Monday, February 13, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL Scientists Mentor Students for FIRST Robotic Competition

(AZ Robotics) Scientists and engineers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will mentor and assist students from eight schools for the FIRST Robotic competition, which invites science and engineering high school students...2/13

ORNL supported GE's hybrid water heater

(Knoxville News Sentinel) General Electric last week announced opening of a new $38M manufacturing facility for the GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater. It'll be located at Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky. Oak Ridge National Laboratory collaborated with GE in testing and marketing the new water heater...2/12

DOE

Energy Dept needs overhaul of loan oversight-review

(Reuters) The U.S. Energy Department relies on too many consultants and committees for managing its loans and needs to beef up its management, concluded a review commissioned by the White House in the wake of publicity over failed solar panel maker Solyndra...2/10

Giant Y-12 project in spotlight at budget time

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The annual release of the president's budget request is always a big deal in Oak Ridge, where federal dollars are like oxygen...2/13

State & Regional

TN bill could lead to no-bid contracts

(Tennessean) A bill in the Tennessee legislature could give the state's new procurement officer broad discretion to award contracts without competitive bidding, a change that critics say would upend decades of practice...2/13

National

Obama administration slows environmental rules as it weighs political cost

(Washington Post) After pushing through some of the most sweeping and contentious environmental measures in years, the Obama administration has slowed action on several policies as it calculates what it should undertake before the end of the term..2/12

East Tennessee

Organizing for success: City to train residents in hopes of improving neighborhoods

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The city of Knoxville on Friday unveiled a new set of initiatives to train residents in how to effectively run neighborhood-led organizations. David Massey, Knoxville's Office of Neighborhoods coordinator, is optimistic the efforts will pay big dividends for quality of life in the city...2/13

energy & science policy

House panel blocks sale of E15

(Bloomberg) The Science Committee in the House of Representatives has a approved a bill that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from allowing the use of gasoline with a higher ethanol content without additional study...2/9

science & technology

Drug Quickly Reverses Alzheimer's Symptoms in Mice

(Science Daily) Neuroscientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have made a dramatic breakthrough in their efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease...2/9

MitosisA Mitosis Mystery Solved: How Chromosomes Align Perfectly in a Dividing Cell

(Science Daily) Like Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, Tomomi Kiyomitsu used his keen powers of observation to solve a puzzle that had mystified researchers for years: in a cell undergoing mitotic cell division, what internal signals cause its chromosomes to align on a center axis?...2/12

Other Stories

Grammy Awards Honors Whitney Houston

(ABC News) After an opening number by Bruce Springsteen, the 54th Grammy Awards addressed what was on every viewers mind: the death of Whitney Houston the day before...2/13

General Electric SignGE to hire 5,000 U.S. veterans, investing in plants

(Reuters) General Electric Co plans to hire 5,000 U.S. military veterans over the next five years and to invest $580 million to expand its aviation footprint in the United States this year...2/13

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