Thursday, January 3, 2013
ORNL in the News

Jeff NicholsSupercomputers, Materials and Bears: ORNL Marks Eventful 2012

(Lab Manager) The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory regained the lead in high-performance computing, enjoyed record-setting recognition for its research and became a showpiece for renewable energy technology during 2012...1/2

DOE facilities in Oak Ridge do work for other fed agencies

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The so-called "work for others" programs amounted to almost half a billion dollars in Fiscal 2012 and significantly bolstered the DOE funding base in Oak Ridge and the regional economy. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as usual, was the biggest recipient, receiving about $232 million in FY 2012, which concluded Sept. 30...1/3

DOE

Battelle lands $6 million worth of energy projects

(Akron Legal News) Giant Columbus research facility Battelle has secured approximately $6 million worth of energy projects from the U.S. Department of Energy and the World Bank. The research will be used to address carbon management and oilfield-produced waters...1/3

State & Regional

TennCare doctors will see a boost in reimbursements

(Associated Press) Doctors who treat TennCare patients are getting a New Year's pay raise. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that practitioners in family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics or a related subspecialty will start to be reimbursed at Medicare rates. On average, that is more than 25 percent above what they are paid now...1/1

TVA board to have quorum

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) After leading the Senate to a late nod Tuesday to approve four new TVA board members and give the nation's largest public utility a quorum for the coming year, Tennessee Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker drew a line in the political sand...1/3

National

Bigger fights loom after "fiscal cliff" deal

(Reuters) President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans face even bigger budget battles in the next two months after a hard-fought "fiscal cliff" deal narrowly averted devastating tax hikes and spending cuts...1/2

Obama Signs $633B Defense Bill

(ABC News) President Barack Obama has signed a $633 billion defense bill for next year that tightens penalties on Iran and bolsters security at diplomatic missions worldwide after the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya...1/3

East Tennessee

Bass Pro ShopGun rush hits Knoxville's big-box stores

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Big-box sporting goods retailers are having trouble meeting demand for guns and ammunition of all types from buyers anticipating future shortages and rising prices...1/2

energy & science policy

US fiscal deal leaves science vulnerable

(Nature News) Law-makers in Washington DC greeted the new year with a frantic deal meant to avert a fiscal crisis. But the bill that passed the Senate and the House in pre-dawn votes on 1 and 2 January keeps researchers on tenterhooks for at least another two months by delaying mandatory spending cuts that could threaten science funding...1/2

science & technology

Tar Sand MelterThe Opposite of Mining: Tar Sands Steam Extraction Lessens Footprint, but Environmental Costs Remain

(Scientific American) The challenge of pulling oil from sand near here has typically required scraping away the boreal forest and underlying peat to expose the tar sand deposits below...1/2

Did Lucy Walk On the Ground or Stay in the Trees?

(Science Daily) Much has been made of our ancestors "coming down out of the trees," and many researchers view terrestrial bipedalism as the hallmark of "humanness." After all, most of our living primate relatives -- the great apes, specifically -- still spend their time in the trees...12/31

Solar CellRecord set in solar cell efficiency - with the light of a thousand suns

(NBC News) Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy have created a solar cell that can convert 44 percent of sunlight hitting it into electrical energy, setting a new record for solar cell efficiency. But it was only achieved by multiplying the power of the sun by nearly 1,000...1/2

Other Stories

Employers Must Offer Family Care, Affordable or Not

(New York Times) In a long-awaited interpretation of the new health care law, the Obama administration said Monday that employers must offer health insurance to employees and their children, but will not be subject to any penalties if family coverage is unaffordable to workers...12/31

Out there

dot map of KnoxvilleA Map Of Every Person In The U.S. And Canada

(Popular Science) Here's a pretty cool interactive map made by Brandon Martin-Anderson showing, according to census data, every single person in the United States and Canada. The map uses the 2010 US census and the 2011 Canadian census, for a total of 341,817,095 [dots]...1/3