Roundup 12/9: Hot Stuff on the Menu Edition

Australia is trying a peer-to-patent system in which the public reviews patent applications online, similar to a system in place in the United States.

Legendary California energy efficiency scientist Art Rosenfeld, born in 1927, is retiring from the California Energy Commission. Rosenfeld is considered the father of energy efficiency in the United States.

Deputy White House Drug Czar Thomas McLellan, an addiction scientist, has been given the Founders' Award from the American Association of Addiction Psychiatry.

A six-person delegation of scientists including officials from AAAS, which publishes this blog, and the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation arrives tomorrow in North Korea for 5 days of talks with government researchers and officials.