Tuesday, July 16, 2013
ORNL in the News

Black and MasonCongresswoman Black at ORNL & Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep. Diane Black, D-Tenn., who represents Tennessee's Sixth District and is a member of the House Budget Committee, was in Oak Ridge today and got briefings and tours at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex...7/15

Jay GulledgeDr Jay Gulledge, Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Environmental Sciences Division

(Research Media Ltd.) Dr Jay Gulledge, Director, illustrates the principles and activities guiding the Environmental Sciences Division towards solution-driven research, technology development and a global and regional assessment of the Earth System...7/15

ORNL and UT work together on new printing technology

(The Daily Beacon) At the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility of Oak Ridge National Labs, men such as Suresh Babu, James Earle and Philip Keller are creating the future with small plastic beads and a giant hot glue gun. Additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, has taken off in popularity in recent years as a cheaper, more efficient method of creating everyday items. While this technology has only reached the mainstream market in the past few years, UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have played significant roles behind the scenes. Babu, a recent hire by UT, has been working on 3D printing for the past several years and was selected as the UT-ORNL Governor's Chair for Advanced Manufacturing in July....7/16

DOE

Sandoval pushes for meeting with energy secretary

(Elko Daily Free Press) Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval isn't taking "no" for an answer. Sandoval has sent a second letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz requesting a meeting to talk about Department of Energy activities in Nevada, including plans to haul canisters of radioactive waste from Oak Ridge, Tenn., to the Nevada National Security Site northwest of Las Vegas...7/15

State & Regional

Tennessee Lieutenant governor says guns-in-parking lots law may need change

(Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who backed a new law allowing handgun carry permit holders to keep weapons in their vehicles at work, says the law needs clarifying...7/15

UCOR ConstructionUCOR gets $3.09M fee for first half of FY2013

(Knoxville News Sentinel) URS-CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge cleanup manager received a total award fee of $3,095,715 — out of a possible fee of $3.46 million — for the first half of Fiscal Year 2013, according to information released by DOE...7/15

National

Eric Holder promises "compassion" and "truth" in Zimmerman case

(CBS News) Attorney General Eric Holder promised that the Justice Department "will continue to act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law" as it considers whether to pursue criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin...7/15

Glen GreenwaldJournalist: Snowden has enough information to cause US government worst damage in history

(FoxNews) National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden possesses enough information to cause more damage to the United States government than "anyone else has ever had in the history" of the country, according to the journalist who first reported the former contractor's leaked documents...7/15 

East Tennessee

TN senators renew efforts to preserve TN wilderness

(WBIR) Tennessee senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are renewing their efforts to preserve more of Tennessee's wilderness. The two senators are hoping to add 20,000 acres in six areas to the Cherokee National Forest...7/15

energy & science policy

Senate FY 2014 National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Funding Bill

(AIP) Late last week the Senate Appropriations Committee passed S. 1284, the FY 2014 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill.  Senate appropriators have approved six of the twelve FY 2014 bills, although none of have reached the Senate floor...7/15

science & technology

MicrobesGenomes of 201 microbes sequenced

(BBC News) The genetic secrets of some of the most abundant and diverse forms of life on Earth have been uncovered by scientists. Researchers have sequenced the genomes of 201 microbes to find out more about the role these tiny, single-celled organisms play in our environment...7/15

Analysis: Fracking water's dirty little secret - recycling

(Reuters) The oil and gas industry is finding that less is more in the push to recycle water used in hydraulic fracturing. Slightly dirty water, it seems, does just as good a job as crystal clear when it comes to making an oil or gas well work...7/15

Sound waves can be used to levitate and move objects, study says

(The Washington Post) Scientists have been able to use the power of sound to levitate small items — including insects and fish — for decades. But now researchers in Switzerland have figured out how to move objects around in midair, according to a new study...7/16

Other Stories

Foreign Banks Win New Delay in Tax Evasion Rule

Foreign banks on Friday won yet another delay in a sweeping Treasury Department law intended to end tax evasion by Americans and will now have until next July to begin complying with the requirements, the Internal Revenue Service said...7/15

Labor Unions: Obamacare Will 'Shatter' Our Health Benefits, Cause 'Nightmare Scenarios'

(Forbes) Labor unions are among the key institutions responsible for the passage of Obamacare. They spent tons of money electing Democrats to Congress in 2006 and 2008, and fought hard to push the health law through the legislature in 2009 and 2010...7/15

Out there

SikorkyFinally! A Human-Powered Helicopter Wins the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

(Popular Mechanics) A quixotic Kickstarter-funded project has won the Sikorsky Prize, one of the most elusive goals in aviation, by keeping a human powered helicopter aloft for more than a minute.