Tuesday, October 2, 2012
ORNL in the News

3D Printing Stars in Fed-Sponsored Manufacturing Initiative

(Design News) 3D printing and additive manufacturing are now on the radar of the federal government. The first of 15 centers of excellence aimed at revitalizing US manufacturing will be dedicated to additive manufacturing (AM)...Stratasys is already working with the Department of Energy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to jointly develop AM processes that will speed up the production of composite components, based on Stratasys' Fused Deposition Modeling...10/1

Climate change: monsoon season likely to be delayed by 2-3 weeks annually

(Business Recorder) Rapid climate change is likely to delay monsoon season for 2-3 weeks annually across the globe, Dr Moetasim Ashfaq, Computational Climate Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA said here on Monday. He was delivering a special lecture on "South Asian Summer Monsoon in 21st Century" organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)...10/2

DOE

Y-12 security dog subcontractor agrees to pay more than $178K in back wages, benefits

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A security subcontractor that provides detection-dog services at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant has agreed to pay its dog handlers more than $178,000 in back wages and benefits following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department...10/1

DOE at Day One

(Energy.gov) “The Department of Energy opened its doors today,” declared the Department’s first press release on October 1, 1977. Dr. James R. Schlesinger, the first Secretary of Energy, marked the event by unveiling the signplate at the temporary headquarters located at 736 Jackson Place on the west side of Lafayette Park across from the White House...10/1

National

U.S. Abandoning Hopes for Taliban Peace Deal

(NY Times) With the surge of American troops over and the Taliban still a potent threat, American generals and civilian officials acknowledge that they have all but written off what was once one of the cornerstones of their strategy to end the war here: battering the Taliban into a peace deal...10/1

State and Regional

Hemlock Semiconductor changing Clarksville landscape

(The Tennessean) ...The first, $1.2 billion phase is hardly the end of Hemlock Semiconductor’s long-range vision for Clarksville-Montgomery County. The site is designed for up to four construction phases, with a long-term investment estimated at $5 billion...10/2

energy & science policy

Alaska's Plans To Export LNG To Asian Markets Is Huge For Oil And Gas Majors

(Forbes) Alaska wants a $50 billion pipeline and export complex to be built to develop natural gas that is stranded on its icy North Slope...10/1

science & technology

A Dark Cloud and a Silver Lining for the World’s Fisheries

(Time) A new study reveals that small, unassessed fisheries are in even worse shape than we thought. But the research also provides hope that smarter management could stop the bleeding—and provide more sustainable seafood...10/2

Earth’s carbon sink downsized

(Nature) Abundance of soil nutrients a limiting factor in plants’ ability to soak up carbon dioxide...10/1

The World's Best Countries in Science

(Scientific American) What makes one country better than another in science? It's not an easy thing to measure. Publishing research papers is a good way to get a bead on basic research, but it doesn't say much about whether a nation is taking advantage of those good ideas...10/1

After The LHC: The Next Really Big Experiments In Particle Physics

(Popular Science) Sure, the Large Hadron Collider has another two decades of cutting-edge science left in it, but physicists are already designing the high energy experiments of the future...10/1

Misconduct Widespread in Retracted Science Papers, Study Finds

(NY Times) Last year the journal Nature reported an alarming increase in the number of retractions of scientific papers — a tenfold rise in the previous decade, to more than 300 a year across the scientific literature...10/1

Other Stories

UN warns over impact of rapidly ageing populations

(BBC News) The world needs to do more to prepare for the impact of a rapidly ageing population, the UN has warned - particularly in developing countries...10/1