Monday, December 10, 2012
ORNL in the News

UT-Battelle Angel Tree delivers clothing, gifts for children in need

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Team UT-Battelle Angel Tree effort delivered clothing and gifts to area community agencies and schools this week. The items will brighten the holiday season for 240 needy children...12/6

PIMA Honors ORNL’s André Desjarlais with Lifetime Achievement Award During Association’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

(PR Web) The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) announced today it honored André Desjarlais during the association’s 25th Anniversary Washington Outreach Reception...12/7

Shipments of super-hot, fissile uranium to Nevada could begin in early 2013

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Department of Energy contractors could begin shipping stocks of uranium-233 to the Nevada National Security Site early next year, although DOE said the agency would not -- because of security concerns -- discuss when the shipments from Oak Ridge National Laboratory begin or address the status of shipments as they are being conducted...12/7

DOE

U.S. creates mpg guide for new vehicles

(UPI) Noting that nearly half of the oil used to produce gasoline comes from foreign sources, a joint U.S. report for consumers provided with a 2013 mpg guide...12/7

More charges placed in Y-12 security breach

(Oak Ridger) A federal grand jury in Knoxville has returned a three-count superseding indictment against Michael Walli, Megan Rice and Greg Boertje-Obed, adding an additional count of injuring national-defense premises...12/6

State & Regional

Few Tennesseans may feel tax-increase bite

(WBIR) President Barack Obama's insistence on raising tax rates on upper-income Americans stands as either political opportunism or realistic fiscal policy, depending on where you stand in the ideological spectrum. But if he succeeds, the impact in Tennessee will be concentrated in a relatively few ZIP codes, Internal Revenue Service data show...12/10

Tennessee walking horse reform push continues

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) The battle is still going on to reform the Tennessee walking horse industry. The Humane Society of the United States called last week for 11 Tennessee district attorneys to acquire and test all "foreign substance swab samples" collected from Tennessee walking show horses during 2012 and to prosecute violations under state animal cruelty laws...12/10

National

Supreme Court to take up same-sex marriage

(USA Today) The Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up the explosive issue of same-sex marriage, thrusting itself into a policy debate that has divided federal and state governments and courts, as well as voters in nearly 40 states...12/7

Egypt crisis: Morsi gives army arrest powers before vote

(BBC News) Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has ordered the military to maintain security and protect state institutions in the run-up to a controversial referendum on a new constitution. The army has also been given the power of arrest...12/10

Climate Talks Yield Commitment to Ambitious, but Unclear, Actions

(New York Times) The annual United Nations climate change negotiations concluded here late Saturday after the customary all-night negotiating session and recriminations over who must bear the costs and burdens of a warming planet...12/10

East Tennessee

UT to hold boot camps for farmers market vendors

(WVLT) The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is holding boot camps to help people who sell farm products at farmers markets be more effective...12/10

energy & science policy

Cautious Optimism for Passage of Medical Isotope Legislation

(AIP) Legislation first introduced in 2009 to provide federal assistance for the domestic production of the medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) could be enacted as part of the much larger National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013.  This bill is scheduled to go to a conference in the near future before its final passage by the House and Senate...12/7

science & technology

Black Marble: NASA releases stunning images of Earth

(Science Recorder) A new satellite, which has the unique ability to capture pictures of Earth at night, has revealed its first photos. The satellite is a joint project between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA...12/7

Space X RocketSpaceX to launch military satellites in 2014, 2015

(Los Angeles Times) Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX announced it will launch its first two military satellites in 2014 and 2015. It was a major announcement for the young company and its 41-year-old billionaire founder, Elon Musk, who has been working toward getting military business for years...12/6

Red OchresAfrica's Homo Sapiens Were the First Techies

(Science Daily) The search for the origin of modern human behaviour and technological advancement among our ancestors in southern Africa some 70,000 years ago has taken a step closer to firmly establishing Africa, and especially South Africa, as the primary centre for the early development of human behaviour...12/5

SmokeysSinkholes to peaks: Digital maps paint a new picture of Smokies

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Cades Cove's unique combination of natural beauty and history make it the most popular destination in Great Smoky Mountains National Park...12/10

Other Stories

USDA chief: Rural America becoming less relevant

(AP) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It's "becoming less and less relevant," he says...12/8

Out there

Mayan ProphecyIt's the end of the world as we know it: panic spreads ahead of Mayan prophecy

(Telegraph) Ahead of December 21, which marks the conclusion of the 5,125-year "Long Count" Mayan calendar, panic buying of candles and essentials has been reported in China and Russia, along with an explosion in sales of survival shelters in America. In France believers were preparing to converge on a mountain where they believe aliens will rescue them...12/7