak Ridge incinerator in January...2/12

Chickamauga Dam project locks up: Material ready for new lock but money short for $693 million project

(Times Free Press) Two years after the money ran out on a new lock for the Chickamauga Dam, key components for the new and bigger lock are still being delivered for the Chattanooga project with funds from the 2009 federal stimulus package...2/11

energy & science policy

US breathes life, barely, into offshore wind

(PhysOrg) ...Coal provides 37 percent of US electricity, compared to natural gas at 30 percent. Far behind is onshore wind at 3.4 percent, but offshore resources would help boost that figure...2/11

science & technology

Cell Circuits Remember Their History: Engineers Design New Synthetic Biology Circuits That Combine Memory and Logic

(Science Daily) MIT engineers have created genetic circuits in bacterial cells that not only perform logic functions, but also remember the results, which are encoded in the cell's DNA and passed on for dozens of generations...2/11

Testing of Some Deadly Diseases on Mice Misleads, Report Says

(NY Times) For decades, mice have been the species of choice in the study of human diseases. But now, researchers report stunning evidence that the mouse model has been totally misleading for at least three major killers — sepsis, burns and trauma. As a result, years and billions of dollars have been wasted following false leads, they say...2/11

Other Stories

Pentagon Goes On The Offensive Against Cyberattacks

(NPR) With the Pentagon now officially recognizing cyberspace as a domain of warfare, U.S. military commanders are emphasizing their readiness to defend the nation against cyberthreats from abroad...2/11

Mexico's Robust Wind Energy Prospects Ruffle Nearby Villages

(National Geographic News) ...The battle between new energy and traditional communities is being played out amid the steady gusts that sweep across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, a narrow strip in southern Mexico that separates the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and is one of the windiest places on Earth...2/7