Friday, September 20, 2013
ORNL in the News

IG report: ORNL didn’t maintain proper controls of foreign visitors

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A federal inspection over the past year found that Oak Ridge National Laboratory wasn’t enforcing all the necessary controls on foreign visitors, although no instances of stolen information were documented...9/19

Volunteers build new home for nonprofit

(Knoxville Times) Now living in a modest apartment in the Atomic City, Emily Mitchell and her 2-year-old daughter are about to move into a brand-new, energy efficient home complete with hardwood floors and two bedrooms thanks in part to ORNL volunteers...9/20

DOE

Energy Department Announces New Investments of Over $30 Million to Better Protect the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attack

(Energy.gov) Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced awards totaling approximately $30 million for the development of new tools and technologies to strengthen protection of the nation’s electric grid and oil and gas infrastructure from cyber attack...9/19

Here’s what B&W Y-12 has to say about UPF

(Knoxville News Sentinel) When preparing a story Sunday on the Parsons fact-finding report following the design failure on the Uranium Processing Facility, I asked B&W Y-12 — which received extensive criticism in the report — for comment...9/19

National

Iran Said to Seek a Nuclear Accord to End Sanctions

(New York Times) Iran’s leaders, seizing on perceived flexibility in a private letter from President Obama, have decided to gamble on forging a swift agreement over their nuclear program with the goal of ending crippling sanctions, a prominent adviser to the Iranian leadership said Thursday...9/19

 

 

State & Regional

Vanderbilt University Medical Center eliminates 275 jobs of 1,000 to be cut

(The Tennessean) Vanderbilt University Medical Center announced that 275 positions were eliminated this week in another round of jobs cuts...9/20

Senate Ed. panel holds hearings on common core standards

(WATE) Supporters and critics of a new set of benchmarks for math and reading are getting their voices heard this week. The state Senate Education Committee is holding hearings Thursday and Friday on the common core standards that have been adopted to some degree by 47 states and the District of Columbia...9/19

TN rules 'bind' health law navigators, critics say

(The Tennessean) Representatives of organizations seeking to help the uninsured sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act reacted with dismay, anger and disappointment Thursday when Tennessee issued emergency rules restricting their activities...9/19

 

 

energy & science policy

Republicans Turn Up Heat on Energy Policy

(Wall Street Journal) The Obama administration's plans to curb new coal-fired power plants, as well as new studies questioning the pace of climate change, are animating Republicans in Congress, who plan to grill cabinet officials on energy policy at a hearing Wednesday...9/17

EPA Wants To Limit Greenhouse Gases From New Coal Power Plants

(NPR) The Environmental Protection Agency's second stab at a proposal to set the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants would make it impossible for companies to build the kind of coal-fired plants that have been the country's biggest source of electricity for decades...9/20

science & technology

Aluminum Way To Go Per Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Aluminum Frame(HybridCars.com) Opting for aluminum over steel in new automobile construction to improve fuel economy is also the best way to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, according to a new study by the United States Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)...9/20

NASA’s Plutonium Problem Could End Deep-Space Exploration

(Wired) In 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft left Earth on a five-year mission to explore Jupiter and Saturn. Thirty-six years later, the car-size probe is still exploring, still sending its findings home. It has now put more than 19 billion kilometers between itself and the sun...9/19

Other Stories

Paperless library opens in Texas

Paperless Library(Christian Science Monitor) A library without any printed books has opened in San Antonio, Tex. The Bexar County Digital Library, or BiblioTech, allows users to check out e-books and audiobooks and opened on Sept. 14...9/16

'Mountain Dew Mouth' Is Destroying Appalachia's Teeth, Critics Say

(NPR) Obesity. Diabetes. By now, we've all heard of the health risks posed by drinking too much soda. But over in Appalachia, the region that stretches roughly from southern New York state to Alabama, the fight against soda is targeting an altogether different concern: rotted teeth...9/19