Wednesday, November 27, 2013
ORNL in the News

3D Systems Provides Cube 3D Printers to FIRST® Robotics Teams

(CEN) 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) today announced that it received an order for several hundred Cube® 3D printers for inclusion in Dean Kamen's FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) Kit of Parts, sponsored by America Makes, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the United States Department of Education. For the first time in the competition's history, FRC offers 3D printers to competing teams as part of their toolbox...11/25


FiskerFisker Automotive Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, U.S. Department of Energy to Lose $139 Million

(Auto World News) Fisker Automotive has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this weekend. Hybrid Technology, an investor group headed by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, is purchasing all of Fisker's assets, according to the automaker....11/26

State & Regional

Tennesseans can now access driving records online

(WATE) State officials are giving Tennessee residents an online option to access driving records. The Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced this week that it has launched an online service that allows people to download or print copies of their official driving records by going to


U.S. flies two warplanes over East China Sea, ignoring new Chinese air defense zone

(The Washington Post) The Pentagon announced Tuesday that it had defied Beijing by flying two warplanes over the East China Sea on a training exercise, ignoring a recent edict from China that it be informed in advance of any such flights in the region...11/27

East Tennessee

Federal judge signs off on $85M Pilot Flying J settlement

(The Tennessean) A federal judge on Monday quickly approved a growing $85 million settlement of a series of lawsuits charging Pilot Flying J with cheating truckers out of promised rebates. U.S. District Judge James M. Moody signed off on the package following a 30-minute hearing in a Little Rock federal courtroom...11/26

energy & science policy

GrifoEPA Hires Scientific Integrity Advocate

(Science Magazine) For more than a decade, Francesca Grifo of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) advocated for improving scientific integrity policies at government agencies. When she commented on a draft of the policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2011, she wrote: “These are great principles but how will this happen?...11/25

science & technology

US Methane Levels Higher Than Thought

(LiveScience) Thanks in large part to gas wells and cow farms, the United States is spewing 50 percent more methane, a potent greenhouse gas, than previous estimates have measured, according to a new study...11/26

LHC plans for open data future

(Nature News) When the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is humming along, the data come in a deluge. The four experimental detectors at the facility, based at CERN, Europe’s particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, collect some 25 petabytes of information each year...11/27

Give Thanks? Science Supersized Your Turkey Dinner

(WIRED) Your corn is sweeter, your potatoes are starchier and your turkey is much, much bigger than the foods that sat on your grandparents' Thanksgiving dinner table. Most everything on your plate has undergone tremendous genetic change under the intense selective pressures of industrial farming...11/27

Other Stories

UN advances Internet privacy resolution

(PhysOrg) After months of reports about U.S. eavesdropping abroad, the U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Brazil and Germany to protect the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance in the digital age...11/26