Monday, April 8, 2013
ORNL in the News

DOE

Despite new barriers, protesters show up at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Peace activists lost a legal attempt earlier this week to gain access to their traditional protesting spot near the entrance to the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, but they showed up anyway on Saturday and voiced their feelings from across the street...4/6

Fisker Automotive Firing as Much as 75% of Workforce

(Bloomberg) Fisker Automotive Inc.’s mass firings after receiving federal loans to build luxury plug-in cars is adding to the political debate over the U.S. government’s funding of clean-energy programs...4/6

State & Regional

Tennessee's unemployed wait hours to make claim, months to get a check

(The Tennessean) ...The Tennessean interviewed workers, and other stakeholders, who navigated the state’s unemployment system in recent years, and reviewed statistics related to the Department of Labor’s customer service...4/7

Tennessee man not sure why he got presidential pardon

(WVLT) Roy Grimes knows he is among the fortunate few, one of only 17 Americans pardoned by President Barack Obama. The 72-year-old mechanical engineer from Athens, Tenn., isn't sure why he got the presidential pardon in March. His attorney says they may never know....4/8

National

North Korean WeaponsSouth Korea Prepares for Possible North Korea Missile Test Launch

(ABC News) While North Korea isn't backing away from threats of nuclear war, neighboring countries are taking precautionary measures for a possible missile test launch...4/7

Fears Of Government Tyranny Push Some To Reject Gun Control

(NPR) As the Senate returns from a two-week spring recess Monday, topping its agenda is legislation to try to curb the kind of gun violence that took the lives of 20 first-graders in Connecticut last December....4/8

East Tennessee

TVA, B&W poised to put small modular reactors to the test

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA is teaming with Babcock & Wilcox on a project that may produce the nation's first operational small modular reactor...4/7

McIntyre's capital budget proposal to feature security upgrades for Knox schools

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre has proposed that $3.9 million of the school system’s capital budget for 2014 be used to begin implementing a number of security enhancements, including the addition of video cameras, camera/buzzer systems, secure vestibules and keyless entry cards at every school...4/8

 

energy & science policy

Priorities of Science Committee Republicans on DOE Science, NASA, NIST, NOAA, and NSF

(AIP) A good indicator of the views of House Science Committee Republicans on the Department of Energy's Office of Science, NASA, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Science Foundation can be found in a eight-page document submitted to the House Budget Committee...4/5

science & technology

TESSTESS Project Will Launch Telescopes to Perform Full-Sky Search for Transiting Exoplanets

(Science Daily) Following a three-year competition, NASA has selected the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) project at MIT for a planned launch in 2017...4/8

SaharaSahara Went from Green to Desert in a Flash

(Live Science) From lakes and grasslands with hippos and giraffes to a vast desert, North Africa's sudden geographical transformation 5,000 years ago was one of the planet's most dramatic climate shifts...4/5

Civil Rights BraceletBracelet For Human Rights Workers Sends Kidnapping Alerts to Facebook, Twitter

(Popular Science) Activists and aid workers who document government abuses or monitor elections often risk abduction by those who oppose their work. Now one organization has developed a gadget to help. Stockholm-based Civil Rights Defenders is distributing a bracelet that sends out "Help!" messages when its wearer activates it, or if someone pulls the bracelet off its wearer forcefully, the BBC reported...4/5

Other Stories

The Only Age Group With Higher Unemployment Than a Year Ago Is ... 20somethings

(The Atlantic) Each generation of Americans has suffered in its own way during these post-recession years, but only one age group has managed to go the past year without reducing its unemployment rate. It's 20-to-24-year olds...4/5

No TV? 5 million U.S. households bid boob tube goodbye

(USA Today) Some people have had it with TV. They've had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don't like timing their lives around network show schedules. They're tired of $100-plus monthly bills...4/7