Friday, January 25, 2013
ORNL in the News

85 mph signHey, lead foot! You're throwing away money 

(NBC Business) Studies show that fuel economy has become the number one concern among American car buyers...a new study clearly quantifies the impact of putting the pedal to the metal... “People really like rules of thumb, and if you’re increasing your speed from 50 to 60 miles an hour, we find for the largest number of vehicles fuel economy will go down about 12 percent,” said Brian H. West, a researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Knoxville, Tenn., where the study was conducted...1/24

Coyote'Give them their space'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Coyotes have become a not-so-uncommon visitor to the grounds at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the one shown here was wandering around this afternoon behind Building 4500 South...1/24

DOE

U.S. Department of Energy Adopts BuildingEnergy.com for Building Data and Decision Support System

(PR Newswire) Building Energy Inc. announced today that it is licensing its cloud-based application to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to make its national database of building energy and asset data accessible, open, and secure...1/23

East Tennessee

Knoxville wins federal grant for food safety center

(WVLT) Tennessee is one of five states to receive a federal grant to establish an Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence. The center will be located at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and operated in cooperation with the state Health Department...1/24

Carbon Fiber TechnologyCarbon fiber production begins in new Oak Ridge facility

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Years of research and millions of federal dollars later, production of lower-cost, super-strong, super-light carbon fiber began Wednesday in a new facility.

National

'Enough is enough,' Feinstein says in proposing new gun ban

(CNN) On one side were pegboard panels mounted with various assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons -- including a Bushmaster similar to the one used in last month's Newtown school massacre...1/24

Kim Jon UnNorth Korea 'plans third nuclear test'

(BBC) In a statement carried by KCNA news agency, the country's top military body said the "high-level nuclear test" and more long-range rocket launches were aimed at its "arch-enemy", the US...1/24

Military leaders lift ban on women in combat roles

(Fox News) U.S. military leaders on Thursday formally lifted the ban on women serving in combat positions, with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta saying women have become an "integral part" of the military and have already demonstrated their willingness to fight during the wars of the last decade...1/24 

energy & science policy

Department of Energy Issues Important Strategic Plan on Nuclear Waste

(AIP) A fourteen-page document released by the Department of Energy on January 11 continues to build on a path forward for the management and disposal of the nation’s civilian and defense nuclear waste.  This is important reading for anyone concerned about the future of nuclear energy in the United States...1/24

science & technology

WomanHow People Smell Themselves

(Wired) You might not be able to pick your fingerprint out of an inky lineup, but your brain knows what you smell like. For the first time, scientists have shown that people recognize their own scent based on their particular combination of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins, molecules similar to those used by animals to choose their mates...1/23

The Billion-Dollar Bet On Jet Tech That's Making Flying More Efficient

(Forbes) United Technologies CEO Louis Chênevert took the biggest gamble of his career on something called a geared turbofan. In a modern jet airliner there are really just two ways to increase fuel economy, the most critical selling point in an era of tiny margins and volatile costs for carriers...1/23

NASA Officially Joins ESA's 'Dark Universe' Mission

(Science Daily) NASA has joined the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Euclid mission, a space telescope designed to investigate the cosmological mysteries of dark matter and dark energy...1/24

Flightless BirdNew Dinosaur Fossil Challenges Bird Evolution Theory

(Science Daily) The discovery of a new bird-like dinosaur from the Jurassic period challenges widely accepted theories on the origin of flight...1/24

Other Stories

Why Gloomy Pundits and Politicians Are Wrong About America's Education System

(Atlantic) Here's what everybody knows about education in the United States. It's broken. It's failing our poorest students and codding the richest. Americans are falling desperately behind the rest of the developed world...1/22