Monday, March 18, 2013
ORNL in the News

Evatran™ Awarded Department Of Energy Sub-Contract To Integrate High Power Wireless Charging Technology Into Production Electric Vehicles

(International Business Times) Evatran announced today, in cooperation with Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), that it has been awarded a subcontract under ORNL's DOE Project, "Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) and Charging of Plug-In Electric Vehicles." The three-year project, opened in October of 2012, covers high power wireless charging technology integration into electric vehicles currently on-sale in select US markets....3/18

DOE

Y-12 Protesters trial reassigned to Kentucky Judge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The trial of three Y-12 protesters has been reassigned to a federal judge in Kentucky, apparently because of the impending retirement of U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips...3/15

East Tennessee

University of Tennessee Wins Approval for Hydraulic Fracturing Plan

(New York Times) The University of Tennessee faced protests here on Friday over its proposal to let a private company drill for natural gas across a forest controlled by the university...3/15

Burning CabinCabins 'going up like dominoes' in Sevier County wildfire

(Knoxville News Sentinel) At least 30 cabins in a Sevier County resort area were damaged by a 200-acre wildfire Sunday evening, authorities said...3/18

National

UN reopens talks on NRA-opposed arms trade treaty

(Fox News) Negotiators will reconvene this week to try to hammer out a landmark U.N. treaty designed to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade amid objections from a bipartisan group of legislators and the most powerful gun-rights lobbying group in the U.S...3/18

Russia Unmoved by US Missile Defense Plan Change

(ABC News) A top Russian diplomat says the United States' cancellation of a critical part of its European missile defense system plan doesn't mollify Moscow's opposition...3/18

For Obama, trip is a chance to repair relations with disappointed Israelis

(Washington Post) Among the landmarks the Israeli government asked President Obama to visit during his trip to Jerusalem this week is the hilltop tomb of Theodor Herzl, the chief theoretician of Zionism, who died decades before his fears of growing anti-Semitism were borne out by the Holocaust...3/18

energy & science policy

Obama to Announce $2-Billion Plan to Get U.S. Cars off Gasoline

(Scientific American) This afternoon, President Barack Obama will ask Congress to direct our cars, trucks and buses to a realm that doesn’t include gas stations...3/15

Hearing Discusses Impacts of Travel Restrictions on Federal Scientists

(AIP) Concerns about the impacts that travel restrictions are having on federal scientists were discussed at a February 27 hearing of the House Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, US Postal Service, and the Census...3/15

science & technology

Giant Alien PlanetGiant Alien Planet in Supersized Solar System May Solve Mystery

(Space.com) The glowing atmosphere of a strangely giant alien world could help solve mysteries of not just how it formed, but how our own solar system arose, scientists say...3/14

When It Rains These Days, Does It Pour? Has the Weather Become Stormier as the Climate Warms?

(Science Daily) There's little doubt -- among scientists at any rate -- that the climate has warmed since people began to release massive amounts greenhouse gases to the atmosphere during the Industrial Revolution...3/17

Higgs BosonBeyond Higgs: 5 Elusive Particles That May Lurk in the Universe

(Live Science) With the recent confirmation of a Higgs Boson discovery, many physicists were at least a little disappointed. That's because all signs point to it confirming the Standard Model, the nearly 100-year-old theory that explains the tiny bits of matter that make up the universe...3/14

Other Stories

More than 25 percent of Americans raiding 401(k)s to pay bills

(Arizona Daily Star) More than 25 percent of Americans are dipping into 401(k) retirement accounts to pay bills, according to a recent report. U.S. workers are tapping into nearly a quarter of the $293 billion placed into their retirement savings each year to pay for mortgages, credit cards and other debts, according to a report from financial advisory firm HelloWallet...3/17