Monday, March 11, 2013
ORNL in the News

Clean-up HaltedHot cleanup halted at ORNL after money runs out

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The removal of old hot cells at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the most challenging and potentially hazardous cleanup projects in recent times, has been halted because the costs went way up and the Recovery Act funding ran out. The hot cells in Building 3026 were part of the original nuclear operations on ORNL’s central campus, dating back to the World War II-era Manhattan Project...3/9

Autotune – Supercomputer-assisted Calibration for Better Energy Models

(Inside HPC) One way to improve the energy efficiency of buildings is through energy models that simulate various aspects such as power, cooling, and heat loss through windows. Until now, however, building accurate models for diverse building designs has been very difficult. Over at NICS, Scott Gibson writes that supercomputer-assisted calibration methodology from Oak Ridge National Labs is being used to enhance the accuracy of these energy models...3/8

DOE

Y-12 security official charged in prostitution sting

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A top official with a security subcontractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge was arrested Feb. 26 as apart of a reverse sting operation in Knox County and charged with patronizing prostitution....3/9

Panel lead by Sen. McCaskill looking into oversight of Energy Department grants

(Columbus Republic) A U.S. Senate committee led by Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill is looking into grants made by the federal Department of Energy...3/11

State & Regional

CoopertownPolice in Tennessee town must take polygraphs

(CNN) After a series of problems that included a police officer using a racial slur, the new police chief in a Tennessee town is trying to clean up his department's image by requiring all applicants to take a polygraph test...3/10

 

National

Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline defies US

(BBC News) President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have inaugurated a controversial gas pipeline linking the two neighbours. The US has warned that the project could incur sanctions connected with Iran's nuclear programme...3/11

U.S., South Korea begin military exercises as North ends armistice

(CNN) A new joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States began Monday amid heightened tensions across the region. In a sign of crumbling relations, North Korea refused to answer its hotline with Seoul, South Korea's unification ministry said Monday, according to the Yonhap news agency...3/11

East Tennessee

TVA installs new warning sirens around Watts Bar

(WATE) The Tennessee Valley Authority is replacing old emergency alert sirens around each of the three nuclear plants in Tennessee. The new sirens have a clearer sound and are more reliable with battery backup systems...3/8

energy & science policy

MonizWill Secretary Moniz Put Energy Back Into The Department of Energy?

(Forbes) President Barack Obama announced Monday that he will nominate Dr. Ernest Moniz to head the U.S. Department of Energy as Secretary. This was a wise move...3/9

Letter Urges Prioritization of Spending for Science and Technology

(AIP) The Optical Society and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) were joined by 31 scientific associations and organizations in sending a letter to all Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives urging the continued prioritization of federal funding for science and technology...3/8

science & technology

Leap Motion: The 'Minority Report' Interface Is Now Real

(Forbes) There was once a time when humans couldn’t interact with computers except via punch cards. Since then we’ve upgraded to flashing green cursors demanding lines of code, then to the point-and-click graphical user interface pioneered by Xerox, and finally to the touchscreens of tablets and smartphones...3/10

How to Resurrect Lost Species

(National Geographic) Will we ever see a woolly mammoth again? What about the striped Tasmanian tiger, once-prolific passenger pigeon, or the imposing wild cattle called aurochs?...3/8

Other Stories

In cyberwarfare, rules of engagement still hard to define

(Washington Post) When Gen. Keith Alexander, the head of the Pentagon’s Cyber Command, comes to the Hill on Tuesday, he will probably be asked to describe his plans for building a military force to defend the nation against cyberattacks...3/9

Out there

3D printed Skull3-D-Printed Implant Replaces 75 Percent Of Man's Skull

(Popular Science) The rise of 3-D printing has turned body parts into a custom order. We can now 3-D-print customized prosthetics for everything from our hands to our ears. And now 3-D printing can even make you a new noggin...3/8