Wednesday, October 19, 2011
ORNL in the News

DOE celebrates stimulus success in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In 2009, when the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge office first learned that it would receive hundreds of millions of dollars in stimulus funding, officials said they expected to create about 1,500 jobs at the government facilities in Atomic City....10/18

Valuable heavy isotopes recycled to research labs as security facility is decommissioned

(GSN) The National Nuclear Security Administration and the Department of Energy's Office of Science and Office of Nuclear Energy completed transfer of 40 grams of the special isotope curium-244 from Los Alamos National Laboratory to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory....10/18

DOE

Delay nuke cleanup for 50 years?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) So many needs and not so many dollars. That's the crux of discussions between the U.S. Department of Energy and environmental regulators as they try to establish — or re-establish — schedules for completing the cleanup projects in Oak Ridge....10/19

National

Student loan debt hits record levels

(USA Today) Students and workers seeking retraining are borrowing extraordinary amounts of money through federal loan programs, potentially putting a huge burden on the backs of young people looking for jobs and trying to start careers....10/18

Other Stories

Climate change 'grave threat' to security and health

(BBC) Climate change poses "an immediate, growing and grave threat" to health and security around the world, according to an expert conference in London....10/17

Six Miles Offshore: The Wreck Of Montebello

(NPR) The SS Montebello sank in 1941 after it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. A group is now trying to determine just how much of an environmental threat the Montebello poses, 900 feet below the waves....10/18

energy & science policy

Global warming a threat to polar bears? Judge orders review of US rule

(Christian Science Monitor) A US district court judge in Washington on Monday rejected arguments from environmental groups that the US Department of Interior was failing to protect polar bears because of its refusal to consider greenhouse gases as one of the threats facing the bears....10/18

Fight Over Nuclear Plant Draws N.Y. Political Heavies

(NPR) The state's popular Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to close the aging Indian Point nuclear plant because of safety concerns, but the company that owns the facility has enlisted former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as its spokesman to keep the plant open....10/18

Inside Energy Extra

10/18 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** US may OK spill response offshore Cuba
** Tighter rein seen for US-aided projects
** Senate passes pipeline safety bill
** McCain targets flexible fuel pumps

science & technology

Experimental malaria vaccine protects many children, study shows

(Washington Post) A study involving more than 15,000 babies in seven African countries finds vaccine cuts risk of being infected with malaria by about half....10/18

Son of Stuxnet Found in the Wild on Systems in Europe

(Wired) A little more than one year after the infrastructure-destroying Stuxnet worm was discovered on computer systems in Iran, a new piece of malware using some of the same techniques has been found infecting systems in Europe, according to researchers at security firm Symantec....10/19

Nano Funnel Used to Generate Extreme Ultraviolet Light Pulses

(Science Daily) An international team has managed to concentrate the energy of infrared light pulses with a nano funnel and use the concentrated energy to generate extreme ultraviolet light flashes....10/17