Wednesday, December 12, 2012
ORNL in the News

Swimming with Piranha: Testing Oak Ridge's text analysis tool

(GCN) ...Piranha was created to help humans quickly find connections in documents that might not be immediately obvious, either because the links between them are tenuous or because the data sets are so large that it’s impossible to get a complete picture...12/7

GS Battery (USA) Inc. Introduces the Hybrid Energy System

(PR Newswire) GS Battery (USA) Inc., (GSB) announced today the deployment of their Hybrid Energy System...Nine HES cabinets are in-service with 3 systems deployed by EPRI for the Tennessee Valley Authority SMART Station Program and 6 storage-only systems deployed as part of a complete EV charge station by Oak Ridge National Labs' U.S. Department of Energy EV Charger trial program...12/11

U.S. Rep. Fattah of Pennsylvania tours ORNL

(Oak Ridge Today) U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, a Pennsylvania Democrat, visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory today. While at the lab, Fattah visited the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, BioEnergy Science Center, Spallation Neutron Source, Center for Nanophase Materials Science, and Manufacturing Demonstration Facility...12/11


Laser fusion put on slow burn

(Nature) The US National Ignition Facility rethinks its strategy on achieving thermonuclear fusion in the lab, but fails to silence critics...12/11

Y-12/Pantex bids good until Jan. 8

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration isn't saying exactly when it plans to announce the award for the combined Y-12/Pantex management contract, but NNSA spokesman Josh McConaha confirmed that the federal agency recently asked the proposal teams to extend their offers pending the award...12/11

East Tennessee

SAIC to cut jobs in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A government contracting firm will lay off some 50 workers in Oak Ridge as part of a broader reduction in force. Science Applications International Corp., a publicly traded company based in McLean, Va., had nearly 900 employees in the Oak Ridge area as of September. The Oak Ridge office is focused on transaction-based functions associated with human resources, finance and corporate purchasing...12/11


US recognises Syria opposition coalition says Obama

(BBC News) President Barack Obama has said the US now formally recognises Syria's main opposition coalition as "the legitimate representative" of the Syrian people...12/12

State & Regional

Haslam: Medicaid expansion decision to come next year

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey both said Tuesday they are inclined to oppose a Medicaid expansion, though not flatly ruling out the possibility as Gov. Bill Haslam studies the issue and contemplates making a decision sometime next year...12/12

New TVA chief Johnson up to the challenge

(Tennessean) The leadership transition at TVA is well under way. With the new year, the second CEO for the Tennessee Valley Authority will be in charge and continue the shift from more than six decades of management by a three-member board to a more traditional corporate structure and part-time board....12/12


energy & science policy

FY 2013 Defense Authorization Bill: Mission and Oversight of the National Nuclear Security Administration

(AIP) The Senate has completed its consideration of S. 3254, its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013. One title of this bill authorizes the atomic energy defense activities of the Department of Energy...12/11

science & technology

Arctic Report Card: Dark Times Ahead

(Scientific American) Conditions in the Arctic, where several environmental records were broken this year, are slipping rapidly from bad to worse as the pace of climate change accelerates in that region...12/8

The State of Intellectual Property Around the World

(The Atlantic) Economies are slowing across the globe. But inventors across the globe apparently didn't get that memo...12/11

Renewables + Storage = Full Grid by 2030

(Discovery News) ...Turns out that an intelligently designed, renewably-powered electric grid with storage technology can juice up a real grid to 99.9 percent by the year 2030 at prices comparable to today...12/12

Is the pixel about to die?

(PhysOrg) Researchers launching a new vector-based video codec are claiming their work will lead to the death of the pixel within the next five years...12/12

Other Stories

North Korea Claims Success in Rocket Launch

(Wall Street Journal) North Korea launched a multistage rocket Wednesday that appeared to travel the entire distance of a projected course and put an object into orbit, making it the most successful of the country's five attempts at testing long-range missile technology...12/12

IAEA hopes for access to Iran's Parchin site

(Reuters) ...The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency believes Iran has carried out explosives tests with nuclear applications at Parchin, a sprawling facility southeast of Tehran, and has repeatedly asked for access to it...12/12