Monday, June 3, 2013
ORNL in the News

H.M.S. Carbon Fiber

(Oak Ridge Today) So, how does this go in Oak Ridge? Perhaps: Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility will revolutionize the choice of materials used in manufacturing. Major manufactures, such as auto companies, will be falling over themselves soon to locate here, so as to capitalize on the technical information to be transferred from ORNL (possibly, but it might be a few years out yet)...6/2

ORNL's big turnaround: UT will fight to keep lab management contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) If newly confirmed Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visits Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Monday, as expected, he’ll see a really different campus from his previous tenure at the Department of Energy, 1997-2001, when he served as undersecretary in the Clinton administration...6/1

U.S. Energy Secretary to visit Oak Ridge

(San Francisco Chronicle) Ernest Moniz, the new U.S. secretary of energy, is making the Oak Ridge National Laboratory his first official trip in office. Moniz, who was confirmed in May, will be touring the scientific facilities at the Oak Ridge National laboratory on Monday...6/3

Joe ThorntonRoane State, ORNL, industries train workers in composites, advanced manufacturing

(Oak Ridge Today) John Thornton of Clinton graduated from Roane State Community College's Advanced Materials Training and Education Center, or AMTEC, a year ago. Today, he works in one of the most innovative places in the country...6/2

DOE

Avisco gets 2nd UPF contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Avisco Inc., a small, woman-owned business based in Oak Ridge, has received its second contract for site preparation work on the forthcoming Uranium Processing Facility...5/31

State & Regional

PilotPlea agreement in Pilot case indicates prosecutors have star witness

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In a federal plea agreement, words matter. And the language in the plea deal unsealed last week in the ongoing probe of a diesel fuel rebate rip-off conspiracy at Pilot Flying J suggests prosecutors are positioning a young account representative — Ashley Judd — to be a star witness...6/2

 

National

Bradley ManningBradley Manning court-martial opens today at Fort Meade

(The Baltimore Sun) The court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the onetime Maryland resident at the center of the largest security breach in U.S. history, begins today at Fort Meade...6/3

East Tennessee

TVA loses its largest customer

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) The Tennessee Valley Authority is losing its biggest customer today amid growing concerns about rising industrial power rates. USEC Inc. is shutting down its Paducah, Ky., gaseous diffusion plant, ending uranium enrichment at the 61-year-old plant and idling 1,000 employees over the next year...5/31

energy & science policy

Administration Identifies R&D as Critical to Economic Growth and Job Creation

(AIP) A three-page memorandum was sent to the heads of federal departments and agencies on May 29 from Sylvia Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, providing guidance for the development of the FY 2015 budget...5/31

Grasping for Ways to Capture Carbon Dioxide on the Cheap

(MIT Technology Review) Last week, the new U.S. secretary of energy, Ernest Moniz, pledged to continue his predecessor’s work in making the Department of Energy a “center of innovation,” while also highlighting projects he thought deserved more attention...5/30

science & technology

TreesElevated Carbon Dioxide Making Arid Regions Greener

(Science Daily) Scientists have long suspected that a flourishing of green foliage around the globe, observed since the early 1980s in satellite data, springs at least in part from the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere...5/31

CST-100Boeing Completes New Spacecraft, Rocket Milestones

(Science Daily) The Boeing Company of Houston, a NASA Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partner, recently performed wind tunnel testing of its CST-100 spacecraft and integrated launch vehicle, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket...6/1

New Physics Complications Lend Support to Multiverse Hypothesis

(Scientific America) On an overcast afternoon in late April, physics professors and students crowded into a wood-paneled lecture hall at Columbia University for a talk by Nima Arkani-Hamed, a high-profile theorist visiting from the Institute for Advanced Study in nearby Princeton, N.J...6/1

Other Stories

IRS commits political sabotage: Column

(USA Today) The world is learning about the corruption of the IRS in targeting conservative groups, including various Tea Party organizations, for heightened scrutiny. But the corruption goes much deeper than harassing groups seeking first time non-profit designations, into actively sabotaging existing non-profit groups by releasing confidential information...5/31

Chinese Nuclear BombChina, India, Pakistan boost nuclear arsenals: study

(France 24) Three of the world's nuclear powers -- China, India and Pakistan -- have increased their arsenals over the past year, while the other five have cut their strength or kept it stable, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said Monday...6/2