Monday, February 23, 2015
ORNL in the News

New Malware Cybersecurity Technology Licensed by DHS S&T

(Homeland Security Today) New malware detection technology from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) Cyber Security Division Transition to Practice (TTP) program has been licensed for market commercialization. DHS announced Thursday that, “This is S&T’s second technology that has successfully gone through the program to the commercial market. The technology, Hyperion, developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is a malware forensics detection and software assurance technology that has been licensed to R&K Cyber Solutions... 2/19

Building From a New Blueprint

(Memphis Daily News) When recruiting new businesses, East Tennessee economic development officials have long touted the benefits of partnering with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee...2/21

Scientist: ‘Global Weirding’ Better Way To Describe Climate Change Than ‘Global Warming’

(CBS News) It may be time to retire the term “global warming” when talking about climate change...“Global weirding” might be a better way to describe climatic change, suggests Dr. Thomas Wilbanks, with the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Science and Technology

Binary imageRemoving the communication barrier between humans and computers

(PhysOrg) The lifelong human imperative to communicate is so strong that people talk not only to other people but also to their pets, their plants and their computers. Unlike pets and plants, computers might one day reciprocate...2/23

Genetic SequencingUS regulators try to tame 'wild west' of DNA testing

(Nature News) Genetic testing has entered a new realm, with the ability to read a person's genetic code and predict how it will affect his or her health...2/20

Energy and Science Policy

Climate skeptic’s fossil fuel funding puts spotlight on journal conflict policies

(Science Magazine) In 2008, a small technical journal received a paper on climate science that required some special attention. The sole author was Willie Wei-Hock Soon, an aerospace engineer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts...2/22

Key Senator to Hold Nuclear Energy Hearings

(AIP) Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is the new chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the budget for the Department of Energy. In a speech earlier this month to the Nuclear Energy Institute Alexander discussed his views on encouraging nuclear energy in the United States...2/20

DOE

UPF a focal point at Deterrence Summit

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Not surprisingly, given its multibillion-dollar price tag and role in national security, the  Uranium Processing Facility has been a topic of discussion at the 7th annual Nuclear Deterrence Summit, and many of the comments on the big project have been positive...2/19

Ernest MonizUS energy secretary to join Iran nuclear talks

(The Times of Israel) US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was headed to Geneva Saturday to join talks with Iranian officials as efforts for an historic nuclear deal stepped up a gear. It was the first time that Moniz, who is himself a nuclear physicist, had joined the negotiations...2/20

Energy creates office to commercialize research

(The Federal Times) Government innovation has led to important advancements in technology that affect every day Americans — the Internet being one of the most visible and ubiquitous. But transitioning federal research into the commercial sphere can be challenging...2/18

Local and State

Tennessee State of Emergency raised to level two with 22 deaths

(WVLT) Winter weather overnight has impacted roads, power and debris. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) says power outages are expected to increase today as more counties report...2/23

Tennessee's Common Core review comes with uncommon costs

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) A bill requiring Tennessee's State Board of Education to drop Common Core education standards and develop new requirements has a math problem: It's projected to cost $4.14 million over a three-year period...2/23