Monday, October 8, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL briefly on lock down for security concern

(WATE) The Oak Ridge National Laboratory was shut down for a few hours Sunday as officials investigated a "security concern."...10/7

Thom MasonORNL director to deliver community lecture

(Newsodrome) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason will deliver a speech Oct. 16 in the 15th annual Dick Smyser Community Lecture Series. The speech will be an update on activities at ORNL and its future...10/7

Secretary's Honor Awards: Recognizing Employee Excellence

(Energy.gov) Uranium-233 Disposition Alternatives Analysis Team for their extraordinary efforts to find cost effective and technically viable alternatives for disposition of the U-233 stored at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/7

Traffic PatternsKnowledge Clusters in the Automotive Industry

(Area Development Online) The automobile is the most complex item most consumers will ever purchase...Other vehicle-related clusters are located in Virginia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas, which host several major automotive safety research centers such as the National Crash Analysis Center, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Oak Ridge National Lab...10/

DOE

Nuclear lab contractor fined after workers exposed to radiation

(NBC) The U.S. Department of Energy fined the contractor of a federal nuclear research lab in Idaho more than $400,000 on Thursday for multiple safety violations stemming from two mishaps last year that caused workers to be contaminated with radiation....10/5

Abound Solar under investigation by Weld County district attorney; received $68 million stimulus

(Denver Channel 7 News) A bankrupt Longmont-based company that received $68 million in stimulus money is under investigation by the Weld County district attorney's office...10/6

State & Regional

First Tennessee Bank to shed 4% of workers, offers buyouts

(WATE) Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank aims to reduce its 4,500-employee workforce by about 4% into next year. According to The Commercial Appeal, the bank offered buyouts to about 400 middle management workers Thursday, expecting about 10% of them to accept the deal...10/5

National

Email Shows State Department Rejecting Request of Security Team at US Embassy in Libya

(ABC News) ABC News has obtained an internal State Department email from May 3, 2012, indicating that the State Department denied a request from the security team at the Embassy of Libya to retain a DC-3 airplane in the country to better conduct their duties...10/5

Pharmacy linked to outbreak issues wide recall

(AP) The pharmacy that distributed a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis has issued a voluntary recall of all of its products, calling the move a precautionary measure...10/7

East Tennessee

TVA Earthen BermsTVA proposes earthen berms and concrete flood walls to protect dams

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA has settled on the method it thinks would be best to protect several of its dams in case of a rare "worst-case" flood event. The federal utility has filed a draft environmental impact statement on the issue and is looking to add public comments to the statement...10/5

energy & science policy

Update on Automatic Budget Cuts to Federal R&D

(AIP) Two reports describing significant damage that automatic cuts in federal spending would have on research and development have been released...10/5

NASA Issues Big Data Challenge

(Information Week) NASA, the Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation have created a competition to develop new ways to capitalize on the vast amounts of data generated by the federal government...10/5

science & technology

Neandertal InterbreedingDating Between Modern Humans and Neandertals

(Science Daily) To discover why Neandertals are most closely related to people outside Africa, Harvard and Max Planck Institute scientists have estimated the date when Neandertals and modern Europeans last shared ancestors. The research, published in the journal PLoS Genetics, provides a historical context for the interbreeding...10/4

When green turns toxic: Norwegians study Electric Vehicle life cycle

(PhysOrg) Questioning thoughts arise from a bracing study from Norway. The electric car might be a trade-in of an old set of pollution problems for a new set. Thanks but no thanks to a misguided cadre selling on the green revolution. Electric cars will eventually be one more pollutant source to campaign over...10/5

Space X DragonSpaceX Dragon blasts off to International Space Station

(Fox News) A commercial cargo ship rocketed into orbit Sunday in pursuit of the International Space Station, the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with NASA...10/7

 

Other Stories

Summitt: Stepping down was my choice

(WATE) Pat Summitt responded to the controversy surrounding her decision to step down as head coach of the Lady Vols on Friday. "It was entirely my decision to step down from my position as head coach of women's basketball at the University of Tennessee," Summitt said in a statement.

Out there

BaumgartnerWould You Jump From the Edge of Space?

(Discovery News) After literally years of preparation -- physically, mentally, financially and technologically -- Baumgartner and his team are ready to execute his ultimate ascent via balloon-powered pressurized capsule to the intimidating height of 120,000 feet, at which point he will jump, freefalling to Earth at supersonic speeds through frigid and virtually airless stretches of atmosphere...