Monday, September 23, 2013
ORNL in the News

Aluminum in Autos Better than Steel to Save Energy and Cut Carbon, Oak Ridge National Lab Confirms

(Wall Street Journal Market Watch) 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)...9/19

Nuclear money

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy today announced $60 million in awards for nuclear energy research and improvements to university research reactors and infrastructure. Some of that money — about $3 million — will land in Tennessee...DOE said Oak Ridge National Laboratory was granted $400,000 “to help develop data analysis software and electronic sensors and instruments that can collect data and measurements from inside a nuclear power reactor.”...9/22


University ResearchDepartment of Energy Announces 2013 Funding for University Research Programs

(Nuclear Street) On Friday, the Department of Energy announced its annual round of funding for nuclear power research programs at universities across the country....Awards for 2013 totaled about $61 million, according to a DOE announcement...9/23

Fossil fuel laboratory shake-up surprises

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Anthony Cugini, director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, has been placed on administrative leave and replaced by his deputy, Scott Klara...9/21

State & Regional

Common Core at heart of heated debate

(The Shelbyville Times-Gazette) The Senate Education Committee held hearings Thursday and Friday on Common Core State Standards. The hearings were open to the public and were broadcast online. Different groups and people on Twitter blasted those with whom they disagreed...9/22


Nairobi MallStandoff continues at Nairobi mall as US investigates deadly terror attack

(Fox News) Over 48 hours after a deadly attack on a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, by an Al Qaeda-backed Somali militant group, the country's top police officer said three were still a "very few" hostages inside the building...9/23

Navy Yard shooting: Swat team awaits answers

(BBC News) Members of a Washington DC Swat team who the BBC has learned were ordered not to respond to Monday's Navy Yard shootings have yet to be contacted by the authorities...9/23

East Tennessee

Gallatin preps for influx of TVA workers

(The Tennessean) Workers are ready to start pouring concrete at the Gallatin TVA Fossil Plant this week as part of a $1.1 billion project to cut certain emissions by as much as 96 percent...9/21

energy & science policy

U.S., Russia agree joint nuclear development

(Smart Planet) While the United States dithers over the future of nuclear power, Russia is banking on it. Nuclear will provide up to half of the country’s electricity by 2050 in large measure from a type of reactor under development called a “fast reactor.”...9/20

Senate Hearing on Bipartisan Nuclear Waste Legislation

(AIP) An important hearing on managing the nation’s domestic and defense nuclear waste was held by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee earlier this summer...9/20

science & technology

Vote Seals the Fate of the Russian Academy of Sciences

(Scientific American) Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, approved controversial reforms to the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) on 18 September. More than 330 members of the Duma voted in favor of the law, with only 107 against, in a move critics say will deprive the 289-year-old body of its independence...9/20

OkhotskSeismologists Puzzle Over Largest Deep Earthquake Ever Recorded

(Science Daily) A magnitude 8.3 earthquake that struck deep beneath the Sea of Okhotsk on May 24, 2013, has left seismologists struggling to explain how it happened...9/20

Smoke StackCarbon cleanup would save millions of lives, study finds

(PhysOrg) Reducing fossil-fuel emissions to safer levels would save millions of lives annually by the end of the century, a study said on Sunday. The estimate is based on a simulation of levels of two big pollutants, fine particulate matter and ozone, from coal, oil and gas...9/22

Other Stories

HouseWhy Wall Street Loves Houses Again

(The Atlantic) For more than a generation now, like it or not, Wall Street’s financial engineering has helped determine whether the average American can buy a home. Once upon a time—before Wall Street stuck its nose under the mortgage tent—the formula for homeownership was pretty simple...9/19