Friday, June 1, 2012
ORNL in the News

Ford, Dow join forces to research carbon composites for production autos

(Composites World) In the past two years, three major — and a growing host of minor — alliances between auto OEMs and/or tier suppliers and composite materials/processing companies have indicated a wholesale change in automaker inclinations toward the use of composites in body and chassis structures on production passenger vehicles...The joint development effort will leverage work that Dow already has begun through partnerships with Istanbul, Turkey-based carbon fiber manufacturer AKSA and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tenn.).

DOE

NNSA supports Y-12 suspension of activities

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Steven Wyatt, a federal spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration, said the NNSA "fully supports" the B&W Y-12 decision to suspend lock out/tag out activities at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant until problems there can be corrected...5/31

LOC dissolves … ‘smoothly’

(Oak Ridger) The dissolution of the former Local Oversight Committee is “progressing smoothly,” according to Robert Wilkinson, the attorney hired to handle the dissolution of the former group that kept an eye on goings-on at the Department of Energy and its local operations...5/31

State & Regional

Tennessee Supreme Court rules police must have more than anonymous tips

(WATE) The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that police must corroborate anonymous tips before officers stop and frisk someone. The unanimous court ruling came Thursday in a case involving a man who was convicted of being a felon in possession of a handgun and having a firearm while intoxicated...5/31

National

Eurozone ProtestECB chief calls euro zone ‘unsustainable,’ criticizes Spanish bank response

(Washington Post) U.S. and European officials, who just weeks ago seemed to be getting a handle on the euro zone’s financial crisis, are now scrambling to prevent a new round of problems from pulling down some of Europe’s largest economies...5/31

NatanzObama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran

(New York Times) From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program...6/1

Economic DataUncertainty Weighs On Economy As Spring Skid Drags On

(Investor's Business Daily) The sputtering economy may be headed for a prolonged slump as weak data out Thursday pointed to uncertainty over global growth and U.S. fiscal policy as an increasing head wind...5/31

energy & science policy

House Defense Authorization Bill Recommends Reduced Funding for S&T Programs

(AIP) The House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013 recommends an overall 4.4 percent decrease in funding for the 6.1 Basic Research, 6.2 Applied Research, and 6.3 Advanced Technology Development programs...5/31

science & technology

FAA grants experimental permit to Virgin Galactic

(AP) Virgin Galactic says it expects to make rocket-powered test flights of its passenger spaceship later this year. The company said Wednesday its spaceship builder partner has been granted an experimental permit from the Federal Aviation Administration - a move that will allow it to proceed with powered flights...5/30

Chemical Substitution: On Early Earth, Iron May Have Performed Magnesium's RNA Folding Job

(Science Daily) On the periodic table of the elements, iron and magnesium are far apart. But new evidence suggests that 3 billion years ago, iron did the chemical work now done by magnesium in helping RNA fold and function properly...5/31

Milky WayAndromeda on collision course with the Milky Way

(Nature News) It’s a definite hit. The Andromeda galaxy will collide with the Milky Way about 4 billion years from now, astronomers announced today. Although the Sun and other stars will remain intact, the titanic tumult is likely to shove the Solar System to the outskirts of the merged galaxies...5/31

Other Stories

John EdwardsJohn Edwards Not Guilty on 1 Count, but Admits Moral Failing; Mistrial on 5 Other Counts

(ABC News) A North Carolina jury found former Sen. John Edwards not guilty today on one of six counts in a campaign-finance trial, and declared itself hopelessly deadlocked on the remaining charges, leading the judge to declare a mistrial on those counts...6/1

Out there

Lionfish5 Invasive Species You Should Be Eating

(Popular Mechanics) Last year I spent some time hunting lionfish in the Cayman Islands with Nat Robb and Artemis "Art" Hintze of Indepth Water Sports. Like a lot of the dive industry people there, Robb and Hintze were fed up with the way that lionfish, a voracious invasive species from the Indian Ocean, were taking over dive sites. So they started spearing them...5/30