Monday, August 15, 2011
ORNL in the News

Obama Claims Connection Between Fuel Standards, Jobs, But Reality is Complicated

(National Journal) President Obama's new automobile fuel economy standards will lead to sustained job creation only if Americans choose to buy more fuel-efficient cars in the coming years. And if recent history is true, the driving decision behind that will be the price of gas..."When the price of fuel is high, it encourages consumers to demand more fuel-efficient cars and enables the use of more expensive technology to make cars more fuel-efficient," said David Greene, an expert on this subject at the Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...8/12

Medical Devices Are Vulnerable to Hacks, But Risk Is Low Overall

(IEEE Spectrum) According to Nathanael Paul, a security researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, most of the problems currently associated with hacking into medical devices pose little risk but will need to be addressed as devices become more autonomous....8/12

The past tense of SING

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has completed a $68.5 million project known as SING (SNS Instruments -- Next Generation) that involved five neutron-scattering instruments at the Spallation Neutron Source....8/12


New Y-12 contract could bring big changes to security

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The government's plan to consolidate management of Y-12 with another nuclear weapons plant in Texas could have a big impact on security operations in Oak Ridge....8/13


Geithner, Bernanke have little in arsenal to fight new crisis

(Washington Post) The Treasury secretary and the Fed chief don't have the same tools and support they had when they faced the economic crisis in 2008....8/15

State & Regional

Free 'virtual school' casts statewide web

(Tennessean) The Tennessee Virtual Academy, combines elements of home schooling with the requirements of a public school and the emerging field of distance learning....8/15

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

8/12 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Poneman to lead US-Brazil energy talks
** Alaska senators hit agency ANWR plan
** Let market decide on green jobs: Cantor
** EPA to court: ozone rule to be out soon

science & technology

Australia's Great Barrier Reef 'at risk from pesticide'

(BBC) Agricultural pesticides are causing significant damage to the Great Barrier Reef, according to a new Australian government report on water quality at the site....8/13

Arctic Warming Unlocking A Fabled Waterway

(NPR) For centuries, the ice-choked Northwest Passage has been prized as a potential trade route. Now, rising Arctic temperatures mean the waterway is expected to open up for longer periods — a boon for shipping companies seeking a shortened trade route and for nations vying for untapped natural resources...8/15

Other Stories

Explaining it All: How We Became the Center of the Universe

(New York Times) The inexhaustibly curious physicist David Deutsch offers views on everything from subatomic particles to the shaping of the universe itself....8/12

Pakistan let China see crashed U.S. "stealth" copter

(Reuters) Pakistan gave China access to the previously unknown U.S. "stealth" helicopter that crashed during the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May despite explicit requests from the CIA not to....8/14