Tuesday, December 10, 2013
ORNL in the News

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, December 2013

(PhysOrg) Tell-tale seals...Using an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology, inspectors of containers of nuclear material will be able to know with unprecedented confidence whether an intruder has tampered with a seal...CYBERSECURITY – Foiling attackers...By frequently changing the Internet addresses of protected servers, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Craig Shue has created a technology that thwarts attacks with just minor changes in infrastructure...TRAINING – Nuclear forensics in spotlight...Federal employees and select personnel from national laboratories will gather at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in February for a two-day training session in nuclear forensics...MILITARY – Tougher tanks... improving welds of heavy and light armored fighting vehicles is the target of a collaboration among Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, and ArcelorMittal USA...12/9

How to build a memcomputer

(Nanotechweb.org) Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Lab and the University of South Carolina in the US say that they have observed chaotic behaviour in a ferroelectric material – an unexpected discovery that they claim could lead to the development of computers that resemble the human brain...12/9

Researchers advance the underlying processes involved in thermochemical pre-treatment of lignocellulosic feedstocks

(Agri-net.com) 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 pre-treatment processes used in the production of bioenergy...12/9


The CAPE report: what’s the impact on UPF?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The buzz of the past couple of weeks has been Capitol Hill briefings on the Department of Defense’s CAPE report, which reportedly takes a close and critical look at the high-dollar nuclear facilities in the weapons complex that the DOD has promised to help fund...12/9

State & Regional

Acting superintendent named for Great Smoky Mountains National Park

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The superintendent of a national preserve in Florida has been tapped to work as acting superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, according to the National Park Service...12/9


U.S. Congress budget talks could produce Tuesday deal, aides say

(Reuters) A budget deal aimed at avoiding a U.S. government shutdown on January 15 and relieving federal agencies of some indiscriminate spending cuts that are set to begin with the new year could emerge in Congress on Tuesday, congressional aides said on Monday...12/9

Taxpayers Don't Have Government Motors To Kick Around Any More

(Forbes) The U.S. Treasury today announced that it has sold all of the remaining shares of General Motors common stock, ending four-and-a-half years of government ownership...12/9



science & technology

Geology: North America's broken heart

(Nature) A billion years ago, a huge rift nearly cleaved North America down the middle. And then it failed. Researchers may be getting close to finding out why...12/4

Can Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles Compete With Electric Cars?

(Popular Science) ...Three automakers--Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota--will offer fuel-cell cars to consumers by the end of 2015, albeit in small numbers and limited areas. Today, the only such car is the Honda FCX Clarity, and Honda has leased only 40 of them since 2008, solely in Southern California...12/6

The Science and Art of Science Writing

(NY Times) ...The most memorable science writing also puts humans back in the equation, introducing the reader to both the people behind the science and the people affected by it, for better and worse...12/9

Curiosity Finds Evidence Of Ancient Freshwater Lake On Mars

(NPR) NASA's Curiosity rover has found evidence of an ancient (nearly) freshwater lake on Mars that could have sustained life billions of years ago...12/9

Other Stories

Putin dissolves state news agency, tightens grip on Russia media

(Reuters) President Vladimir Putin tightened his control over Russia's media on Monday by dissolving the main state news agency and replacing it with an organization that is to promote Moscow's image abroad...12/9

The World's Greenest Oil Company?

(The Atlantic) ...When Total, the French oil and petrochemicals conglomerate, announced a joint venture yesterday with California biofuels company Amyris to produce low-carbon jet fuel and diesel, it was just the latest move into renewable energy by the fossil-fuel giant...12/6

CPS to add computer science as core subject

(Chicago Tribune) Chicago Public Schools is making computer science a core subject instead of an elective at city high schools...12/9