Monday, October 14, 2013
ORNL in the News

Government Shutdown Closes Nation's Nuclear Labs

(Yahoo!) The nation's nuclear labs are preparing to furlough more than 20,000 employees and shutter their science experiments, except for work essential to national security, because of the ongoing government shutdown... The nation's other nuclear laboratories, which are run by private contractors, report they have enough money to stay open through November. These include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Idaho National Laboratory and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory...10/11

Wounded vets in new battle rescuing exploited children

(Southwest Times) An elite team of U.S. military professionals will soon be taking to a new battlefield with an urgent mission: to locate and rescue American children from sexual abuse and human trafficking... The H.E.R.O. Corps began work in August at ORNL, famed site of the World War II Manhattan Project to develop the atom bomb. There they received a month of intensive training from Weiss Child Rescue and Protection Technology Center, a program of PROTECT...10/10

State & Regional

Oct. 13-19 Earth Science Week in Tennessee

(WATE) Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed the next several days Earth Science Week in Tennessee... During the week, state officials are hoping to promote the role that geology and other earth sciences play in the state's safety, health, welfare and economy...10/14

After years of waiting, TN expands job assistance for disabled

(Tennessean) Tom Hopton meets a lot of Tennesseans with disabilities who want to find work. When they visit his Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee, many already have good skills and a track record of employment, but they need a boost to overcome their impairments. Some need transportation or a job that fits them right...10/14

National

World Leaders Press the U.S. on Fiscal Crisis

(New York Times) Leaders at World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings on Sunday pleaded, warned and cajoled: the United States must raise its debt ceiling and reopen its government or risk “massive disruption the world over,” as Christine Lagarde, the fund’s managing director, put it...10/13

East Tennessee

East Tennesseans react differently to shutdown

(WBIR) As the shutdown continues, more people are feeling the effects... Also in Oak Ridge was Jim Keiser, who works for Oak Ridge National Laboratory. "The uncertainty about funding has an effect. We don't know what our funding is for the coming year. We're living on carryover funds right now," Keiser said...10/11

energy & science policy

Science and the Shutdown: 11 Days and Counting

(ScienceInsider) ScienceInsider has been tracking the partial U.S. government shutdown since it began 11 days ago. Member of Congress and President Barack Obama are now discussing a way out of the impasse. For some scientists, it’s too little, too late. Their research has already been disrupted. For others, however, the crisis has yet to hit home.

science & technology

Testicular Cancer May Be the Price Paid for Sun Protection

(Science) A genetic variant that increases the risk of testicular cancer may be favored by evolution because it helps protect those with fair skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, according to a new study...10/10

New topological insulator materials may speed future semiconductor chips

(PhysOrg) Imagine if the "information superhighway" had HOV lanes so that data could be stored, processed and disseminated many times faster than possible with today's electronics. Researchers in the United States and China have teamed to develop such a speedway for future devices, an exotic type of electrical conductor called a topological insulator (TI)...10/14

If You Can Smell This, You May Not Have Alzheimer's

(Popular Science) You may not have heard of "the peanut butter test," but it could become a fantastically low-cost and non-invasive way to test for Alzheimer's. After all, what's less invasive than asking someone to smell some delicious peanut butter?...10/9

Other Stories

Exercise May Help Knees More Than Glucosamine And Chondroitin

(NPR) If you're among the estimated 27 million Americans who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee or hip, then perhaps you've tried the nutritional supplements glucosamine and chondroitin. They've been marketed for joint health for about 20 years, and sales are still brisk...10/14