Thursday, November 14, 2013
ORNL in the News

Putting a new spin on tokamak disruptions

(ECN) Rapid plasma rotation may be the key to softening the blow of powerful plasma disruptions...Researchers at MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), General Atomics, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Washington, and the University of California, San Diego, believe that if the intense energy of these disruptions could be uniformly spread out around the interior of the vessel, the plasma could be prevented from melting the wall—a necessity for the next-step fusion device, ITER, under construction in Cadarache, France...11/13

ORNL study uses neutron scattering, supercomputing to demystify forces at play in biofuel production

(Bio-medicine) Researchers studying more effective ways to convert woody plant matter into biofuels at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified fundamental forces that change plant structures during pretreatment processes used in the production of bioenergy...11/13

Reid ready to fight attempts to deliver waste

(Las Vegas Review-Journal) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Wednesday dropped a hint that the Department of Energy might be in for a fight as it attempts to ship highly radioactive uranium waste for burial in Nevada...The statement came in reaction to the Energy Department announcement this week that it was prepared to move forward with transporting 403 canisters of a potent uranium mixture from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to the Nevada National Security Site...11/13


Intelligence Officials Aim To Pre-Empt More Surveillance Leaks

(NPR) NSA officials are bracing for more surveillance disclosures from the documents taken by former contractor Edward Snowden — and they want to get out in front of the story...11/13


Federal official to give K-25 preservation update Thursday

(Oak Ridge Today) A federal official will give an update on the historic preservation plans for the former K-25 Building in west Oak Ridge on Thursday...11/13


East Tennessee

Alexander Inn groundbreaking

(Oak Ridge Today) Local, state, and federal officials will join nonprofit and business executives for a formal groundbreaking and press conference on Thursday at the historic Alexander Inn, which is being converted into an assisted living center...11/14

Strategy to manage contaminated groundwater on DOE reservation to be discussed tonight

(Oak Ridge Today) A citizens’ panel will discuss a strategy document tonight that outlines possible solutions for managing contaminated groundwater on the federal reservation in Oak Ridge...11/13

energy & science policy

Lawmakers to Examine Bill Renewing U.S. Research

(Science Magazine) ...the science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will kick off discussion of competing proposals to renew and reshape science and education programs at the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and other federal funding agencies...11/13

science & technology

A Way to Make Carbon Storage Pay

(Scientific American) Advocates and opponents of capturing CO2 emissions from power plants and storing them underground agree on at least one thing: doing it will not be cheap...11/13

This Is The FAA's Plan For Drone-Friendly Skies

(Popular Science) The Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates civilian flight in America, published a report yesterday titled Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS), a roadmap for adding drones to the skies of tomorrow...11/8

IBM to Announce More Powerful Watson via the Internet

(NY Times) Welcome to the age of supercomputing for everyone. On Thursday IBM will announce that Watson, the computing system that beat all the humans on “Jeopardy!” two years ago, will be available in a form more than twice as powerful via the Internet...11/13

Women in science fields still facing gender obstacles

(The Daily Beacon) In a nation in which women constitute half of the work force and earn 60 percent of bachelor's degrees overall, only a quarter of the professional science corps is composed of women, according to the New York Times...11/14

Other Stories

Is the Official Description of the Aboriginal Music on the Voyager Records Wrong?

(The Atlantic) In the summer of 1977, humans sent two spacecraft ad astra—to the stars. Last summer, the first of those two machines, Voyager 1, crossed beyond the bubble around our sun and into interstellar space, though we didn't know it until this fall...11/13

The 401(k) of the Future Could Save Retirement

(Time) You've already said goodbye to defined-benefit plans. Now say goodbye to defined-contribution plans, and hello to a promising new wrinkle known as the defined-ambition plan...11/13