(Oak Ridger) "We are writing to express our deep concern about environmental legacies that remain at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Reservation," the Dec. 22, 2010, letter begins...The "large number of excess, contaminated Cold War-era buildings" pose a barrier to ongoing modernization of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex. "As you know, ORNL and Y-12 are considered to be among our nation's premier science, energy and national security assets," the letter writers remark. "Delays in addressing demolition of DOE's huge legacy facilities are taking valuable resources away from ORNL and Y-12 missions that are vital to our national interest."...12/31
(Knoxville News Sentinel) UT-Battelle, the managing contractor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, scored 94 (out of 100) on its annual report card from the U.S. Department of Energy and received a fee of $10.05 million. The overall rating was the same as fiscal 2009, with the fee up slightly. Jeff Smith, ORNL's deputy director for operations, said UT-Battelle worked very hard to make sure the performance was sufficient to "give DOE every reason to extend our contract."...1/1
(Reve) Concentrating solar power could meet 10% of electricity demand, according to an esteemed American study, although the wider development of this technology will require the construction of several power plants for back-up...1/3
(WBJournal) 2010 will be remembered as the year that Massachusetts became the first in the nation to move forward with offshore wind power. Attaining first mover advantage in offshore wind will give Massachusetts a leg up in the significant job creation that is going to come from this important new energy sector...1/3
(TheCityPaper) As 2011 approaches and the state sees new mayors, public works directors and General Assembly members assume their positions, a grass roots organization is calling attention to Tennessee's infrastructure needs — which total approximately 9,000 projects and $37.3 billion...12/29
(Wall Street Journal) The Republican majority that takes over the House this week plans an ambitious drive to slash government spending by tens of billions of dollars in the next few months, a strategy that ensures that the capital soon will be consumed by intense debate over how and where to reduce the size of government...1/3
(CNN) Obama signed the bill during his Hawaiian vacation, with no signing ceremony held. In a statement issued later, the president said he was "honored" to sign the bill, which pays for health care for responders believed to have been sickened by pollution at the ruins of the World Trade Center in New York...1/2
(Phys.Org) Boston scientists who invented the test and health care giant Johnson & Johnson will announce Monday that they are joining forces to bring it to market. Four big cancer centers also will start studies using the experimental test this year...1/3
(ComputerWorld) Intel on Monday said that it was building a hardware security layer in its next-generation Core chips to prevent streaming movies from being copied.
The chip feature, called Insider, includes an end-to-end protection layer and management feature to unlock high-definition movies from online streaming services, said Karen Regis, consumer Consumer Client Marketing Manager at Intel...1/3
(International Business Times) As the name indicates, Net Neutrality (also known as Network Neutrality or Internet neutrality) is all about creating a neutral internet. The term supports the view that Internet traffic should be treated equally. The term also backs that internet should be an open platform like any other utility used in our home like electricity as Internet has already become part and parcel of our lives and has been indispensable...1/3
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