Wednesday, March 26, 2014
ORNL in the News

Feasting on Science

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The newest members of ORNL’s elite scientific club, the Corporate Fellows, were honored at a dinner over the weekend at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Knoxville. Here, they pose with Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason. From left, Witold Nazarewicz, Mason, Stan Wullschleger, and Bobby Sumpter. (ORNL photo/Jason Richards)...3/25

UT, ORNL, NASA, TVA help robotic ‘football’ kick off this week

(Oak Ridge Today) Football season is still months away, but those needing a quick fix before fall can get a chance to see a version of the game played by competitors functioning like well-oiled machines. The FIRST Robotics Competition Smoky Mountain Regional returns to the Knoxville Convention Center March 26-29, and is centered around a game featuring strong elements from football and soccer called Aerial Assist...3/25

 

 

 

DOE

PipelineUS approves more LNG exports as Europe looks to curb Russian gas

(CS Monitor) As President Obama discussed the Ukraine crisis with European leaders in The Hague Monday, including the Continent's energy challenges, his administration brought one potential solution a small step closer to reality...3/25

Nuke safety board provides assessment of WIPP incidents

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) As the request of U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board has provided an assessment of two incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant...3/25

National

Obama will make public case for unity with Europe as Russia revives Cold War memories

(The Washington Post) Barack Obama has spoken to the continent of Europe on several occasions — as a hopeful presidential candidate in 2008, as a new president memorializing the dead at Normandy, and most recently as a second-term president hoping to stir his allies from a complacency...3/26

State & Regional

Bill to end daylight saving time in Tenn fails

(WVLT) An effort to exempt Tennessee from daylight saving time has failed by one vote in the state House. The House State Government Committee on Tuesday voted 6-5 against the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville...3/25

energy & science policy

The U.S. Energy Chief on Gas Exports, Russia, and the Keystone Pipeline

(Bloomberg Businessweek) In a wide-ranging discussion with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz at Bloomberg’s Washington office on March 21, Moniz acknowledged what many observers have already deduced: U.S.-Russia relations are “under strain,” and yes, “everything in terms of the relationship is going to be reevaluated.”...3/24

science & technology

Yakov SinaiChaos-theory pioneer nabs Abel Prize

(Nature news) The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded the 2014 Abel Prize to Russian-born mathematical physicist Yakov Sinai of Princeton University in New Jersey...3/26

Fossil LeafMillion suns shed light on fossilized plant

(Science Daily) ...The team of palaeontologists, geochemists and physicists investigated the chemistry of exceptionally preserved fossil leaves from the Eocene-aged 'Green River Formation' of the western United States by bombarding the fossils with X-rays brighter than a million suns...3/26

Dinosaur Era Had 5 Times Today's CO2

(LiveScience) Dinosaurs that roamed the Earth 250 million years ago knew a world with five times more carbon dioxide than is present on Earth today, researchers say, and new techniques for estimating the amount of carbon dioxide on prehistoric Earth may help scientists predict how Earth's climate may change in the future...3/24

Other Stories

Moon AtlasZoom in on amazing detail in NASA moon map

(Science News) If a private spaceflight doesn't fit your travel budget, NASA's new interactive lunar atlas may be the next best thing. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team has stitched together 10,581 images into a gorgeous, detailed online map of the moon's north pole...3/25

College Planning Mistakes That Hurt The Whole Family

(Forbes) Despite the dramatic rise in college costs, most kids still expect to attend while their families are ill-prepared to deal with the bill. About 75% of kids ages eight to 14 say they will probably or definitely go to college, yet 49% of parents are not regularly saving for the cost of attending...3/25