ORNL in the News

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Selects YarcData for Healthcare Fraud Detection Program

(Yahoo Finance) YarcData, a Cray company dedicated to providing "Big Data" graph-analytic solutions to enterprise customers, today announced it was awarded a contract to deliver a uRiKA graph-analytics appliance to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Analysts at ORNL will use the uRiKA system as they conduct research in healthcare fraud and analytics for a leading healthcare payer...11/6

XG Sciences and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Launch Joint-Development Program for Advanced Titanium/Graphene Composite Materials

(Nanowerk) XG Sciences has the capability to mass-produce graphene nanoplatelets in high volume, while ORNL has unique capabilities for low-temperature powder metal processing. Together, the two organizations see exciting opportunities to create advanced titanium-graphene composites...11/6

DOE

Lower Oil, Gasoline Prices Seen for Rest of Year

(NASDAQ) The U.S. government expects lower crude oil and gasoline prices for the rest of the year but anticipates the cost of diesel, heating oil and natural gas will be higher...11/6

U.S. attorneys file motion in case against protestors

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Can protests prevent nuclear war? That was a question that came to mind after reading a motion filed by U.S. attorneys in advance of the trial for three Plowshares protesters who infiltrated the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant July 28 and intentionally defaced the plant's storage facility for bomb-grade uranium...11/7

Stimulus savings at Y-12 used to tackle mercury problem

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Several Recovery Act-funded cleanup projects at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant were reportedly completed ahead of schedule and under budget, creating a pool of savings that's now being used to fund other cleanups at the Oak Ridge plant...11/7

National

ObamaObama defeats Romney to win second term, vows he has 'more work to do'

(Fox News) President Obama won a second White House term Tuesday night, overcoming concerns about the fragile economic recovery to soundly defeat Republican nominee Mitt Romney... 11/7

World worries as U.S. fiscal cliff looms

(CNN) As supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama celebrate his victory, business and monetary leaders around the world sent along their congratulations. But global economic leaders now fret about the task ahead for Washington: The looming "fiscal cliff."...11/7

State & Regional

GOP gets supermajority in Tenn. Senate

(WBIR) Tennessee Republicans have earned their first supermajority in the state Senate. The GOP claimed at least two seats necessary in Tuesday's election to take a 22-11 margin in the upper chamber...11/7

energy & science policy

Election Result Will Have Little Effect on NASA

(Discovery News) The outcome of today's (Nov. 6) presidential election is unlikely to have a profound impact on the future direction of American spaceflight and exploration, experts say...11/6

Subcommittee Questions National Weather Service on Management of Funding

(AIP) The House Committee on Science Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight held a September 12 hearing to examine unauthorized reprogramming of funding within the National Weather Service (NWS)...11/6

science & technology

Fuel economy at all-time high, researchers find

(PhysOrg) Average fuel economy (window-sticker values) of cars, light trucks, minivans and SUVs purchased in October was 24.1 mpg, up from 23.8 in September. The mark sets a new record and is a 20 percent increase (4.0 mpg) from October 2007, the first month of monitoring by UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle...11/6

MicroraptorDragon-Like, Feathered Dinosaur Was Ace Flyer

(National Geographic) Why would a dinosaur with a body built for running have four wings and a long, feathered tail—and how did it use them? Paleontologists have long puzzled over the dragon-like anatomy of the tiny, carnivorous dinosaur called Microraptor that hunted in the forests of China 130 million years ago.

Space X RocketSpaceX Tests Reusable ‘Grasshopper’ Rocket

(TPM) SpaceX, the commercial spacefaring company founded by multi-industrialist Elon Musk, isn’t just basking in the success of its historic two missions this year — the first outer space link-up and first cargo transfer by a private company to the International Space Station...11/6

Other Stories

Employers post fewest job ads in five months

(USA Today) Employers posted fewer job openings in September after advertising more in August than first estimated. The report suggests hiring will likely remain modest in the coming months...11/6

Election PostForeign election officials amazed by trust-based U.S. voting system

(ForeignPolicy.com) For the head of Libya's national election commission, the method by which Americans vote is startling in that it depends so much on trust and the good faith of election officials and voters alike...11/6