Friday, December 14, 2012
ORNL in the News

New tour book gives Oak Ridge visitors a look through history

(WATE-TV) It may be known as The Secret City, but now it's easier than ever for tourists to get an inside look at the history of Oak Ridge. Home to the famed Manhattan Project and Oak Ridge National Laboratory,, more than 400,000 people visit the city annually. Thanks to a new tour guide booklet, they can hit the most history-rich spots all in one trip...12/13

Mezzacappa new supercomputer leader at ORNL

(Oak Ridger) Tony Mezzacappa has been named director of the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS) at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Mezzacappa is a world leader in computational astrophysics and a pioneer in the field of supernova science, according to a UTnews release. He is a UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow and group leader for theoretical physics in the Physics Division at ORNL and joint professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UT...12/13


Getting it right with job hazards at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A newly released staff report by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board sheds new light on problems with job hazard analyses at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...12/13

Energy Department Announces New Investments in Pioneering U.S. Offshore Wind Projects

( Underscoring the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to develop more secure, domestic energy sources and strengthen American competitiveness in the global market, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced seven offshore wind awards for projects in Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Virginia...12/12


U.S. defense chief orders Patriot missiles to Turkey

(Reuters) U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order on Friday to send two Patriot missile batteries to Turkey with 400 American personnel to operate them, in a move by NATO members to bolster Turkey's defenses against the threat of Syrian missiles...12/14

State & Regional

Forbes: Tennessee 24th best state for business

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The cost of doing business in Tennessee is 10.5 percent below the national average, but the Volunteer State is only the 24th best state for business, according to a new Forbes magazine ranking...12/12


energy & science policy

New Era For Global Markets As U.S. Marches Toward Energy Independence

(Forbes) After a decade of tight energy markets and rising commodity prices, the global economy is entering a new era marked by rising oil production at high prices...12/13

science & technology

High-Tech Factories Built to Be Engines of Innovation

(NY Times) The Obama administration has long heralded the potential of American factories to offer good, stable middle-class jobs in an economy that desperately needs them...12/13

Will Russian Science Be Stunted by Putin’s Fear of Espionage?

(Time) ...Last week, the results of that choice were clear in a study released by the Russian Association for the Advancement of Science, an advisory body to the government. In its 120-page report, it eviscerated the current state of Russia’s scientific institutions as “catastrophic,” with the worst problems facing the most sensitive fields — defense and space technology...12/13

Kamikaze Probes to Smash into Lunar Mountain

(Discovery News) A pair of robotic space probes circling the moon to reveal what is inside will make suicidal plunges to the lunar surface next week, a planned -- albeit dramatic -- finale to a mission that is giving scientists new insights into how the solar system evolved...12/13

Other Stories

How the U.S. Could Take Out Syria’s Chemical Weapons

(Popular Mechanics) Intelligence reports coming out of the war in Syria have said that Bashar al-Assad’s regime could be mixing components to produce sarin nerve gas to fill artillery shells or bombs...12/11

Life Expectancy Rises Around the World, Study Finds

(NY Times) A sharp decline in deaths from malnutrition and infectious diseases like measles and tuberculosis has caused a shift in global mortality patterns over the past 20 years...12/13