Tuesday, March 26, 2013
ORNL in the News

DOE to announce national clean energy initiative during Oak Ridge event

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy will host a celebratory event this morning, touting the early success of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility and launching a national initiative that’s supposed to bolster clean energy manufacturing in multiple ways, create jobs and help ensure U.S. competitiveness over the next decade and beyond...3/26

New security contractor on the job at ORNL, ETTP

(Knoxville News Sentinel) National Strategic Protective Services, LLC which won a contract competition earlier this year, is now officially providing security services at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, East Tennessee Technology Park and other federal sites in Oak Ridge. The transition of contractors took effect today...3/25




Sequester-induced furloughs won't be necessary at Y-12 after all

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...“Although Y-12 has been managing its resources during the year by limiting procurements, travel and hiring, additional changes are needed,” the contractor said in a statement. “Effective this week, we are implementing additional spending reductions...3/25

State & Regional

Nuclear power advancements in Virginia could come to Tennessee

(WATE-TV) A new generation of nuclear reactors, called SMRs, could be producing power in the U.S. within the next ten years. A lot of it though will depend on what happens on the Clinch River in Oak Ridge...3/25

Georgia Senate passes resolution to move state line, claim Tennessee River water

(Times Free Press) Georgia senators today passed a resolution calling for the correction of survey areas along the state’s northern border in a 48-2 vote, a news release states...3/25


North Korea orders artillery to be combat ready, targeting U.S. bases

(Reuters) North Korea said on Tuesday its strategic rocket and long-range artillery units have been ordered to be combat ready, targeting U.S. military bases on Guam, Hawaii and mainland America after U.S. bombers flew sorties threatening the North...3/26

East Tennessee

TVA says W. Knox site ideal for data center

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Knox County may not have an industrial megasite, but it now has a smaller digital equivalent. The Tennessee Valley Authority announced last week that a 10.6-acre site near the Pellissippi Parkway has been approved as a primary data center site...3/26

energy & science policy

Final Funding Legislation Approved for FY 2013

(AIP) The House and Senate have passed legislation to provide funding for the remainder of the fiscal year. This legislation, known as a continuing resolution, has been sent to the White House. The President is expected to sign this bill...3/22

Progress on Helium Legislation

(AIP) On Wednesday the House Natural Resources Committee approved legislation that would significantly reform how one-half of the nation’s domestic helium supply is managed and sold...3/22

science & technology

Are Agriculture's Most Popular Insecticides Killing Our Bees?

(NPR) Environmentalists and beekeepers are calling on the government to ban some of the country's most widely used insect-killing chemicals. The pesticides, called neonicotinoids, became popular among farmers during the 1990s...3/25

How the Science of Swarms Can Help Us Fight Cancer and Predict the Future

(Wired) ...Now, thanks to new observation technologies, powerful software, and statistical methods, the mechanics of collectives are being revealed...3/19

Breakthrough in race to create 'bio-batteries'

(PhysOrg) ...The research shows that it is possible for bacteria to lie directly on the surface of a metal or mineral and transfer electrical charge through their cell membranes. This means that it is possible to 'tether' bacteria directly to electrodes – bringing scientists a step closer to creating efficient microbial fuel cells or 'bio-batteries'...3/25

The True Story of the Government Programs That Tried to Build an Atomic Heart

(The Atlantic) In 1967, the National Heart Institute and the Atomic Energy Agency began a ten-year effort to develop an artificial heart powered by plutonium-238...3/22

Other Stories

Canada puts commercialization ahead of blue-sky research

(Nature) Federal budget boosts clean-energy research and university infrastructure...3/22