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Date:9/12/2007

Industrial Energy Efficiency Group led a review of the design and construction proposal of 12 packaged modular boiler systems at NASAs Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. The new facilities are being decoupled from an inefficient central plant by installing 29 individual boilers and six water heaters sized to meet the needs of areas where they are located at the space center. NASA management asked ORNL to review the original construction proposal submitted by Florida Power and Light. The ORNL review and input helped convince NASA to proceed with the project, which replaces a deteriorating infrastructure, reduces maintenance requirements and mission risks, avoids future capital outlays and improves safety. The funding source is the DOE-EERE Federal Energy Management program. [Contact: Fred Strohl, (865) 574-4165; strohlhf@ornl.gov ]


GENETICS -- Tastes great . . .

Different zests for beer might reveal more about alcohols effect on the brain reward system than inherent differences in taste sensitivity, according to findings by a group of researchers led by Judy Grisel of Furman University. In a study using mice at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Grisel and ORNLs Elissa Chesler are attempting to map genes responsible for differences in beer consumption. In our preliminary study, we have two critical findings, said Grisel, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience. There is no significant correlation between the drinking patterns and the allelic status of the taste receptor on Chromosome 2, and many strains of mice voluntarily consumed enough alcohol to become dependent. By studying self-administration of beer, this group has been able to decrease the influence of taste sensitivity that has been a big factor in previous studies in which scientists measured the consumption of alcohol mixed with water. These findings run contrary to widely held beliefs dating back 50 years. The rese
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Contact: Ron Walli
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865-576-0226
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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