Friday, August 10, 2012
ORNL in the News

EnerNex Tapped by DOE

(SmartMeters) The United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has contracted EnerNex Smart Grid Labs (SGL) to validate the test framework developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that ensures remote smart meter firmware upgrade schemes are interoperable according to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard...8/9

DOE

Meghan RiceFederal indictment against Y-12 protesters includes new felony charge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A federal grand jury has returned a three-count indictment against three Y-12 protesters, consolidating the previous charges lodged against them and adding another felony count of "depredation" of government property, involving cutting, painting and defacing that resulted in damages exceeding $1,000...8/9

A123 SystemsA123 Rescued by China Firm Draws Scrutiny on Startup

(Bloomberg News) A123 Systems Inc. (AONE)'s financial rescue by China's largest auto-parts maker is fueling renewed scrutiny of the government's funding of clean-energy technology...8/9 [Editor's note: This headline has been changed since the story was originally posted]

State & Regional

GM workers make long-awaited return to Spring Hill

(WBIR) Sherry Creps is glad to be back in Tennessee, helping to make engines at the General Motors plant where she was laid off in late 2009...8/9

National

World Food Prices Surge

(Wall Street Journal) World food prices soared by 6% in July, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday, rebounding after three consecutive months of declines, fuelled by a jump in both grain and sugar prices as a result of unfavorable weather conditions...8/9

Hurricane Ernesto2012 Hurricane Season Now Forecast Above Normal

(ABC News) NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, updating its forecast, said today that this year's Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be above average. "It takes a whole set of conditions to produce a hurricane and right now, that whole set of conditions is favorable," said Gerry Bell, the center's lead seasonal hurricane forecaster...8/9

Economy might be gaining traction, new data suggest

(Washington Post) After a spring and summer of weak economic indicators, a flurry of fresh data suggest key sectors of the economy might be gaining traction, just as the battle for the White House enters the final round...8/9

energy & science policy

Science Societies and State Department Establish a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Expert Partnership

(AIP) On July 25th, ten science organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the US Department of State to establish the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Expert Partnership...8/9

science & technology

KNMER62000New human species identified from Kenya fossils

(BBC News) Researchers studying fossils from northern Kenya have identified a new species of human that lived two million years ago. The discoveries suggests that at least three distinct species of humans co-existed in Africa...8/8 [Editor's note: contrary to the headline, this is not a new species, but a second find of a species that is not well-represented. What is pictured is the new jaw paired with a skull discovered in 1972.]

RapeseedRapeseed biodiesel fails sustainability test

(Nature News) Biodiesels made using rapeseed oil may not be sustainable enough to be used in the European Union (EU), say researchers who question the European Commission's own studies into the fuel source...8/9

Other Stories

Postal Service losses continue

(CNN) The U.S. Postal Service's financial struggles continued into 2012, as the agency reported a $5.2billion loss for the three months ended June 30 despite improved revenue from shipping and packaging...8/9

Google pays $22.5 million to settle Apple Safari charges

(Reuters) Google Inc will pay $22.5 million to settle charges it bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple Inc's Safari browser, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday...8/9

Out there

Spider crawls in woman's ear, lives there for 5 days

(Fox News) That old urban legend about spiders crawling into your orifices while you sleep has come true. A woman who checked into China's Changsha Central Hospital Wednesday (Aug. 8) with an itchy ear learned she had a small spider dwelling in her ear canal, according to news reports.