Tuesday, June 25, 2013
ORNL in the News

Program Gives High School Students Inside Look into Engineering

(Tennessee Today) Thirty-two rising ninth-grade students from Tennessee and surrounding states will get an up-close look at the challenges and marvels of the engineering field from UT engineering faculty and professionals during the College of Engineering’s Engineering Volunteers for Ninth Graders (eVOL9) program...The Battelle Tennessee Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Innovation Network is sponsoring the program....6/20

ORNL’s Flanagan elected fellow of American Nuclear Society

(Oak Ridge Today) George Flanagan of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been elected fellow of the American Nuclear Society...6/24

Rad-waste operations shut down following fire scare

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Operations remained shut down Monday at the Department of Energy’s Transuranic Waste Processing Center following an overnight fire scare...The DOE facility, which processes long-lived, highly radioactive wastes, is located off Highway 95 west of Oak Ridge National Laboratory...6/25

DOE

Fermilab names Nigel Lockyer as new director

(Nature) Physicist Nigel Lockyer has been appointed the new director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois...6/21

East Tennessee

UT: Federal sale of TVA could lead to breakup

(AP) A new University of Tennessee report finds that if the federal government decides to go ahead with divesting the Tennessee Valley Authority, the public utility could be broken up among several private power generators in the region...6/25

Scientists find 6,000-year-old cave art on Cumberland Plateau

(WBIR-TV) UT scientists think they've found what might be America's oldest cave and rock art, and it's right here in Tennessee. Scientists and researchers found some drawings on the Cumberland Plateau that date back to about 500 years ago. But, radio-carbon dating says one painting was made about 6,000 years ago...6/24

National

Russia denies that it could have handed Snowden to U.S. authorities

(Washington Post) Russia on Tuesday rejected U.S. criticism of its role in the legal drama surrounding Edward Snowden, saying its government had no legal right to turn the fugitive over to U.S. authorities and denouncing suggestions that Russia was abetting Snowden’s escape...6/25

State & Regional

Survey of well-being shows Tennessee children are less well off

(The Tennessean) ...Tennessee ranked 39th for overall child well-being, down three positions from the prior year. The state’s struggles with poverty persist, with a fourth of all Tennessee children living in poverty...6/24

 

 

energy & science policy

Science Committee Hearing on NASA and NSF Exoplanet Programs

(AIP) A joint hearing last month by two subcommittees of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee – the Subcommittee on Space and Subcommittee on Research – provided ample evidence of enthusiastic bipartisan support for NASA and NSF programs to discover new planets orbiting stars other than our Sun...6/21

science & technology

New scheme for quantum computing

(PhysOrg) Tom Wong, a graduate student in physics and David Meyer, professor of mathematics at the University of California, San Diego, have proposed a new algorithm for quantum computing, that will speed a particular type of problem...6/25

The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech

(Time) This isn’t your childhood library. The Hunt Library at North Carolina State University is beautiful. The main floor looks more like a sleek Apple showroom than a stuffy library. And instead of a Genius Bar, there’s an Ask Me alcove, where you can get help on everything from laptops to flash drives...6/25

Other Stories

Whither the River? The Colorado Is Pronounced America's Most Endangered Waterway

(Scientific American) American Rivers, a leading non-profit dedicated to the conservation of rivers and riparian corridors across the U.S., recently unveiled its annual list of the nation’s most endangered rivers. The mighty Colorado earned the #1 spot...6/23

60 Years After Man First Climbed Everest, the Mountain Is a Mess

(Time) Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed Mount Everest for the first time 60 years ago today. Climbing is more common now — and the mountain has become a trash heap...5/29

Cyberattacks Shut Down Leading Korean Sites

(NY Times) Major government and news media Web sites in South and North Korea were shut down on Tuesday after anonymous hackers claimed to have attacked them on the 63rd anniversary of the start of the 1950-53 Korean War...6/25