Friday, April 26, 2013
ORNL in the News

Did Richardson sway the UT-Battelle contract?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In 2000, a partnership of the University of Tennessee and Battelle Memorial Institute won the Department of Energy contract to manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory. UT-Battelle defeated incumbent Lockheed Martin in the DOE competition and has managed the lab ever since...4/25

Details under wraps in possible plan to move Nuclear Waste near Vegas

(KSNV-NEWS3)...The feds are looking to dispose of some nuclear waste, and they're eyeing the old Nevada Test Site, now called the Nevada National Security Site...The Oak Ridge National Laboratory's building 3019 is currently home to hundreds of canisters of the dangerously radioactive materials known as uranium-233 and uranium-235. The feds want to dispose of it and they've set their sights on the old Nevada Test Site as an ideal place to do it...4/25

DOE

Fisker Says Bush Energy Department Urged Loan Application

(Bloomberg) Fisker Automotive Inc., the electric-car maker that missed its first payment on a U.S. loan this week, sought taxpayer financing at the urging of President George W. Bush’s administration, its co-founder said...4/25

One charge dropped against Y-12 protesters

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The federal government Thursday filed a motion to drop one of three felony charges against the Plowshares protesters who broke into the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant on July 28, 2012....4/25

State & Regional

TN's yearlong ban on annexation puts cities, towns in limbo

(WBIR) Thompson's Station had hoped to bring an additional 500 acres of land into its borders this year, but it is expected to delay the plan because of a looming statewide moratorium on annexation...4/25

Trucking company files for restraining order against Pilot Flying J, accuses Haslam of obstructing justice

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The trucking company suing Pilot Flying J accused CEO Jimmy Haslam of obstructing justice and buying off cheated customers in a motion for a restraining order filed today...4/25

National

Boston Marathon bombers' next target was Times Square, says Bloomberg

(Fox News) The Boston Marathon bombing suspects had Times Square in their sights before law enforcement authorities put an end to their bloody terror spree, according New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg...4/25

White House Says It Believes Syria Has Used Chemical Arms

(The New York Times) The White House said Thursday that it believes the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in its civil war, an assessment that could test President Obama's repeated warnings that such an attack could precipitate American intervention in Syria...4/25

East Tennessee

Alexandria, Va., again tops Amazon.com’s list of well-read cities; Knoxville, Tenn., ranks 2nd

(The Washington Post) Alexandria, Va., and Knoxville, Tenn., are cities for readers, if not always the kinds of books your parents wanted you to read...4/25

Professor Harry ‘Hap’ McSween Named SEC Professor of the Year

(Tennessee Today) Harry “Hap” McSween, a UT professor who is world-renowned for his research of meteorites and Mars, has been named the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Professor of the Year...4/25

energy & science policy

Senators, Representatives Express Opposition to Disproportionate Cuts to NASA Science Budget

(AIP) Congressional action on the budget is focused on appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year 2014 that starts on October 1.  However, the FY 2013 budget cycle is still a work in progress as various departments and agencies develop their operating plans for the remainder of this fiscal year...4/26

science & technology

PSREinstein's Theory Passes Extreme Gravity Test

(Discovery News) Every human being that has ever lived could fit inside 1 cubic inch of space at the center of a newly found neutron star, called PSR J0348+0432, located about 7,000 light years from Earth. But extreme density is not its most unusual feature...4/25

Somali PirateA Hidden Victim of Somali Pirates: Science

(National Geographic) During 32 years of fieldwork in the deserts of Ethiopia, Tim White, the eminent American paleoanthropologist, has brazened through every conceivable obstacle to his research into human origins...Yet nothing has stymied White's pursuit of knowledgeor thwarted his scientific ambitions—like the hard-eyed men in flip-flop sandals...4/25

Comet Ison

Photo: Hubble Gets First Glimpse of Possible ‘Comet of the Century’

(National Geographic) Hubble has taken its first close-up views of the much anticipated and potential ‘comet of the century’. On the night of April 10th, the space telescope snapped an image in visible light of Comet ISON while it was still at a whopping distance of 394 million miles from Earth (386 million miles from the Sun) (Click on Image for Larger Version)...4/25

Other Stories

Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption

(Politico) Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said...4/24

U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance

(C|Net) Senior Obama administration officials have secretly authorized the interception of communications carried on portions of networks operated by AT&T and other Internet service providers, a practice that might otherwise be illegal under federal wiretapping laws...4/24

Out there

Marist crew team finds giant floating 'head'

Giant Floating Head(WABC) Anyone lose a giant head made of Styrofoam and fiberglass? That's what officials at an upstate New York college are asking after the men's crew team found the unusual object floating in the Hudson River. Officials at Marist College in Poughkeepsie say the team was practicing earlier this week when the coach spotted a large object floating near the river's west bank...4/25