Monday, January 27, 2014
ORNL in the News

James HoreyOpenCore seeks to help businesses make best use of data [The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn. :: ]

(Bloomberg Businessweek) Working as a research assistant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, James Horey helped a number of federal agencies use their data more effectively. But Horey couldn't help but wonder what opportunities there were to help other small- to mid-sized organizations with their data analysis using business intelligence applications...1/25

 

DOE

Fisker HybridFisker’s Remains May Be Scattered Across the Ocean, U.S. Jobs Not Guaranteed

(Car and Driver) ...Despite a Bloomberg report claiming the two bidders, Hybrid Tech Holdings and Wanxiang America, would be required to “keep manufacturing and research in the U.S.,” the Department of Energy confirmed to Car and Driver that it has no control over what the winning company does with Fisker’s assets.

State & Regional

Senate's school voucher proposal doesn't sway Haslam

(The Tennessean) Three influential state senators have put together a new plan to create Tennessee’s first school voucher program, but Gov. Bill Haslam says he intends to hold firm to his proposal to limit vouchers to needy students in the state’s worst schools...1/24

President Obama visiting Nashville next week to talk jobs

(WBIR) The difference in opinions among Tennessee's congressional delegation over the president's upcoming visit to Nashville became apparent soon after the White House's announcement...1/25

National

World stocks continue drop on emerging market woes

(AP) Global stocks continued to fall on Monday, extending a rout begun last week, as investors worried about a slowdown in growth in China and other developing economies that is causing big losses among emerging-market currencies...1/27

East Tennessee

LoskarnFormer Alexander aide facing porn charges commits suicide

(WBIR) Ryan Loskarn, the former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander who was charged with possessing and distributing child pornography last month, was found dead in his home in Maryland of an apparent suicide, law enforcement officials said Friday...1/24

Large brush fire in Pigeon Forge is 100 percent contained

(WVLT) Officials in Sevier County say a large brush fire is being battled in Pigeon Forge. It originated near Walker Trail, not far from Dollywood. Fire officials say Dollywood is at risk. Dispatch says nearby rental cabins are threatened but as of 4 Sunday afternoon there were no reports of any structure fires...1/27

energy & science policy

EPA Considers Rolling Back 2013 Target For Advanced Biofuels

(Forbes) Cellulosic biofuels can't seem to catch a break. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday that it would reconsider the 2013 cellulosic ethanol mandate, which requires oil refiners to blend a specific amount of advanced biofuels made from grasses, trees and crop waste into gasoline...1/24

FY 2014 Appropriations: NOAA – National Weather Service

(AIP) Accompanying the omnibus bill is an Explanatory Statement detailing funding levels and language about various programs.  The Statement is not in final form as it includes hand-written notations.  It can be viewed here.   There is extensive language in the section on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on PDF pages 71 – 84...1/24

science & technology

Carbon CycleSensitivity of carbon cycle to tropical temperature variations has doubled

(Science Daily) The tropical carbon cycle has become twice as sensitive to temperature variations over the past 50 years, new research has revealed...1/26

Matter of Mystery: Antimatter Beam Could Help Solve Physics Puzzle

(LiveScience) A new experiment at a Swiss physics laboratory has, for the first time, successfully produced a stream of antimatter hydrogen atoms that could help answer a fundamental physics question...1/24

Black HoleStephen Hawking: 'There are no black holes'

(Nature News) Most physicists foolhardy enough to write a paper claiming that “there are no black holes” — at least not in the sense we usually imagine — would probably be dismissed as cranks. But when the call to redefine these cosmic crunchers comes from Stephen Hawking, it’s worth taking notice...1/24

Human FootprintHumanity's Most Recent Common Male Ancestor Emerged Earlier Than Thought: 209,000 Years Ago, Study Finds

(Science Daily) Our most recent common male ancestor emerged some 209,000 years ago -- earlier than many scientists previously thought, according to new research from the University of Sheffield...1/24

Other Stories

Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change

(The New York Times) Coca-Cola has always been more focused on its economic bottom line than on global warming, but when the company lost a lucrative operating license in India because of a serious water shortage there in 2004, things began to change...1/24