ORNL in the News

Tech Giants and Leading National Labs Join the HSA Foundation

(Wall Street Journal Market Watch) Oracle, Broadcom, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Huawei Are Among Industry-Leading Organizations Recently Joining the HSA Foundation to Advance Open Standards for Heterogeneous Compute Programming; Open Source Developer Program Launched to Drive Greater Developer Productivity in Heterogeneous Computing...11/12

East Tennessee firefighter creates business to save families from house fires

(WATE) ...Tennessee ranks in the top ten for fire fatalities in the nation, with 80 fire deaths this year. Gary Watlington, who is currently a firefighter at ORNL, wants to see that number drop, so he started his own business called Fireproof Safety Solution to teach people how to prevent and survive house fires...11/11


What October 2015 means

(the Knoxville News Sentinel) October 2015 has acquired significance with the Uranium Processing Facility because that's when the National Nuclear Security Administration says it expects to gain approval of Critical Decision 2 and Critical Decision 3 — establishing a firm cost and schedule for the multibillion-dollar project, as well as starting construction of the nuclear facility...11/12

Yucca MountainDOE: Nuclear waste move to Nevada to start in 2014

(Las Vegas Review-Journal) Trucks hauling dangerous uranium waste from Tennessee for burial in a landfill at the Nevada National Security Site will begin rolling early next year despite objections from Gov. Brian Sandoval who is powerless to stop them, federal officials said Tuesday...11/12

East Tennessee

East TN woman wins TODAY's Teacher of the Year

(WBIR) Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb crowned a Jefferson County woman the TODAY show "Teacher the Year" Tuesday morning. Billie Yardley, from Dandridge, won $10,000 in school supplies after she received the most votes in an online contest...11/12


Philippines typhoon: President lowers death toll estimate

(CNN) The President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, says the death toll from Friday's typhoon may be lower than first thought. In an interview with CNN, he said the number of 10,000 killed was "too high" and the figure was more likely up to 2,500...11/12

US doctors urge wider use of cholesterol drugs

(AP) The nation's first new guidelines in a decade for preventing heart attacks and strokes call for twice as many Americans — one-third of all adults — to consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs...11/12

State & Regional

Gov. Bill Haslam: Next year’s budget will be toughest yet

(The Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Gov. Bill Haslam says he expects next year’s state budget will be his toughest yet given increased demands in K-12 education and TennCare coupled with revenues coming in below estimates...11/12

Violence against Tennessee's women costs $886 million last year

(The Tennessean) The toll that domestic violence, sex crimes and sex trafficking takes on Tennessee's women is measured in bruises and broken bones, rape kits and funerals. Now it can be measured in dollars...11/13

energy & science policy

Federally Funded Research: The Key to Unexpected (and Valuable) Discoveries

(IEEE) One of the most important discoveries in modern genetics and biotechnology got its start more than four decades ago with a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the humble bacteria that live in high-temperature geysers in Yellowstone National Park...11/13

science & technology

Super LHCPhysicists plan to build a bigger LHC

(Nature News) When Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) started up in 2008, particle physicists would not have dreamt of asking for something bigger until they got their US$5-billion machine to work...11/12

Thin, Active Invisibility Cloak Demonstrated for First Time

(Science Daily) Invisibility cloaking is no longer the stuff of science fiction: two researchers in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering have demonstrated an effective invisibility cloak that is thin, scalable and adaptive to different types and sizes of objects...11/12

Biometrics researchers see world without passwords

(PhysOrg) You may never need to memorize another password. That's the goal of researchers at Purdue University's International Center for Biometrics Research. Stephen Elliott is the director of international biometric research at Purdue University in Indiana...11/12

Other Stories

Shale’s Effect on Oil Supply Is Not Expected to Last

(The New York Times) The boom in oil from shale formations in recent years has generated a lot of discussion that the United States could eventually return to energy self-sufficiency, but according to a report released Tuesday by the International Energy Agency, production of such oil in the United States and worldwide will provide only a temporary respite from reliance on the Middle East...11/12

Corn FieldPrairies vanish in the US push for green energy

(PhysOrg) Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he's not about to apologize for ripping up prairieland to plant corn...11/13

Out there

Waffle HouseHow Waffle House Became A Disaster Indicator For FEMA

(Popular Science) For shelter and supplies after a devastating storm, communities turn to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). But for a clear sense of how bad things are, FEMA turns to Waffle House.