ORNL in the News

DOE 'work for others' totals $442M in 2012

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy said its Oak Ridge facilities -- Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education -- did a total of $442 million in work for others agencies or entities during Fiscal Year 2012, which concluded Sept. 30...11/24

SNS operations set to resume after problem identified, fixed

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It's been a difficult couple of months at the Spallation Neutron Source. The high-end science center has been mostly out of action this fall because of back-to-back failures with a key component that holds the system's 40,000-pound mercury target...11/23

Humble microbes fighting harmful greenhouse gas

(Homeland Security News Wire) The environment has a more formidable opponent than carbon dioxide. Another greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide, is 300 times more potent and also destroys the ozone layer each time it is released...Luckily, nature has a larger army than previously thought combating this greenhouse gas, according to a study by Frank Loeffler, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Microbiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his colleagues...11/26

DOE

Stimulus money, efficiency speed Oak Ridge cleanup

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Partisans may argue on how effective the Recovery Act was in halting the recent recession, but there is no denying that stimulus money — coupled with competent project management — accelerated the daunting environmental cleanup at the federal government facilities in Oak Ridge...11/26

State & Regional

ETSTN, other teachers embroiled in test-taking fraud, feds say

(Tennessean) It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms...11/26

National

Washington teeters on edge of fiscal cliff

(CBS News) Congress returns to work in Washington this week with a to-do list worthy of an overworked single mom, but the issue likely to get the most attention is the so-called "fiscal cliff."...11/26

Consumers to spend less if middle-class taxes rise: White House

(Reuters) A White House report says that if that Congress allows taxes to go up on middle-class families, consumers will spend $200 billion less in 2013...11/26

Egypt's justice minister says crisis over president's 'power grab' near end

(Fox News) Egypt's justice minister says a resolution is imminent to the political crisis stemming from the president's move to give himself sweeping new powers...11/26

East Tennessee

Small nuclear reactors eyed for Oak Ridge site

(Oak Ridger) The former Clinch River Breeder Reactor site in Oak Ridge may become the home for four small modular nuclear reactors that could be operational by 2022...11/25

energy & science policy

Fiscal CliffUS Science Could Face Fiscal Cliff Doom

(Discovery News) The American science programs that landed the first man on the moon, found cures for deadly diseases and bred crops that feed the world now face the possibility of becoming relics in the story of human progress...11/25

science & technology

NanofibersPhysics: Make nanotechnology research open-source

(Nature News) Any innovator wishing to work on or sell products based on single-walled carbon nanotubes in the United States must wade through more than 1,600 US patents that mention them. He or she must obtain a fistful of licences just to use this tubular form of naturally occurring graphite rolled from a one-atom-thick sheet...11/22

Cambridge to study technology's risk to humans

(PhysOrg) Could computers become cleverer than humans and take over the world? Or is that just the stuff of science fiction? Philosophers and scientists at Britain's Cambridge University think the question deserves serious study...11/26

Hand AxeHandaxes of 1.7 Million Years Ago: 'Trust Rather Than Lust' Behind Fine Details

(Science News) Trust rather than lust is at the heart of the attention to detail and finely made form of handaxes from around 1.7 million years ago, according to a University of York researcher...11/21

Other Stories

Web access battles brew before UN conference

(PhysOrg) An upcoming U.N. gathering about Internet oversight is raising alarms from a broad coalition of critics, including the U.S., tech giants such as Google and rights groups, concerned that changes could lead to greater efforts to censor Web content and stifle innovation in cyberspace...11/26

Out there

Is the U.S. Set for an Era of Slow Growth?

(Forbes) The mood surrounding the U.S. economy is finally picking up. The housing market is recovering, consumer sentiment is getting off the floor and, most importantly, unemployment is falling...

Cyber Monday Likely to Be Busiest Online Sales Day

(U.S. News and World Report) Bye-bye Black Friday. So long Small Business Saturday. Now, it's Cyber Monday's turn. Cyber Monday, coined in 2005 by a shopping trade group that noticed online sales spiked on the Monday following Thanksgiving, is the next in a series of days that stores are counting on to jumpstart the holiday shopping season...11/26