Tuesday, March 25, 2014
ORNL in the News

Researchers grow carbon nanofibers using ambient air, without toxic ammonia

(Science Daily) Materials science researchers have demonstrated that vertically aligned carbon nanofibers can be manufactured using ambient air, making the manufacturing process safer and less expensive. Vertically aligned carbon nanofibers hold promise for use in gene-delivery tools, sensors, batteries and other technologies...Co-authors include T.E. McKnight of Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/24

NSPS finishes first year as DOE’s protective force provider in Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridge Today) National Strategic Protective Services LLC on Monday said it has completed the first year of its protective force services contract with the U.S. Department of Energy in Oak Ridge...According to the site chief for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Protective Force, Jon Justice: “NSPS is the fifth contractor I’ve worked for during the course of my 40-year career on this project. I have witnessed a very positive relationship develop amongst the NSPS leadership, employees, and our customer...3/24

National

U.S. notified 3,000 companies in 2013 about cyberattacks

(Washington Post) Federal agents notified more than 3,000 U.S. companies last year that their computer systems had been hacked, White House officials have told industry executives, marking the first time the government has revealed how often it tipped off the private sector to cyberintrusions...3/24

State & Regional

TVA to update progress on long-range plan

(AP) The Tennessee Valley Authority is set to discuss progress in updating the utilities long-range energy resources plan along with more than 1,100 comments from the public...3/24

Monorail study passes Tennessee Senate

(The Tennessean) The Tennessee Senate voted 31-0 Monday to study building a monorail that would connect Nashville and Murfreesboro...3/24

East Tennessee

Council does not extend traffic camera contract

(Oak Ridge Today) The Oak Ridge City Council did not renew the city’s controversial contract with traffic camera vendor Redflex Traffic Systems on Monday...3/24

DOE

NNSA: Sandia project done on schedule, $4M under budget

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration today announced that the Test Capabilities Revitalization Phase 2 project at Sandia National Labs in New Mexico had been completed on time and $4 million under budget...3/24

UC Berkeley students’ energy-efficiency proposal wins ‘Most Innovative’ in Department of Energy competition

(The Daily Californian) A team of four UC Berkeley undergraduates won “Most Innovative” in one of six categories at the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Case Competition for its proposal to improve energy efficiency at universities...3/25

energy & science policy

Russia's Science Reform Czar on U.S. Sanctions List

(Science Magazine) As part of the U.S. government’s attempt to inflict a cost on Russia for annexing the Crimean Peninsula of Ukraine, the Treasury Department yesterday slapped sanctions on 16 Russian government officials, freezing their assets and making it a crime for U.S. citizens to engage in financial transactions with them...3/21

Advancing Global Nuclear Security

(Energy.gov) Today the world’s leaders gathered at The Hague for the third Nuclear Security Summit, an opportunity to compare notes on how far we’ve come and chart the course ahead as we work to keep sensitive materials -- the building blocks of nuclear weapons -- from falling into the wrong hands...3/24

science & technology

Future Winter Olympics in Jeopardy

(Science Magazine) ...According to researchers, nine of the previous 19 host locations, including Sochi, Russia, Vancouver, Canada, and Grenoble, France, will no longer be suitable for the games by the 2050s, and as few as six will be fit by the 2080s...3/24

Biodegradable battery could melt inside the body

(Nature) A biodegradable, implantable battery could help in the development of biomedical devices that monitor tissue or deliver treatments before being reabsorbed by the body after use...3/24

Other Stories

America Needs a Bunker to Store Its Mountain of Toxic TVs

(Wired) ...As we move to flat screen TVs and computer displays, we’re discarding our big, bulky old school televisions and CRT monitors, and they’re piling up in warehouses like the one that caught fire in Parowan, with nowhere to go...3/24

Will 'Guns, Guards, and Gates' Really Terror-Proof the Grid?

(The Energy Collective) ...The attack on Pacific Gas & Electric’s Metcalf substation didn’t cause any blackouts. But it did lead former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) chairman Jon Wellinghoff to label it the “largest incident of domestic terrorism” against the grid in U.S. history...3/25