Wednesday, March 27, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL's carbon-fiber facility may help manufacture jobs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) One of the offshoots of improving the U.S. manufacturing base for clean energy is supposed to be jobs creation, and nobody appreciates that more than Rick Chambers, a technician at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s new Carbon Fiber Technology Facility...3/26

ORNL Recognizes Small Business Subcontractors and Supporters

(Lab Manager) Oak Ridge National Laboratory honored seven outstanding small businesses and their supporters at its annual small business awards ceremony on March 22. The winning firms were nominated by ORNL staff in recognition of the companies' exceptional service during the 2012 fiscal year...The lab awarded more than $261 million in subcontracts to small businesses in the 2012 fiscal year. Six of this year's seven honored businesses are located in East Tennessee...3/25

DOE

WSIAfter 13 years guarding federal facilities, WSI leaves Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridge Today) After 13 years of protecting federal facilities, WSI Oak Ridge has left the Secret City. Friday was the last day for many employees at WSI, and the contract ended Sunday, spokeswoman Courtney Henry said...3/25

State & Regional

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Georgia access to Tennessee River: No deal

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today indicated he has no interest in going along with Georgia's latest attempt to get access to the mighty Tennessee River to help slake the Peach State's thirst for water...3/26

Advocates, opponents await Haslam decision on whether to expand Medicaid in Tenn.

(Columbus Republic) Advocates and opponents of expanding Medicaid are eagerly awaiting Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's decision on whether Tennessee will participate in a key facet of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul...3/27

National

Supreme Court wary of broad gay marriage ruling

(Reuters) Supreme Court justices signaled a reluctance on Tuesday to rule broadly on the fundamental right to marriage for gays and lesbians, suggesting a potentially anti-climactic outcome in the first of two related cases before the high court...3/26

Fracking 'linked to biggest Oklahoma earthquake'

(BBC News) Scientists say wastewater injection from hydraulic fracturing was linked to a magnitude-5.7 earthquake that struck the US state of Oklahoma in 2011. Fracking, as it is known, injects water and chemicals into petroleum wells in a bid to extract trapped natural gas...3/27

East Tennessee

Nuclear power advancements in Virginia could come to Tennessee

(WATE) A new generation of nuclear reactors called SMRs could be producing power in the U.S. within the next ten years. A lot of it though will depend on what happens on the Clinch River in Oak Ridge...3/25

energy & science policy

Research Subcommittee Reviews Industrial and Non-Profit Philanthropic STEM Education Initiatives

(AIP) The Research Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology reviewed industrial and non-profit philanthropic science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education initiatives in a March 13 hearing...3/26

science & technology

SpaceX DragonSpaceX Dragon cargo ship splashes into Pacific

(PhysOrg) The SpaceX Dragon capsule returned to Earth on Tuesday with a full science load from the International Space Station. The privately owned cargo ship splashed down in the Pacific, off the coast of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, five hours after leaving the orbiting lab...3/26

Supernova Type 1ax

Astronomers Discover New Kind of Supernova

(Science Daily) Supernovae were always thought to occur in two main varieties. But a team of astronomers including Carnegie's Wendy Freedman, Mark Phillips and Eric Persson is reporting the discovery of a new type of supernova called Type Iax...3/26

Passenger PigeonEfforts to Resuscitate Extinct Species May Spawn a New Era of the Hybrid

(Scientific American) A bird that once darkened the skies of the 19th-century U.S. no longer exists, except as well-preserved museum specimens bearing bits of DNA...3/26

Other Stories

Home Prices Growing As Fast As Before The Housing Collapse

(Forbes) With the Federal Reserve firmly in support the housing market continues to show signs of substantial improvement...3/26

Study: Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32%

(USA Today) Medical claims costs — the biggest driver of health insurance premiums — will jump an average 32% for Americans' individual policies under the Affordable Care Act health care law, according to a study out Tuesday by the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts...3/26

Out there

Thieves Steal Entire Bridge in Western Turkey

(Time Magazine) Earlier this month, the inhabitants of a small village in the Golcuk district of the Turkish province of Kocaeli awoke to find something different. The village’s main bridge over a local creek — all 22 tons of it — was gone...Police suspected that thieves dismantled the 82-ft.-long span to sell it as scrap metal — probably for about $12,000, noted Gizmodo...3/21