Wednesday, January 11, 2012
ORNL in the News

Oak Ridge National Lab plant upgrades energy performance

(WBIR) Many have taken steps to make their homes more energy efficient. Oak Ridge National Lab is doing the same thing on a much larger scale...1/10

Texas congressman Ralph Hall visits ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and the oldest member in Congress, was in town Tuesday for his first tour of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Hall was accompanied by U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., who welcomed the Texas congressman during a pre-tour meeting with the news media and called ORNL a "critically important" research institution...1/11




Judge dismisses whistleblower lawsuit

(TriCity Herald) A lawsuit brought by Hanford whistleblower Walter Tamosaitis against Bechtel National was dismissed Tuesday. Judge Craig Matheson of Benton County Superior Court dropped the case with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled...The ruling does not affect a second case filed by Tamosaitis in U.S. District Court against URS and the Department of Energy...1/11

NREL unveils U.S. renewable energy atlas

(SolarServer) On January 6th, 2012 the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL, Golden, Colorado, U.S.) unveiled a new interactive geospatial application which allows users to map potential renewable energy resources in the United States...1/11

State & Regional

Haslam calls for tax cuts on inheritances, groceries

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Gov. Bill Haslam has proposed to incrementally lower both the Tennessee sales tax on groceries and the state inheritance tax as part of a package of 55 bills his administration will push in the legislative session that began Tuesday...1/10





Mitt RomneyRomney takes New Hampshire primary; Paul comes in second

(CBS News) Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, overcoming harsh attacks from his rivals to complete an unprecedented sweep of the first two states on the GOP nominating calendar...1/11

U.S. Futures Point to Flat Open

(Wall Street Journal) U.S. stock futures were little changed Wednesday, with investors keeping a nervous eye on Europe's debt crisis while awaiting the Federal Reserve's Beige Book report on the U.S. economy...1/11

East Tennessee

'Humbled' and 'overwhelmed', Knoxville couple chosen to get new home by ABC's 'Extreme Makeover'

( Daniel Watson stood outside his white farmhouse with its sinking foundation and leaky roof Tuesday, cradling 2-year-old son Silas as a dozen or more strangers gathered in the family yard....1/10

energy & science policy

Letter to House Leadership Seeks Changes in “Troubling Provisions” of GRANT Act

(AIP) Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Rep. David Price (D-NC) have sent a Dear Colleague to other Members of the House asking them to sign a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) regarding H.R. 3433, the Grant Reform and New Transparency Act of 2011. The letter asks that "troubling provisions be addressed before the House acts on this bill."...1/10

science & technology

James CrowJames F. Crow, Population Genetics Pioneer, Dies at 95

(New York Times) James F. Crow, a leader in the field of population genetics who helped shape public policy toward atomic radiation damage and the use of DNA in the courtroom, died last Wednesday at his home in Madison, Wis. He was 95. The cause was congestive heart failure, his daughter Catherine Rasmussen said. ...1/10

RoboticsRobotics: Morals and machines

(Nature News) Fantastically complex technological systems now criss-cross Earth, harnessing nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, applied cognitive science and, of course, robotics. How do we regulate such systems?...1/5

Other Stories

Kodak Sues Apple, HTC For Patent Infringement

(Forbes) Kodak on Tuesday announced that it has filed suits against both Apple and HTC alleging infringement of a number of digital imaging technology patent...1/10

Motorola and Intel enter into a multi-year, multi-device agreement for Intel-based devices

(BGR) Motorola joined Intel on stage at the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday, with the two companies announcing a major agreement. Motorola and Intel have entered into a multi-year, multi-device strategic partnership to incorporate Intel chips into Motorola’s Android tablets and smartphones...1/10

Out there

LG's Beer Blast Chiller In Action

(Popular Science) There is 31 cubic feet of space inside LG's new top-of-the line refrigerator—plenty of room to squeeze in a nifty new blast chiller. Siphoning cold air up from the freezer while gently rocking two beer cans or a bottle of wine, it'll blast chill a room temperature beverage down to 42 degrees Fahrenheit...1/10