Monday, October 28, 2013
ORNL in the News


GAO’s quarterly report on UPF

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Government Accountability Office today released its quarterly report on the Uranium Processing Facility, updating issues pertaining to the multibillion-dollar project at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...10/25

Registration Now Open for Department of Energy's National Science Bowl

(Juneau Empire) Teams of high school and middle school students across the country can now register to compete in the 24th annual Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl (NSB)...10/25

State & Regional

Tennessee medical groups urge expansion of Medicaid

(WBIR) The associations representing the state's doctors and nurses are jointly calling for Gov. Bill Haslam and the legislature to expand TennCare, the Medicaid program in Tennessee...10/27



In Fed and Out, Many Now Think Inflation Helps

(The New York Times) Inflation is widely reviled as a kind of tax on modern life, but as Federal Reserve policy makers prepare to meet this week, there is growing concern inside and outside the Fed that inflation is not rising fast enough...10/26

Obama Reportedly Unaware of World Leader Phone Tapping

(ABC News) U.S. officials responded Sunday night to a report that the National Security Agency ended a program used to spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders only after an internal Obama administration review started this summer exposed the operation...10/27

East Tennessee

South Knox businesses seeing more customers since bridge reopening

(WATE) It's been just ten days since the reopening of the Henley Street Bridge, and already South Knoxville businesses say they're seeing a noticeable increase in customers...10/27




energy & science policy

Policy: Set research priorities in a time of recession

(Nature News: Opinion) Many governments say that they are using the current recession to refocus their public investment in science and technology. But after analysing countries' declarations of their research and development (R&D) funding and objectives to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) over the past decade, I have found that, in fact, not much has changed...10/28

science & technology

Scientists identify a mathematical 'crystal ball' that may predict calamities

(PhysOrg) Neuroscientists have come up with a mathematical equation that may help predict calamities such as financial crashes in economic systems and epileptic seizures in the brain...10/28

Scientists Eye Longer-Term Forecasts of U.S. Heat Waves

(Science Daily) Scientists have fingerprinted a distinctive atmospheric wave pattern high above the Northern Hemisphere that can foreshadow the emergence of summertime heat waves in the United States more than two weeks in advance...10/27

United Nations to Adopt Asteroid Defense Plan

(Scientific American) When a meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February, the world’s space agencies found out along with the rest of us, on Twitter and YouTube. That, says former astronaut Ed Lu, is unacceptable—and the United Nations agrees...10/28

Other Stories

The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel

(The Atlantic)...The Atlantic recently assembled a panel of 12 scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, historians of technology, and others to assess the innovations that have done the most to shape the nature of modern life. The main rule for this exercise was that the innovations should have come after widespread use of the wheel began, perhaps 6,000 years ago...10/23