Thursday, January 17, 2013
ORNL in the News

Chuck FleischmannRep. Chuck Fleischmann assigned to Energy and Water Subcommittee

(Nooga.com) Rep. Chuck Fleischmann got his wish Tuesday, as he was assigned a post on the Energy and Water Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations...As the only member of the Tennessee delegation, Fleischmann's assignments will give him a voice on securing funding for projects specific to both the state and the 3rd Congressional District. The Chickamauga Lock, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex all lie within district boundaries.

Neutron scattering

(Symmetry) In the 1940s, researchers discovered that neutrons could serve as tools for measuring nuclear properties and determining the atomic and magnetic structures of materials...1/15

Audit finds good and bad with DOE's management of surplus nuclear materials

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy has made strides in its post-Cold War management of surplus nuclear materials, according to a new audit report released today by DOE's Office of Inspector General...The audit also noted that in July 2012, Oak Ridge National Laboratory was designed as the lead organization for heavy isotope materials.

DOE

Y-12's Performance Evaluation Plan will switch with the contractor transition

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration last week belatedly released a summary award fee document for B&W Y-12, which showed the Oak Ridge contractor had been docked about $12.2 million in fee for Fiscal Year 2012 as a result of the July 28 security breach...1/16

Department of Energy Designates the Wireless Test Bed as a National User Facility

(Lab Manager Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently designated Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Wireless Test Bed as a National User Facility. Establishing the Wireless Test Bed as a National User Facility will help assert U.S. leadership in full-scale research, development, demonstration and scientific investigation of wireless communications systems...1/16

State & Regional

Haslam uncertain on school security upgrades

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Gov. Bill Haslam says it's too soon to say whether Tennessee should require an armed police presence in every school in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting that left six teachers and 20 students dead...1/16

National

Algeria siege: Hostages 'escape Islamist captors'

(BBC News) A number of hostages have escaped the Islamist militants who took them captive at a gas facility in eastern Algeria, media and officials say...1/17

Obama’s nomination of ATF director signals battle to strengthen agency

(Washington Post) President Obama’s nomination of B. Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Wednesday is an effort to energize a depleted agency...1/17

East Tennessee

TVA stops commercial traffic on Tennessee River because of swift water

(WBIR) TVA is actively managing this rain event and water levels in the tributary system (Norris, Cherokee, Douglas, etc). We're holding water in the tributary dams and will release it gradually after this weather event moves out...1/16

Newfound Gap Road FloodingNewfound Gap Road closed indefinitely after landslide washes roadway away

(WATE) Newfound Gap Road, which is the main thoroughfare connecting Gatlinburg and Cherokee, N.C. through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is closed indefinitely...1/16

energy & science policy

FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act: Management and Oversight of the NNSA

(AIP) As previously explained, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013 into law.  This legislation provides policy and budget guidance for the Department of Defense and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)...1/16

science & technology

Omniphobic materalSuperomniphobic Material Repels Any Liquid You Can Think Of

(Popular Science) We’ve seen lots of hydrophobic materials before, but these water- and liquid-repelling materials often work within constraints. Some liquids bounce or wick away, while others--based on properties like viscosity or surface tension, or whether the substance in questions is organic or inorganic--are not affected by the hydrophobic qualities of the material...1/16

spring flowersIn the Eastern U.S., Spring Flowers Keep Pace With Warming Climate, Blooming Up to a Month Earlier

(Science Daily) Using the meticulous phenological records of two iconic American naturalists, Henry David Thoreau and Aldo Leopold, scientists have demonstrated that native plants in the eastern United States are flowering as much as a month earlier in response to a warming climate...1/16

early tetrapodScientists Reassemble the Backbone of Earliest Four-Legged Animals Using Synchrotron X-Rays

(Science Daily) Scientists have been able to reconstruct, for the first time, the intricate three-dimensional structure of the backbone of early tetrapods, the earliest four-legged animals...1/15

Other Stories

Most Boeing Dreamliners grounded for battery checks

(Reuters) Airlines scrambled on Thursday to rearrange flights as Europe, Japan, Qatar and India joined the United States in grounding Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner passenger jets while battery-related problems are investigated...1/17

Out there

Warp SpeedWarp Speed: This Is What You'd Really See

(Discovery News) “Engage!” says Captain Jean Luc Picard and whoosh! the Enterprise engages its warp drive, all the stars get stretched as spacetime is compressed and the crew boldly go into the galactic unknown. Simple, right?...1/15