Tuesday, October 8, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL’s Jeskie active on chemical safety panels

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Kim Jeskie led the 12-member committee that developed new chemical safety guidelines described in the report, “Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories,” released by the American Chemical Society at its 246th National Meeting and Exposition held in September.

ORNL prepares for possible temporary shutdown, unpaid furloughs

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has enough funding to continue operating through this month and into November, but officials are preparing for a possible temporary shutdown and unpaid furloughs, Director Thom Mason told employees Monday...10/7

Two Carbon Fiber Facilities Revolutionize the Manufacturing Process While Setting New Standards for Environmental Stewardship

(ThomsNet) ...Recognizing the need for this industry to develop a lower cost carbon fiber material, The United States Department of Energy built a custom designed conversion process at Oak Ridge National Laboratories ...The carbon fiber technology line in Oakridge, Tennessee allows commercial partners to test the scalability of emerging carbon composite materials before commercial production...10/2

ARC 2013 to showcase innovative technologies

(Gulf in the Media) The upcoming Annual Research Conference (ARC 2013), organised by Qatar Foundation Research and Development, will display some of the innovative technologies developed by the research institutes of Qatar Foundation...Dr Ramesh Ramamoorthy, deputy laboratory director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will speak on the technological innovations and cutting-edge activities needed for Qatar to utilise solar energy in a cost-effective manner...10/8

State & Regional

State’s environmental oversight funding secure for now

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Some folks may not realize it, but the U.S. Department of Energy pays the state of Tennessee to oversee and regulate the pollution cleanup activities in Oak Ridge...10/6

TVA breaks all-time record for power generation from its dams

(Oak Ridge Today) More electricity was generated from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s 29 hydroelectric dams in fiscal year 2013, which ended Sept. 30, than in any other year in the agency’s 80-year history...10/4


Government shutdown unlikely to damage economy, but debt limit could be catastrophe

(Washington Post) The economic damage from the government shutdown will probably be muted as thousands of Defense Department employees returned to their jobs Monday and lawmakers worked on a deal to provide back pay to furloughed civil servants...10/7


Pantex also gets shutdown order

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Pantex warhead assembly and disassembly plant, which employs about 3,100, also received orders to begin an “orderly shutdown” of operations. The message to employees at the site near Amarillo, Texas, was almost identical to the one given to Y-12 employees...10/7

energy & science policy

Shutdown makes US 'less desirable' for science

(PhysOrg) ..."If the government shutdown continues for a week or more, it is going to make the United States less desirable as an international research collaborator," said Joanne Carney, director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Office of Government Relations...10/2

science & technology

Cell transport carries off Nobel

(Nature) Three scientists who explained the inner workings of a ‘cellular postal service’ shared this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine...10/7

The Fingerprints the Higgs Leaves Behind

(Scientific American) Tomorrow, the Nobel prize in physics will most likely be awarded to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert. Along with other researchers, the two physicists are credited with the 1964 introduction of the then-theoretical Higgs field...10/7

The Woman Who Has Spent Almost a Year of Her Life Underwater

(The Atlantic) Scientist and explorer Sylvia Earle warns that the oceans are “not too big to fail.” But she also says that just maybe, we’re growing wise enough to save them...10/7

In quantum computing, light may lead the way

(PhysOrg) Light might be able to play a bigger, more versatile role in the future of quantum computing, according to new research by Yale University scientists...10/8

Other Stories

China Cautions U.S. Over Debt Ceiling Fight

(NPR) China — which holds nearly $1.3 trillion in U.S. securities (pdf) — is asking the U.S. to get its finances in order and not allow a political stalemate to cause the country to default on its obligations for the first time in history...10/7

North Korea puts army on alert, warns U.S. of 'horrible disaster'

(Reuters) North Korea said on Tuesday its military would be put on high alert and be ready to launch operations, stepping up tension after weeks of rhetoric against the United States and South Korea, whom it accuses of instigating hostility...10/8