Monday, December 9, 2013
ORNL in the News

DOE

UPF under the scope at DNFSB hearing

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Uranium Processing Facility, one of the biggest projects on the federal agenda and perhaps the biggest construction project in Tennessee history, will be the main subject of an all-day public hearing Tuesday at the Knoxville Convention Center...12/8

White House Showcases the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program to Discuss How “Weatherization Drives Technological Innovation and the Home Performance Industry”

(4-Traders) The White House and the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) will present a program on Monday, December 9th in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building from 2:00-4:00 PM ET...12/9

National

Major tech companies push for limits on government surveillance

(Reuters) Eight U.S. web giants have joined hands to start a public campaign for new limits on how governments collect user information amid concerns of growing online surveillance...12/9

East Tennessee

Y-12 Innovation Competition puts focus on technology

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Drone technology drew a lot of buzz this week when Amazon chief Jeff Bezos said his online retail company is looking at using it to make deliveries in the future. But that's not the only potential use of drones, according to Chattanooga business owner Jake Gish...12/7

energy & science policy

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Critical Minerals Legislation

(AIP) Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Udall (D-CO), Dean Heller (R-NV), and 13 other senators introduced legislation on October 29 addressing the critical minerals supply chain...12/6

NASA funding shuffle alarms planetary scientists

(Nature News) Scott Guzewich spent six years as a weather forecaster in the US Air Force before switching to his dream career as a planetary scientist. Guzewich now studies the Martian atmosphere as a postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland...12/4

science & technology

SolarCity, Using Tesla Batteries, Aims to Bring Solar Power to the Masses

(MIT Technology Review) Today, SolarCity—a company that’s grown quickly by installing solar panels for free and charging customers for the solar power—announced a new business that will extend that model to providing batteries for free, too...12/5

Quality of Biodiversity, Not Just Quantity, Is Key: Right Mix of Species Is Needed for Conservation

(Science Daily) For years, scientists have believed that preserving more species, no matter which ones, is a key component to enhancing how well an ecosystem performs...12/8

Is digital piracy possible on any object?

(BBC News) First it was music, movies and novels, but now everything appears to be at risk of piracy. But with a "Spotify for objects" being set up, is it an opportunity for developers to realise their dreams or is there a big risk of their ideas being taken for nothing?...12/8