Wednesday, September 12, 2012
ORNL in the News

University of Tennessee, ORNL lead national team to study nuclear fusion reactors

(PhysOrg) Power from nuclear fusion reactors has the promise to be safe, sustainable and limitless. But science has not been able to bring fusion energy to the commercial energy market. This is partly because the operating limits of the reactor materials are not known. Led by Brian Wirth, UT-ORNL Governor's Chair for Computational Nuclear Engineering, the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) project will receive $2.3 million from the Department of Energy for the first year with plans for a total of $11.5 million over five years...9/11

DOE

The 'Silent Green Revolution' Underway at the Department of Energy

(The Atlantic) ...In previous decades, the Department of Energy drove basic research by operating giant government-funded labs, but under the leadership of Energy Secretary and Nobel Laureate Steven Chu, the agency has transformed itself into something different: the biggest, greenest venture capital firm in the world...9/12

No Trespassing sign at Y-12Security lapses at nuclear complex identified two years before break-in

(Washington Post) Nearly two years before peace activists broke into a U.S. nuclear weapons facility in late July, government investigators warned in classified reports of lax security at the complex where the nation’s largest concentration of weapons-grade uranium is stored...9/11

National

Moody's Says U.S. Has Until End Of 2013 To Save AAA Rating

(Forbes) Slightly more than a year after Standard & Poor’s cut its credit rating on the U.S., one of its fellow ratings agencies is warning that it may follow suit if the next Congress fails to get a grip on the country’s debt problem...9/11

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Is Killed

(Wall Street Journal) The U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed when suspected Libyan religious extremists stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi late Tuesday night, according to Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagour...9/12

East Tennessee

East Tennesseans among millions still looking for work

(WBIR) East Tennesseans are among the millions of Americans still searching for employment. Vanessa Allen has been out of work since February. She attended a job fair at the Tennessee National Guard Armory in Lenoir City Tuesday night to apply for several jobs...9/11

science & technology

Kepler's SupernovaWas Kepler's Supernova Unusually Powerful?

(Science Daily) In 1604, a new star appeared in the night sky that was much brighter than Jupiter and dimmed over several weeks. This event was witnessed by sky watchers including the famous astronomer Johannes Kepler...9/11

Science Confirms the Obvious: Literature is Good for Your Brain

(Popular Science) In news that probably isn’t going to blow your mind, researchers have found that reading is good for your brain. But it’s not as straightforward as “book learnin’ is good for you.”...9/10

Smallest Fossil TracksSmallest Fossil Footprints Found

(Live Science) The world's tiniest fossil footprints have been found in Canada. Researchers say they were left behind by a scurrying salamander-like creature 315 million years ago. An amateur paleontologist made the discovery at Nova Scotia's Joggins Fossil Cliffs, sometimes called "the Coal Age Galápagos."...9/11

Other Stories

Middle-class Mexicans snap up more products ‘Made in USA’

(Washington Post) When the governor of Colorado came to Mexico on a trade mission this year to see the sights, "one of the most amazing" was a Costco. "It was as big, clean and modern as any in America," recalled Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who found the aisles filled with shoppers bearing "nothing but positive feelings toward the United States."...9/11

Hybrid Car Sales Up Amid Mainstreaming, Price Tactics

(Investor's Business Daily) Sales of hybrid and electric cars, still a small chunk of the U.S. auto total, are rising, with August sales up nearly a quarter from July and almost double January, as automakers adjust how they market the vehicles. One goal is to mainstream them...9/11