Thursday, October 11, 2012
ORNL in the News

Government Pumps $20 Million into Manufacturing

(MoneyTalks News) Yesterday, President Obama’s administration announced grant-winning partnerships designed to “support local efforts to spur job creation...the Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping Center of East Tennessee, a project of Technology 2020, the Tennessee Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pellissippi State Community College, and the University of Tennessee. ($2,391,778)..10/10

Neutron Crystallography Aids Drug Design

(HeraldOnline) Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have used neutron crystallography for the first time to determine the structure of a clinical drug in complex with its human target enzyme...Researchers include Zoe Fisher and Mary Jo Waltman of the Los Alamos Bioenergy and Environmental Science group, Andrey Kovalevsky formerly of Los Alamos and currently at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Robert McKenna, David Silverman and Mayank Aggarwal of the University of Florida

DOE

Attorneys for Plowshares protesters request another month to file motions in Y-12 case

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Attorneys representing three protesters arrested on federal charges for a July 28 intrusion at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant have asked for more time to file motions in the high-profile case...10/9

State & Regional

Natural gas sees growing role for TVA

(Decatur Daily) The Tennessee Valley Authority’s reliance on coal has dropped and the use of natural gas as fuel to generate electricity has increased. According to The Commercial Appeal, TVA’s use of gas climbed 70 percent in the fiscal year just ended...10/10

Judge issues restraining order against HRC Medical Centers

(The Tennessean) A state judge today issued a temporary restraining order requested by the Tennessee attorney general’s office against HRC Medical Centers Inc., a $60 million hormone replacement company that the agency found to have imperiled the health of thousands of consumers...10/10

National

Supreme Court takes up affirmative action

(CBS News) ...The Supreme Court today will hear an hour of arguments in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which asks the court to rule on whether the university's consideration of race in admissions is constitutional...10/10

Turkey warns Syria of stronger response over shelling

(BBC News) Turkey's top military commander has warned Syria that it will respond with greater force if it continues its cross-border shelling...10/10

Calls for oversight grow as U.S. meningitis scare widens

(Reuters) Pressure mounted for greater regulation of a little known corner of the pharmaceuticals industry in response to a meningitis scare that widened to 11 states on Wednesday with the first case confirmed in Idaho...10/10

energy & science policy

Top Democrat on Appropriations Committee Outlines Impacts on R&D from Funding Cuts

(AIP) Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, has outlined what he anticipates will be the impacts of dramatic reductions in departmental and agency budgets that are scheduled to occur on January 2, 2013...10/10

science & technology

Julius Caeser Stabbing SiteSpanish researchers find the exact spot where Julius Caesar was stabbed

(PhysOrg) A concrete structure of three meters wide and over two meters high, placed by order of Augustus (adoptive son and successor of Julius Caesar) to condemn the assassination of his father, has given the key to the scientists...10/10

Cambrian FossilCambrian Fossil Pushes Back Evolution of Complex Brains

(Science Daily) Complex brains evolved much earlier than previously thought, as evidenced by a 520-million-year-old fossilized arthropod with remarkably well-preserved brain structures...10/10

Evolution: Hunting Began 1.5 Million Years Ago, Says Scientist

(ABC News) The child was only two years old, or maybe even younger, when many months of hunger took its toll. He or she finally collapsed and died, ending a short and difficult life...10/11

Other Stories

YousufzaiDoctors Remove Bullet From Pakistani Girl Activist

(ABC News) Pakistani doctors successfully removed a bullet Wednesday from the neck of a 14-year-old girl who was shot by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, a government minister said...10/9

Irish Oil WellIreland 'close to oil billions'

(BBC News) Ireland is on the verge of securing revenue from oil that could run into billions of pounds. Providence Resources Plc, an Irish and UK company, has confirmed its Barryroe site, 30 miles off the Cork coast, should yield 280m barrels of oil...10/10