Thursday, October 20, 2011
ORNL in the News

New Function Extraction Technology to Heighten Cyber Security in Smart Meters

(Transmission and Distribution World) Sensus has announced a partnership with EnerNex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to conduct a demonstration of the Automated Vulnerability Detection system. The AVUD project, funded by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy, is developing a system for cyber security vulnerability detection in smart grid components...10/19

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

(Government Security News) ...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




Delay nuke cleanup for 50 years?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) So many needs and not so many dollars. That's a dilemma facing many folks today in this economy. It's also 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

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...10/19


The Fight Over How to End a War

(NY Times) An unusually powerful phalanx of President Obama’s top officials, charged with organizing an orderly exit from Afghanistan, will face an outwardly confident, almost defiant Pakistan during talks that open in an atmosphere of rancor here on Thursday night...10/19

East Tennessee

Texas Tech, Embry-Riddle join ORAU

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge Associated Universities today announced that Texas Tech University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have joined ORAU, bring the consortium's total membership to 99 Ph.D.-granting institutions...10/19


energy & science policy

Senior Appropriator Warns About Impacts of Automatic Funding Cuts

(AIP) About a month from now, a special congressional “super committee” is charged with delivering a plan to Congress that would trim the federal deficit by at least $1.2 trillion during the next decade...10/19

Inside Energy Extra

10/19 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- US solar firms allege illegal China aid
- Murkowski still backs DOE loan program
- Bill aims to extend offshore wind credit
- Deep public concern over energy: poll

science & technology

Mountains May Be Best Solar Hot Spots

(Discovery News) The Himalayas -- not deserts -- may be the world's best place to collect solar power...10/19

Researchers warn of new Stuxnet worm

(BBC News) Researchers have found evidence that the Stuxnet worm, which alarmed governments around the world, could be about to regenerate...10/19

Seven billion and counting

(Nature News) ...According to a calculation based on surveys, censuses, probabilistic analyses, human sleuthing, expert opinion, heated academic debates and not a little guesswork, 31 October 2011 is the most likely day that the number of living humans will top 7 billion...10/19

Lithium: The New California Gold Rush

(Forbes) Some 6,000 feet below the earth in Southern California lies a huge deposit of the element, and Luka Erceg's company is gambling on an electric-car boom to drive demand...11/2011

Other Stories

Fukushima Debris on Course to Hit U.S.

(Scientific American) The first landfall on Midway Islands is expected this winter. What misses Midway will continue toward the main Hawaiian Islands...10/18