Friday, October 26, 2012
ORNL in the News

United WayORNL’s United Way campaign tops $900,000

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory raised more than $914,000 in its 2012 United Way campaign, which supports charitable agencies throughout the area...10/25

Beierschmitt: 'We're really encouraged'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Kelly Beierschmitt, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's associate lab director for neutron sciences, last night said the Spallation Neutron Source team is further investigating a "promising lead" on the problem in the SNS Target Facility...10/25

DOE

B&W offers jobs to all Y-12 guards

(Knoxville News Sentinel) B&W Y-12, which is absorbing the protective force services role at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant following the termination of the WSI-Oak Ridge subcontract, said the transition is "going very well."...10/26

State & Regional

'Fix the Debt' Tennessee campaign has backing of Govs. Dunn and Bredesen

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Two Tennessee governors, a one-time congressman and a host of business leaders are backing an effort to pressure Washington lawmakers to reduce the federal debt...10/25

ID CardTennessee voter ID law upheld; library card ruled OK

(WVLT) The Tennessee Court of Appeals has upheld the state's new law requiring voters to show photo identification at polling places and ruled that election officials must accept an ID issued by the Memphis library...10/25

National

In rare show of unity, U.S. CEOs call for deficit fix

(Reuters) Chief executives of more than 80 big U.S. corporations, including Goldman Sachs, Cisco Systems and Boeing, joined forces to press Congress to reduce the federal deficit in a rare show of broad corporate unity...10/25

NOAA to East: Beware of coming 'Frankenstorm'

(USA Today) An unusual nasty mix of a hurricane and a winter storm that forecasters are now calling "Frankenstorm" is likely to blast most of the East Coast next week, focusing the worst of its weather mayhem around New York City and New Jersey...10/25

East Tennessee

BlackwoodAppeals court orders up new judge in Christian/Newsom case

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Thrust into the legal chaos of one of Knoxville's most high-profile criminal cases following the demise of one of its most high-profile judges, Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood did his best to be fair but ultimately raised too many questions about his objectivity, an appellate court ruled Thursday...10/26

energy & science policy

Society of Manufacturing Engineers Receives U.S. Department of Energy Grant to Focus on Energy Conservation

(Midland Daily News) The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has been granted $292,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to partner SME Student Chapters with existing Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) at universities nationwide...10/25

Algae biofuel not sustainable now, review says

(NBC News) Biofuels made from algae, promoted by President Barack Obama as a possible way to help wean Americans off foreign oil, cannot be made now on a large scale without using unsustainable amounts of energy, water and fertilizer, the U.S. National Research Council reported on Wednesday...10/25

Federal Budget Limits Affect Scientific Conferences

(New York Times) After General Services Administration workers were found splurging on hotels, food and catering for a regional conference near Las Vegas two years ago, the Obama administration imposed new guidelines that limit the amount of money that federal agencies can spend on such events...10/23

science & technology

Not-So-Permanent Permafrost: 850 Billion Tons of Carbon Stored in Frozen Arctic Ground Could Be Released

(Science Daily) As much as 44 billion tons of nitrogen and 850 billion tons of carbon stored in arctic permafrost, or frozen ground, could be released into the environment as the region begins to thaw over the next century as a result of a warmer planet, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey...10/25

LucyAncestor Lucy Spent Time in Trees

(Discovery News) Our closest known relative 3.3 million years ago was a half-human, half-ape species that could both walk on the ground and swing through the trees, suggests a new study...10/25

Other Stories

80 year old invents anti-texting device

(WBIR) A Claiborne County man has come up with an invention to make it easier to resist the temptation to text behind the wheel...His drawings show how it's installed in a car, wired to the ignition so it is on when the car is on. It blocks incoming and outgoing calls and texts...10/25