Thursday, July 28, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL interns taking advantage of chance of a lifetime

(WBIR-TV) A group of college students are in Oak Ridge this summer taking advantage of a chance of a lifetime. These young scientists may solve the environmental and energy problems facing the world today. While the environment the students work in may not look like a lab at ORNL, if you look closer the forest is wired with sensors, and sampling devices...7/26

DOE, Interior Eye Employees Jettisoned by Space Program

(NY Times) The Energy Department and the Department of the Interior are among dozens of federal agencies looking to hire some of the engineers and scientists from NASA's closing space program...Among them is DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where open positions range from nuclear engineers to carbon fiber researchers. Human resources director Debbie Stairs said Oak Ridge has hired NASA employees in the past with success. One potential area of overlap, she said, is materials research...7/27

ORNL hosts U.S./India nuclear work group

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Energy Working Group met earlier this week at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...According to info provided by ORNL, the working group hosts an annual meeting with the location alternating between the U.S. and India and focuses on civil uses of nuclear energy...7/27

Oak Ridge, county have opportunity to ’lead the way in nuclear power'

(Oak Ridger) With its national legacy of building a bomb that helped end World War II, Oak Ridge and Anderson County "have the opportunity to lead the way in nuclear power for our future," says U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann...7/26


Feds unveil Y-12 contract plan, but questions remain

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Based on an independent review conducted a couple of years ago, the NNSA estimated that combining the contracts for Y-12 and Pantex (and possibly folding in some work currently done at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina) could save taxpayers about $895 million over the next 10 years...7/27

State & Regional

TVA says applying lessons from Fukushima

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA already complies with much of what is called for in a Nuclear Regulatory Commission report on lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan, but it is taking steps to implement the report's other recommendations, TVA said Tuesday...7/27


States Warily Watch Debt-Ceiling Impasse

(NPR) The debt-ceiling debate in Washington is being watched closely in state capitals, as a U.S. default, or a lowering of the country's bond rating, will have a ripple effect in states and communities across the nation...7/28

East Tennessee

UT given $18M to link nation's supercomputers

(Oak Ridger) The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been awarded $18 million to help create a new generation of linkages among high-performance computers and research facilities across the nation. The new supercomputing grid will create a powerful tool for taking on some of the most complex problems in science...7/26


energy & science policy

Roll Call Votes on Increasing and Decreasing the FY 2012 DOE Office of Science Budget

(AIP) There were many amendments offered on the floor during the House of Representatives’ recent consideration of the FY 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill...7/27

US federal agency loosens peer-review rules

(Nature News) The US Geological Survey (USGS) has updated its peer-review policy to make it quicker and easier for scientists to publish their work, scrapping a five-year-old internal-review process...7/26

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science & technology

NASA picks Mars landing site

(Nature News) Curiosity had better strap on its climbing gear. NASA has decided that the US$2.5-billion Mars rover — the most ambitious mission yet to the red planet — will land in Gale Crater, a 155-kilometre-wide bowl with a mountain at its centre...7/27

In Sweden, A Tempered Approach To Nuclear Waste

(NPR) At least two dozen countries around the globe get energy from nuclear power, yet not one has been able to pull off a permanent disposal site. Finding communities willing to live with such dangerous stuff has been a big sticking point. But in Sweden, two communities have stepped up, eager to take the country's waste...7/28

Earth is getting fatter

( Like many of its inhabitants, the Earth is getting thicker around the middle -- that's what a new study out this week says. The increased bulge is due to the melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets...7/28

‘It’s Alive! It’s Alive!’ Maybe Right Here on Earth

(NY Times) Here in a laboratory perched on the edge of the continent, researchers are trying to construct Life As We Don’t Know It in a thimbleful of liquid...7/27

Other Stories

China Tackles Energy-Wasting Buildings

(Scientific American) A combination of better and more durable building materials could help slash Chinese energy use...7/27

1600 Fukushima Workers Thought to Be Exposed to High Radiation

(Time) A newly released document says the Japanese government estimated in April that some 1600 workers will be exposed to high levels of radiation in the course of handling the reactor meltdowns at the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant...7/26