Monday, February 24, 2014
ORNL in the News

3-D Printed CarLocal Motors To 3-D Print Electric Vehicle

(HybridCars) ...Designed by the company’s global community and built using the material science and advanced manufacturing techniques available at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Local Motors will produce an electric vehicle purpose-built for the urban transportation needs of Chicago...2/21

MicroscopyORNL microscopy system delivers real-time view of battery electrochemistry

(Space Daily) Using a new microscopy method, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory can image and measure electrochemical processes in batteries in real time and at nanoscale resolution...2/23

DOE

Prosecutor: Y-12 ‘mystique’ damaged

(The Oak Ridger) At sentencing for an 84-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists who stole onto the grounds of the "Fort Knox of uranium," the judge seemed to struggle with how harshly he should treat protesters who authorities say never posed any serious national security threat...2/21

Sweet and sour uranium

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Uranium Processing Facility didn’t get great reviews when the Government Accountability Office folks took the stage at the recent Nuclear Deterrence Summit. Far from it...2/23

National

Ukraine issues arrest warrant for missing leader

(Bloomberg Businessweek) Ukraine's acting government issued an arrest warrant Monday for President Viktor Yanukovych, accusing him of mass crimes against the protesters who stood up for months against his rule. Yanukovych himself has reportedly fled to pro-Russian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea...2/24

East Tennessee

Auto workers union appeals defeat at VW plant in Tennessee

(Fox News) The United Auto Workers on Friday challenged last week's close vote by workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., that rejected the UAW's bid to represent them...2/22

energy & science policy

Despite New Plants, Nuclear Future Still Decades Away

(U.S. News and World Report) After four years of wrangling, the nation’s first new nuclear reactors in more than 30 years got the federal financing they needed this week, but any resurgence in nuclear energy remains a long way off, experts say...2/21

Senator Mikulski on the Outlook for Webb Space Telescope and NASA

(AIP) Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) is one of the most powerful Members of Congress in the annual appropriations process.  She chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee as well as its subcommittee having jurisdiction over NASA...2/21

science & technology

Google Powers Forest Protection Effort

(Information Week) Combining satellite technology, public data, and crowdsourcing, the World Resources Institute, Google and more than 40 partner organizations have launched Global Forest Watch, an online community-oriented map designed to track changes in forests around the world in near real-time...2/22

Oldest bit of crust firms up idea of cool early earth

(Science Daily) With the help of a tiny fragment of zircon extracted from a remote rock outcrop in Australia, the picture of how our planet became habitable to life about 4.4 billion years ago is coming into sharper focus. New research reveals data that confirms that Earth’s crust first formed just 160 million years after the formation of our solar system...2/23

Other Stories

Disgraced Scientist Granted U.S. Patent for Work Found to be Fraudulent

(The New York Times) Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk electrified the science world 10 years ago with his claim that he had created the world’s first cloned human embryos and had extracted stem cells from them. But the work was later found to be fraudulent, and Dr. Hwang was fired from his university and convicted of crimes...2/14