Tuesday, June 14, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL package tracking system takes social media to new heights

(Physorg.com) What has made the Internet such a success could help change the way high-dollar and hazardous packages are tracked, according to Randy Walker of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...6/13

Cuonzo Martin helps to kick off United Way campaign

(WBIR-TV) Workers at the Oak Ridge National Lab have been generous supported of the United Way in past years.  Monday, the UT Head Basketball coach Cuonzo Martin helped to kick off this year's campaign. ORNL employees and UT Battelle have contributed more than a million dollars in each of the past three years...6/13

Call For Clean Energy Innovation

(Government and Policy) ...Thomas Mason, the director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, pointed out that there are still limits to what the current state of the art in high-performance computing is capable of handling. Specifically, he emphasized that computers have difficulty dealing with complex problems such as climate change, one of the big factors that will impact future energy consumption...6/13




Y-12 resists cyber attack

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Y-12 nuclear weapons plant is one of the latest victims in a series of high-profile cyber attacks against government agencies, high-security institutions and major companies...6/14

Energy Secretary Chu Announces Five Million Smart Meters Installed Nationwide as Part of Grid Modernization Effort

(DOE Press Release) At a White House Grid Modernization event today, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that more than five million smart meters have been installed nationwide as part of Recovery Act-funded efforts to accelerate modernization of the Nation's electric grid...6/13

Recovery Act workers at Y-12 in Oak Ridge reach two years of work with no injuries

(Oak Ridger) Recovery Act-funded workers at Oak Ridge's Y-12 National Security Complex recently celebrated achieving two years of Recovery Act work without a lost workday injury...6/10

DOE and The Appraisal Foundation Announce New Partnership to Focus on Energy Performance and Building Appraisals

(DOE Press Release) As part of the Obama Administration's efforts to improve commercial building efficiency 20 percent by 2020, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a partnership with The Appraisal Foundation that will help expand access to energy efficiency and building performance information for commercial buildings and help American businesses to reduce energy waste...6/13


CIA to operate drones over Yemen

(Washington Post) The CIA is expected to begin operating armed drone aircraft over Yemen, expanding the hunt for al-Qaeda operatives in a country where counter-terrorism efforts have been disrupted by political chaos, U.S. officials said...6/14

After 40 Years, Pentagon Papers Declassified In Full

(NPR) Forty years ago, on June 13, 1971, The New York Times published portions of these documents, better known as the Pentagon Papers. On Monday, for the first time, the government released all 7,000 pages of the report with no redactions...6/13

East Tennessee

New coal gasification plant planned in Morristown

(WATE - TV) Freedom Energy Diesel announced over the weekend that it will build a $405 million plant that will employ about 450 people when completed and add another 150 jobs in a second phase 18 months later...6/13

energy & science policy

Upbeat PCAST Meeting Addresses Future of NASA and Science Education

(AIP) The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) met last month to hear from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Chair of the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education Helen Quinn...6/13

Inside Energy Extra

6/13 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- New funds, guidance set for smart grid
- DOE warns uranium bill could hurt market
- EIA director Newell to return to campus
- EPA delays GHG power-plant proposal
- BOEM to bolster offshore training staff
- Bingaman presses CFTC on oil price spike

science & technology

Tevatron teams clash over new physics

(Nature) Research groups at the Tevatron, the proton-antiproton collider at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, have reached starkly different conclusions about a possible sighting of new particles beyond what is expected under the standard model of particle physics...6/10

The Fog of Cyberwar: What Are the Rules of Engagement?

(Scientific American) Countries are beginning to develop cyberwarfare policies to protect their national interests, but defending oneself in the borderless Internet will prove problematic...6/13

Bid to repair Lake Michigan and Great Lakes, one marsh at a time

(CS Monitor) A $2 billion restoration effort may help rehabilitate Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes, but environmentalists say it may be too late to reverse four centuries' worth of damage.

Other Stories

Nuclear Paradox: Shrinking U.S. Arsenal Requires Huge New Expenditures

(Forbes) ...You wouldn’t think much spending is required to sustain a complex that hasn’t produced a single new warhead since 1991, but the system consumes a billion dollars per month and that figure is going up...For example, a 350,000 square-foot uranium processing facility will be built at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee...6/13

Infographic: How the Internet Is Revolutionizing Education

(The Atlantic) Unless there's an outright ban, it's almost impossible to find a classroom anywhere in the United States without at least one computer. And in many college lecture halls, nearly every student will come ready with a laptop or tablet...6/13