Wednesday, December 26, 2012
ORNL in the News

All the right moves needed in education, transportation, industry

Knoxville(Knoxville News Sentinel) Take a good look around. East Tennessee probably won't look the same in another 10 years..."By 2040, the transportation system in our region will need to accommodate almost 300,000 new residents," said Diane Davidson, director of the Center for Transportation Analysis at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. "We're going to need a clean, affordable transportation system that provides mobility and sustainability...12/23

DOE

Energy Department Announces Six Projects to Develop Energy-Saving Windows, Roofs, and Heating and Cooling Equipment

(Energy.gov) As part of the Energy Department’s efforts to help homeowners and businesses save money by saving energy, the Department announced today a $9 million investment in leading-edge building envelope technologies, including high-efficiency, high-performance windows, roofs, and heating and cooling equipment...12/21

 

 

 

National

Hundreds of flights delayed, cancelled as holiday storms travel across country

(NBC News) Some 683 flights were cancelled or delayed early Wednesday as storms across the U.S. continued to cause travel chaos for millions of travelers...12/26

State & Regional

Training under way for new nuclear plant operators

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Utility companies are preparing a new wave of workers to run first-of-their-kind nuclear plants, a process certain to influence how workers are trained on the new technology for decades to come...12/26

 

energy & science policy

LDP's vague nuclear energy policy

(Japan Times) In their policy agreement, the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito have failed to declare that they will aim to eventually end nuclear power generation in Japan...12/26

Congressional Negotiators Drop Biofuel Restrictions in U.S. Defense Bill

(Science Insider) Negotiators from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have dropped a controversial provision blocking the military's ability to develop and purchase advanced biofuels. The deal comes as legislators aim to finalize a bill authorizing the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to spend $633 billion in 2013...12/19


science & technology

South Korea’s president-elect promises science boost

(Nature) Park Geun-hye vows to raise investment in basic research and to accelerate Moon-lander plans...12/22

How Excess Holiday Eating Disturbs Your 'Food Clock'

Sweet Treats(Science Daily) If the sinful excess of holiday eating sends your system into butter-slathered, brandy-soaked overload, you are not alone: People who are jet-lagged, people who work graveyard shifts and plain-old late-night snackers know just how you feel...12/21

 

Other Stories

'Yak insurance' plan saving Nepal's snow leopard

Snow Leopard(Phys Org) The remorse felt by Himali Chungda Sherpa after he killed three snow leopard cubs in retaliation for his lost cattle inspired him to set up a scheme to prevent other herders from doing the same...12/26