Friday, February 8, 2013
ORNL in the News

Innovation Valley Unveils Blueprint 2.0

(Equities.com) ...On Wednesday the Innovation Valley board and partners debuted Innovation Valley Blueprint 2.0...Recently named the #1 area in the United States for green growth by Brookings Institution, the Innovation Valley is home to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, the Y-12 National Security Complex, Scripps Network Interactive, Pilot Flying J, and many more world-class businesses.

ORNL scientists solve mercury mystery, Science reports

(e! Science News) By identifying two genes required for transforming inorganic into organic mercury, which is far more toxic, scientists have just taken a significant step toward protecting human health...2/7

Superbowl delays could've been prevented with LED lights, claims E. Tenn company

(WBIR)..."When we saw the lights go back on, one of the things I thought about was this company LED North America," said ORNL researcher Dr. James Klett. "Their LED technology could've solved some of the problems of the lights taking so long to turn on."...2/6

 

DOE

Meghan RiceY-12 protesters in court on sabotage charges

(WATE) There was another step Thursday in the federal case against peace protesters facing charges for breaking in to the Y-12 National Security Complex...

State & Regional

TN school voucher issues ripple far

(The Tennessean) When deciding whether to support Gov. Bill Haslam’s school voucher proposal, state lawmakers will need to consider if ultimately allowing 20,000 students to take advantage of vouchers is really the best use of public money, a Vanderbilt University professor said Thursday...2/8

National

Panetta, Dempsey defend U.S. response to Benghazi attack

(CNN) A testy exchange erupted on Thursday between Sen. John McCain and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey during the latter's testimony about September's deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya...2/7

John BrennanCIA nominee pressed on U.S. drone policy, waterboarding

(Reuters) John Brennan, President Barack Obama's nominee for CIA director, said on Thursday he did not try to stop waterboarding, an interrogation technique that some consider torture, as he faced tough congressional questioning on that issue, security leaks and the use of drones to kill U.S. terrorism suspects...2/7

energy & science policy

Energy Department, Treasury Announce Availability of $150 Million in Tax Credits for Clean Energy Manufacturers

(Energy.gov) As part of President’s Obama’s all-of-the-above approach to American energy, the U.S. Departments of Energy and the Treasury today announced the availability of $150 million in Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for clean energy and energy efficiency manufacturing projects across the United States...2/7

science & technology

Boeing 787NTSB: Boeing Tests Should Have Revealed Fire Danger and Did Not

(ABC News) Tests by Boeing that were approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before the 787 Dreamliner was certified to fly showed minimal danger of smoke, let alone fire -- and the FAA should find out why, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said today...2/7

Space RibbonScientists Begin to Unravel Gigantic Space Ribbon

(National Geographic) In 2009 astronomers using NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft accidently came across a giant ribbon-like formation snaking its way across the boundary between our solar system and interstellar space...2/6

Quantum NetworksScientists Create 'Building Block' of Quantum Networks

(Science Daily) A proof-of-concept device that could pave the way for on-chip optical quantum networks has been created by a group of researchers from the US...2/8

Other Stories

US newspapers accused of complicity as drone report reopens security debate

(The Guardian) US news organisations are facing accusations of complicity after it emerged that they bowed to pressure from the Obama administration not to disclose the existence of a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia despite knowing about it for a year...2/6

Out there

3D PrinterScientists 3-D Print With Human Embryonic Stem Cells

(Popular Science) 3-D printers can produce gun parts, aircraft wings, food and a lot more, but this new 3-D printed product may be the craziest thing yet: human embryonic stem cells...2/5