Thursday, February 13, 2014
ORNL in the News

ORNL's Mason predicts short but 'intense' review of UPF project

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, who’s heading the government’s “Red Team” looking for alternatives to the ultraexpensive Uranium Processing Facility, said the effort will be of short duration but “pretty intense.”...2/12

U.S. Interior Dept. Releases First National Interactive Map Of Onshore Wind Turbines

(NA Wind Power) The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey has released the first publicly available interactive map and geo-dataset showing more than 47,000 onshore wind turbine locations...The wind turbine map was created by combining publicly available datasets from the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as well as other federal, state and local sources...2/12

Nobel Prize winner paints bleak climate change picture

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A Nobel Prize-winning scientist painted a bleak picture of the future of global warming and climate change Wednesday, likening the world’s current path to Russian roulette, but with the gun pointed at a knee. “Every decade you put in another bullet and you pull the trigger,” Dr. Steven Chu told a capacity crowd at an Oak Ridge National Laboratory auditorium...2/12

DOE

Snowy Y-12 closed to non-essential personnel

(Knoxville News Sentinel) According to the information line at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, the Oak Ridge plant is closed to non-essential personnel because of the weather conditions...2/13

Baby Steps on the Road to Fusion Energy

(Science Magazine) As it approaches its fifth birthday, the National Ignition Facility (NIF), a troubled laser fusion facility in California, has finally produced some results that fusion scientists can get enthusiastic about...2/12

Keeping the Power Flowing

(Energy.gov) ...The Energy Department is working closely with our federal, state and industry partners to protect the nation’s energy critical infrastructure, including the electric power grid...2/12

National

US launches voluntary cybersecurity plan

(PhysOrg) The US administration on Wednesday launched a cybersecurity plan which aims to use voluntary collaboration from the private sector to protect critical infrastructure from computer hackers...2/12

U.S. deficits will have to wait as Congress moves on

(Reuters) Congress just wants the U.S. budget wars to be over. If any more evidence was needed, 12 Republican senators swallowed their principles and voted to propel a "clean" one-year debt limit increase toward passage on Wednesday...2/13

Health exchanges
exceed targets
for first time

(Washington Post) For the first time since the federal and state health-insurance marketplaces opened early last fall, the number of people who signed up for coverage exceeded the government’s expectations for the month in January, bringing the overall total to about 3.3 million...2/12

energy & science policy

Science and Engineering Indicators 2014

(AIP) ...Science and Engineering Indicators 2014, is important reading for anyone interested in STEM topics, including education, workforce, national and international R&D trends, academic R&D, the global knowledge and technology marketplace, public attitudes and understanding, and state performance...2/12

science & technology

Atom circuits a step closer

(Nature) A memory effect that is crucial in electronics has been seen for the first time in a cloud of ultracold atoms. The phenomenon represents a milestone in the emerging field of ‘atomtronics’, which seeks to create a whole new class of devices that use the flow of atoms, rather than electrons, in a circuit...2/12

Liquid-Cooled Supercomputers, to Trim the Power Bill

(NY Times) Dropping a home computer into a vat of liquid would wreck it. Yet some operators of supercomputers are submerging their machines in liquids, without causing any apparent damage, to keep them from overheating...2/11

"Mother lode" of amazingly preserved fossils discovered in Canada

(CBS) A treasure trove of fossils chiseled out of a canyon in Canada's Kootenay National Park rivals the famous Burgess Shale, the best record of early life on Earth, scientists say...2/11

Other Stories

Ford's aluminum secret weapon

(Fortune) ...The leap is a huge one, which Ford (F) is prepared to make because it sees the virtue in added fuel economy and believes aluminum -- better known for foil wrap and beer cans than pickups -- can be fabricated to be as tough as steel...2/12

Global Military Spending Set To Rise In 2014

(NPR) After years of decreases, military spending is expected to rise globally in 2014 for the first time in five years...2/12