Thursday, November 21, 2013
ORNL in the News

John F. KennedyTennessee lab hosted secretive JFK assassination investigation

(The Denver Channel) While the nation was still mourning the death of President John F. Kennedy, Frank Dyer was secretly working in a room at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to help solve the young president's murder. Before him lay lead fragments from the bullets that had cut down the president and paraffin casts made from the hands and face of the suspected assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald...11/20

 

 

Stabilization of hot cells facility at ORNL completed

(Oak Ridge Today) UCOR has finished installing permanent electrical equipment at the 3026 hot cells facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...11/20

UAVORNL Uses Titanium to Make Tiny UAV Engines Hugely Efficient

(Daily Fusion) Oak Ridge National Laboratory engineers are trying to improve efficiency and performance in tiny engines in remote-controlled airplanes that have applications for aerial military surveillance...11/20

DOE

U.S. Department of Energy : Energy Department Expands Research into Methane Hydrates, a Vast, Untapped Potential Energy Resource of the U.S.

(4-Traders) Today, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced nearly $5 million in funding across seven research projects nationwide designed to increase our understanding of methane hydrates...11/20

GAO confirms new protest by B&W-led team on Y-12/Pantex contract award

(Knoxville News Sentinel) B&W-led Nuclear Production Partners has filed another protest on the Y-12/Pantex contract award, adding more intrigue to the long-running battle over a $22 billion government contract...11/20

National

Afghan president will defer signing US deal

(AP) Afghanistan's president said he backs a security deal with the United States but told a gathering of elders on Thursday that if they and parliament approve the agreement it should be signed after next spring's elections...11/21

State & Regional

TVA payments fall to states, localities

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Falling fuel prices may be benefitting consumers with cheaper electric bills, but the decline in power sales is projected to cost state and local governments in the Tennessee Valley another $25 million this year from one of its biggest taxpayers...11/21

energy & science policy

Policy: Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims

(Nature News) Calls for the closer integration of science in political decision-making have been commonplace for decades. However, there are serious problems in the application of science to policy — from energy to health and environment to education...11/20

science & technology

China's Latest Cyberweapon Unveiled, Tianhe-2 Is Huge, Fast And Dangerous

(International Business Times) The Chinese military has unveiled its latest supercomputer, and the People's Liberation Army, which is suspected in numerous cyberattacks on U.S. government agencies and corporations, said that it's twice as fast as the previous speediest computer...11/20

Impact Crater"Mind-Blowing" Discovery: Oldest Body of Seawater Found in Giant Crater

(National Geographic) Scientists drilling the United States' biggest crater have tapped into the oldest body of seawater ever found. They weren't expecting to find the ancient water, estimated to be 100 to 145 million years old, while boring a hole 1.1 miles (1.8 kilometers) deep into the massive crater, located under the Chesapeake Bay...11/20

ERVNeanderthal Viruses Found in Modern Humans

(Science Daily) Ancient viruses from Neanderthals have been found in modern human DNA by researchers at Oxford University and Plymouth University. The researchers compared genetic data from fossils of Neanderthals and another group of ancient human ancestors called Denisovans to data from modern-day cancer patients...11/19

Other Stories

Capital gains: Spending on contracts and lobbying propels a wave of new wealth in D .C.

(The Washington Post) So much money to be had if you know where to look. The avalanche of cash that made Washington rich in the last decade has transformed the culture of a once staid capital and created a new wave of well-heeled insiders...11/19