Wednesday, December 19, 2012
ORNL in the News

German-U.S. partnership constructs solar panel installation in Oak Ridge

(WATE) Members of a partnership between a German solar panel manufacturer, the German government and a Tennessee-based solar panel company installed a new solar panel installation in Oak Ridge..."With our partnership with the Oak Ridge National Lab and our partners here, we will be able to measure just how much more powerful this solar technology is versus previous generations of solar technology," said managing partner Tim Hayes...12/18

DOE

Hanford Challenge critical of DOE

(Tri-City Herald) Hanford Challenge has joined criticism of the Department of Energy for spending eight years on a comprehensive study of cleanup of Hanford's radioactive tank waste without coming to a decision on how to treat all of the waste. The report does not meet legal requirements, the group said...12/16

U.S. to Award $169 Million to Seven Offshore Wind Projects

(Bloomberg News) The U.S. Department of Energy will award as much as $169 million to seven proposed offshore wind projects in six states. The wind farms, off the coasts of Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Virginia, will receive as much as $4 million to complete engineering, site evaluation and other pre- construction work, the Energy Department said today in a statement...12/18

State & Regional

Gun in the TrunkTN lawmakers set to forge ahead on guns-in-trunks bill

(WBIR) Legislation that would make it easier for gun owners to carry their weapons appears to be on track in Tennessee even after last week's school massacre in Newtown, Conn....12/18

National

White House rejects Boehner's fiscal cliff Plan B

(USA Today) With the "fiscal cliff" looming, House Speaker John Boehner presented a plan to fellow GOP lawmakers on Tuesday to move forward with a bill that will raise tax rates for Americans making more than $1 million if they fail to reach a final deal with President Obama...12/18

Review of Benghazi attack faults ‘grossly’ inadequate security, leadership failures

(Washington Post) An independent investigation of the fatal attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Libya on Sept. 11 found that “grossly” inadequate security and reliance on local militias left U.S. diplomats and other personnel vulnerable, the State Department told Congress on Tuesday...12/19

East Tennessee

University of Tennessee Wants To Start Fracking

(WTVF) The University of Tennessee wants to get into the fracking business. It hopes to lease thousands of acres of University-owned forest land to an oil and gas company so it can drill for natural gas...12/18

science & technology

Arctic FoxThe Year in Science Pictures 2012

(Science Magazine) Every week, we post ScienceShots, short news items where the picture is often as stunning as the story itself. Below is a collection of the "Shot" images we've run in 2012...

From Super to Ultra: Just How Big Can Black Holes Get?

(Science Daily) Some of the biggest black holes in the Universe may actually be even bigger than previously thought, according to a study using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory...12/18

Arctic DrillingRace Is On to Find Life Under Antarctic Ice

(National Geographic) A hundred years ago, two teams of explorers set out to be the first people ever to reach the South Pole. The race between Roald Amundsen of Norway and Robert Falcon Scott of Britain became the stuff of triumph, tragedy, and legend...12/18

NIH sends chimps to sanctuary with help from animal activists

(Nature News) In the latest step toward shrinking chimpanzee research in the US, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced on 18 December a plan to retire its stock of 113 research animals from the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) in Louisiana to Chimp Haven, a federally funded sanctuary in Keithsville, Louisiana...12/18

Other Stories

The Unequal State of America: A Reuters series

(Reuters) The federal government has emerged as one of the most potent factors driving income inequality in the United States - especially in the nation's capital...12/18

Oil DerrickAmerican Oil Growing Most Since First Well Signals Independence

(Bloomberg News) The U.S. expanded its oil production this year by the most since the first commercial well was drilled in 1859, upending a belief that Americans were increasingly hooked on foreign crude...12/18

Out there

HydroxyapatiteStem Cell Surgery Led To Bones Growing In Patient's Eye

(Popular Science) Stem cells are sometimes used for anti-aging purposes, the idea being that they'll turn into brand-new tissue and help heal aging cells nearby. But her doctors also used a dermal filler largely made of calcium hydroxylapatite, which happens to trigger stem cells to turn into...well, bone, rather than new tissue. The woman is recovering nicely...12/18