Monday, October 10, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL's hot waste headed to Nevada

(Knoxville News Sentinel) UCOR, the Dept. of Energy's environmental manager in Oak Ridge, began shipping highly radioactive soils to Nevada for disposal at the Nevada National Security Site....10/7

US ITER Contract Awarded for ITER Early Delivery Cooling Water System Equipment

(Newswise) The US ITER Project Office at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has awarded a $13.2 million task order to AREVA Federal Services for fabrication of five drain tanks for the ITER tokamak cooling water system....10/6


As construction nears, team for billion-dollar UPF project grows

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As the multibillion-dollar Uranium Processing Facility moves toward construction — with site preparation expected to begin in 2012 — Y-12 has ramped up the project team, added contractors, and named a vice president to coordinate many of the requirements for such a large government project....10/8

Other Stories

How Many Gills In A Cubic Dekameter?

(NPR) It's National Metric Week – always celebrated in the week that contains Oct. 10, because that's the 10th day of the 10th month. Metric folks love the number 10....10/9



Feldstein: 'About as Bad an Expansion as I've Ever Seen'

(Wall Street Journal) Harvard economist Martin Feldstein says there's a "nontrivial" chance the U.S. economy will turn down again and calls the recovery "about as bad an expansion as I've ever seen."...10/10

East Tennessee

Crowds pack the Smokies for a look at fall colors

(WATE-TV) Fall colors have started to show themselves in the Great Smoky Mountains. Park rangers say the mountains were packed with tourists all weekend, making it the busiest weekend so far this fall....10/9

energy & science policy

Conservation funding sparks political battle

(Washington Post) The fight over whether to invest in open space and public land through a little-known federal program will reach a critical point in the coming weeks as lawmakers wrangle over the budget....10/9

Inside Energy Extra

10/7 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Emotions flow at last pipeline hearing
** Greens challenge Shell Beaufort Sea plan
** Jaczko cites TVA equipment problems

science & technology

Ultraviolet light shone on cold winter conundrum

(BBC) Recent harsh winters in the UK and northern Europe could be linked to unexpected variations in the Sun's ultraviolet rays, scientists find. The latest satellite data shows the UV output is far more changeable than scientists had previously thought....10/9

Progress in quantum computing, qubit by qubit

(PhysOrg) Engineers and physicists at Harvard have managed to capture light in tiny diamond pillars embedded in silver, releasing a stream of single photons at a controllable rate....10/10

Laser Light Used to Cool Object to Quantum Ground State

(Science Daily) The achievement paves the way for the development of exquisitely sensitive detectors as well as for quantum experiments that scientists have long dreamed of conducting....10/9