Tuesday, February 21, 2012
ORNL in the News

Tennessee Tech honors ORNL's Bloom

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Aleisa Cummins Bloom, a group leader in Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Environmental Sciences Division, will receive the 2012 Technology of Distinction Award from Tennessee Tech University. The award is given annually by the university's College of Engineering during TTU's Engineers Week...2/20

Honor for ORNL's Amit Goyal

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Amit Goyal, a top materials researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named a 2012 Fellow of the Materials Research Society. The award is for distinguished research accomplishments and contributions to the worldwide advancement of materials research...2/20

Virginia Tech, Oak Ridge National Laboratory collaborate on wireless research

(Web Newswire) UT-Battelle, which manages and operates Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will be working with Wireless@Virginia Tech, one of the largest university wireless research groups in the U.S. Wireless@Virginia Tech, which was formed in 2006, includes several notable laboratories of wireless technologies...2/21

DOE

Debate growing fierce on high-dollar, high-stakes UPF

(Knoxville News Sentinel) With the multibillion-dollar Uranium Processing Facility approaching the start of construction, the federal appropriations process is about to be tested in earnest, and supporters and critics of the big project at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant are revving up the rhetoric...2/21

UCOR says new subcontracting strategy will get more cleanup for the money

(Knoxville News Sentinel) UCOR says the shift to awarding staff augmentation subcontracts to acquire workforce skills instead of subcontracts for specific tasks will ultimately save money, get more work done with the funding that's available and still enable DOE's cleanup manager to meet its contractual goal of subcontracting 70 percent of the work in its second year...2/21

National

U.N. Nuclear Inspectors To Press Iran On Weapons

(AP) U.N. nuclear inspectors starting a two-day visit to Tehran on Monday sought to meet Iranian nuclear scientists and visit a key military facility as they try to gauge allegations that Iran is pushing toward making an atomic weapon...2/20

State & Regional

Nissan to hire 1,000 for second shift in Smyrna

(Tennessean) Nissan plans to hire 1,000 new workers for its Smyrna plant over the next year to staff a second shift for the assembly line making the all-new Infiniti JX and the new generation of the Nissan Pathfinder, company officials said...2/20

 

energy & science policy

U.S. Defense Contractors Are Hidden Investment Plays in Renewable Energy Initiatives

(Forbes) Not many investors are aware of it, but the U.S. defense contractors are hidden investment plays in the widening use of renewable energy...2/19

science & technology

Fracking Could Work If Industry Would Come Clean

(Scientific American) ...Citizens and politicians are worried that fracking deep shales to extract natural gas can contaminate groundwater, trigger earthquakes and release methane, the potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere...2/18

Physicists Foretell Quantum Computer With Single-Atom Transistor

(Wired News) Physicists at Purdue University and the University of New South Wales have built a transistor from a single atom of phosphorous precisely placed on a bed of silicon, taking another step towards the holy grail of tech research: the quantum computer...2/20

Pounding Pavement In Search Of A Smoother Drive

(NPR) A sweeping transportation bill being debated in Congress addresses how to prop up dwindling funds for the nation's aging highways. States with their own budget shortfalls are facing the same challenge. In California, researchers are trying to stretch those resources by developing next-generation pavements that are quieter and more fuel-efficient to drive on...2/20

Dead for 32,000 Years, an Arctic Plant Is Revived

(NY Times) Living plants have been generated from the fruit of a little arctic flower, the narrow-leafed campion, that died 32,000 years ago, a team of Russian scientists reports...2/20

Other Stories

Fearing West, Putin pledges biggest military buildup since cold war

(CS Monitor) Russia needs to launch a major military buildup to prepare for life in a dangerous world where international law is breaking down, the West feels free to intervene in sovereign countries, and rivals could invade Russia to seize its rich trove of natural resources, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has warned...2/20