Friday, September 27, 2013
ORNL in the News

Mason, MonizOak Ridge National Laboratory to Trim Staff by as Much as 11%

(Science Magazine) Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee today announced a plan to pare up to 475 positions from its staff of 4500 researchers, technicians, and support personnel. Officials at the Department of Energy (DOE) lab hope to meet the target through voluntary buyouts, and there are no immediate plans for layoffs...9/26

UT receives DOE funds, ORNL help for spent nuclear fuel studies

(Oak Ridge Today) The question of what to do with spent nuclear fuel in the U.S. has never been definitively answered...9/26

Government shutdown? ORNL will report to work

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) In his message to staff today about job cuts, tight budgets and a new voluntary separation program, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Thom Mason dealt with another topic on people’s minds: a potential stalemate in Washington, D.C., and shutdown of the government...9/26

DOE

NNSA defends Uranium Processing Facility

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) I asked a National Nuclear Security Administration spokesman if the NNSA wanted to respond to the Project On Government Oversight report that criticized the "skyrocketing" costs and major delays on the Uranium Processing Facility and basically called for the government to scrap the multibillion-dollar project and pursue other alternatives...9/25

State & Regional

Tennessee State Library digitizes 1M pages of historical newspapers

(WATE) The Tennessee State Library and Archives is adding more than 1 million newspaper pages to its free online collection. The newly added historical newspapers from Greeneville, Jonesborough, Memphis, Sweetwater and Winchester date from the 1850s to almost 1900...9/25

National

US, allies see chance to resolve Iran nuke impasse

(AP) The U.S. and its international partners emerged from a meeting with Iran declaring that a "window of opportunity has opened" to peacefully settle their nuclear standoff. ..9/27

Interpol issues warrant for British terror widow

(USA Today) Interpol issued a worldwide "red notice" alert Thursday on behalf of Kenya for the arrest of a British national known as the "white widow."...9/26

East Tennessee

Community Council begins work toward lowering Knoxville utility bills

(WBIR) A group of community leaders met for the first time on Thursday to kick-off the next phase of a plan to make Knoxville "smarter" when it comes to energy efficiency....9/26

energy & science policy

Streamlining ENERGY STAR Appliance Testing

(Energy.gov) Every year, Americans purchase more than 300 million ENERGY STAR-qualified products -- making the ENERGY STAR blue label the gold standard for energy-efficient products...9/26

science & technology

3-D PrintingMIT Whizzes Create an Amazing New 3-D Printing Technique

(WIRED) How do you fit a 50-foot-long chain into a 5-inch box? It sounds like a brainteaser you might get while interviewing at Google, but for Skylar Tibbits and Marcelo Coelho it was a practical challenge that led them to reexamine some common assumptions about 3-D printer technology....9/26

Martian SoilCuriosity Finds Water And Poison In Martian Soil

(Popular Science) You watched it land, trundle around a bit, and attack innocent rocks. Now you can learn a lot more about the science NASA's Curiosity rover has been beaming back to Earth...9/26

craniumAnthropologists Confirm Link Between Cranial Anatomy and Two-Legged Walking

(Science Daily) Anthropology researchers from The University of Texas at Austin have confirmed a direct link between upright two-legged (bipedal) walking and the position of the foramen magnum, a hole in the base of the skull that transmits the spinal cord...9/26

Other Stories

Faulty Justice: Italian Earthquake Scientist Speaks Out against His Conviction

(Scientific American) A year ago an Italian court sentenced six scientists and an ex-government official to six years in prison for manslaughter. More specifically, the judge found them guilty for failing to give adequate advance warning to the population of L'Aquila, a city in the Abruzzo region of Italy, about the risk of the April 2009 earthquake that caused 309 deaths...9/26

Out There

H-BombH-bomb almost nuked North Carolina in 1961 accident

(CBC News) A U.S. hydrogen bomb nearly detonated on America's east coast, with a single switch averting a blast which would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that flattened Hiroshima, a newly published book says...9/21