Monday, December 23, 2013
ORNL in the News

Fleischmann: ‘ORNL is literally leading the world’

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann couldn’t say enough good things about UT-Battelle and Oak Ridge National Laboratory during his Thursday visit to Oak Ridge, when he announced that the contractor was in line for a five-year contract extension from the Department of Energy...12/22

George F. Will: The fusion in our future

(AP) ...Fusion research here and elsewhere is supported by nations with half the world's population — China, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the European Union...Understanding plasma's behavior requires the assistance of Titan, one of the world's fastest computers, which is located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...12/22

UT-Battelle gets high grades, $10.5M in fee

(Knoxville News Sentinel) UT-Battelle, the government’s management contracted received high performance ratings and a fee of about $10.5 million for Fiscal Year 2013, which concluded Sept. 30. The total fee available was $11.2 million...12/20

Security contractor gets ‘very good’ rating

(Knoxville News Sentinel) National Strategic Protective Services, the protective force contractor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other Department of Energy sites in Oak Ridge, received a “very good” rating and a performance score of 96 from DOE and received a fee of $519,320 for its first rating period...12/20

National

ObamaCare, Doctor Shortage To Spur $2 Billion Telehealth Market

(Forbes) The business of treating patients via telehealth in the U.S. will dramatically increase to nearly $2 billion in revenue within five years due to a confluence of events in the health care industry from doctor shortages to provider payment changes under the Affordable Care Act...12/22

DOE

Energy Department Announces Winner of Final Phase of Smart Grid Data Access Funding Opportunity

(Energy.gov) As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to a clean energy future, the Energy Department today announced that San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has won the second phase of the Smart Grid Data Access funding opportunity...12/19

East Tennessee

TVA Ash Spill measured in billions five years later

(WBIR-TV) ...On December 22, 2008, the wall of a huge storage pond broke at the TVA power plant in Kingston. The collapse of the earthen dike unleashed a tidal wave of more than one billion gallons of wet ash and sludge in Roane County, much of it falling directly into the Emory River and Clinch River...12/20

Study Offers Clues to How Plants Evolved to Cope with Cold

(Tennessee Today) Researchers at UT have found new clues to how plants evolved to withstand wintry weather. The study suggests that many plants acquired characteristics that helped them thrive in colder climates—such as dying back to the roots in winter—long before they first encountered freezing...12/22

energy & science policy

House Science Committee Discusses Astrobiology Research

(AIP) The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held a December 4 hearing to assess the multi- and interdisciplinary nature of astrobiology research...12/20

NASA lays out long-term vision for astrophysics

(Nature) A new year is a good time to make long-term plans, and NASA has jumped into the deep end of planning. On 20 December the US space agency’s astrophysics division released a wish list of future space missions — looking three decades into the future, and even beyond...12/20

science & technology

Scientists still waiting for clear signs of ozone hole healing

(Reuters) Earth's upper atmosphere is still so saturated with ozone-eating chlorine that it will take about another decade for evidence that a nearly 25-year-old ban on such destructive chemicals is working, scientists said...12/18

A popular wild Christmas tree, Canaan fir, is imperiled because of a ravenous bug

(Washington Post) In West Virginia’s scenic Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, with its gently sloping mountains and emerald acres of timber, Mike Powell relishes the perks of his job as a caretaker of the land: the sounds of a gurgling stream and the fresh pine scent of evergreens. But one sight deeply troubles him — the haggard look of the valley’s fabled Christmas trees...12/22

Graphene can host exotic new quantum electronic states at its edges

(PhysOrg) Graphene has become an all-purpose wonder material, spurring armies of researchers to explore new possibilities for this two-dimensional lattice of pure carbon...12/22

Other Stories

Could Big Batteries Be Big Business In California?

(NPR) The California Public Utilities Commission has called on utilities and private companies to install about $5 billion worth of batteries and other forms of energy storage to help the state power grid cope with the erratic power supplied by wind and solar energy...12/23