Monday, August 18, 2014
ORNL in the News

Underwater MortgageAs Climate Changes, 'Underwater Mortgage' May Take on New Meaning

(Bloomberg News) ...What’s a house-proud, science-literate Millennial (they’re out there, we promise) to do? Start with asking a qualified scientist to decipher it all...Happily, Benjamin Preston, deputy director of the Climate Change Science Institute at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has risen to the challenge...8/15

DOE to provide $55 million for 31 projects to accelerate vehicle technologies; four awards go to ORNL

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy this week announced more than $55 million in funding for 31 new projects — four of them headed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory — to accelerate R&D of “critical vehicle technologies” to improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs...8/16

PonemanQuick results for an urgent need; DOE program trains veterans for 3D printing jobs

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Poneman was on hand Friday to applaud graduates of a unique internship program that’s designed to quickly build a specially trained and much-needed workforce for the burgeoning field of 3D printing...The 24 graduates of the six-week pilot program, which combined classroom training at Pellissippi State Community College and hands-on experience at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, received their certificates and a “challenge coin”...8/15

 

Science & Technology

For Big-Data Scientists, ‘Janitor Work’ Is Key Hurdle to Insights

(The New York Times) Technology revolutions come in measured, sometimes foot-dragging steps. The lab science and marketing enthusiasm tend to underestimate the bottlenecks to progress that must be overcome with hard work and practical engineering...8/17

Climate 2095Water scarcity and climate change through 2095

(PhysOrg) What will a global water scarcity map look like in 2095? Radically different, according to scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, depending on the type and the stringency of the climate mitigation policies chosen to reduce carbon pollution...8/18

Energy and Science Policy

Ontario, Canada, U.S. And Africa: Energy Philosophies Are Worlds Apart

(Forbes) Ontario, Canada's announcement last April that it had closed the last of its remaining coal-fired power plants and that it has vowed to never build another one rippled throughout the world community — even in Africa, which despite its acceptance of climate change has said that it still needs coal plants...8/15

Wireless sensors and flying robots: A way to monitor deteriorating bridges

(Science Daily) As a report from the Obama administration warns that one in four bridges in the United States needs significant repair or cannot handle automobile traffic, engineers are employing wireless sensors and flying robots that could have the potential to help authorities monitor the condition of bridges in real time...8/15

DOE

IG looks at the way DOE’s Office of Science manages allegations of research misconduct

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General today released an audit report that looked at the way the Office of Science and its national laboratories manages allegations of research misconduct. Oak Ridge National Lab was among the institutions audited. The results were generally positive...8/15

Updated: Firing of Los Alamos political scientist spurs criticism

(Science Magazine) Political scientist James Doyle had spent almost 2 decades working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) on nonproliferation and nuclear security issues when he decided to write a scholarly article questioning the dogma of nuclear deterrence...8/15

DOEU.S. Department of Energy seeks senior emergency planner

(BioPrepWatch) The Emergency Management and Security Department at the U.S. Department of Energy Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico is looking for a senior emergency planner. If hired, the candidate will provide emergency planning support for severe events, including natural phenomena, radiation and terrorism...8/15

State and local

String of Tennessee computer failures affect real people

(The Tennessean) ...Multimillion-dollar statewide information technology projects that miss deadlines, bust budgets and break down repeatedly, if they get finished at all, have become epidemic in agencies that conduct the people's business...8/15

TN FloodsObama declares counties hit by June floods disaster areas

(The Tennessean) President Barack Obama has declared portions of Middle Tennessee affected by flooding and straight-line winds in June as disaster areas...8/15

5 Tennessee Sites Added to National Register

(ABC News) Five Tennessee sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places...The new sites are: Happy Holler Historic District in Knoxville, C.C. Card Auto Company Building in Cleveland, Picardy Place Historic District in Memphis, Miller Farmstead in Carter County and Norris Dam State Park Rustic Cabins Historic District in Anderson County...8/15