ORNL in the News

Car Stickers Reveal More

(Wall Street Journal) (Video at Link) Car shoppers have a new tool to compare the fuel efficiency and cost of new vehicles. All 2013 model vehicles, which are starting to come out as early as this month, are required to have a revised fuel-economy sticker, says Bo Saulsbury, a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which developed and maintains the fueleconomy.gov site for the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency...2/19

Top review of Oak Ridge cleanup projects

(Knoxville News Sentinel) During his visit to Oak Ridge last week, Dept. of Energy Under Secretary D'Agostino reportedly spent a full day with agency's Environmental Management team and visited all three of the major sites on the Oak Ridge Reservation, -- ORNL, Y-12 and the East Tennessee Technology Park..2/19


Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Department of Energy "Bullish" on Combined Heat and Power

(Houston Chronicle) Chu emphasizes efficiency and cost advantages of International District Energy Association Member Thermal Energy Corporation in testimony to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee...2/17

Chrysler drops bid for $3.5 billion Department of Energy loan

(Fox News) Chrysler Group LLC has withdrawn a long-stalled application for a $3.5 billion low interest loan from the US Department of Energy to fund research and tooling to build more fuel-efficient vehicles...2/17

DOE wants whistleblower lawsuit dismissed

(Bellingham Herald) The Department of Energy is asking that a Hanford whistleblower lawsuit filed against it be dismissed. Walter Tamosaitis, the former manager of research and technology at the Hanford vitrification plant, filed a lawsuit in Eastern Washington District U.S. Court in November...2/20


Economic crisis slows U.S. population growth

(USA Today) The U.S. population is growing at the slowest rate since the Great Depression after two decades of robust increases. For two consecutive years since 2009, the population has grown just 0.7% a year, down from annual increases around 1% in previous years and the lowest since the late 1930s.

‘Taxmageddon’ looms at end of payroll tax holiday

(Washington Post/Bloomberg) With Congress voting last week to extend the payroll tax holiday, 160 million workers will be spared an immediate tax hike. But the move leaves them facing an even bigger hit in January, when the holiday ends and the payroll tax joins a long list of levies already set to sharply and abruptly go up...2/18

State & Regional

More TN tort reform may make the 'loser pay'

(The Tennessean) Unsatisfied with landmark tort reform legislation that Gov. Bill Haslam and Republican lawmakers successfully enacted last year, business, insurance and health-care interests continue to push for laws that will reduce their exposure to civil lawsuits...2/20

energy & science policy

FY 2013 Request for the US Geological Survey

(AIP) In a statement introducing the President's FY 2013 budget request, US Geological Survey (USGS) Director Marcia McNutt said: "Our science is increasingly in demand as new energy supplies are developed, competition for water grows, and the cost of natural disasters mounts...2/17

science & technology

Nanopore genome sequencer makes its debut

(Nature News) Technology that its parent company says will sequence a human genome in just 15 minutes opened its first data run to scrutiny today...2/17

ChickensDespite Safety Worries, Work on Deadly Flu to Be Released

(New York Times) The full details of recent experiments that made a deadly flu virus more contagious will be published, probably within a few months, despite recommendations by the United States that some information be kept secret for fear that terrorists could use it to start epidemics...2/17

Other Stories

"No More Weapons"Mexico Unveils ‘No More Weapons!’ Sign Made Of Firearms Along US Border

(CBS News) President Felipe Calderon on Thursday unveiled a “No More Weapons!” billboard made with crushed firearms and placed near the U.S. border. He urged the United States to stop the flow of weapons into Mexico...2/17

John Glenn reunites with Mercury workers who helped launch him 50 years ago this Monday

(Washington Post) John Glenn joined the proud, surviving veterans of NASA’s Project Mercury on Saturday in celebrating the 50th anniversary of his historic orbital flight...2/18

Out there

Plastic PeopleTurning People Into Plastic

(Popular Science) At Dalian Hoffen Bio-Technique Company in northern China, people turn other people into plastic. Plastination is a four-step process during which polymers replace water and fat molecules in biological specimens. Plastinated bodies don't decompose, and museums and medical schools can display them with exposed muscles, veins and brains in exhibits around the world...2/17