Friday, February 15, 2013
ORNL in the News

Shutting down HFIR wouldn't save much money, ORNL director says

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The report released today by the House Appropriations Committee Democrats said there would be major impacts on the nation's science research facilities, including the shut down of the High Flux Isotope Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/13

Keith JoyVeterans Business Association honors ORNL small business programs

(Oak Ridge Today) The Tennessee Veterans Business Association awarded the 2013 “Veterans Work” Award to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Keith Joy, ORNL Small Business Programs director...2/14

 

Free Science Saturdays offered in Oak Ridge

(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 Saturdays...2/14

ORNL develops faster, cheaper vitamin dose test

(WBIR) Just as a recent USA Today article exposed a study that showed what's on a supplement label is not necessarily accurate, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory said they have developed a method to accurately test vitamin doses faster and cheaper than the current process...2/14

DOE

New Oak Ridge security contractor to take over March 24; no protests on award

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The protest period has passed without any challenges, and the transition is well under way for National Strategic Protective Services, the Department of Energy's new security contractor in Oak Ridge...2/13

State & Regional

Georgia pols ramp up campaign to shift Tennessee border, siphon water supply

(Fox News) Georgia residents are thirsty for Tennessee water. And state lawmakers are willing to try and move the border in order to get it. Lawmakers in Atlanta, at the start of a new legislative session, are quickly moving to renew efforts to tap into Tennessee’s water supply...2/14

Senate votes to place income tax ban on ballot

(WBIR) The Senate has voted to place a proposed constitutional amendment before Tennessee voters to ban a state income tax...2/14

National

Senate blocks Hagel nomination - for now

(USA Today) Republicans delayed Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel's confirmation Thursday for at least one week, citing concerns that senators have not had enough time to review his nomination...2/14

American, US Airways To Be World's Largest Airline

(Investor's Business Daily) The combination of American Airlines and smaller rival US Airways (LCC) creates the world's largest carrier by revenue and passenger traffic, valued at about $11 billion. The airlines on Thursday confirmed the deal, which was widely reported Wednesday night. The combined carriers will keep American Airlines' name, with US Airways' CEO Doug Parker leading the new airline.

East Tennessee

UT to invest millions in campus beautification

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A multimillion-dollar overhaul of Volunteer Boulevard will be the marquee project in the University of Tennessee's new plan to shed its "ugly campus" reputation...2/14

science & technology

First Animal Model of Recent Human Evolution Reveals That Mutation for Thick Hair Does Much More

(Science Daily) The first animal model of recent human evolution reveals that a single mutation produced several traits common in East Asian peoples, from thicker hair to denser sweat glands, an international team of researchers reports...2/14

Scientific misconduct is real, but rare

(PhysOrg) Richard Primack, Boston University professor of biology and editor-in-chief of the journal Biological Conservation, observes in the current issue of that publication that while instances of scientific misconduct in the publication of research findings is a matter of serious concern, such occurrences are extremely rare...2/14

LHCLHC switches off for two-year break

(BBC) The Large Hadron Collider has turned off its particle beams ahead of a shut-down period that will last two years. The particle accelerator is best known for identifying a particle believed to be the Higgs boson in late 2012...2/14

Asteroids

Think Friday’s close asteroid flyby is sobering? Look at this

(EarthSky) When you see computer-generated images of asteroid 2012 DA14′s February 15, 2013 close flyby – showing the asteroid near Earth in space, seen from a distant vantage point – you might see the Earth, the asteroid, perhaps the sun, and maybe a few other planets (Click on Image for Larger Size)...2/13

Other Stories

Obama touts plan for universal preschool

(Washington Post) President Obama visited a preschool here Thursday to tout his proposal to expand early childhood education for children from low- and modest-income families, part of a three-day, campaign-style promotion of ideas outlined in his State of the Union address...2/14

Tesla Releases Driving Logs Contradicting NYT’s Scathing Review of Model S

(Wired) Data released by Tesla Motors late Wednesday night directly contradicts a damning review of the automaker's Model S sedan by The New York Times. Tesla claims the data, pulled directly from the electric sedan's on-board computer, proves that New York Times reporter John M. Broder never completely ran out of energy during his extended drive of the Model S, despite his account to the contrary....2/14

Out there

MeteoriteMeteor strike injures hundreds in central Russia

(BBC News) A meteor crashing in Russia's Ural mountains has injured at least 500 people, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings. Most of those hurt suffered minor cuts and bruises but some received head injuries, Russian officials report. A fireball was seen streaking through the clear morning sky above the city of Yekaterinburg, followed by loud bangs...2/14