Wednesday, December 4, 2013
ORNL in the News

DOE

Same management challenges at DOE

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General today released a special report on Management Challenges for FY 2014, but the hot points remain pretty much the same as 2013...12/3

Plant for processing radioactive sludge to cost $100M

(Kitsap Sun) A special facility to process highly radioactive sludges -- including some waste that dates back to Oak Ridge's work on the World War II Manhattan Project -- will cost at least $100 million to design and construct, according to the Department of Energy...12/3

EPA and DOE Release Annual Fuel Economy Guide with 2014 Models

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are releasing the 2014 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with a valuable resource to identify and choose the most fuel efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles that meet their needs...12/3

State & Regional

Francis GuessCivil rights activist Francis Guess wins humanitarian award

(The Tennessean) In 1983, Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker appointed Francis S. Guess to serve on the newly reconstituted U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which was tasked with monitoring the government’s enforcement of civil rights laws and upholding equal protection of the laws under the Constitution...12/4

National

NTSB: Train going too fast at curve before wreck

(The Washington Post) A commuter train that derailed over the weekend, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or mechanical trouble was unclear, he said...12/3

Iran readies for big oil production hike

(WATE) Iran says it plans to pump as much oil as it can once sanctions on its crude exports are lifted, even if the extra output causes prices to slide...12/4

East Tennessee

East TN Children's Hospital named 'top hospital'

(WBIR) A national nonprofit gave East Tennessee Children's Hospital high marks on its annual list of top children's hospitals. The Leapfrog Group recognized Children's for setting the highest standards in safety and quality...12/3

DamWith lots of rain on the way, TVA prepares

(WBIR) East Tennessee could see a lot of rain over the next week, perhaps as much as we normally see in a month this time of year. So TVA is taking steps now so they'll prepared for all that extra water...12/4

science & technology

WormholesSpooky Physics Phenomenon May Link Universe's Wormholes

(LiveScience) Wormholes — shortcuts that in theory can connect distant points in the universe — might be linked with the spooky phenomenon of quantum entanglement, where the behavior of particles can be connected regardless of distance, researchers say...12/3

New report calls for attention to abrupt impacts from climate change

(PhysOrg) Climate change has increased concern over possible large and rapid changes in the physical climate system, which includes the Earth's atmosphere, land surfaces, and oceans. Some of these changes could occur within a few decades or even years, leaving little time for society and ecosystems to adapt...12/3

IsonComet ISON dead at 4.5 billion years old

(PBS) NASA confirmed Tuesday that Comet ISON did not survive its journey around the sun, vaporized by solar radiation. "Though the exact time of ISON's death is uncertain, it does appear to be no more," C. Alex Young of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center told AFP in an email, "All that is left is a cloud of debris without a nucleus."...12/3

Other Stories

TrophicHumans are becoming more carnivorous

(Nature News) The fast-growing economies of China and India are driving a global increase in meat consumption, cancelling out decreases elsewhere, according to a comprehensive study of global food consumption...12/2

Out there

Brown Tree SnakeTwo thousand mice dropped on Guam by parachute — to kill snakes

(NBC News) They floated down from the sky Sunday — 2,000 mice, wafting on tiny cardboard parachutes over Andersen Air Force Base in the U.S. territory of Guam. But the rodent commandos didn't know they were on a mission...12/3