Wednesday, July 24, 2013
ORNL in the News

CFTFORNL makes low-cost carbon fiber available to American manufacturers

(Oak Ridge Today) Companies interested in testing the latest in low-cost carbon fiber have a new opportunity to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility...7/23

The drive toward ultralight cars speeds ahead

(GreenBiz) BMW is making a big bet in fielding its new i3 electric city car, and that means taking efficiency to the max...Now Brigham Young University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have come up with a just-in-time solution called friction bit joining...7/23

Newly discovered marine viruses offer glimpse into untapped biodiversity

(PhysOrg) Researchers of the University of Arizona's Tucson Marine Phage Lab have discovered a dozen new types of unknown viruses that infect different strains of marine bacteria...The viruses in this study, led by Sullivan's former postdoctoral fellow Karin Holmfeldt, were so new that the researchers enlisted the help of colleagues at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn. to apply a technique called experimental proteomics to figure out what kinds of proteins make up the viruses...7/24

East Tennessee

Watts BarTVA inspector general finds 4-year parts audit lapse at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant

(Chattanooga Times-Free Press) A report by the Tennessee Valley Authority’s inspector general says the federal utility missed quality assurance audits at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant...7/23

State & Regional

Tennessee lawmaker to propose tuition freeze

(WPSD) A Republican state lawmaker wants to freeze tuition at Tennessee's colleges and universities. Sen. Jim Summerville of Dickson says he plans to file legislation during the next session to keep tuition at the current rates...7/23

National

Congress, Obama at odds over new Iran sanctions

(AP) Congress is considering a new series of hard-hitting Iran sanctions on everything from mining and construction to the Islamic republic's already besieged oil industry, despite concern from the Obama administration that the measures could interfere with nuclear negotiations...7/23

U.N. Security Council to meet with Syrian opposition: UK

(Reuters) The U.N. Security Council will hold an informal meeting with members of the opposition Syrian National Coalition this week, though it is unclear whether the chief rebel commander will attend, Britain's U.N. envoy said on Tuesday...7/23

science & technology

Earth Strikes a Pose Beneath Saturn's Rings

(ABC News) The Cassini spacecraft took a day off from exploring Saturn's rings and weather patterns to snap a photo of Earth. Like Voyager 1 revealed in 1990 when it took a photo of the planet from the edge of the solar system, Earth really does look like a pale blue dot (Click here for image)...7/23

Coastal Antarctic permafrost melting faster than expected

(Eurekalert) For the first time, scientists have documented an acceleration in the melt rate of permafrost, or ground ice, in a section of Antarctica where the ice had been considered stable...7/24

Snowfall on MarsValley Networks Suggest Ancient Snowfall On Mars

(Science Daily) Researchers at Brown University have shown that some Martian valleys appear to have been caused by runoff from orographic precipitation -- moisture carried part of the way up a mountain and deposited on the slopes...7/23

StressThis Is The Molecule Responsible For Stress

(Popular Science) Researchers from Heptares Therapeutics, a drug company, have discovered the 3-D structure of a protein receptor that mediates our response to stress, according to a new study in Nature...7/23

Other Stories

BenghaziFormer military head says it was quickly clear terrorists behind Benghazi consulate attack

(FoxNews) The former head of U.S. forces in Africa, General Carter Ham, told the Aspen Security Forum that it quickly became clear the assault on the American consulate in Benghazi last year was a terrorist attack and not a spontaneous demonstration...7/23

Which Nations Hate The U.S.? Often Those Receiving U.S. Aid

(NPR) To figure out which countries dislike the U.S., one quick way is to simply look at which ones are getting the largest dollops of U.S. aid. This wasn't the focus of a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. But it did emerge when Pew spoke to people in 39 countries about the U.S. and China, asking respondents if they had a favorable view of these two countries...7/23