Wednesday, January 29, 2014
ORNL in the News

DOE

Y-12 sentencing hearing delayed due to snow

(Oak Ridge Today) Snow delayed the Tuesday afternoon sentencing for the three anti-nuclear weapons activists who cut through fences and vandalized a uranium storage building at the Y-12 National Security Complex in July 2012...1/28

Johnson says security changes at Y-12 would have occurred without Plowshares intrusion ‘but not as painfully’

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Retired Brigadier General Rodney Johnson, Y-12′s security chief, testified Tuesday that some of the security changes at the Oak Ridge nuclear weapons plant likely would have taken place even if there hadn’t been an intrusion on July 28, 2012 by Plowshares protesters that revealed vulnerabilities...1/28

State & Regional

Lawmakers debate preschool's long-term impact

(WBIR) Lawmakers wrestled with Tennessee's big questions confronting the merits of preschool on Tuesday after viewing early results from a Vanderbilt University study...1/28

National

Obama warns divided Congress that he will act alone

(Reuters) President Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday to bypass a divided Congress and take action on his own to bolster America's middle class in a State of the Union address that he used to try to breathe new life into his second term after a troubled year....1/29

Snow TrafficSouthern-style snowstorm: Gridlock, kind neighbors

(AP) Students camped out with teachers in school gyms or on buses and commuters abandoned cars along the highway to seek shelter in churches, fire stations - even grocery stores - after a rare snowstorm left thousands of unaccustomed Southerners frozen in their tracks...1/29

East Tennessee

UT Florida Everglades Research to Help Climate Change Mitigation

(Tennessee Today) The Florida Everglades are a region of tropical wetlands, home to many rare and endangered plants and a 15,000-year human history. Unfortunately, these species and artifacts are at risk of extinction and erosion due to changing water levels caused by climate change and industrialization...1/28

energy & science policy

NIHCongress and NIH Don't See Eye to Eye on Science Education

(Science Insider) This month Congress told NIH to resume support for several science education programs that NIH Director Francis Collins had decided to terminate after the Obama administration announced last April that it wanted to reorganize science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs throughout the federal government...1/28

science & technology

Mt. ShastaIs there an ocean beneath our feet? Ocean water may reach upper mantle through deep sea faults

(Science Daily) Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that deep sea fault zones could transport much larger amounts of water from Earth's oceans to the upper mantle than previously thought...1/28

Proxima’s Unprecedented Passage: When Stars Align

(Scientific American) Of the hundreds of billions of stars that throng the Milky Way, only one is closest to the sun: a little red dwarf named Proxima Centauri, a star so dim it was unknown a century ago...1/28

Green Bank TelescopeUS struggles to offload telescopes

(Nature News) Astronomer D. J. Pisano got to spread some good news last month. He and his colleagues at West Virginia University in Morgantown announced a US$500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)...1/28

Other Stories

Beings Not Made for Space

(The New York Times) In space, heads swell. A typical human being is about 60 percent water, and in the free fall of space, the body's fluids float upward, into the chest and the head. Legs atrophy, faces puff, and pressure inside the skull rises...1/28