ORNL in the News

Objection derails Manhattan Project commemorations

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A multi-site national park that would tell the story of the top-secret, history-defining Manhattan Project would seem like an easy sell in Congress. But in Washington, nothing is ever easy...In East Tennessee, facilities that would be included in the park are buildings at the Y-12 National Security Complex; the X-10 Graphic Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; the K-25 Building site at East Tennessee Technology Park; and the Alexander Inn, known as the Guest House during the Manhattan Project era...11/4


Editorial: NNSA must weigh multiple factors for Y-12 contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration will announce the new contractor for the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in the coming days, a decision that will affect operations at the Oak Ridge facility that is as vital to the local economy as it is to the nation's nuclear arsenal...11/2

IG report says advance distribution of security test at Y-12 was 'inexplicable and inexcusable'; finds contractor's denials of cheating unconvincing

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Although the Department of Energy's Inspector General did not find "direct evidence" that former security contractor WSI-Oak Ridge intended to cheat on security tests at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, the IG said the contractor's denials of cheating lacked credbility...10/31

State & Regional

Tennessee housing agency questioned about perks

(Times Free Press) A review of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency shows that employees receive plenty of perks as they work to meet the needs of Tennessee families...11/4



Nor'easter on track to hit weather-beaten New York, New Jersey

(Fox News) Just what New York and New Jersey need after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy: more high winds. The National Weather Service predicted Sunday that a Nor'easter that could include gusts of up to 55 mph is likely to reach the area by Wednesday and could compound the havoc brought by last week's violent weather.

East Tennessee

Judge BaumgartnerJury: Baumgartner guilty on 5 of 6 counts

(WBIR) A federal grand jury has found Former Knox County judge Richard Baumgartner guilty on 5 of the 6 counts against him. Baumgartner is charged with misprision, which in this case accuses Baumgartner of lying about and covering up a drug crime.


energy & science policy

Senate Bill on Nuclear Waste

(AIP) The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to review legislation that may serve as the framework for the storage and later permanent disposal of the nation’s civilian and defense nuclear waste.  Meeting to receive testimony on S. 3469, The Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2012, the committee received generally positive reviews of this bill introduced by committee chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)...11/2

science & technology

Astronomers spot leftover light from ancient stars

(ScienceNews) Light from the universe’s very first stars still lingers in space. Now, astronomers have a new way to catch it: Distant, ultra-bright galaxies that act as cosmic beacons, capturing relict photons in a blaze of gamma rays...

Other Stories

One Man, One Computer, 10 Million Students: How Khan Academy Is Reinventing Education

(Forbes) The headquarters of what has rapidly become the largest school in the world, at 10 million students strong, is stuffed into a few large communal rooms in a decaying 1960s office building hard by the commuter rail tracks in Mountain View, Calif...11/2

Angkor WatMystery of Angkor Wat Temple's Huge Stones Solved

(LiveScience) The massive sandstone bricks used to construct the 12th-century temple of Angkor Wat were brought to the site via a network of hundreds of canals, according to new research.

Reese RothWhy the Professor Went to Prison

(Bloomberg) After lunch in his cell in the federal prison in Ashland, Ky., John Reece Roth noticed something unusual. Tiny red ants were swarming across his floor, feasting on candy bar scraps. Knowing that ants establish a trail to and from their food, Roth devised a trap: a Möbius strip with an on-ramp but no off-ramp...11/1

Out there

AsteroidTo Deflect Asteroids From Earth, Deploy Paintballs By The Ton

(Popular Science) We can't do much to deflect a hurricane, but we may have a pretty good defense against asteroids. A particularly pale asteroid could reflect so much sunlight that the photons bouncing from it could create enough force to steer it away...10/30