Friday, August 30, 2013
ORNL in the News

Lima manufacturing center hosts national research scientists

(Hi Velocity) Three research scientists from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee were welcomed to Lima by officials of the Ohio Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Center (OEAMC). The visit came on the heels of an OEAMC trip to Oak Ridge earlier this year.. “They were very interested in some of our work,” says Judith Cowan, President of the OEAMC. Cowan was on the team that visited Oak Ridge earlier this year...8/30

TTU institute teams up with computer scientists and campus researchers

(Cookeville Herald-Citizen) Tennessee Tech University’s College of Engineering is helping researchers on campus find the answers to those difficult computations by sharing sophisticated hardware and offering computer science students to help run the calculations...The project leader is Stephen Scott, TTU’s Stonecipher/Boeing distinguished professor of computing and a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Doug Talbert, chair of the computer science department, is co-director...8/29

DOE

OR Federal BuildingWith asbestos removed, DOE starts month-long move back into Federal Building

(Oak Ridge Today) The asbestos-containing insulation has been removed, and U.S. Department of Energy employees and contractors started a month-long move back into the Joe L. Evins Federal Building this week, a spokesman said Wednesday...8/29

How many DOE employees in Oak Ridge? Maybe not as many as you think

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Well, these days, it’s harder than ever to figure out how many direct employees of the Department of Energy (or its semi-independent unit National Nuclear Security Administration) work in Oak Ridge...8/30

National

Russia sends warships to Mediterranean as Syria tension rises

(Reuters) Russia is sending two warships to the east Mediterranean, Interfax news agency said on Thursday, but Moscow denied this meant it was beefing up its naval force there as Western powers prepare for military action against Syria...8/29

East Tennessee

Alcoa Breaks Ground on $275 Million Auto Expansion in Tennessee

(InvestorCenter) Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, Congressman John Duncan and other local and state officials joined Alcoa (NYS: AA) Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld today to break ground on a $275 million expansion of Alcoa's Tennessee Operations to meet growing aluminum demand for auto production...8/29

energy & science policy

Divergent Numbers: Senate Committee Approves NASA Authorization Bill on Party Line Vote

(AIP) “A disappointment for me” was how Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) described what he predicted would be party line votes on a three year NASA reauthorization bill passed by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee...8/29

science & technology

SalmonSpecial Report: Experimental climate fixes stir hopes, fears, lawyers

(Reuters) Last year the Haida, an indigenous group in Canada, set out to increase their salmon stocks and save the planet. Helped by American businessman Russ George, a group of villagers dumped 100 metric tons (110.23 tons) of iron dust from a boat into the Pacific Ocean...8/30

Greenland Canyon

NASA Data Reveals Mega-Canyon Under Greenland Ice Sheet

(Science Daily) Data from a NASA airborne science mission reveals evidence of a large and previously unknown canyon hidden under a mile of Greenland ice. The canyon has the characteristics of a winding river channel and is at least 460 miles (750 kilometers) long, making it longer than the Grand Canyon (Click here for larger image)...8/29

Black Hole EatingMilky Way's Giant Black Hole Spits Out Its Food

(LiveScience) The colossal black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy is a messy eater. Of all the gas that falls toward the black hole, 99 percent gets spewed back out into space, new observations show, making the black hole akin to a toddler whose food ends up mostly on the floor, rather than his mouth...8/29

Other Stories

People in Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana pay the highest sales taxes in the nation

(The Washington Post) If you’ve ever traveled to Tuba City, Ariz., a Native American enclave about 80 miles north of Flagstaff, you might have noticed the area’s unusually high sales tax...8/29

Out there

Frozen Wood FrogThe Secret of the Frozen Frogs

(Science Magazine) To call wood frogs hardy would be an understatement. The species (Rana sylvatica) can survive winter temperatures that freeze up to two-thirds of the water in their bodies...8/29