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(Science Magazine) Better batteries paved the way for half-decent electric cars. Making improved versions viable for the mass market will depend on a suite of advanced battery technologies now in labs around the globe...But at the Richland meeting, a couple of groups reported steady progress. For example, Chengdu Liang, a chemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, announced that he and his colleagues have come up with a bromine-based electrolyte additive to fight Li2S buildup...6/24

Climate change could give Californian wine producers a headache

(EnvironmentalResearchWeb) According to simulations run by Noah Diffenbaugh of Stanford University and his colleagues at Utah State University, Southern Oregon University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, if adaptation strategies are not adopted, the area suitable for premium winegrape production in California could be reduced over the next 30 years, by as much as 50% in some counties...6/30

Student pursues breakthrough in supercomputing

(Phys.Org) A Northeastern University undergraduate is leading the development of a new process that will make it possible for certain supercomputers to save their data midway through a computation... "Computers are like a car engine — the more complicated they are, the more likely they are to break," said Greg Kerr, a sophomore computer science major. This summer, [Gene] Cooperman and several of his doctoral students are working at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where some of the nation’s most advanced supercomputers are located, and Kerr believes his work will soon be ready to be applied to those computations...6/29


Department of Energy Announces New Partnerships to Support Manufacturing Job Training

(DOE Press Release) o complement the Obama Administration's launch last week of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced a series of new manufacturing job training partnerships using the Department of Energy's National Training and Education Resource (NTER)...6/29

Arizona WildfiresCould Be Days Before Wildfire's Effects on N.M. Lab Are Known

(Fox News) Los Alamos nuclear laboratory officials say it could be a few days before they'll know the extent of how experiments at the facility that created the first atomic bomb have been affected by a shutdown caused by a 125-square mile wildfire...6/30

State & Regional

MoneyAnnual report finds TN government wasted $371 million this year

(WBIR) Officials with the Tennessee Center for Policy Research released their 2011 Tennessee Pork Report on Tuesday. According to a release, the watchdog groups found state and local governments in the state of Tennessee wasted $371 million over the past year...6/29


Round 1 in Appeals of Health Care Overhaul Goes to Obama

(New York Times) The Obama administration prevailed Wednesday in the first appellate review of the 2010 health care law as a three-judge panel from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that it was constitutional for Congress to require that Americans buy health insurance...6/29

Housing market turning around in several rural states

(USA Today) The housing market is hurting nationally, but it appears to be marching toward recovery in a handful of mostly rural states, economic forecasters say...6/29

East Tennessee

NRC issues licenses to import German nuclear waste; EnergySolutions to burn waste in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission three weeks ago approved EnergySolutions' application to import up to 1,000 tons of low-level radioactive waste from Germany, and today the NRC issued the necessary import/export licenses that will allow the company to ship the waste to Oak Ridge to incinerate at its waste-processing facility on Bear Creek Road.

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

6/29 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
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  • EIA chief defends agency's gas projections
  • Study may clear way for GOM sale in 2012
  • DOE delays appliance-standards deadline
  • Governors urge caution on fuel-saving rules
  • BLM to block mining claims in solar 'zones'

science & technology

New Species of LobsterHundreds of new species found in Philippines

(Phys.Org) Lobsters without shells and a small shark that bulks up with water to scare off predators are among hundreds of potential new species found in the Philippines, according to a US-led biodiversity survey...6/30

Homo erectus palaeogeographyHuman Ancestor Older Than Previously Thought; Finding Offers New Insights Into Evolution

(Science Daily) Modern humans never co-existed with Homo erectus -- a finding counter to previous hypotheses of human evolution -- new excavations in Indonesia and dating analyses show...6/29

Samsung PhonesSamsung seeks import ban on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

(CNN Money) The legal battle began in April when Apple (AAPL) filed a suit in California accusing Samsung of "slavishly" copying its iPhone and iPad designs has gone nuclear...6/30

Review: HP TouchPad makes a mediocre tablet

(BizSmart) (Video at link) A year after Hewlett-Packard Co. purchased flailing Palm, the technology behemoth is rolling out the first tablet that uses Palm’s webOS operating system. The July 1 release should be a triumph for HP, showcasing its ability to compete in the increasingly crowded tablet market. Yet while the TouchPad’s software is beautiful and intuitive, overall the tablet is more of a "meh-sterpiece" than a masterpiece...6/30

Other Stories

The Best Places In America For Business And Careers

(Forbes) Looking for opportunity? Head west to Colorado, Texas and Utah, which all landed multiple locales near the top of our 13th annual list...6/29

Kahlotsu PrairieSix New Natural Landmarks Named

(National Geographic) Lake Bill Chinook in central Oregon is now part of The Island, one of six new national natural landmarks designated last week by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. "One of the major goals of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative is to develop a conservation ethic for the 21st century," Salazar said in a statement...6/28