Monday, October 21, 2013
ORNL in the News

New program trains wounded vets to investigate cyber crimes

(Tampa Bay Times) Like many veterans, Justin Gaertner didn't know what course his life would take after he returned from Afghanistan...On Friday, following months of training, Gaertner became one of 17 wounded veterans certified for what is being dubbed the HEROs Corps...The 17 men...also completed four weeks of training focused on criminal law at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...10/19

Innovative Software Engineering to Work on Federal Highway Administration Project

(PR Web) Innovative Software Engineering has been awarded a two-year project sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designed to pilot a system to safeguard truck-shipped wholesale and retail fuels. The project is being managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a multi-program science and technology laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, with the U.S Department of Energy...10/21

DOE

National energy lab director resigns

(FindLaw) The director of the Energy Department's National Energy Technology Laboratory has resigned and been replaced by his deputy on an acting basis. Anthony Cugini (koo-GEE'-nee) has directed the lab since 2010. An Energy Department spokesman said Friday that Cugini was placed on administrative leave last month and resigned Oct. 11...10/20

Future of the nuclear weapons complex: Union of Concerned Scientists takes a broad look, UPF included

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) ...“The United States should build the Uranium Processing Facility. However, the administration should delay construction until the NNSA, the Nuclear Weapons Council, and Congress determine and publicly explain how much secondary-production capacity the nation needs to support the stockpile.”...10/20

State & Regional

Tennessee officials take steps to curb traffic deaths

(WATE) Transportation officials are taking steps to try to curb the number of traffic fatalities in Tennessee. As of October 17, they say there have been 800 people killed on Tennessee roadways in 2013.,,10/19

National

Contractors See Weeks of Work on Health Site

(The New York Times) Federal contractors have identified most of the main problems crippling President Obama’s online health insurance marketplace, but the administration has been slow to issue orders for fixing those flaws, and some contractors worry that the system may be weeks away from operating smoothly, people close to the project say...10/21

70.3M records, 30 days: NSA report draws Paris ire

(AP) The U.S. National Security Agency swept up 70.3 million French telephone records in a 30-day period, according to a newspaper report that offered new details of the massive scope of a surveillance operation that has angered some of the country's closest allies...10/21

East Tennessee

Dead SilhouetteCarson-Newman's proposed body farm dead for now

(WVLT) A proposed body farm at Carson-Newman University in eastern Tennessee is dead, at least for now. University officials told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the funding isn't there to move forward...10/21

energy & science policy

Physics Organizations Endorse Letter on COMPETES Act

(AIP) Discussions about the third reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act are underway on Capitol Hill.  The original COMPETES Act was signed into law by President Bush in 2007 “to invest in innovation through research and development, and to improve the competitiveness of the United States.” ...10/18

science & technology

NASA reverses trajectory on Chinese ban: report

(PhysOrg) NASA has reversed a decision to ban six Chinese scientists from a space conference, China's state media said, after prominent US astronomers vowed to boycott the meeting in a row over academic freedom...10/21

Ocean CurrentsGlobal Ocean Currents Explain Why Northern Hemisphere Is the Soggier One

(Science Daily) A quick glance at a world precipitation map shows that most tropical rain falls in the Northern Hemisphere. The Palmyra Atoll, at 6 degrees north, gets 175 inches of rain a year, while an equal distance on the opposite side of the equator gets only 45 inches...10/20

DmanisiSkull suggests three early human species were one

(Nature News) One of the most complete early human skulls yet found suggests that what scientists thought were three hominin species may in fact be one. This controversial claim comes from a comparison between the anatomical features of a 1.8-million-year-old fossil skull with those of four other skulls from the same excavation site at Dmanisi, Georgia...10/17

Other Stories

Where Are The Boomers Headed? Not Back To The City.

(Forbes) Perhaps no urban legend has played as long and loudly as the notion that “empty nesters” are abandoning their dull lives in the suburbs for the excitement of inner city living...10/17

Out there

Decommissioned Cooling TowerVisitors Enjoy a Nuclear Amusement Park in Germany

(Popular Science) The 190-foot-tall whirling aerial swing in the Wunderland Kalkar amusement park, near the German-Dutch border, claims an unusual distinction: It's the only ride in the world constructed in a decommissioned nuclear cooling tower....10/3