Wednesday, February 26, 2014
ORNL in the News

UT part of $140 million White House advanced manufacturing initiative

(PhysOrg) The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will be part of a national effort, announced today by President Barack Obama, which could lead to more fuel-efficient cars and decreased costs for ships and aircraft. Suresh Babu, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair for Advanced Manufacturing, and a team of faculty, will help lead UT's research effort in the $140 million Detroit-based institute...2/25

UPDATED: UT's Thompson-Boling Arena Among First in World to Use Cutting-edge Lighting

(Digital Journal) With the installation of LED fixtures, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's, Thompson-Boling Arena is one of the first in the world to feature lights that are smaller, brighter and up to 85 percent more efficient than conventional arena metal halide lights...2/25


GAO Official Sees Changes Ahead for Y-12 Uranium Initiative

(National Journal) A senior congressional auditor said plans for a bomb-uranium plant probably will not survive in their current form, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. The multibillion-dollar initiative appears set to be significantly revamped, GAO Assistant Director Jonathan Gill said in comments reported by the News Sentinel on Sunday...2/25

State & Regional

TN makes list of America's most miserable states

(The Tennessean) The well-being of Americans hasn't improved in the past six years, and it even declined slightly in 2013, according to a recent Gallup study. While national figures remained flat overall, the ranks of the states with the highest well-being scores changed considerably...2/25


Obama confirms funding for manufacturing innovation hubs

(Chicago Tribune) President Barack Obama made official today that $70 million in federal money will be heading to Chicago to help create a manufacturing innovation hub. Speaking from the White House, Obama lauded the newest hubs that are being created in Chicago and in the Detroit area...2/25

East Tennessee

VW workers challenge UAW attempt to dismiss election

(Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Five Chattanooga Volkswagen workers filed a motion today with the National Labor Relations Board to challenge claims by United Auto Workers (UAW) union that Republican politicians tainted the recent vote against UAW representation at VW...2/25

science & technology

ReptilePeru Park Sets Record for Reptile, Amphibian Biodiversity

(LiveScience) Scientists have counted a recording-breaking 287 species of snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and salamanders within the borders of the largely inaccessible and undeveloped reserve and its buffer zone...2/25

Snow-measuring satellite readied for launch

(Nature News) Researchers who study inputs to the Earth’s water cycle are eagerly awaiting the launch this week of a satellite that should provide the most detailed global measurements yet of rain and snow...2/25

Elizabeth HolmesThis Woman Invented a Way to Run 30 Lab Tests on Only One Drop of Blood

(WIRED) As a college sophomore, Elizabeth Holmes envisioned a way to reinvent old-fashioned phlebotomy and, in the process, usher in an era of comprehensive superfast diagnosis and preventive medicine. That was a decade ago...2/25

New Review Slams Fusion Project's Management

(Science Magazine) ITER, the international fusion reactor project in France, is reeling from an assessment that found serious problems with the project’s leadership, management, and governance. The report is so damning, Science has learned, that after a 13 February special session that reviewed and accepted the report’s conclusions and recommendations, the ITER Council—the project’s governing body—restricted its readership to a small number of senior managers and council members...2/25

Other Stories

Health Care LawObama administration: Health law’s new rules will increase costs for most small businesses

(The Washington Post) Nearly two-thirds of small businesses that currently offer health insurance to their workers will pay more for coverage as a result of new rules in the health care law, as will millions of small-business employees and their family members, according to new estimates released by the Obama administration...2/25