Friday, October 25, 2013
ORNL in the News

Auburn University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory announce cyber-security partnership

(oanow.com) Auburn University has announced a formal collaborative agreement between the university’s Cyber Initiative and Oak Ridge National Laboratory that will focus resources and expertise on security issues in the cyber domain. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest science and energy national laboratory in the U.S. Department of Energy system....10/24

Field-effect transistors get a boost from ferroelectric films

(PhysOrg) ...A complex metal oxide film – designed by IBM and University of Texas, Austin (UTA) researchers, and tested at IBM, the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – could help reduce the voltage required to switch electronic signals, and thus the excessive energy they require...10/25

DOE

Fissile Material Report: U.S. HEU stockpile at 595 tons

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The International Panel on Fissile Materials this week released its 2013 Global Fissile Material Report. It's the seventh annual report of its kind...10/24

State & Regional

Tennessee 8th-graders better in science than global peers

(WATE) When it comes to science, eighth-graders in Tennessee are doing better than their peers around the globe. A study being released Thursday compared every state, the District of Columbia and Defense Department schools against 38 countries and nine additional subnational education systems...10/24

Tenn. Guard recruiter held in superiors' shooting

(AP) Subdued by fellow soldiers and arrested by local police, a Tennessee National Guardsman was being held Friday and awaiting charges in the shooting of two of his superiors at an armory north of Memphis...10/25

National

After Insurance Industry Pow-Wow, White House Delays Obamacare's Individual Mandate By Six Weeks

(Forbes) Yesterday afternoon, chief executives of 12 major health insurers—including Aetna, Humana, WellPoint, and Kaiser Permanente—trudged to the White House to "discuss…ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act."...10/24

EU says distrust of US on spying may harm terror fight

(BBC News) EU leaders meeting in Brussels say distrust of the US over spying could harm the fight against terrorism. A statement agreed by the leaders says that "a lack of trust could prejudice" intelligence-gathering co-operation. France and Germany are pushing for talks with the US to find a new "understanding" by the year's end...10/25

East Tennessee

TVA seeks public input on energy needs

(WBIR) The Tennessee Valley Authority is gathering public input on a long-range plan for the type and mix of energy sources it needs to provide power to the region...10/24

energy & science policy

NSF HeadquartersNSF Urged to Improve Oversight of Program for Scientists on Loan

(Science Insider) The peer-review system at the National Science Foundation (NSF) has earned kudos from scientists from around the world for its quality and transparency. It’s also seen as proof that the U.S. government can do something right...10/23

science & technology

Grand CanyonCould the Colorado River Once Have Flowed Into the Labrador Sea?

(Science Daily) In the November issue of GSA Today, James W. Sears of the University of Montana in Missoula advocates a possible Canadian connection for the early Miocene Grand Canyon by arguing for the existence of a "super-river" traceable from headwaters in the southern Colorado Plateau through a proto-Grand Canyon to a delta in the Labrador Sea...10/24

Astronomers Discover the Most Distant Galaxy Yet

(National Geographic) Astronomers have found a galaxy 13.1 billion light-years from Earth, making it officially the most distant object ever detected. A faint, infrared speck of light from this ancient galaxy, called z8_GND_5296, was spotted using the Hubble Space Telescope...10/24

B2 ScaffoldingVitamin B2 Can Be Used To 3-D Print Medical Implants

(Popular Science) Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, a vitamin commonly found in cottage cheese, green veggies and meat, could be used to 3-D print medical implants that are more compatible with the human body, according to new research from a group of biomedical engineers in North Carolina...10/24

Companies rush to build ‘biofactories’ for medicines, flavorings and fuels

(The Washington Post) For scientist Jack Newman, creating a new life-form has become as simple as this: He types out a DNA sequence on his laptop. Clicks "send." And a few yards away in the laboratory, robotic arms mix together some compounds to produce the desired cells...10/25

Other Stories

Health Care Law Fails to Lower Prices for Rural Areas

(The New York Times) As technical failures bedevil the rollout of President Obama's health care law, evidence is emerging that one of the program's loftiest goals — to encourage competition among insurers in an effort to keep costs low — is falling short for many rural Americans...10/23