Wednesday, July 17, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL research helps fuel savings, lower truck emissions

(WBIR-TV) Research is underway at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to help the environment and fuel costs for the millions of tractor trailer operators. "A lot of emissions here. One of the things he likes to do here is try and reduce those emissions," said David Smith, a scientist at ORNL that's working in the Vehicle System Integration Lab...7/16


Dr. Mikhail Sokolov receives ASTM International Award of Merit.

( Mikhail Sokolov, Ph.D., senior research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge, TN, received Award of Merit and honorary title of fellow from ASTM International. Sokolov was honored for contributions to successful symposia for Committee E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications as well as his work on transition range fracture toughness standards for Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture...7/16

Eugene P. Wilkinson, Who Steered First Nuclear Submarine, Dies at 94

(New York Times) Vice Adm. Eugene P. Wilkinson, who commanded the Nautilus -- the United States Navy's first nuclear-powered submarine and the first machine to harness atomic fission for propulsion rather than weaponry -- died on Thursday in Del Mar, Calif. He was 94...With a corps of other handpicked officers, he was sent to study atomic physics and nuclear reactors at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois...7/16


DOE moving back after asbestos saga

(Knoxville New Sentinel) ...DOE spokesman Mike Koentop this week the asbestos cleanup had been completed by contract workers under the directions of the General Services Administration, and preparations are underway for about 300 DOE employees to repopulate the Federal Building in stages...7/17

UCOR takes over maintenance of lab hot cells facility; about $20M in cleanup remains on hold

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy confirmed that the hot-cells cleanup site (Building 3026) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been turned over to UCOR for surveillance and maintenance activities until a decision is made on when to move forward and finish the cleanup...7/16

State & Regional

Leadership changes continue at TVA

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA leadership changes continue as the federal utility announced two executives are leaving for positions at other power companies...7/16


Russia's Putin puts U.S. ties above Snowden

(Reuters) President Vladimir Putin gave his clearest signal yet that he will not let a dispute over the fate of former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden derail Russia's relations with the United States...7/17

East Tennessee

UT, city to study possible theater at World's Fair Park

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Planning officials at the University of Tennessee will meet with their counterparts at the city of Knoxville to determine whether a building large enough for the school’s theater department will fit on the very limited lawn space at World’s Fair Park...7/16

Forensic tooth doctor featured at community lecture Thursday

(Oak Ridge Today) The 16th Annual Dick Smyser Community Lecture Series continues on Thursday, July 18, and it will feature Dr. Mike Tabor, chief forensic odontologist for the Tennessee State Medical Examiner’s Office. He will discuss “Forensic Identification at Ground Zero and Other High Profile Cases...7/17

5 East Tenn. hospitals rank as top in state

(WBIR-TV) Five East Tennessee hospitals made the ranks of US News and World Report's "Best Hospitals" in Tennessee for 2013-2014...7/16

energy & science policy

Appropriations Actions on NASA, NIST, and NSF Funding Bills

(AIP) ...the Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee approved by voice vote a bill providing FY 2014 funding for NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Science Foundation...7/16

science & technology

The End of Digital Tyranny: Why the Future of Computing Is Analog

(Wired) Most of us rarely think about it, but when we turn on our smartphones and PCs, we’re giving ourselves over to machines that reduce every single task to a series of 1s and 0s. That’s what digital means. But according to Doug Burger, a researcher with Microsoft’s Extreme Computing Group, this may be coming to an end...7/17

Navy Aims For Electromagnetic Guns

(Scientific American) The Pentagon is closer to adding a futuristic new gun to its arsenal, using electricity rather than chemical propellants. It’s called an electromagnetic rail gun...7/11

The Southwest's Forests May Never Recover from Megafires

(The Atlantic) If you doubt that climate change is transforming the American landscape, go to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sweltering temperatures there have broken records this summer, and a seemingly permanent orange haze of smoke hangs in the air from multiple wildfires...7/5

NASA Successfully Tests First 3-D Printed Rocket Engine Injector

(Popular Science) ...The agency has just finished successful tests of a 3-D printed rocket engine injector at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, marking one of the first steps in using additive manufacturing for space travel...7/12

Other Stories

The CEO who caught the Chinese spies red-handed

(Fortune) [Full text article available from the library] The exclusive inside look at why Kevin Mandia revealed that the People’s Liberation Army has systematically hacked U.S. companies...7/22

Heavy Rains Send Iowa's Precious Soil Downriver

(NPR) ...The Environmental Working Group, drawing on analysis done by Iowa State University's Iowa Daily Erosion Project, found in a recent report that during one five-day period in May, 50 townships in Iowa lost more than 5 tons of topsoil per acre...7/12