Monday, February 25, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL scientists to speak on peace through science, technology

(Oak Ridger) ...Jim Roberto, head of the Partnerships directorate and acting deputy director for science and technology at ORNL, will be the moderator of the "Peace through Science and Technology" panel. The panelists, all from ORNL, will be Budhendra Bhaduri, leader of the Geographic Information Science and Technology group in the Computing and Computational Sciences directorate; Gene Ice, director of the Materials Science and Technology Division; Alan Icenhour, director of the Global Nuclear Security Technology Division, and Rekha Pillai, manager of ORNL's International Science and Technology Program....2/22

DOE's Recovery Act money running out; challenging, high-cost hot cells project at ORNL may be put on shelf

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The hot cells cleanup project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been a struggle in many respects, with a contract protest, unexpected radiation levels and serious challenges in preparing the old nuclear facilities for demolition...2/23


6 leaking tanks are Hanford nuke site's latest woe

(AP) Federal and state officials say six underground tanks holding a brew of radioactive and toxic waste are leaking at the country's most contaminated nuclear site in south-central Washington, raising concerns about delays for emptying the aging tanks...2/23

High-strength steels

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy has awarded $6 million to the United States Automotive Materials Partnership LLC -- in collaboration with the Auto/Steel Partnership. The award, according to info released by DOE, is for "Integrated Computational Materials Engineering Approach to Development of Lightweight, Third-Generation Advanced High-Strength Steels."...2/24


White House releases state-by-state breakdown of sequester’s effects

(Washington Post) The White House on Sunday detailed how the deep spending cuts set to begin this week would affect programs in every state and the District, as President Obama launched a last-ditch effort to pressure congressional Republicans to compromise on a way to stop the across-the-board cuts...2/24

State & Regional

Tennessee braces for hundreds of millions in federal cuts

(Gannett) Unless Congress reverses budget cuts already in motion, federal spending in Tennessee -- for both defense and nondefense programs -- will nosedive more than $350 million over the remaining seven months of the federal fiscal year, with many fearing the sharp decline will harm the national and state economies...2/22

Tennessee universities' sticker shock grows

(Tennessean) ...The cost of attending college is increasing faster than prices in any other sector of the national economy, said Will Doyle, a Vanderbilt University professor whose research focuses on the rising costs of a college degree...2/25

energy & science policy

White House Delivers New Open-Access Policy That Has Activists Cheering

(Chronicle of Higher Education) The Obama administration announced on Friday a major new policy aimed at increasing public access to federally financed research. The policy, delivered in a memorandum from John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, applies to federal agencies that spend more than $100-million a year to support research and development...2/22

science & technology

A Factory on Your Kitchen Counter

(NY Times) In his State of the Union address last week, along with the standard calls for education reform and energy independence, President Obama gave a shout-out to a growing technology. In a lab in Youngstown, Ohio, the president said, “Workers are mastering the 3-D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost anything.”...2/20

Stealth nanoparticles sneak past immune system’s defences

(Nature) Artificial protein fragment could enable nanobeads to deliver drugs where they're needed...2/21

EIA: Newer homes are larger, yet use roughly the same energy as older homes

(Scientific American) New results from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey finds that homes built after the turn of the millennium use roughly the same amount of energy as those built before the year 2000 – despite being 30 percent larger, on average...2/22

New Geothermal Data System Could Open Up Clean-Energy Reserves

(Scientific American) Forgotten and filed away decades ago, millions of documents on geothermal research are now helping scientists to make harvesting the Earth’s energy affordable..2/25

On Nuclear Weapons as Units of Measurement

(The Atlantic) What does it really mean when we say last week's meteor delivered a force 30 times the size of the Hiroshima bomb?...2/22

Other Stories

Israel says it successfully tests new missile defense

(Reuters) Israel carried out a successful test of its upgraded Arrow interceptor system on Monday, which is designed to destroy in space the kind of missiles held by Syria and Iran, the Israeli Defense Ministry said...2/25