ORNL in the News

ORAU/ORNL Partner for Grants

(HPC Wire) Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have partnered again to award two new grants in the ORAU/ORNL High-Performance Computing Grant Program for 2013...3/4

Remote Robots

(Knoxville News Sentinel) [Need to scroll] Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will host a Robotics and Remote Handling class for students in grades 8-12 along with their parents from 9:30-11 a.m. March 9 in ORAU’s Pollard Auditorium...3/5

March Story Tips

(Newswise) Story tips from Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/5

  • ENERGY – Reducing biorefinery waste
  • HEALTH – Faster vitamin analysis
  • CLIMATE – Recreating the past
  • LIGHTING – Brighter future for LEDs
  • ENVIRONMENT – Better hydrogen trap

Wounded warriors join fight against child porn

(WBIR-TV) A $1 million gift will help a national group with an active base in Knoxville further its mission to protect children...For several years, NAPC has partnered with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...Veterans will be trained and placed across the country, using technology created by ORNL...3/4

 

DOE

Ernest Moniz Will be Nominated as New Secretary of Energy

(AIP) This morning President Obama announced his intention to nominate Ernest Moniz to be the next secretary of energy. Describing Moniz as a “brilliant scientist,” the President lauded Moniz for his work at the Department of Energy and MIT, adding “Ernie knows that we can produce more energy and grow our economy while still taking care of our air, our water, and our climate.”...3/4

Y-12 embraces change to secure future work

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...While the missions are increasingly diverse, much of the plant's work is tied to refurbishment — and in some cases rebuilding — nuclear warhead components or dismantling old systems and recycling the materials. In that role, Y-12 continues to support nuclear deterrence and maintaining the stockpile...3/4

State & Regional

Tennessee exports grow to record level

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Exports from Tennessee companies reached a record level last year as the country achieved an all-time export record of $2.2 trillion in U.S. goods and services, according to government figures...3/5

National

Four Things To Know About The Next Big Budget Battle

(NPR) Now that the sequester has taken effect, there's a new phrase that keeps popping up in Washington: the Continuing Resolution...3/5

East Tennessee

Inventors overcome hurdles in driving engine to market

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Bart Watkins' quest to bring to reality his grandfather's idea for a lighter, simpler rotary engine has achieved several milestones and found a potential new application that could get the invention to market more quickly...3/4

State's solar strategists' hopes not dimmed for industry

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee's solar industry appeared ready to shine when two of the world's largest companies involved in the manufacture of photovoltaic panels announced plans to invest billions in the state. Four years later, global economics and local policy have raised questions about the brightness of the alternative energy's future...3/4

energy & science policy

OSTP Issues Directive to Federal Agencies on Public Access

(AIP) ...On February 22, Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren issued a six-page policy memorandum to the heads of federal executive departments and agencies describing the Obama Administration’s policy “to increase access to federally funded published research and digital scientific data.”...3/1

Sequestering Science Research

(The Atlantic) [Editorial] Tom Levenson took a moment to speak with physicist, and current Dean of the School of Sciences at MIT, Marc Kastner about the effects of the sequester on research...3/1

science & technology

US science academy celebrates 150 years

(Nature) On 3 March 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) into existence. Since then the NAS, an independent science-advisory group in Washington DC, has churned out more than 10,000 reports at the request of US government agencies — 3,805 of them between 1996 and 2012...3/1

Chasing the Higgs Boson

(NY Times) ...For almost half a century, physicists had chased its quantum ghost through labyrinths of mathematics and logic, and through tons of electronics at powerful particle colliders, all to no avail. Now it had come down to the Large Hadron Collider, where two armies of physicists, each 3,000 strong, struggled against each other and against nature, in a friendly but deadly serious competition...3/5

Global Warming Will Open Unexpected New Shipping Routes in Arctic, Researchers Find

(Science Daily) Shipping lanes through the Arctic Ocean won't put the Suez and Panama canals out of business anytime soon, but global warming will make these frigid routes much more accessible than ever imagined by melting an unprecedented amount of sea ice during the late summer, new UCLA research shows....3/4

Other Stories

China to boost military spending 10.7 percent

(Washington Post) China’s military spending will grow by 10.7 percent this year — a notable increase in the face of sluggish economic growth — according to official reports delivered Tuesday at the kickoff of a two-week meeting that will culminate in the elevation of China’s new president and premier...3/5