Thursday, October 25, 2012
ORNL in the News

Stimulus funding was boon to Oak Ridge facilities; created 3,800 jobs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The value of the government's economic stimulus program has been a hot topic of debate, particularly during this political season, but — not surprisingly — the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act gets warm reviews in Oak Ridge...ORNL Director Thom Mason said the lab received about $500 million, which supported a broad range of projects at DOE's largest and most diverse science lab...10/25

Alexander: UPF, ORNL remain priorities even in tough economic times

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Uranium Processing Facility remain funding priorities even in tough economic times, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said Tuesday...“In difficult times, they’ll still continue to receive a good funding stream,” he said...10/24


The bottom of the 'U' coming down at historic K-25

(Knoxville News Sentinel) For years, the north end -- often called the North Tower -- of the World War II-era K-25 facility was protected under an agreement the Department of Energy signed with historic preservation groups...10/23

Ames Laboratory improving process to recycle rare-earth materials

(Phys Org) Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory are working to more effectively remove the neodymium, a rare earth element, from the mix of other materials in a magnet. Initial results show recycled materials maintain the properties that make rare-earth magnets useful...10/24

State & Regional

Tennessee has nation's 3rd-lowest tax burden

(AP) A study by a conservative research organization reports that Tennesseans carry the third-lowest burden of state and local taxes...10/24


Halloween Horror: Hurricane Sandy Could Be 'Billion-Dollar Storm'

(NPR) With Hurricane Sandy coming from the South, an early winter storm bearing down from the West and arctic air sweeping in from the North, the mid-Atlantic, New England and eastern Canada should be prepared for a "perfect storm" early next week that could produce $1 billion or more in damage...10/25

East Tennessee

UT researchers honored for developing products

(AP) Two University of Tennessee researchers are being honored for their work in turning ideas into products and businesses. Gabor Tigyi chairs the physiology department at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis. He co-founded RxBio Inc. with colleagues to help develop a drug that could prevent lethal injuries from radiation exposure...10/25

energy & science policy

Study Requested on Regulatory Burdens Faced by Research Universities

(AIP) House Subcommittee on Research and Science Education Chairman, Mo Brooks (R-AL), sent a letter on October 3, 2012 to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to request a review of the current regulations and reporting requirements imposed on research universities...10/23

Energy Independence For U.S.? Try Energy Security

(NPR) ...According to the latest estimates from the U.S. government's Energy Information Administration, U.S. production of oil and other liquid petroleum products could soon overtake production from Saudi Arabia, the world's No. 1 oil producer. Oil imports, meanwhile, are declining....10/25

science & technology

Military's New Radio: Laser Beams

(Discovery News) One of the recurring challenges for the military is to send a message without anyone else listening in. Communicating via a laser could be the solution...10/24

How a Google Headhunter’s E-Mail Unraveled a Massive Net Security Hole

(Wired News) It was a strange e-mail, coming from a job recruiter at Google, asking Zachary Harris if he was interested in a position as a site-reliability engineer. “You obviously have a passion for Linux and programming,” the e-mail from the Google recruiter read. “I wanted to see if you are open to confidentially exploring opportunities with Google?”...10/24

Other Stories

Pioneering battery maker files for bankruptcy

(Nature) A company that charged up the US battery industry with its lithium-ion technology has gone dead. After an 11-year run, A123 Systems filed for bankruptcy on 16 October...10/24

Job swaps: Are they for you?

(Fortune) Trading places isn't just for reality shows anymore. Now C-suite executives, seeking fresh ideas, are switching jobs with counterparts, both at other companies and inside their own...10/24

More Americans Say 80 Is The New Retirement Age

(Forbes) If you’re on track to retire at age 65 then consider yourself lucky. For a growing number of middle-class Americans retirement might not arrive until the ripe age of 80...10/23