Wednesday, March 28, 2012
ORNL in the News

Carbon FibersORNL process converts polyethylene into carbon fiber

(R&D Magazine) ...In a paper published in Advanced Materials, a team led by Amit Naskar of the Materials Science and Technology Division outlined a method that allows not only for production of carbon fiber but also the ability to tailor the final product to specific applications...3/27

One-minute time-lapse history of human global CO2 emissions

(EarthSky) The animation was created using data on use of fossil fuels, gas flaring and cement production from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.../27

DOE

Solyndra Gave Accurate Description, Restructuring Officer Says

(Bloomberg) Solyndra LLC (SOLY), the solar-panel maker that received a $535 million U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantee, conveyed accurate information about its finances to the government before the company failed, its chief restructuring officer said in a report...3/28

State & Regional

TEAMTEAM Act nears vote amid TN workers' protest

(Tennessean) The battle over reforming Tennessee's civil service laws entered its final stages Tuesday after a last-ditch lobbying effort by state workers...3/28

Effort to repeal voter ID law fails in Senate

(WATE) A proposal to repeal Tennessee's new voter ID law has failed in the Senate. The measure sponsored by Democratic Sen. Lowe Finney of Jackson failed 3-6 in the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Tuesday....3/27

National

Supreme Court bores into health care law's mandate

(U.S.A. Today) The nine justices of the Supreme Court sent an unmistakable reminder to President Obama and Congress from a packed, hushed courtroom Tuesday: When it comes to landmark statutes that must stand the test of time, such as the 2010 health care law, they will have the last word...3/28

Police: Zimmerman story is ‘consistent’ with evidence in Trayvon Martin shooting

(Fox News) A slain U.S. teenager and the neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed him exchanged words before the teen punched him in the nose and began banging the man's head on the ground, according to the watch captain's account of the confrontation that led to the shooting...3/27

East Tennessee

Knoxville sees more development, Chamber credits area's qualities

(WBIR) An Atlanta development company, Camden Management Partners, Inc. announced preliminary plans to develop a 220-unit apartment complex in the Island Home neighborhood of West Knoxville...3/27

energy & science policy

Energy Secretary Chu Appears Before Senate Appropriators

(AIP) Energy Secretary Steven Chu appeared before the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee on March 14.  Appropriators were generally receptive to the FY 2013 request for the Department of Energy, and in many cases spoke of their desire to see it play a more active role in several areas...3/26

science & technology

The First Footage from James Cameron's Record-Setting Dive to Challenger Deep

Mariana Trench(National Geographic) [Video at link] The first video footage is surfacing from James Cameron’s record-setting dive to the deepest known point in Earth’s oceans over the weekend, and the landscape down there is about what one might expect at a point seven miles below the surface: desolate, dark, and vaguely reminiscent of the moon...3/27

Chinese MotherHungry mothers give birth to more daughters

(Nature News) When food is in short supply women are more likely to bear daughters than sons, suggests an analysis of one of the most disastrous famines in modern history....3/28

Black HoleAstronomers Detect Vast Amounts of Gas and Dust Around Black Hole in Early Universe

(Science Daily) Using the IRAM array of millimetre-wave telescopes in the French Alps, a team of European astronomers from Germany, the UK and France have discovered a large reservoir of gas and dust in a galaxy that surrounds the most distant supermassive black hole known...3/27

Other Stories

Eating lots of chocolate helps people stay thin, study finds

(CBS News) What's the best way to stay thin? A new study finds it's exercising and eating a healthy diet full of - chocolate? The study found that people who frequently ate chocolate had a lower body mass index (BMI) than people who didn't. Is it time to ditch fat-free for fudge?...3/27

Israeli DogIn Israel, a battle to save the ancient Canaan dog

(Washington Post) Pricked, pointy ears and almond-shaped brown eyes. A tan or black-and-white coat and a tail that curls upward. For many in Israel, this is the description of a pesky stray that feeds on garbage. But for a passionate few, it is a cultural treasure that should be preserved. Meet the biblical dog...3/27