Wednesday, August 7, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL whistle-blower lost case but left legacy

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) "People either love me or they hate me," Bud Varnadore often said. Indeed, Varnadore stirred the pot. He could be loud and he could be opinionated, and one thing people rarely did was ignore him. But, oddly, that's what happened after Varnadore died at his home in Lenoir City on March 7, 2013...8/7

By the Numbers: World War II's atomic bombs

(CNN) The decision by the United States to use the atomic bomb against Japan in August 1945 is credited with ending World War II. Here is some background information about the history of the atomic bomb, by the numbers:...3 - Research facilities involved in the development of the bombs: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, the Hanford Site, Washington, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.

DOE

Y-12/Pantex Mgmt. contracts extended, squabbling continues?

(Oak Ridger) The existing management contracts at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants have been extended through September, giving the government more time to try to work out a solution to a $22 billion contract squabble and ease the uncertainty for thousands of workers...8/6

USEC reports net loss of $40.9M

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) USEC Inc. reported a net loss of $40.9 million or $8.35 per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended June 30. That compared to a net loss of $92.0 million or $18.78 per basic and diluted share for the second quarter of 2012...8/6

State & Regional

GM to invest $167M more at Tennessee factory

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) General Motors plans to spend another $167 million at its Tennessee factory so it can build two new midsize vehicles...8/6

National

Obamacare months behind in testing IT data security: government

(Reuters) The federal government is months behind in testing data security for the main pillar of Obamacare: allowing Americans to buy health insurance on state exchanges due to open by October 1...8/6

BenghaziU.S. charges Libyan militia leader in Benghazi attack

(Washington Post) Justice Department officials have filed criminal charges against the leader of a Libyan militia in connection with the deadly attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, according to two law enforcement officials...8/7

East Tennessee

Hap McSweenProfessor Harry “Hap” McSween Honored with Whipple Award

(Tennessee Today) Harry “Hap” McSween, a UT professor who is a leading expert on the composition of Mars and meteorites, will be awarded the Whipple Award from the American Geophysical Union...8/5

energy & science policy

Science Committee Members Hear from Secretary of Energy on National Labs

(AIP) Chairwoman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Ranking Member Eric Swalwell (D-CA) of the House Subcommittee on Energy recently sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz requesting information on Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories...8/6

science & technology

Pregnant womanLength of Human Pregnancies Can Vary Naturally by as Much as Five Weeks

(Science Daily) The length of a human pregnancy can vary naturally by as much as five weeks, according to research published online August 7 in the journal Human Reproduction...8/6

human heartHow 3-D Printing Body Parts Will Revolutionize Medicine

(Popular Science) A device the size of an espresso machine quietly whirs to life. The contraption isn’t filled with fresh, pungent grounds but, instead, spoonfuls of opaque, sterile goo. Its robotic arm moves briskly: It hovers, lowers, and then repositions a pair of syringes over six petri dishes...8/6

Younger DryasNew evidence that cosmic impact caused Younger Dryas extinctions

(PhysOrg) A period of rapid, intense cooling, known as the Younger Dryas, took place about 13,000 years ago. Scientists think this sudden change in climate caused the extinction of many large mammals, such as the mammoth, and was the reason for the disappearance of North America's Clovis people...8/6

Other Stories

WarshipJapan unveils largest warship since World War II

(AP) Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier....8/6

Chinese Hacking Team Caught Taking Over Decoy Water Plant

(MIT Technology Review) A Chinese hacking group accused this February of being tied to the Chinese army was caught last December infiltrating a decoy water control system for a U.S. municipality, a researcher revealed on Wednesday...8/6