Friday, March 9, 2012
ORNL in the News

Electric Charging StationUse of electric charging stations growing in Knoxville

(Knoxville News Sentinel) From March to December 2011, the number of charging stations in Knoxville grew from one to 105. That's second in Tennessee only to Nashville, and greater than Memphis and Chattanooga's respective totals, according to a U.S. Department of Energy report...And 28 more charging stations are expected in Knoxville by June, including 10 solar charging stations in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Biggest Energy Loser sparks "light-bulb moment"

(FierceEnergy) Middle school students in Louisiana, Hawaii and Japan are enjoying learning about energy efficiency through an online pilot curriculum developed by the Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Southern University...3/8

How long, how long on Molten Salt?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As part of the running negotiations among the Dept. of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the parties are discussing fuel removal at the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/8

DOE

Energy Department Announces Next Phase of L Prize® Competition to Create Innovative Energy-Saving Lighting Products

(Energy.gov) As part of the Energy Department’s commitment to driving innovation in U.S. manufacturing and helping American businesses and consumers save money by saving energy, the Department today launched the next phase of the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize ) competition...3/8

Carbon Motors calls Department of Energy loan rejection political fallout

(Detroit Free Press) Officials with an Indiana company intent on producing a vehicle solely for law enforcement reacted angrily this week to news that the U.S. Department of Energy rejected its request for a $310-million loan after more than two years of deliberations...3/8

State & Regional

DesJarlaisLetters contradict DesJarlais' denial that he pushed for swift loan guarantees

(Tennessean) Tennessee's U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Jasper, told Energy Secretary Steven Chu last week that he never asked the Department of Energy to speed up loan guarantees to projects in his district. But that's exactly what he did, according to congressional support letters obtained by USA TODAY...3/9

National

Labor Market Optimism? 'Bubble' States' Job Growth Paves The Way

(Forbes) A string of positive economic data is fueling expectations that Friday’s jobs report will be a solid one, with markets forecasting non-farm payrolls to jump by more than 200,000...3/8

White House Works to Shape Debate Over Health Law

(New York Times) The White House has begun an aggressive campaign to use approaching Supreme Court arguments on the new health care law as a moment to build support for the measure seen as President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, hoping to shape public opinion on an issue at the center of the battle for the White House and Congress...

East Tennessee

Ober GatlinburgOber Gatlinburg closes early, offers discount to customers

(WATE) It's been an unseasonably warm winter, so it's no surprise that Ober Gatlinburg had to close it's doors early. Ober officially closed last Friday. Now, Ober officials are trying to make it up to customers...3/8

energy & science policy

Senate rejects Keystone in 56-42 vote

(The Hill) The Senate has rejected a GOP plan to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline after President Obama made personal calls to Democrats urging them to oppose it...3/8

science & technology

New type of extra-chromosomal DNA discovered

(PhysOrg) A team of scientists from the University of Virginia and University of North Carolina in the US have discovered a previously unidentified type of small circular DNA molecule occurring outside the chromosomes in mouse and human cells...3/9

Apple's New iPad Has Head Start On Retina Displays

(Investor's Business Daily) The most striking feature of the new Apple (AAPL) iPad tablet — unveiled amid typical company fanfare on Wednesday — is its high-resolution Retina display. And competitors will have a tough time matching it for quite a while. The new iPad, which goes on sale March 16, delivers four times the number of pixels as the current iPad 2...3/8

SXSWi welcomes innovators, inventors to Austin

(USA Today) The crew from Google's Android team was huddling late last month to put the final touches on an idea. The annual South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) conference which kicks off today in Austin — one of the hottest tech gatherings of the year — was fast approaching, and the group was toiling on the next phase of digital content for Android phones...3/8

Other Stories

Professor Drives Coast to Coast on Almost No Gasoline

(ABC News) It turns out that Cliff Ricketts, the Tennessee agriculture professor who tried to drive across the country on 10 gallons of gasoline, overestimated. He's completed his trip, from Tybee Island, Ga. to Long Beach, Calif., on just over two gallons of gas. "Everything went right," said Ricketts, by cellphone from Long Beach, where he reported he was in view of the Pacific Ocean. "That's the bottom line."...3/9

Out There

'Weekend at Bernie's'-like case suspects sentenced

(AP) Two men accused of driving their dead friend around the Denver area and running up a bar tab on his account have been sentenced. Robert Young and Mark Rubinson were given two years of probation in connection with the death of 43-year-old Jeffrey Jarrett. They also must perform community service and pay restitution. They had pleaded guilty to abusing a corpse, with Young also pleading guilty to identity theft.