Tuesday, September 17, 2013
ORNL in the News

SNS sets new power record (1.2 MW)

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Spallation Neutron Source last week ramped its proton beam up to 1.2 megawatts of power, recording the higher beam power since the SNS began operations back in April 2006, according to information provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/16

Icenhour to speak at UT Nuclear Security Institute

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Alan Icenhour, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division, will be the guest speaker at the UT Institute for Nuclear Security brown-bag lunch on Sept. 27 at the Baker Center...9/16

 

National

We're still 8.3 million jobs from full recovery

(Fortune) The economy isn't even halfway there yet, and at the pace we're adding jobs today we won't recover until 2020, according to the Brookings Institution...9/16

DOE

United States, Russia Sign Agreement to Further Research and Development Collaboration in Nuclear Energy and Security

(Energy.gov) U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Director General of the Russian Federation State Corporation “Rosatom” Sergey Kirienko today signed the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation on Cooperation in Nuclear- and Energy-Related Scientific Research and Development...9/16

State & Regional

Dozens of Tennessee bridges red-flagged in collapse survey

(AP) Federal data show that dozens of Tennessee bridges are among the thousands nationwide that have advanced deterioration or are at risk of collapsing...9/16

East Tennessee

IIa wins $24 million federal contract to operate defense information center

(Oak Ridge Today) Information International Associates Inc. announced Monday that it has been awarded a $24 million federal contract to operate the Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center, or HDIAC...9/16

UT Ranked 47th Among All Public Universities by U.S. News

(Tennessee Today) ...U.S. News ranked UT 101st among all national universities, the same as 2013, and 47th among all public universities, down one spot from 2013...9/10

East Tennessee company tests nuclear equipment for earthquake safety

(WATE-TV) ...Parts of Tennessee are in the moderate to high zone for seismic activity according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and many nuclear plants are close to high risk areas...a company here in East Tennessee is using an advanced earthquake simulator to test electronic parts before they are ever installed in nuclear plants...9/16

energy & science policy

Bridging the science-policy communication gap

(PhysOrg) While policy decisions can have a huge impact on how people interact with their environment - and science should have a key role here - sound decision-making is based on science...9/10

science & technology

GM working on 200-mile electric car

(AP) As automakers race to make cheaper electric cars with greater battery range, General Motors is working on one that can go 200 miles per charge at a cost of about $30,000, a top company executive said...9/16

NIH plan serves up wide menu for US brain-mapping initiative

(Nature) Attention neuroscientists: the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has just pitched a very big tent for you. The agency's hotly anticipated plan for the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, released on 16 September, lays out a wide-ranging research programme that aims to please a broad audience...9/17

Researchers' smartphone 'microscope' can detect a single virus, nanoparticles

(PhysOrg) Your smartphone now can see what the naked eye cannot: A single virus and bits of material less than one-thousandth of the width of a human hair...9/17

Other Stories

What Would a Real Cyberwar Look Like?

(New Scientist) Exactly two decades ago, the RAND Corp., an influential think tank, proclaimed that "Cyberwar is Coming!" In 2005 the U.S. Air Force declared it would now "fly, fight, and win in cyberspace."...9/15

China says aims to train astronauts from other countries

(Reuters) China aims to train astronauts from other countries who will conduct missions with their Chinese counterparts, state news agency Xinhua cited a senior official as saying on Monday...9/16