Wednesday, September 4, 2013
ORNL in the News

MotegiJapan to build $470M ice wall to prevent nuclear leaks

(CBS News) The Japanese government announced Tuesday that it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant...An underground ice wall has been used to isolate radioactive waste at the U.S. Department of Energy's former site of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee that produced plutonium, but only for six years, according to the MIT Technology Review magazine...9/4

3M Introduces Online Field Installation Guide For 3M™ ACCR High-Capacity Conductor

(3M) 3M has launched an online interactive field guide for use by utilities when installing 3M ACCR (Aluminum Conductor Composite Reinforced) high-capacity, low-sag transmission conductor...3M ACCR was developed with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, which tested the conductor at its Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, and with early contributions by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency...9/3


Gas FlareU.S. energy lifting economy more than expected

(Jackson Sun) Newly found sources of domestic oil and natural gas are having an even bigger impact on the economy than first projected, adding more than $1,200 last year to the discretionary income of the average U.S. family, a new study says...9/4

Dark Matter CameraFermi scientists begin survey of night sky to learn about fundamental forces of the universe

(Chicago Sun-Times) Fermilab's newest instrument, the Dark Energy Camera, offers a unique glimpse at the cosmos. In each snapshot it takes, more than 1,000 galaxies up to 8 billion light years away are revealed...9/4

State & Regional

UAW, VW meet on representing Tennessee Workers

(WVLT) A German newspaper says United Auto Workers union officials met last week with Volkswagen to discuss representing workers at VW's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant...9/4

Haslam to discuss plan to increase 2-year degrees

(WATE) Gov. Bill Haslam is continuing to push an initiative to increase the number of Tennesseans with at least a 2-year college degree or certificate...9/4


CastroOhio man who held 3 women captive commits suicide

(AP) The man who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade before one escaped and alerted authorities has been found dead and is believed to have committed suicide, a prison official said...9/4

Syria military strike faces first test vote in Congress

(Fox News) President Obama's call for a military strike in Syria will face its first formal test as early as Wednesday, as the Senate committee that heard impassioned testimony from Secretary of State John Kerry a day earlier takes up the resolution authorizing the use of force.

East Tennessee

Roane State’s online biology courses earn national recognition

(Oak Ridge Today) Roane State Community College's online biology courses have been named among the country's best by

Oak Ridge scientist and historian Bill Wilcox dies

(WBIR) In life there are some people who teach history, some who keep records of history, and some who actually make history.  Bill Wilcox was the rare combination of all three during his life as a nuclear scientist and historian in Oak Ridge...9/4

science & technology

GlacierHow soot killed the Little Ice Age

(Nature News) Rising air pollution in the wake of the Industrial Revolution seems to be the explanation for a long-standing enigma in glaciology. The emission of soot from Europe’s proliferating factory smokestacks and steam locomotives explains why glaciers in the Alps began their retreat long before the climate warming caused by human activities kicked in, a study suggests...9/2

Clay Key to High-Temperature Supercapacitors

(Science Daily) Clay, an abundant and cheap natural material, is a key ingredient in a supercapacitor that can operate at very high temperatures, according to Rice University researchers who have developed such a device...9/4

HurricaneScientists: Climate Change May Offer Hurricane Help

(National Geographic) Many scientists have blamed global warming for more intense recent hurricane seasons and for the more destructive storms that are predicted in years to come, but a new study says climate change could eventually help safeguard the U.S. Atlantic Coast from hurricanes...9/2

AcheuleanStriking Patterns: Skill for Forming Tools and Words Evolved Together

(Science Magazine) When did humans start talking? There are nearly as many answers to this perplexing question as there are researchers studying it. A new brain imaging study claims to support the hypothesis that language emerged long before Homo sapiens and coevolved with the invention of the first finely made stone tools nearly 2 million years ago...

Other Stories

‘The Great Shift’: Americans Not Working

(The New York Times) ...Yes, the unemployment rate has fallen. But almost the entire reason it has fallen is the drop in the number of people in the labor force — either working or actively looking. As Binyamin Appelbaum has noted, the share of adult Americans with jobs is essentially unchanged over the last three years...8/27

U.N. Chief Warns Against U.S. Military Action

(The Wall Street Journal) U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon cast doubt on U.S. and French intelligence on the alleged chemical attack in Damascus and warned against a U.S. military intervention...9/4

Out there

Gardiner's Seychelles FrogThis Weird Tiny Frog Hears With Its Mouth

(Popular Science) The Gardiner's Seychelles frog is one of the smallest amphibians in the world, measuring less than half an inch long. But their extreme tininess isn't the only curious thing about them. As a new study shows, this species of frog has no eardrum and no middle ear--and yet it can croak and hear other croaks. How is this possible?...9/2