Thursday, October 3, 2013
ORNL in the News

Mason: ORNL in pretty good shape through October

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, who cancelled a weekend trip to Japan because of the budget crisis, said “We’re trying as much as we can to minimize expenditures.”...10/2

US Lab Tests Fuel Injection System for Experimental Fusion Reactor ITER

(Science World Report) Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a continuous extruder for fusion fuel and are advancing state-of-the-art fuelling and plasma control for ITER. Reliable, high-speed continuous fuelling is essential for ITER to meet its goal of operating at 500 MW for several minutes at a time...10/2

NSF, DOE partner to support University of Houston's diesel emissions research

(EurekAlert) $1.2 million grant will fund work to develop new approach in designing a catalyst to better capture diesel emissions...The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy have tapped into a team of researchers from University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/2



ATLC to Tennessee delegation: ‘Do your job’; if deal isn’t reached, Oak Ridge furloughs are coming

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Atomic Trades and Labor Council, the umbrella union organization that represents about 2,100 workers at Y-12 and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has written letters to Tennessee’s congressional delegation urging them to get a budget passed before Oak Ridge workers are furloughed...10/2

IG audit gives pretty good marks to DOE’s Innovation Hubs; cites excessive spending on meals & meeting costs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) An audit released today by the Department of Energy’s Inspector General staff gives pretty good marks to the Innovation Hubs, which were established to put lots of resources together in order to tackle really tough science challenges...10/2

Judge denies new trial for Y-12 protesters

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. District Judge Amul R. Thapar this week denied a motion to acquit three Plowshares protesters on a charge of attempting to injure the national defense for the July 28, 2012, break-in at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge...10/3


Focus shifts to looming debt-ceiling deadline as shutdown talks at White House go nowhere

(Washington Post) The fight over the government shutdown quickly moved on Wednesday to a bigger showdown over raising the nation’s debt ceiling, as the first White House talks to solve the fiscal standoff failed to make any progress toward a deal...10/2

East Tennessee

Expert on American Chestnut Restoration to Present at Science Forum

(Tennessee Today) The challenges facing the return of the American chestnut (Castanea dentata) will be discussed at Friday’s Science Forum. Stacy Clark, a research forester with the US Forest Service, will present “American Chestnut Restoration: Can We Bring Back the Mighty Giant?”...10/1

energy & science policy

NIH trials turn away new patients as shutdown cuts zap scientists, researchers

(Washington Post) Much of the government’s sprawling scientific and technological machinery has been turned off, and researchers and engineers fear that a prolonged shutdown could imperil their projects and create lasting harm to U.S. innovation...10/2

The U.S. Has a Huge Advantage Over China in Energy—and It's Growing

(The Atlantic) Conventional wisdom says that by many economic measurements, China isn’t far behind the U.S.—and is catching up fast. But in one vital sector—energy—the U.S. leads and is pulling away...10/1

science & technology

Quantum Computer Passes Math Test, But Doesn’t Answer the Big Question

(Wired Science) Is the world’s first commercial quantum computer the real deal or not? No one is quite sure...Quantum computers harness the weird quirks of the subatomic world to run algorithms at extremely quick speeds and solve problems that stymie our current electronic devices...10/2

The Swamp-Gas Station: Fuel From Landfill Methane Goes on Sale

(NY Times) Farmers, waste management companies and the energy industries have long experimented with converting methane, a byproduct of decomposing organic matter, into transportation fuel...10/2

Studying The Science Behind Child Prodigies

(NPR) Matt Haimovitz is 42 and a world-renowned cellist. He rushed into the classical music scene at age 10 after Itzhak Perlman, the famed violinist, heard him play...10/3

The lab pushing petrol car engines to new extremes

(BBC) Some say the future of cars is electric, but the humble internal combustion engine may have some life left in it yet, if a set of outlandish tests succeed...10/2

Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?

(NY Times) Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications...10/3

Other Stories

The Truth about China’s Patent Boom

(Scientific American) Why China's surge in international patents marks the emergence of a new, international form of research and development...10/2