(Biofuels Digest) In Tennessee, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the U.S. Coast Guard have embarked on a three year project to determine the highest acceptable levels of biobutanol in gasoline engines, and biodiesel in their diesel plants...1/20
(Thomas Net News) ...finally, here’s a “reality” competition that may be worth your effort. The Department of Energy has created a unique contest called “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator,” and you, dear reader, have a say in the outcome...TrakLok will be using an Oak Ridge National Laboratory-developed technology, to tag, track, locate and communicate with cargo containers, and trailers.
(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded a five-year, $15.8 million contract to Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group to process highly enriched uranium scrap from the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge. The work will be done at B&W's Lynchburg facility, according to information from the company and NNSA...1/19
(WBIR) Dolly Parton is helping bring another big family tourist attraction to the state, this time in Nashville.
Dollywood is teaming up with Gaylord Entertainment to open an entertainment complex across Briley Parkway from The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center...1/19
(Bloomberg) BP, the operator of the Macondo well that caused the worst U.S. oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, may reach a settlement with the U.S. for as much as $25 billion, Morgan Stanley said.
(WATE) The University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus spent a record $153.8 million in research and public service programs for federal and state governments and private industry in fiscal year 2011...1/20
(Science Daily) More than half of the 19,232 species newly known to science in 2009, the most recent calendar year of compilation, were insects -- 9,738 or 50.6 percent -- according to the 2011 State of Observed Species (SOS) report released Jan. 18 by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University...1/18
(National Geographic) For the first time, a death-diving comet has been observed as it vaporized in the sun's atmosphere, thanks to new data from a NASA satellite.
More than a thousand known comets are so-called Kreutz sungrazers, a family of icy bodies that pass very near to the sun's surface on their orbits through the solar system...1/19
(Nature News) Bioengineers have devised a way to produce ethanol from seaweed, laying the groundwork for a biofuel that doesn't sacrifice food crops.
Yasuo Yoshikuni and his colleagues at the Bio Architecture Lab in Berkeley, California, engineered the bacterium Escherichia coli so that it could digest brown seaweed and produce ethanol....1/19
(Forbes) It’s mid-January, and you’re still on track to fulfill your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and lose weight. You finally broke your soda habit, you avert your eyes in the cookie aisle, and you make yourself eat popcorn instead of chips whenever possible...1/20
(Popular Science) If your car is a diesel, it will run. Liquid hydrogen, the fuel that powered the space shuttle’s main engines, could work, says Manuel Martinez-Sanchez, an aeronautics and astronautics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But keeping hydrogen liquid requires maintaining it at a temperature below about –432°F. Storing it in a garage would be tricky, as would keeping it from freezing the engine...1/18
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