Thursday, February 28, 2013
ORNL in the News

Two Students Are Finalists for Truman Scholarships

(Tennessee Today) Two UT students—senior Eric Dixon and junior Lindsay Lee—are finalists for Truman Scholarships, prestigious national academic awards that provide up to $30,000 for graduate study...Dixon, of Knoxville, will graduate in December with a quadruple major in philosophy, economics, sociology, and global studies...He currently does sustainability policy from a behavioral perspective at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/27

ORNL knows the drill for fateful Friday

(Knoxville News Sentinel) There’s a lot of uncertainty about sequestration and the potential impacts, but Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason indicated one thing was for sure: Lab employees will report to work on March 1...2/28

Cutting costs of carbon composites

(Automotive Engineering) ...Ross Kozarsky singled out an industrial/government R&D collaboration at the new Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which has been funded with $35 million in U.S. Department of Energy money as one of the more promising efforts to lower fiber costs...2/27

DOE

Y-12 dismantlements

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Components from three nuclear weapon systems are currently in dismantlement at Y-12. Federal spokesman Steven Wyatt said those systems are the W69 warhead (short-range attack missile); B-53 bomb; and the B83 bomb...2/28

Secretary of Energy, former director of Lawrence Lab Steven Chu to return to Stanford

(The Daily Californian) Nobel Prize-winning physicist and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will return to Stanford University after he steps down from his cabinet position...2/27

State & Regional

Shipping bounces back as Mississippi River rises

(AP) Mississippi River shippers have returned to hauling full loads after several storms and aggressive rock-clearing helped deepen the waterway, eliminating worries about barge traffic shutting down, the river's stewards and barge operators said Wednesday...2/27

National

Why March 1 isn't Congress's last chance to amend 'sequester' cuts

(CS Monitor) True, $85 billion in spending cuts kick in on March 1, but they won't be widely felt for several weeks. Meanwhile, funding for government operations expires March 27. The two fiscal issues could be rolled into one, but a top GOP appropriator sees that as a recipe for disaster...3/27

East Tennessee

Harry Truman’s grandson set to speak in Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridger) Harry S. Truman’s grandson, Clifton Truman Daniel, will be the featured speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at an event sponsored by the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association...2/25

energy & science policy

America’s research adviser: Science's go-to guy

(Nature) With the ear of politicians and the respect of researchers, Norman Augustine is the most influential non-scientist in US science...2/27

Recent Developments Regarding FY 2013 Funding

(AIP) There are three recent developments regarding federal funding for the remainder of this fiscal year...2/27

science & technology

Darpa Wants to Rethink the Helicopter to Make It Go Way Faster

(Wired News) ...It’s time to make these “VTOL” aircraft — the collective term for Vertical Take-Off and Landing — way, way faster, without sacrificing their ability to hover or other functionality....2/25

The Strange Beauty of Historic Computers Brought Back From the Dead

(Wired News) When you open the door and walk into the room, it even smells like the 1960s. It reminds you of the old garage where your grandfather kept his twin Chevrolet Corvairs. But those aren't cars you smell. Those are computers...2/27

Connecting the (Quantum) Dots: First Viable High-Speed Quantum Computer Moves Closer

(PhysOrg) Recent research offers a new spin on using nanoscale semiconductor structures to build faster computers and electronics. Literally...2/26

3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production

(Wired News) Picture an assembly line not that isn’t made up of robotic arms spewing sparks to weld heavy steel, but a warehouse of plastic-spraying printers producing light, cheap and highly efficient automobiles...2/27

Other Stories

Massive Nitrogen Pollution Accompanies China's Growth

(Scientific American) ...Beijing has been battling an unwelcome, unrelenting and "very unhealthy" smog for many months, much of it made up of particulate nitrogen compounds suspended in the air...2/27

Inside the Military's Clean-Energy Revolution

(The Atlantic) ...The Navy has set five ambitious goals to reduce energy consumption, decrease reliance on foreign oil, and significantly increase the use of alternative energy...2/27