Tuesday, April 23, 2013
ORNL in the News

Mason on new deputy: 'This is a natural fit'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Not long after naming his new deputy lab director for science and technology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason said Ramamoorthy Ramesh of the University of California, Berkeleym was a "natural fit" for the position...4/21

New Book Chronicles UT-Battelle’s First Decade of Management at ORNL

(Tennessee Today) UT made a bold move in 1999 when it went public with plans to compete for the management contract of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/22

More data coming in, but questions persist: Is ORNL's radioactive waste crossing the Clinch River and polluting groundwater?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The search has been underway for a few years now to try to determine if radioactive and hazardous wastes seeping from old burial sites at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are moving underneath the Clinch River and polluting groundwater on private properties on the west side of the river...4/21.

Israel's Top BioEnergy Researchers Are Arriving Today at Oak Ridge National Laboratory For Deliberations to Establish U.S.-Israel Collaboration

(PRWeb) The Israel Energy Partnership and the US-Israel Science and Technology Foundation announced today that a delegation of Israel's top bioenergy scientists, entrepreneurs, and government officials have arrived in Oak Ridge Tennessee to meet with their counterparts from the Department of Energy's Bioenergy Science Center based at ORNL...4/22

DOE

Energy Department Announces New Innovative Projects to Develop Advanced Drop-in Biofuels for Military Jets and Ships

(Energy.gov) As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced nearly $18 million in four innovative pilot-scale biorefineries in California, Iowa and Washington that will test renewable biofuels as a domestic alternative to power our cars, trucks, and planes that meet military specifications for jet fuel and shipboard diesel...4/22

East Tennessee

Legislative, financial challenges nix potentially lucrative UT-Provision partnership

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The University of Tennessee may have abandoned tens of millions of dollars over the next decade from a proposed partnership that it is no longer pursuing with a proton therapy center in West Knoxville because of legislative and financial challenges associated with it...4/21

National

U.S. and China Put Focus on Cybersecurity

(NY Times) The United States and China held their highest-level military talks in nearly two years on Monday, with a senior Chinese general pledging to work with the United States on cybersecurity because the consequences of a major cyberattack “may be as serious as a nuclear bomb.”...4/22

U.S. rejects North Korean demand for nuclear status

(Reuters) North Korea insisted on Tuesday that it be recognized as a nuclear weapons state, a demand the United States promptly dismissed as "neither realistic nor acceptable"...4/23

 

energy & science policy

Letter Urges Priority for ARPA-E, Energy Innovation Hubs, Energy Frontier Research Centers

(AIP) A letter is circulating in the Senate urging senators to demonstrate their support for three Department of Energy programs: The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Energy Innovation Hubs, and Energy Frontier Research Centers...4/22

science & technology

US ricin attacks are more scary than harmful

(Nature) ...Although minute amounts of ricin can be lethal, it is difficult to process raw materials into the toxin’s most dangerous form, a readily inhaled fine powder...4/18

Scientists map all possible drug-like chemical compounds

(PhysOrg) Drug developers may have a new tool to search for more effective medications and new materials. It's a computer algorithm that can model and catalogue the entire set of lightweight, carbon-containing molecules that chemists could feasibly create in a lab...4/22

Returning the Colorado River to the Sea

(National Geographic News) Once teeming with life and spanning some two million acres, the delta of the Colorado River ranked among the planet’s greatest desert deltas. But more than half a century of damming and diverting the river’s flow to supply the burgeoning farms and cities...4/22

This Building Is Supergreen. Will It Be Copied?

(NPR) One of the world's greenest office buildings formally open its doors Monday — Earth Day. It's a project of the environmentally progressive Bullitt Foundation. Its ambition is bold: to showcase an entirely self-sustaining office building hoping that others will create similar projects...4/22

Other Stories

Police: 2 arrested in Canada terror plot

(Washington Post) Two men were arrested and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al-Qaeda “elements” in Iran...4/22

Shopping on Amazon Could Soon Get Pricier as Sales-Tax Bill Advances

(Wired) Amazon rode into the ranks of the world’s biggest retailers on the back of its low, low prices. But it’s more likely than ever that those prices will rise for most Americans as the Senate prepares to vote on a nationwide internet sales tax bill...4/23