Monday, February 3, 2014
ORNL in the News

Science SaturdaysFree Science Saturdays offered in Knoxville by ORAU, ORNL

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge Associated Universities has partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to bring students and scientists together through a weekly program called Science Saturday. Students in grades 8-12, along with their parents, are invited for three Saturday morning presentations in February...1/31

New Technology for Welding Aluminum

(Assembly Magazine) (Registration Required) ..."Our process can help to combine steels and light metals in the same vehicle frame, which gives engineers more flexibility in designing an optimal structure,” claims Michael Miles, a manufacturing engineering technology professor who developed the process with MegaStir Technologies and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/1


NNSA confirms uranium incident at Y-12; top official coming to Oak Ridge to address situation

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration this evening confirmed there was a recent incident involving a “small amount” of uranium oxide at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...1/31

State & Regional

UT study: Economies will see growth in 2014 -2015

(WBIR) The University of Tennessee reports that economies in Tennessee and the U.S. should see strong growth in 2014 and 2015...1/31

Six issues for Haslam's State of the State address

(The Tennessean) Gov. Bill Haslam will release his budget proposal for 2014-2015 this evening and deliver his last State of the State address before facing re-election in November...2/3




White House: Obama awaits more Keystone reviews; timing unclear

(Chicago Tribune) U.S. President Barack Obama still wants to hear from other federal agencies before deciding whether to accept the State Department's finding that the Keystone XL pipeline would have no major impact on climate change, his top aide said on Sunday...2/1

East Tennessee

Flu death toll hits 14 in Southeast Tennessee, North Georgia

(WRCB) At least 14 people in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia have died from flu-related complications this season, as health officials are reporting an increased severity in the virus...2/1

Princeton Review Names UT a “Best Value” Public College

(The University of Tennessee) The University of Tennessee provides strong educational value for every dollar of tuition, according to the Princeton Review’s 2014 Best Value rankings...1/31

energy & science policy

International Space Station to be Extended Until 2024; Asteroid Mission Reaffirmed

(AIP) We are pleased to announce that the Obama Administration has approved an extension of the International Space Station (ISS) until at least 2024,” wrote Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden earlier this month...1/31

science & technology

Crystallography100 years of crystallography

(Nature News) In 1914, German scientist Max von Laue won the Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering how crystals can diffract X-rays: a phenomenon that led to the science of X-ray crystallography...1/29

Space-X FalconIs the Relationship Between NASA and Private Space About to Sour?

(Popular Mechanics) Many space nerds were smiling when they saw details of the 2014 budget: NASA's big-ticket missions have been spared the Congressional ax. The Orion crew vehicle gets $1.2 billion, the Space Launch System (SLS) gets $1.9 billion. Together, these are supposed to get humans to Mars or an asteroid, or both...1/31

Early LifeLife’s early traces

(Science News) Western Australia’s Pilbara region isn’t known for its hospitality to life. Dry creek beds carve paths through dusty red earth, and razor-sharp grasses cover the area’s low hills. In this place with record-setting heat and months of minimal rainfall, hardy plants and animals eke out an existence...1/31

Out there

New first-person video of Felix Baumgartner space jump

(KDVR) The mini camera company GoPro released video of Felix Baumgartner's epic space jump from 2012 giving a new perspective for the 24-mile skydive...2/1