Wednesday, October 16, 2013
ORNL in the News

Roane Alliance Education Matters! program takes home the ‘Gold’

(Oak Ridge Today) The Roane Alliance’s Education Matters! program has been selected as a Gold Award recipient by the International Economic Development Council, or IEDC, for excellence in economic development... Other major donors include Volkswagen Group of America; First Bank of Tennessee; the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Roane Metals/Roane Transportation...10/12

With thousands of Oak Ridge jobs at stake, union leader, nonprofit urge Congress to reopen government

(Oak Ridge Today) With the clock ticking on negotiations and thousands of Oak Ridge jobs at stake, a union leader and nonprofit volunteers on Tuesday urged Congress to reopen the federal government, now shut down for more than two weeks... The Atomic Trades and Labor Council, which is affiliated with the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, includes 13 international unions and 14 local unions. The ATLC currently represents about 2,100 members at Y-12 and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/15

 

DOE

UCOR still working

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Allen Schubert, communications chief for URS-CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), the Department of Energy’s cleanup chief in Oak Ridge, confirmed today that demolition work at K-25 is continuing — although the contractor earlier acknowledged it was making plans for a shutdown, even without an official DOE order to do so...10/15

State & Regional

Report shows Tenn. nuclear safety violations

(WATE) A recent congressional study shows Tennessee's nuclear plants had a total of 258 safety violations between 2000 and 2012. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the Government Accountability Office report that's awaiting release...10/16

National

Senators seek budget deal, House GOP effort flops

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Senate leaders are optimistic about forging an eleventh-hour bipartisan deal preventing a possible federal default and ending the partial government shutdown after Republican divisions forced GOP leaders to drop efforts to ram their own version through the House...10/16

South Dakota Ranchers Face Storm’s Toll, but U.S.’ Helping Hands Are Tied

(New York Times) The cattle lay in heaps of tangled hooves, collapsed against fences and submerged in creeks. Some had curled up behind hay bales, hiding from 70 mile-per-hour winds that scattered herds for miles, struck by hypothermia weeks before they were scheduled to go to market...10/15

East Tennessee

Smokies will reopen Wednesday morning

(WBIR) State and local officials have worked out an agreement that will reopen the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for five days despite the federal government shutdown...10/15

science & technology

Scientists develop heat-resistant materials that could vastly improve solar cell efficiency

(Phys Org) Scientists have created a heat-resistant thermal emitter that could significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells. The novel component is designed to convert heat from the sun into infrared light, which can then be absorbed by solar cells to make electricity – a technology known as thermophotovoltaics...10/16

Extreme weather can be the 'most important cause of poverty'

(BBC) New research suggests that extreme weather events will keep people poor in many parts of the world. The authors argue that where disasters like drought are prevalent, they can be the most important cause of poverty...10/15

Modellers react to chemistry award

(Nature) Computer modelling is one of the many scientific fields that Alfred Nobel, understandably, failed to anticipate in his 1895 will. And so, as Michael Levitt points out, “there’s no Nobel prize for computer science”...10/15

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime

(Scientific American) Research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity...10/15

Landmark case? Supreme Court to review EPA regulation of greenhouse gases.

(Christian Science Monitor) The US Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine whether the Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority when it sought to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as pollutants under the Clean Air Act...10/15

Other Stories

Are We Moving To A World With More Online Surveillance?

(NPR) Many governments around the world have expressed outrage over the National Security Agency's use of the Internet as a spying platform. But the possible response may have an unforeseen consequence: it may actually lead to more online surveillance, according to Internet experts...10/16