Tuesday, November 12, 2013
ORNL in the News

3-D Printing and the Skilled Workforce of the Future

(Industry Week) The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is donating over 35,000 3-D printers to schools around the country to help train the next generation's workforce with the tools of the future...11/11

Communication awards for ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s communications group won eight platinum awards, six gold and six honorable mentions in the international competition sponsored annually by the Association of Marketing and Communication...11/11

Transformative Science at the National Labs

(Quality Digest) In the race to combat global climate change, energy efficiency is the low-hanging fruit for reducing our carbon footprint...Oak Ridge National Lab’s Building Technologies Research and Integration Center allows researchers to study the climate’s effect on attic and roof assemblies, building envelopes, insulation, and air barrier systems...11/5

DOE

The silent drama of Y-12/Pantex

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The bidders on the Y-12/Pantex contract are scheduled to get their debriefings on Friday, with all parties — including the twice-announced winner, Consolidated Nuclear Security — agreeing to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s proposed two-part, more-open-than-usual briefing process...11/11

State & Regional

Tennessee begins to confront key budget questions

(The Tennessean) The futures of education, health care and services for people with disabilities hang in the balance as Tennessee officials open discussions this week on the state’s spending plan for next year...11/12

National

Iranian foreign minister blames West for snag in nuclear talks

(Reuters) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's pinning of blame on Iran for the lack of a deal on its nuclear program last week, saying splits between Western powers prevented a breakthrough...11/12

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge City Council approves $13 million tax financing for mall redevelopment

(Oak Ridge Today) The Oak Ridge City Council voted 6-0 on Monday to approve a $13 million proposal to use new property tax revenues to help redevelop the Oak Ridge Mall...11/11

energy & science policy

Report Tallies U.S. Shutdown Costs

(Science Magazine) A new report from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget fills in a few more details on how last month’s 16-day U.S. government shutdown affected research...11/8

science & technology

Did climate change cause Typhoon Haiyan?

(Nature) As the Philippines assesses the havoc caused by super-typhoon Haiyan, which according to some reports killed as many as 10,000 people, speculation is heating up as to whether the disaster might be a manifestation of climate change...11/11

Electron Appears Spherical, Squashing Hopes for New Physics Theories

(Scientific American) The most precise measurement yet of the electron’s shape casts doubt on ideas such as supersymmetry that predict a zoo of undetected particles in the universe...11/11

Honoring Female Pioneers in Science

(NY Times) Florence Nightingale, a statistician? Marie Curie, driving to the front during World War I to X-ray wounded soldiers?...Many such tantalizing and little-known details are part of an exhibition about the lives of 32 women who made major contributions in physics, chemistry, astronomy, mathematics, computing and medicine...11/11

Russian Fireball Yields Scientific Treasure Trove: Researchers Obtain Crucial Data from Meteoroid Impact

(Science Daily) A team of NASA and international scientists for the first time have gathered a detailed understanding of the effects on Earth from a small asteroid impact...11/6

Other Stories

Corporate daredevil John Chen might just turn BlackBerry around.

(Fortune) ...BlackBerry seems firmly committed to keeping the company intact as it turns things around. That leaves Chen to accomplish a task that few outside the company can imagine happening....11/11