Friday, March 15, 2013
ORNL in the News

Michael GresalfiMichael Gresalfi: Working on U.S. security

(Oak Ridger) Michael Gresalfi's long list of awards and recognitions is noteworthy, but what he cares about the most is protecting against nuclear, chemical or biological weapons attacks on U.S. soil. Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Gresalfi, who recently completed a four-year assignment with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is a few months into a new position as the National Nuclear Security Administration liaison officer with the FBI...3/14

Major Utility In Southern U.S. Upgrades Transmission Lines With 3M ACCR To Avoid Wetlands Tower Construction

(Electric Net) Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, has chosen the lightweight, low-sag 3M ACCR overhead conductor to double transmission capacity on a set of lines that cross extensive wetlands near Savannah...3M ACCR was developed with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, which tested the conductor at its Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, and with early contributions by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency...3/13

DOE

Corrective actions after the Y-12 break-in

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The report includes a long list of corrective actions that were taken following the July 28, 2021 security breakdown at Y-12. Some of the actions were taken by B&W, some by WSI, some by combination...3/14

State & Regional

Senate Oks bill allowing college IDs to vote

(WATE) Legislation that would allow student identification from the state's higher education institutions to be used for voting has passed the Senate...3/14

National

U.S. to let spy agencies scour Americans' finances

(Reuters)The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters...3/13

France dials up pressure on US to arm Syrian rebels

(CS Monitor) France and Britain announced Thursday that they will seek an emergency lifting of the European Union's embargo on arming Syria's rebels – a move that would place new pressure on the Obama administration to drop its opposition to providing anything beyond nonlethal assistance...3/14

science & technology

Flying BirdsEarly birds flew on four wings

(Nature) Instead of two wings, the first birds might have used four feathered limbs to stay aloft, according to research published today in Science1. Birdlike dinosaurs, such as Microraptor and Sinornithosaurus, are known to have had long, sturdy feathers on their hindlimbs...3/14

Chemical ReactionBreakthrough Research Shows Chemical Reaction in Real Time

(Science Daily) The ultrafast, ultrabright X-ray pulses of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) have enabled unprecedented views of a catalyst in action, an important step in the effort to develop cleaner and more efficient energy sources...3/14

‘Parallel Universe’ of Life Described Far Beneath the Bottom of the Sea

(WIRED) Deep beneath the ocean floor off the Pacific Northwest coast, scientists have described the existence of a potentially vast realm of life, one almost completely disconnected from the world above...3/14

Methane TappingCould Tapping Undersea Methane Lead To A New Gas Boom?

(NPR) The new boom in natural gas from shale has changed the energy economy of the United States. But there's another giant reservoir of natural gas that lies under the ocean floor that, theoretically, could dwarf the shale boom...3/15

Other Stories

Census: Record 1 in 3 US counties are now dying

(WVLT) A record number of U.S. counties — more than 1 in 3 — are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere...3/14

Web browsers consider limiting how much they track users

(Washington Post) It's often hard to tell which is the Web's priority: helping you learn about the world or helping the world — and especially advertisers — learn about you. But that balance is beginning to shift, to the delight of consumer advocates and the horror of industry groups...3/15