Friday, December 20, 2013
ORNL in the News

Mason and FleischmannMason says contract extension not a done deal yet

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) UT-Battelle, the government’s managing contractor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory since 2000, is on the verge of getting a new five-year contract, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann announced Thursday at a special meeting of the East Tennessee Economic Council...12/19

Faculty News and Notes

(Tennessee Today) (scroll)...Abhijeet Borole, associate professor of chemical engineering and joint faculty member with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has received $150,000 from the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation to investigate water treatment processes. The funding is part of the department’s Desalination and Water Purification Research Program...12/19


Demolition complete on Oak Ridge's K-25 building

(WBIR) What was once the world's largest building under one roof, is gone. On Thursday, the Department of Energy announced that it has completed demolition of the K-25 gaseous diffusion building...12/19

Ed WestcottManhattan Project photographer Ed Westcott receives Muddy Boot Award

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Ed Westcott, the government's official photographer during the Manhattan Project, was awarded the Muddy Boot Award at a special ceremony Thursday at the East Tennessee Economic Council...12/19

State & Regional

Tenn. November unemployment rate is 8.1 percent

(WATE) Tennessee's unemployment rate for November was 8.1 percent, four-tenths of one percentage point lower than the previous month...12/20


Congress sends sweeping defense bill to Obama

(AP) The women of the Senate who led the fight to change how the military deals with sexual assault in its ranks are hailing passage of a comprehensive defense bill that now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature...12/20

East Tennessee

AMSEAMSE’s operating contract with for-profit could be replaced by nonprofit

(Oak Ridge Today) The contract with the for-profit company that runs the American Museum of Science and Energy will change from quarterly to monthly starting Jan. 1, and a museum expert could be hired on an interim basis to assess the museum, its place in the community, and a logical new operating structure...12/19



energy & science policy

Survey Reveals Regulatory Agencies Viewed as Unprepared for Nanotechnology

(Science Daily) Three stakeholder groups agree that regulators are not adequately prepared to manage the risks posed by nanotechnology, according to a paper published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One...12/19

science & technology

Eighty per cent of scientific data lost in two decades: UBC study

(Vancouver Sun) A University of B.C. researcher was studying the effect of global warming on plants when she needed data that was about five decades old to compare with recently gathered information...12/19

GaiaGaia 'billion-star surveyor' lifts off

(BBC News) Europe has launched the Gaia satellite - one of the most ambitious space missions in history. The 740m-euro (£620m) observatory lifted off from the Sinnamary complex in French Guiana at 06:12 local time (09:12 GMT). Gaia is going to map the precise positions and distances to more than a billion stars...12/19

Xenon2013 Review of the Year

(Nature News) Shutdowns, lethal viruses, typhoons and meteorites — much of this year’s science news seemed to come straight from the set of a Hollywood disaster movie. But there were plenty of feel-good moments, too....12/20

Telecoupling ChinaTelecoupling Science Shows China's Forest Sustainability Packs Global Impact

(Science Daily) As China increases its forests, a Michigan State University (MSU) sustainability scholar proposes a new way to answer the question: if a tree doesn't fall in China, can you hear it elsewhere in the world?...12/19

Out there

Birgus latroAbsurd Creature of the Week: Enormous Hermit Crab Tears Through Coconuts, Eats Kittens

(WIRED) It’s hard to go wrong with a hermit crab as your child’s first pet. They’re low maintenance and kinda cute in their own way, plus they’re hypoallergenic, as PetSmart feels the need to point out. But use care when choosing your crab...12/20