Thursday, August 16, 2012
ORNL in the News

Lab Breakthrough: Neutron Science for the Fusion Mission

(AOL Government) Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist Robert McGreevy explains the accelerator's role in the complex, seven-country consortium to develop an experimental fusion reactor. Fusion power technology is tricky, though with Oak Ridge's help the international team anticipates the first commercial fusion energy reactor to be online by 2050...8/15

Climate Science Triggers Torrent of Big Data Challenges

(HPC Wire) Supercomputers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory computing complex produce some of the world’s largest scientific datasets. Many are from studies using high-resolution models to evaluate climate change consequences and mitigation strategies...8/15

This 3D-Printed Exoskeleton Could One Day Turn You Into a Cyborg

(Wired News) For years, the military has worked on exoskeletons to help turn soldiers into heavy-lifting cyborgs. Now with the first civilian exoskeleton manufactured using a 3-D printer, the budding robosuit industry may someday get a little more DIY...Stratasys, meanwhile, has been working with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to use 3-D printers for manufacturing robotic hands...8/15

National

Why Iran, more than Russia, may obstruct US goals in Syria

(CS Monitor) Russia has been the main obstacle on the international stage to US efforts to end Syria's violence, but on the ground Iran appears to be the main outside force propping up the Assad regime...8/15

DOE

Feds authorize restart of Y-12's nuke operations

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration today authorized the restart of nuclear operations at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, but it won't be -- a federal spokesman emphasized -- a return to normal...8/15

'Serious breakdown': Bad cameras, slow guards cited in Y-12 security breach

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A slew of things went wrong for Y-12 security in the early hours of July 28. A "high number" of surveillance-and-assessment cameras were inoperable at the time, including one at a critical site where three protesters cut through a fence and entered the plant's highest-security area...8/14

East Tennessee

High-Tech Startup Companies Resulting from UT Technology More Than Double

(Tennessee Today) Responding to the challenge from national and state leaders to increase and encourage more innovation, the University of Tennessee helped establish nine startup companies based on technology developed by UT faculty over the last fiscal year, more than doubling the total from a year ago...8/15

State & Regional

TVA's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant flagged for more safety issues

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The Athens, Ala., electricity plant powered by three nuclear reactors had a preliminary "white" finding -- NRC's least serious safety flag -- extended from one of the reactors to all three, according to NRC spokesman Joey Ledford...8/15

energy & science policy

U.S. Wind Energy Production and Manufacturing Surges, Supporting Jobs and Diversifying U.S. Energy Economy

(Energy.gov) The Energy Department released a new report today highlighting strong growth in the U.S. wind energy market in 2011, increasing the U.S. share of clean energy and supporting tens of thousands of jobs, and underscoring the importance of continued policy support and clean energy tax credits to ensure that the manufacturing and jobs associated with this booming global industry remain in America...8/14

science & technology

Cancer research: Open ambition

(Nature) Jay Bradner believes that cancer can be defeated through control of epigenetics — and he is not shy about spreading the word...8/8

New Ocean Health Index Measures the Global State of the Seas

(National Geographic News) The U.S. beat China in the overall medals race at the 2012 London Olympics, and now Americans can add another trophy to their case: A better score on ocean protection....8/16

What’s Next for NASA? 10 Wild Newly Funded Projects

(Time) What’s next for NASA now that Curiosity has touched down on Mars? For a sneak peek into what the space agency has in store, take a look at the 28 proposals for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program...8/14

Researchers Smash Quantum Teleportation Distance Record, Beaming a Photon Over 89 Miles

(Popular Science) The Olympics are over but international competition is still hot and records continue to fall. Just eight short days after a Chinese physics group posted a paper claiming to have achieved quantum teleportation across a record-setting 97 kilometers...8/14

Other Stories

From All Sides, Iran Under Siege

(NPR) ...Diplomatically, President Bashar Assad's regime is under threat from the widening war in Syria, Iran's sole ally in the Arab world. Domestically, the European oil embargo and U.S. banking sanctions are undermining the Iranian economy, bringing inflation, food shortages and unemployment...8/15

Ecuador to Grant Julian Assange Asylum, Report Says

(Wired News) After weeks with his fate hanging in the balance, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is about to be formally granted asylum in Ecuador...8/14