Wednesday, October 17, 2012
ORNL in the News

Double trouble at Oak Ridge National Laboratory project: Two targets 'fail' prematurely

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Experiments at the Spallation Neutron Source have been put on hold while lab officials try to understand what's going wrong in the target facility, where -- during normal operations -- zillions of neutrons are produced every second and distributed to research instruments for uniquely tailored studies of materials. SNS operations were shut down after sensor data for the second time in a month indicated that the vessel holding the mercury target was on the verge of failure...10/16

In Search of Better Solar Mirrors

(Environmental Protection) The U.S. Department of Energy has funded two projects at Oak Ridge National Laboratory seeking to improve the mirrors used on solar farms to collect power. ORNL announced that a team headed by Scott Hunter of its Nanosystems and Structures group in the Measurement Science and Systems Engineering Division was awarded more than $2 million by the department's SunShot Initiative Concentrating Solar Power program...10/17



Department of Energy On A123: Consolidation Happens

(Wall Street Journal) Dan Leistikow, the director of the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Energy, has published a fairly strong piece defending the government’s approach to funding the development of the advanced battery industry in America, in the wake of today’s bankruptcy filing by federally-supported battery maker A123 Systems Inc...10/16

U.S. Department of Energy Deploys Virtual Reality Training Solution From Invensys Operations Management

(Power Engineering) Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the manufacturing and infrastructure operations industries, announced that it has implemented a unique operator training simulator for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) using Invensys Operations Management's SimSci-Esscor(R) EYESIM(R) virtual reality training solution...10/17


East Tennessee

Oak Ridge feels impact of EnergySolutions job cuts; German rad waste coming 'soon'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) EnergySolutions spokesman Mark Walker said today that about 20-30 of the 265 job cuts companywide took place in Oak Ridge. Most of the workers went off the payroll last week, he said...10/16






U.K. blocks extradition of alleged hacker to U.S.

(USA Today) A British computer hacker's decade-long struggle to avoid trial in the U.S. over alleged breaches of military and NASA networks ended in success Tuesday, as the U.K. government ruled he was unfit to face charges there...10/16

Massachusetts firm linked to US meningitis outbreak searched

(BBC) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raised concerns about sterility and cleanliness at the New England Compounding Center (NECC)...10/17

State & Regional

State lottery has record 1st quarter with $81M

(Tennessean) The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. has raised a record $81 million in the first quarter. Total lottery funding for education-related programs in Tennessee exceeds $2.47 billion since the lottery’s inception in 2004...10/16

Alternative fuels event in Nashville on Thursday

(WATE) Alternative Fuel Vehicles will be shown off in Nashville and a speaker will talk about the global oil supply. The event, part of National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey, will take place Thursday at Lincoln College of Technology, formerly Nashville Auto Diesel College...10/16


energy & science policy

Faked Affiliation of Stem Cell Researcher Not Caught for Years

(Science Insider) Of the many oddities in the case of Japanese researcher Hisashi Moriguchi, who admitted over the weekend to lying about a startling stem cell experiment, is how for years he managed to claim an affiliation with Harvard Medical School in Boston that did not exist...10/16

science & technology

New rules for meteorite hunters unveiled

(Fox News) It’s official! A fishing license for the sky. The Bureau of Land Management, under the U.S. Department of the Interior, has issued Instruction Memorandum No. 2012-182. It establishes policy governing the collection of meteorites found on public lands...10/15

Nissan shows safety features, electronic steering

Nissan Test Car(Phys Org) Electronically managed steering that completely bypasses the mechanical link of a clutch is among the new safety technology from Japanese automaker Nissan. Other vehicles are smart enough to park themselves. And some swerve automatically to avoid pedestrians...10/17

Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness Confirmed in Large-Scale Swedish Study

(Science Daily) People in creative professions are treated more often for mental illness than the general population, there being a particularly salient connection between writing and schizophrenia...10/16

Other Stories

For About $20, Cardboard Bicycle Could 'Change The World,' Inventor Says

Cardboard Bike(NPR) Reuters today catches up on a story that's been getting some traction in recent weeks: An Israeli inventor has come up with a way to make a bicycle almost entirely out of cardboard — and so inexpensively that he thinks retailers would only need to charge about $20 for one...10/15

Badger battle erupts in England

badger(Nature News) England’s West Country is a bucolic landscape of winding country lanes and gently rolling pastures. But as autumn darkens into winter, a war, complete with armed marksmen and camouflaged saboteurs, is about to erupt from the hedgerows. Both sides claim science as their ally...10/16

Google’s Social Experiment to Help Employees Eat Better

(Wired) Working for Silicon Valley tech companies has its perks: fluff-and-fold laundry service, free booze, game rooms, swanky company outings and food as far as the eye can see...10/16