Tuesday, March 4, 2013
ORNL in the News

ET well positioned for medical device innovation

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Medical device innovation and commercialization has a long East Tennessee history dating back to Oak Ridge Technical Enterprises and CTI Molecular Imaging...Ken Tobin, corporate research fellow and director of the Electrical and Electronics Systems Research Division at ORNL, touted collaboration as key to the success of companies started around lab technology...3/2

A Star in a Bottle

(The New Yorker) An audacious plan to create a new energy source could save the planet from catastrophe. But time is running out...Years from now—maybe in a decade, maybe sooner—if all goes according to plan, the most complex machine ever built will be switched on in an Alpine forest in the South of France...3/3

National

Crisis in Ukraine: What role for Congress in shaping US response?

(CS Monitor) With the White House and Congress mostly in accord on Ukraine, lawmakers are working on loan guarantees and other measures to shore up the shaky and nearly bankrupt government in Kiev...3/3

DOE

NNSA: Contractor transition has begun at Y-12/Pantex

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Steven Wyatt, communications chief in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Production Office, this afternoon confirmed that the transition of contractors has begun at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants...3/3

Nancy Johnson is B&W Y-12′s transition manager

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Nancy Johnson, a retired B&W Y-12 executive, will serve as the company’s transition manager over the next few months while Consolidated Nuclear Security takes the reins...3/3

East Tennessee

Knoxville among 10 fastest growing US cities

(CNN) If you're looking for a job, then Knoxville is a great place to live. That's according to CNNMoney, which listed Knoxville among its list of the top 10 fastest growing cities in the U.S.

Smokies history and archive center funded

(WVLT-TV) The new Joint Curatorial Collections Facility for the Great Smoky Mountains has been funded and building is expected to start within a few months. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell arrived Monday morning to announce that she'd secured the funds to build a structure that will house artifacts from the Smokies. ..3/3

TVA completes retaining wall at Kingston

(The Tennessean) More than five years and $1 billion after a catastrophic coal ash spill in Kingston, the Tennessee Valley Authority says it has finally contained the spill...3/3

energy & science policy

Food production in the northeastern US may need to change if climate does

(PhysOrg) If significant climate change occurs in the United States it may be necessary to change where certain foods are produced in order to meet consumer demand...2/28

science & technology

Researchers create stable 2-D electron gas in strontium titanate, open door to new kind of electronics

(PhysOrg) Usually, microelectronic devices are made of silicon or similar semiconductors. Recently, the electronic properties of metal oxides have become quite interesting...3/3

History of Space Nuclear Power

(Energy.gov) Learn about the role of nuclear space power systems throughout the history of space exploration -- from the Voyager missions to the Mars Curiosity rover...3/3

Two-hundred-year drought doomed Indus Valley Civilization

(Nature) ...The Indus Valley, in present Pakistan and northwest India, was home to a civilization also known as the Harappan Civilization. It was characterized by large, well-planned cities with advanced municipal sanitation systems...3/1

3 Models That Could Help Utilities Make Money From Solar Energy

(The Energy Collective) When the world wide web first came onto the scene, the dominant supplier of proprietary software, Microsoft, was forced to adopt the internet to stay relevant. Could there be a lesson here for utilities grappling with the disruptive nature of distributed technologies like solar?...3/3

Other Stories

How Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine Already Cost Russia $10 Billion

(Slate) The Central Bank of Russia has been forced to intervene in the foreign exchange market today to stem the decline of the Russian ruble, which tanked Monday following an escalation of military tensions on the border between Ukraine and Russia over the weekend...3/3