Monday, July 9, 2012
ORNL in the News


Chuck Fleishmann and Doc HastingsManhattan Project Park vote set for next week

(Oak Ridger) The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources will convene at 10 a.m. Wednesday to consider and vote on H.R. 5987, a bipartisan bill to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park that will include Oak Ridge, Hanford, Wash., and Los Alamos, N.M...7/6

NRELU.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory celebrates 35th anniversary

(SolarServer)...President Jimmy Carter opened the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) on July 5th, 1977. SERI was approved by Congress and championed by President Carter in large part because of the oil embargo that pushed the price of gasoline from about 36 cents a gallon in 1972 to 62 cents in 1977...7/8

State & Regional

Training in math standards begins across Tennessee

(WVLT) More than 13,000 teachers across the state begin training this week in what education officials describe as the largest program of its kind in Tennessee history...7/9


Obama to push for 1-year extension of Bush tax cuts for middle-class

(CBS News) President Obama will launch on Monday a push to extend the so-called Bush tax cuts for low and middle-income Americans, but he will continue to fight for the cuts to expire on Jan. 1 for people earning more than $250,000.

New Normal? Future Hiring Seen Near June's 80,000

(Investor's Business Daily) With any seasonal distortions from the winter and spring now having run their course, June's weak payroll gain of 80,000 may be closer to the pace the sluggish U.S. economy can produce...7/6

East Tennessee

University of Tennessee studying native grasses

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Sometimes grass is greener on the other side. Especially if it's native, drought-resistant and indifferent to summer heat. After little water in the past month and some fairly intense summer heat, the field of gamagrass at the University of Tennessee's East Tennessee Research and Education Center in Blount County is a breath of spring in a dry July...7/9

KUB discusses pros and cons of burying power lines after storms

(WATE) Power is expected to be restored to all KUB customers affected by the storm by Sunday night. But with storm-damaged power lines taking days to repair, many are wondering - why not bury them?...7/8

energy & science policy

Developments in Washington Regarding Helium and Critical Isotopes

(AIP) Scientists and policymakers have become increasingly alarmed about current and projected shortages of critical materials such as Helium-3, energy-critical elements, and Molybdenum-99. In the last two months, policymakers have moved on several fronts to alleviate projected shortages in helium, molybdenum-99, and other critical isotopes...7/6

States and industry get a legal smackdown on climate

(Ars Technica) Although science and the law both deal with evidence and uncertainty, they approach these issues in ways that are different enough that a courtroom is generally a lousy place for determining the status of a scientific field...7/7

science & technology

Journal retreats from controversial arsenic paper

(Washington Post) Two new studies of controversial research on a bacterium found in California's arsenic-rich Mono Lake led the journal Science on Sunday to say that the 2010 paper it published on the microbe was incorrect in some of its major findings...7/8

Bog Mummies"Frankenstein" Bog Mummies Discovered in Scotland

(National Geographic) In a "eureka" moment worthy of Dr. Frankenstein, scientists have discovered that two 3,000-year-old Scottish "bog bodies" are actually made from the remains of six people. According to new isotopic dating and DNA experiments, the mummies—a male and a female—were assembled from various body parts, although the purpose of the gruesome composites is likely lost to history...7/6

Other Stories

States, Congress rallying for an e-sales tax

(ABC News) Online shopping in the Washington region is about to become more expensive. A wave of states, including Virginia, have passed laws that will require consumers to pay sales tax on all Internet purchases as soon as next year. Other states and the District are pursuing similar measures. And in Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) wants to go further and levy a tax on songs and other digital products bought through popular sources such as iTunes...7/8