Thursday, April 11, 2013
ORNL in the News

Obama budget request a mixed bag for Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Obama administration’s proposed federal budget for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins Oct. 1, carried mixed news for the government operations in Oak Ridge...According to budget documents, the Advanced Scientific Computing Research program at ORNL could see it’s funding drop from $104 million this year to about $91 million in FY 2014...4/10

Providing Motion Compensation Reconstruction

(Motion Control) A technology being developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory promises to provide clear images of the brains of children, the elderly, and people with Parkinson's and other diseases without the use of uncomfortable or intrusive restraints...4/10

Research Group at NICS Tackling Turbulence Puzzle

(Tennessee Today) Smoke flowing out of a chimney, the wind moving between the leaves and branches of trees, massive clouds moving in the atmosphere—turbulence is everywhere. However, it has remained one of the biggest puzzles in classical physics. A research group is using supercomputing power at the National Institute for Computation Sciences to solve the puzzle and tackle turbulent flow problems...4/10

DOE

Alexander asks Energy nominee to make Oak Ridge mercury cleanup a priority

(Oak Ridger) U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Tuesday questioned Ernest Moniz, President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Energy, about making cleanup of mercury contamination at the facilities at Oak Ridge a priority...4/10

UT/Y-12 Partnership Furthers Promising Research

(Tennessee Today) Y'12’s formal partnership with UT offers a simple solution: graduate research assistants...4/10

UPF funding request at $325 million

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Adminstration today said the budget request for the Uranium Processing Facility in FY 2014 is about $325 million....4/10

State & Regional

Obama administration may sell TVA

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Shock and awe washed across the Tennessee Valley on Wednesday as the Obama administration suggested selling TVA...4/10

National

Pentagon warns North Korea: You are 'very close to a dangerous line'

(CS Monitor) North Korea is unpredictable, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says. That's why the Pentagon aims to ratchet down tensions, even as it tries to 'prepare for every contingency...4/10

Postal Service bows to pressure, won’t end Saturday delivery

(Washington Post) The U.S. Postal Service backed away Wednesday from its plan to end Saturday mail delivery in August, bowing to bipartisan congressional opposition that the postmaster general said two months ago he had the authority to bypass...4/10

East Tennessee

NRC to assess troubled Watts Bar project

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Environmental advocates will be listening closely next week to what the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says about TVA’s troubled Watts Bar Nuclear Plant project...4/9

 

energy & science policy

Modular reactors could help nation with energy needs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) [Editorial] The Tennessee Valley Authority and Babcock & Wilcox finally have an official agreement to move forward with a pilot project that would result in the nation’s first modular nuclear power plant...4/10

How Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Be Built?

(Popular Mechanics) If President Obama approves the hot-button Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada has plenty of work to do to build the Montana-to-Nebraska connection. This is how its engineers plan to do it...4/8

science & technology

Mathematicians Predict the Future With Data From the Past

(Wired) Peter Turchin — a professor at the University of Connecticut — is the driving force behind a field called “cliodynamics,” where scientists and mathematicians analyze history in the hopes of finding patterns they can then use to predict the future...4/10

Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too)

(NY Times) ...Jeffrey Beall, a research librarian at the University of Colorado in Denver, has developed his own blacklist of what he calls “predatory open-access journals.” There were 20 publishers on his list in 2010, and now there are more than 300. He estimates that there are as many as 4,000 predatory journals today, at least 25 percent of the total number of open-access journals...4/7

From DARPA, A Navigational Device That Fits On A Penny And Works When GPS Doesn't

(Popular Science) ...DARPA wants to navigate GPS blackout areas with a chip that does everything you need when GPS stops working, and to make that tech smaller than a penny...4/10

Researcher Says He's Found Hackable Flaws In Airplanes' Navigation Systems

(Forbes) Here’s an uncomfortable image to keep in mind during your next flight: A rogue hacker who can redirect planes at will with the touch of an Android phone’s screen...4/10

Other Stories

Martyl Langsdorf, Doomsday Clock Designer, Dies at 96

(NY Times) Martyl Langsdorf’s clock has yet to strike midnight. In 1953, with the United States and the Soviet Union testing hydrogen bombs and the cold war increasingly frigid, that ominous minute hand of hers stood just two ticks from the symbolically catastrophic 12.