Tuesday, September 28, 2010
ORNL in the News

The Profit Motive

(Wall Street Journal) At the Battelle Memorial Institute, innovation is good. But not good enough. The Battelle Memorial Institute was founded in the 1920s to encourage "creative and research work and the making of discoveries and inventions." When it opened its doors on the eve of the Crash of 1929, it had fewer than 50 people, dedicated mainly to metallurgical research. The Wall Street Journal's Michael Totty recently spoke with Jeffrey Wadsworth, who has been Battelle's chief executive since early 2009, about managing a large research-and-development organization, fostering an inventive culture and what we get wrong about innovation....9/27


DOE picks EPRI collaborative to lead cybersecurity project

(PennEnergy) The Electric Power Research Institute said that the U.S. Department of Energy has selected its cybersecurity collaborative to assess and develop technologies, best practices, metrics and standards to protect the U.S. electric sector against cyber attacks. The EPRI-led collaborative comprises national research and commercial research laboratories, universities and subject mater experts in key areas of cybersecurity, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory....9/27

ORNL Director's year-end message to staff

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason's sent a message to staff as Fiscal Year 2010 comes to a close, a year that he termed "pretty remarkable." He noted, among other things, that the staff has grown to about 4,900 -- which represents 500 new hires this year and a net growth of about 250....9/27



Zeal for Dream Drove Scientist in Secrets Case

(New York Times) P. Leonardo Mascheroni, is a nuclear scientist who has spent the 22 years since he left the Los Alamos National Laboratory trying to sell Congress, the scientific community, journalists — anyone who would listen, really, including this reporter — on his plan to build a giant laser for the achievement of nuclear fusion....9/28

East Tennessee

Knoxville, ET and Appalachia remain entwined yet elusive

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In East Tennessee, often-contradictory images of "Appalachia" compound rural-urban tensions. Depending on one's preference, isolation - geographical and temporal - left our region either hopelessly behind or admirably distinct from modern America....9/26


U.S. Envoy to Try Salvaging Peace Talks

(Associated Press) Washington's special Mideast envoy, using a slim lifeline from the Palestinians, rushed to the region Tuesday on an emergency mission to keep peace talks from collapsing just weeks after they began....9/28

State & Regional

TN men get 'F' in Vanderbilt health report card

(Tennessean) The report card rated men on major causes of death and health behaviors when compared with standards set out by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....9/28



energy & science policy

U.S. mounting first test of cyber-blitz response plan

(Reuters) The United States is launching its first test of a new plan for responding to an enemy cyber-blitz, including any attack aimed at vital services such as power, water and banks....9/28

Inside Energy Extra

9/27 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** New BOEM rules for deepwater near
** DOE official probed for unfair hiring
** Fuel-economy notice seen this week
** Reliability tops FERC newcomer's list
** Coal faces ongoing pressure: analysts

science & technology

Mysteries That Howl and Hunt

(New York Times) Coyotes have managed to elude much serious scrutiny by being exquisitely wary, so much so that even dedicated coyote scientists can struggle to find ways to lay eyes on them, not to mention hands....9/27

Hurricane predictor will update forecast Wednesday

(Washington Post) Atmospheric scientist Phil Klotzbach is in the business of forecasting hurricanes months in advance - which, he admits, cannot be done. "It's impossible to say, 'We're going to have 18 storms and nine hurricanes this year.' We can say it's going to be an active season and here's the science behind it."...9/27 [Registration Required]

Astronomers track long, strange voyage of distant planet

(PhysOrg) University of Pittsburgh planet hunters based at the Allegheny Observatory were one of nine teams around the world that tracked a planet 190 light-years from Earth making its rare 12-hour passage in front of its star....9/28

Gauging High-Speed Spin Inside a Lilliputian World

(New York Times) I.B.M. scientists have modified a scanning-tunneling microscope, making it possible to observe dynamic processes inside individual atoms on a time scale one million times faster than has previously been possible....9/27

Action video games speed up decision-making process

(Washington Post) Playing action video games, the source of parent-child conflict, may improve a person's ability to make quick and accurate observations, according to a new study....9/27 [Registration Required]