Thursday, May 2, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL helping U.S. manufacturing make comeback

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has long been a home away from home for academic researchers from universities around the globe...Renowned for academic research, ORNL is moving to expand its role helping industry research and development efforts bring advanced technologies to the factory floor...5/2

ORNL-issued iPad stolen, remotely wiped clean

(ORNL Today) An iPad issued by Oak Ridge National Laboratory to an employee, stolen Tuesday while the worker was shopping, didn’t contain any classified information but has nevertheless been wiped clean remotely, an ORNL spokesman said...5/1

ORNL Develops Innovative Virtual Environment for Scientific Collaboration

(Telepresence Options) The Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, the Department of Energy's first Innovation Hub, has enlisted top scientists and engineers from around the U.S. to improve the nuclear reactors that provide about 20 percent of the nation's electricity. But the researchers don't all have to be in one place: CASL, which opened in 2011 and is based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is using state-of-the-art telepresence and video communications technology to enable the scientists to collaborate over great distances...5/1

DOE

Celebrating The Next Generation of Energy Entrepreneurs

(Energy.gov) ...Acting Secretary Poneman traveled to Boulder, Colorado to announce the regional winners of the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, an Energy Department grant program that is working to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and scientists to tackle some of America’s greatest challenges...4/30

State & Regional

TVA criticized for cap on solar

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Solar energy proponents are taking TVA to task for announcing a cap on buying electricity from solar generation systems of a certain size this year...5/1

National

Japan's Nuclear Plan Unsettles U.S.

(Wall Street Journal) Japan is preparing to start up a massive nuclear-fuel reprocessing plant over the objections of the Obama administration, which fears the move may stoke a broader race for nuclear technologies and even weapons in North Asia and the Middle East...5/1

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge Education Foundation donates $81,000 to city schools

(Oak Ridge Today) The Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation presented a check for $81,000 to the Oak Ridge Schools at the Foundation’s award ceremony Friday evening...Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director and Foundation Chair Thom Mason told an audience of more than 150 attending the event that the gift was part of the Foundation’s “Making a Critical Difference” campaign...5/1

energy & science policy

House Science Committee Receives an Overview of the NSF FY 2014 Budget

(AIP) The House Science Committee’s Research Subcommittee held an April 17 hearing to review the Administration’s FY 2014 Budget Request for the National Science Foundation...4/30

What Is The Future of Coal?

(Forbes) ...While the coal lobby has fought tenaciously, utilities are ditching their older and dirtier — but still workable — power plants built around the 1950s. Instead, they are installing modern pollution controls and experimenting with advanced coal generation...5/1

science & technology

Physicists demonstrate transfer of ultraprecise time signals over a wireless optical channel

(PhysOrg) By bouncing eye-safe laser pulses off a mirror on a hillside, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have transferred ultraprecise time signals through open air with unprecedented precision equivalent to the "ticking" of the world's best next-generation atomic clocks...5/1

'The Single Most Valuable Document In The History Of The World Wide Web'

(NPR) Twenty years ago this week, researchers renounced the right to patent the World Wide Web...5/1

US scientists develop smart RFID-enabled paper

(BBC News) US scientists have developed a way to embed radio frequency identification chips on to paper that they say is quicker, cheaper and offers wider applications than current methods...5/1

Other Stories

Governments Won't Need to Issue IDs: Data Brokers Will Identify You for Them

(The Atlantic) A new bill moving through Congress would give the authorities unprecedented access to citizens' information...4/30

Airline Traffic Growing Fast Abroad, Slow In The U.S.

(Forbes) Global airline traffic was up nearly six percent in March, thanks to improved business confidence and strong demand for travel in emerging markets...5/1