Monday, September 17, 2012
ORNL in the News

Early X-10/ORNL workers may get special status for sick workers compensation program

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Many former Oak Ridge National Laboratory workers and their families have been upset for years because they felt like they weren't getting a fair shake in the Energy Employees Occupational Illness and Compensation Program...9/14

 

Ellen SmithSmith seeks re-election in November

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge City Council member Ellen Smith has announced she is seeking re-election in November...Smith is an environmental scientist on the research staff in the Environmental Sciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/9

DOE

K-25Contractor completes K-25 east wing demolition, moves to north end

(Oak Ridge Today) One month after a historic preservation agreement was signed, a federal cleanup contractor announced Friday that it has completed demolition work on the east wing of the K-25 Building and is preparing to demolish the north end...9/14

State & Regional

Tenn. general fund collections fall $6M short

(WBIR) Tennessee's tax collections have fallen short of projections in the first month of the budget year. Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes said in a release Friday that the weak revenues reflect a slow economic recovery on the national level...9/14

East Tennessee

Mayor Rogero asking for input in how to improve neighborhoods

(WVLT) Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero wants to make improvements to some neighborhoods in the city. But she needs your help to do it. Mayor Rogero is hosting a meeting tonight as part of her "Mayor's Neighborhood Connections."...9/17

National

U.S. Credit RatingUS Credit Rating Cut by Egan-Jones ... Again

(CNBC) Ratings firm Egan-Jones cut its credit rating on the U.S. government to "AA-" from "AA," citing its opinion that quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve would hurt the U.S. economy and the country's credit quality...9/14

Alleged 'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker taken in for interview

(Los Angeles Times) Just after midnight Saturday morning, authorities descended on the Cerritos home of the man believed to be the filmmaker behind the anti-Muslim movie that has sparked protests and rioting in the Muslim world...9/15

No Deal: Chicago Teachers To Continue Strike

(NPR) Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he wills seek a court order to end the teachers strike, and that the strike is illegal under state law. "I will not stand by while the children of Chicago are played as pawns in an internal dispute within a union," Emanuel said in a statement...9/16

energy & science policy

Report on Challenges and Opportunities Facing Nuclear Energy

(AIP) The Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) Nuclear Initiative issued a white paper in July entitled "Maintaining US Leadership in Global Nuclear Energy Markets." The 30-page report defines nuclear industry strengths and challenges in addition to outlining strategic goals for maintaining US leadership in global nuclear energy markets...7/14

science & technology

Predatory publishers are corrupting open access

(Nature News) When e-mail first became available, it was a great innovation that made communication fast and cheap. Then came spam — and suddenly, the innovation wasn't so great. It meant having to filter out irrelevant, deceptive and sometimes offensive messages. It still does. The same corruption of a great idea is now occurring with scholarly open-access publishing...

First Planets Found Around Sun-Like Stars in a Cluster

(Science Daily) NASA-funded astronomers have, for the first time, spotted planets orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars. The findings offer the best evidence yet that planets can sprout up in dense stellar environments...9/14

LeapAn Accessory That Replaces Mouse Movements With Hand Waves

(Popular Science) It’s been nearly 50 years since Douglas Engelbart, an engineer at the Stanford Research Institute, invented the first computer mouse. Since then, his basic point-and-click input scheme has remained fundamentally unchanged...9/14

Other Stories

 

Nuclear power champions Japan and France turn away

(Reuters) Two of nuclear power's greatest champions dealt the industry a heavy blow on Friday, with Japan deciding to phase out its plants and France confirming plans to cut its heavy reliance on the technology following concern over the Fukushima disaster...9/14

AT&T: 'Most successful' iPhone 5 launch smashes sales records

(C|net) AT&T said today that the iPhone 5 has sold faster than any previous model of the Apple smartphone. The network declined to offer numbers on the first weekend of the iPhone 5 going on sale -- normally reserved for Apple, in which an announcement is expected in the coming days -- but the cell network giant said it set a "sales record" for its first day of pre-orders and over the weekend...9/17