(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge has a well-known mercury problem, amplified by warning signs along East Fork Poplar Creek. East Fork has been posted as a hazard since 1982 because of large-scale mercury releases during Cold War operations at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, where the creek originates...4/6
(AAAS)...Hunt mentioned several Dow projects that have benefited from federal R&D investment, including the commercially available Powerhouse Solar Shingles that were developed with the help of Department of Energy funding...and a collaboration with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and others to build lightweight carbon fiber blades for next-generation wind turbines...4/6
(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Steve Womack, R-Ark., vice chairman of the House Appropriations energy and water subcommittee, visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Wednesday...4/5
(Sacramento Bee) Danny Delgado, a teacher at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, has been chosen to take part in the Siemens Teachers as Researchers fellowship program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...4/7
(Chicago Tribune) (Video at Link) Batteries made in America for America and backed by America. That's how politicians hailed Ener1. The company tapped the country's top scientists at Argonne National Lab in Illinois, and U.S. taxpayers pledged up to $118 million in federal stimulus funds and $80 million in state and local incentives to help Ener1 produce cutting-edge battery technology for electric cars and the U.S. military.
State & Regional
(The Tennessean) Only a small portion of the state’s hemlocks — many that are hundreds of years old and stand 10 stories or higher — are expected to survive a scourge of tiny insects that has advanced here from the Northeast...4/9
(WBIR) Just days after the U.S. Supreme Court gave the OK for jailers to strip search anyone who's arrested - regardless of how minor their offense - the sheriff in Tipton County decided that every incoming detainee will be strip searched...4/9
(Washington Post) As most Americans basked in the warmest, sunniest March in half a century, economists stared at the skies with dread:Could good weather portend bad news for the economic recovery? Economists say the mild winter has artificially inflated job growth.
(Washington Post) On the face of it, Iraq’s first springtime since American troops withdrew in December is turning into the most peaceful and promising the country has witnessed in a decade, offering what U.S. and some Iraqi officials say amounts to a vindication of President Obama’s Iraq policy...4/8
(Volunteer TV) Some big recognition for Knoxville. CNN Money named it one of the top ten growing cities in America... Oak Ridge National Laboratory is one reason, with a 1.65 billion dollar budget and 44 hundred employees...4/6
(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting Thursday to discuss delayed construction at TVA's Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor...4/6