Thursday, March 27, 2014
ORNL in the News

Titan Project explores the smallest building blocks of matter

(PhysOrg) ...A team from Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Virginia is working to deepen our understanding of quarks, enlisting the help of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan supercomputer...3/26

Impact of Arctic Warming Discussed at Science Forum

(Tennessee Today) Stan Wullschleger, project director of Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will present “Arctic Alaska: Wild, Wonderful, and Warming” on Friday at this week’s Science Forum...3/26

Demolition, construction to start soon on ORNL shipping, receiving building

(Oak Ridge Today) ...The building, which will serve as a central hub for everything that ORNL ships and receives, will be a total of 26,000 square feet. Of that, 17,000 square feet is designated as a shipping/receiving warehouse with 11 loading docks, and areas for packaging, staging, and storage. The remainder of the building is designated as office space...3/27

DOE

Right of incumbent employees at Y-12/Pantex

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In a message this week to employees at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plant, CNS President Jim Haynes said the new managing contractor would make job offers between April 15 and June 2 and provide detailed information on benefits by mid-May...3/26

State & Regional

Tennessee leads nation for minimum wage workers

(The Tennessean) About 7.4 percent of Tennessee's workforce earns at or below the minimum wage, the highest proportion of minimum wage workers in the country, according to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics...3/25

National

Obama Seeks to Rally Allies on Russia

(Wall Street Journal) President Barack Obama, emphasizing U.S. allies' united front against Moscow, cast Russia's invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea as a violation of a European order painstakingly built from the rubble and bloodshed of World War II...3/26

East Tennessee

Prehistoric statue at UT's McClung Museum made official state artifact

(AP) A prehistoric Native American sandstone statue called Sandy is now the official state artifact. The 18-inch-high statue depicts a kneeling male figure. It was found in 1939 at a Wilson County farm along with a companion female statue...3/27

energy & science policy

U.S. Releases Controversial New Stream Protection Rules

(Science Magazine) Small headwater streams, small wetlands, and ephemeral water bodies would get greater protection under a proposed rule unveiled today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...3/25

science & technology

Generator uses the human body as an electrode to power portable electronics

(PhysOrg) It's well-known that the human body is a good conductor of electricity, and now researchers have taken advantage of this fact to create a small generator that uses the body as an electrode to power portable devices without the need for batteries...3/26

Battery Technology: Of the Past, but Lifeblood for the Future

(The Energy Collective) Before the massive electrical grids and power lines that our current infrastructure relies so heavily upon, batteries were the way we created electricity. As batteries advanced, so did our technological capabilities...3/26

Fight over Rooftop Solar Forecasts a Bright Future for Cleaner Energy

(Scientific American) As the cost of solar power drops, more consumers find that they hold the upper hand as utilities fight to maintain paying customers and the relevance of the grid...3/25

How Ceramics Could Prevent Nuclear Disaster

(Popular Science) For more than 50 years, engineers have built the rods that hold nuclear fuel the same way, out of zirconium-based metal alloys...3/26

Other Stories

IT security is heating up. Are universities prepared for it?

(Fortune) The relatively new business of cybersecurity is booming. As it turns out, so is the business of training the next crop of engineers for it...3/26