Tuesday, December 11, 2012
ORNL in the News

Rep. Fattah Tours Oak Ridge National Laboratory - His Sixth National Lab Oversight Trip -- After Neuroscience Address

(KMPH.com) Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02), a leading advocate for national laboratories and Federally sponsored neuroscience research, is touring Oak Ridge National Laboratory today and tomorrow – his sixth on-site, hands-on national lab oversight visit in the past two years...12/10

Exabyte Problem: Climate Scientists Grapple With a Deluge of Data

(IEEE Spectrum) Climate science is a computationally intense discipline....To address this challenge, many groups have started developing tools aimed specifically at helping computing power catch up with the available data. Brian Smith, a software engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, delivered a talk at AGU about one such tool in development called ParCAT...12/10

DOE

Y-12 protesters' trial rescheduled to May

(Oak Ridge Today) The federal trial against the three protesters accused of sneaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex in July and vandalizing a uranium storage building has been reset to May 7...12/10

DOE, National Labs Reveal Sweeping Cloud Strategy

(Information Week) The Department of Energy and its national laboratories released a wide-ranging cloud computing strategy and overview that for the first time pulls together the disparate cloud computing efforts of the agency's 22 national laboratories...12/10

State & Regional

Gov. Haslam: Tenn. will not run health-care exchange

(WBIR) Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced Monday the state will not run a state-based health-care exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act...12/10

National

US sending 20 more F-16s to Egypt, despite turmoil in Cairo

(Fox News) Instability in Egypt, where a newly-elected Islamic government teeters over an angry population, isn't enough to stop the U.S. from sending more than 20 F-16 fighter jets, as part of a $1 billion foreign aid package...12/10

Feds Say 'No' To Partial Medicaid Expansion

(NPR) The Affordable Care Act, as passed by Congress in 2010, assumed that every low income person would have access to health insurance starting in 2014...12/11

Panetta: Syria chemical weapons intelligence has "leveled off"

(CBS News) The Obama administration Tuesday appeared to temper its recent assertions that the Syrian government may be preparing to use chemical weapons, with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta telling reporters the relevant intelligence had "really kind of leveled off."...12/11

East Tennessee

Health care membership program offers patients insurance alternative

(WBIR) An East Tennessee primary care provider is now offering patients a new way to pay. The plan, he says, could cost much less than a traditional insurance plan...12/10

energy & science policy

FY 2013 Defense Authorization Bill: Critical Materials

(AIP) With passage of the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act last week by the Senate, the way is now clear for the House and Senate Defense Authorization Committees to meet in a conference where differences between the two bills will be resolved.  The calendar is working against the conferees...12/10

science & technology

ObamadonAsteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Also Wiped out the 'Obamadon'

(Science Daily) The asteroid collision widely thought to have killed the dinosaurs also led to extreme devastation among snake and lizard species, according to new research -- including the extinction of a newly identified lizard Yale and Harvard scientists have named Obamadon gracilis...12/10

Alan AldaAlan Alda asks scientists to explain: What's time?

(PhysOrg) The actor known for his Emmy-Award-winning work on the TV show "MASH," is a founder of the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University on eastern Long Island. Alda tells The Associated Press the center is sponsoring a contest asking scientists to explain, in terms a sixth-grader could understand: "What is time?"..12/11

Earliest PharaohOldest Pharaoh Carvings Discovered in Egypt

(LiveScience)....The style of the carvings and hieroglyphics place the creation of the images around 3200 B.C. to 3100 B.C., Gatto said. This would have been the reign of Narmer, the first pharaoh to unify Upper and Lower Egypt...12/10

Other Stories

U.S. students continue to trail Asian students in math, reading, science

(Washington Post) Students across the United States have made some gains but continue to lag behind many of their Asian counterparts in reading, math and science, according to the results of two international tests released Tuesday...10/11

Out there

Tiny HouseTiny House, Happy Life?

(National Geographic) Imagine stepping into a house 25 times smaller than your current abode. For the average American, that would amount to 100 square feet, a space so tiny it feels like it belongs in a tree...12/10