Monday, April 29, 2013
ORNL in the News

Deepwater BiologistsUT experts: BP oil spill gone from deep ocean, but remains in marshes

(Knoxville News Sentinel) UT experts: BP oil spill gone from deep ocean, but remains in marshes...Bacteria in the Gulf was already adapted to consuming oil that naturally leaks from the ground into the water there, said Terry Hazen, a Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory....4/28

2050ORNL analysis predicts losses from extreme weather damage could double by 2050

(ORNL Press Release) U.S. economic losses from extreme weather could at least double by 2050, according to an Oak Ridge National Laboratory analysis published this month in the online edition of the journal Global Environmental Change...4/28

DOE

Y-12, Pantex contracts extended to May 31

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The transition of contractors is still stalled, pending the outcome of protests filed on the award of the Y-12/Pantex combined management contract to Consolidated Nuclear Security...4/26

State & Regional

TN welfare drug test plan faces hurdles

(WBIR) Tennessee is plunging ahead with a plan to drug-test some welfare applicants even though a Florida judge stopped a similar program over constitutional issues and Arizona authorities caught only one welfare-receiving drug abuser in three years...4/29

Celebrities join opposition to animal abuse bill in Tennessee

(Timesnews.net) Celebrities are joining the opposition to an animal abuse bill in Tennessee that is waiting for the governor's signature. Nashville singer Emmylou Harris penned a letter to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Friday asking him to veto the bill that would require anyone recording or taking photos of livestock abuse to turn images over to law enforcement within 48 hours...4/28

National

Panel seeks to fine tech companies for noncompliance with wiretap orders

(The Washington Post) A government task force is preparing legislation that would pressure companies such as Facebook and Google to enable law enforcement officials to intercept online communications as they occur, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the effort...4/29

Anthony FoxCharlotte mayor to be nominated for transportation secretary

(CNN) President Barack Obama will tap Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday to become his next transportation secretary, a White House official with knowledge of his decision said Sunday...4/28

East Tennessee

Demand drives renewable energy projects

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Tennessee Valley Authority has approved more than 250 small-scale renewable energy projects for 2013, the overwhelming majority relying on solar energy...4/29

energy & science policy

Energy Department Backs New Way to Make Diesel from Corn

(MIT Technology Review) Within a year, a pilot plant in Indiana will start converting the stalks and leaves of corn plants into diesel and jet fuel...4/29

science & technology

Yoda3D printing 'could herald new industrial revolution'

(PhysOrg) As potentially game-changing as the steam engine or telegraph were in their day, 3D printing could herald a new industrial revolution, experts say...4/29

Mobil DevicesShape-Shifting Mobile Devices

(Science Daily) Prototype mobile devices that can change shape on-demand will be unveiled today [Monday 29 April] and could lay down the foundation for creating high shape resolution devices of the future...4/28

Strongest Evidence of Animal Culture Seen in Monkeys and Whales

(Science Magazine) Until fairly recently, many scientists thought that only humans had culture, but that idea is now being crushed by an avalanche of recent research with animals. Two new studies in monkeys and whales take the work further, showing how new cultural traditions can be formed and how conformity might help a species survive and prosper...4/25

Other Stories

PigfordU.S. Opens Spigot After Farmers Claim Discrimination

(The New York Times) In the winter of 2010, after a decade of defending the government against bias claims by Hispanic and female farmers, Justice Department lawyers seemed to have victory within their grasp...4/25

Army says no to more tanks, but Congress insists

(Fox News) Built to dominate the enemy in combat, the Army's hulking Abrams tank is proving equally hard to beat in a budget battle. Lawmakers from both parties have devoted nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer money over the past two years to build improved versions of the 70-ton Abrams But senior Army officials have said repeatedly, "No thanks."...4/27

A Rise in Wealth for the Wealthy; Declines for the Lower 93%

(Pew) During the first two years of the nation’s economic recovery, the mean net worth of households in the upper 7% of the wealth distribution rose by an estimated 28%, while the mean net worth of households in the lower 93% dropped by 4%...4/23