Wednesday, May 22, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL technology used to aid Okla. storm recovery

( At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, senior researcher Steven Fernandez can see a play by play of how Oklahoma's tornadoes are impacting the power grid and models of how long the recovery process will take...5/21


Oak Ridge donates salt for Czech molten salt reactor program

( A Czech nuclear research institute has received a shipment of fluoride salt from the US Department of Energy. The Řež research institute is conducting studies into the use of the salt as a coolant in high-temperature nuclear reactors...The 75kg of lithium and beryllium fluoride salt supplied by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be used for experiments to investigate the coolant material at Řež's critical test facility...5/21


Uranium Processing Facility still trying to catch up

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The designers of the Uranium Processing Facility are almost back to where they once were. According to Steven Wyatt, a spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration, the redesign of the multibillion-dollar UPF — one of the biggest government projects in the offing — is now about 70 percent completed...5/22

Dr. Ernest Moniz Sworn in as 13th Secretary of Energy

( Dr. Ernest Moniz was sworn in as the nation’s 13th Secretary of Energy by Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman in a ceremony this morning for the Department’s employees, kicking off a busy first day that includes briefings on energy and national security as well as remarks to the 2013 Energy Efficiency Global Forum. Moniz was confirmed by the full Senate in a vote of 97-0 on May 16...5/21


Senate Panel Approves Immigration Bill

(NPR) ...In addition to creating a pathway to citizenship for 11.5 million immigrants, the legislation creates a new program for low-skilled foreign labor and would permit highly skilled workers into the country at far higher levels than is currently the case...5/22

State & Regional

TVA names Horizon Center site as primary data center site

(Oak Ridge Today) The Tennessee Valley Authority has identified a 28-acre site at Horizon Center in west Oak Ridge as a potential data center site, a designation that will help Oak Ridge recruit companies, an official said...5/21

TN schools weigh cost vs. risk of storm safe rooms

(Tennessean) Beside Joplin’s temporary high school sits a field of concrete boxes with steel doors — bunkers trusted to guard students against 200-plus-mph winds like those that ripped their Missouri school apart two years ago today...5/21


energy & science policy

Gamma Rays and the Grand Canyon

(National Geographic News) [Editorial] U.S. Forest Service authorizes a uranium mine just six miles from the canyon. Uranium mining has left a poisonous legacy in the Four Corners region of the Colorado Plateau—Indian country where Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado come together...5/20

science & technology

Heinrich Rohrer, Physicist, Dies at 79; Helped Open Door to Nanotechnology

(NY Times) Heinrich Rohrer, who shared the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing a microscope that made it possible to see individual atoms and move them around, an achievement that led to vastly faster computing and greatly advanced molecular biology, died on Thursday night or early Friday morning in Wollerau, Switzerland. He was 79...5/21

NASA asks: Could 3-D-printed food fuel a mission to Mars?

(Washington Post) NASA can send robots to Mars, no problem. But if it’s ever going to put humans on the Red Planet, it has to figure out how to feed them over the course of a years-long mission...5/21

British wildlife faces 'stark' threat as species decline

(PhysOrg) The State of Nature report, produced by 25 wildlife organisations working together for the first time, examined the population or distribution trends of 3,148 mammals, birds, insects and plants...5/22

Quantum Or Not, New Supercomputer Is Certainly Something Else

(NPR) It's exactly the sort of futuristic thinking you'd expect from Google and NASA: Late last week, the organizations announced a partnership to build a Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at NASA's Ames Research Center...5/22

Big Data could generate millions of new jobs

(Fortune) U.S. companies will need 1.9 million more techies by 2015, says one expert. Here are the top 10 tech skills employers are seeking...5/21

Other Stories

North Korea sends top Kim Jong-un aide to Beijing

(Reuters) North Korea sent one of its top military officials as a "special envoy" from its leader Kim Jong-un to Beijing on Wednesday, accompanied by a high-powered delegation in what appeared to be a bid to mend frayed relations with its most important ally...5/22