Wednesday, February 19, 2014
ORNL in the News

3D PrintingNew agreement could make 3D printing more available

(WBIR) The Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a Cincinnati manufacturing company hope to speed up the availability of 3-D printing technology through a new agreement. ...2/17

CASL, Westinghouse simulate neutron behavior in AP1000 reactor core

(e! Science News) Scientists and engineers developing more accurate approaches to analyzing nuclear power reactors have successfully tested a new suite of computer codes that closely model "neutronics" -- the behavior of neutrons in a reactor core...2/19

Arthur RagauskasBioenergy Expert Named Fourteenth Governor’s Chair

(Tennessee Today) Arthur Ragauskas, an authority in bioenergy, has been named the fourteenth UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair...He will serve in the US Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate, Biosciences Division, at ORNL and as a member of the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center (BESC)...2/18

DOE

Nun, 84, gets 3 years in prison for breaking in nuclear weapons complex

(CBS News) An 84-year-old nun was sentenced Tuesday to nearly three years in prison for breaking into a U.S. nuclear weapons complex and defacing a bunker holding bomb-grade uranium, a demonstration that exposed serious security flaws...2/19

State & Regional

Time running out to move Tennessee-Georgia state line before case goes to Supreme Court

(The Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Is Georgia's bid to tap the Tennessee River a bluff? Or is it a ticking bomb that could cost Tennessee parts of Chattanooga, East Ridge, St. Elmo and Lookout Mountain? The answer may be clearer soon...2/18

National

'Abundant evidence' of crimes against humanity in North Korea, panel says

(CNN) A stunning catalog of torture and the widespread abuse of even the weakest of North Koreans reveal a portrait of a brutal state "that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world," a United Nations panel reported Monday...2/18

East Tennessee

East Tennessee Children's Hospital plans multi-million dollar expansion

(WATE) East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville is launching a $75 million expansion campaign. The plans include a new five-story building encompassing nearly 250,000 square feet of hospital space...2/18

science & technology

How evolution shapes the geometries of life: Scientists solve a longstanding biological puzzle

(PhysOrg) Why does a mouse's heart beat about the same number of times in its lifetime as an elephant's, although the mouse lives about a year, while an elephant sees 70 winters come and go? Why do small plants and animals mature faster than large ones?...2/17

China plunges into ocean research

(Nature News) Six centuries ago, Chinese explorer Zheng He set sail into the Pacific Ocean with hundreds of vessels, starting a series of seven expeditions that extended China’s maritime influence from Indonesia to the Red Sea. China’s latest foray into the Pacific will be smaller but much more advanced...2/18

Artificial PhotosystemArtificial leaf jumps developmental hurdle

(Science Daily) Scientists report advances toward perfecting a functional artificial leaf. Designing an artificial leaf that uses solar energy to convert water cheaply and efficiently into hydrogen and oxygen is an important goal...2/18

Other Stories

Food prices soar as incomes stand still

(CBS News) Writer Jen Singer, the mother of two teenage boys, wrestles with her grocery list every week to keep the household budget from getting away from her. "I'd like the government to stop by my house, come food shopping with me and see where the real costs are," she said...2/15

CBO report: Minimum wage hike could cost 500,000 jobs

(USA Today) President Obama's call to raise the federal minimum wage could help lift 900,000 workers out of poverty, but at a cost of as many as 500,000 jobs, according to an analysis released today by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office...2/18