Thursday, January 5, 2012
ORNL in the News

Kraken a 'workhorse' supercomputer

(Knoxville News Sentinel) There are a number of changes currently taking place in ORNL's National Center for Computational Sciences, including upgrades to Gaea and the transformation of Jaguar into Titan, a Cray XK6 machine that could ultimately be a 20-petaflops system...1/4

 

Ken Volkin, biologist of note (1919-2011)

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Elliott "Ken" Volkin, who participated in pioneering biological research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, died Dec. 30. He was 92 years old. According to information provided by ORNL, Volkin was one of the lab biologists who first observed and described messenger RNA...1/4

DOE

A "Cardinal" Partnership: Stanford University & the Energy Department

(DOE Press Release) For over 100 years, Stanford University has advanced knowledge and transformed lives through innovative academic programs, research and outreach...So it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that the Energy Department’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is operated by the incredible researchers at Stanford University...1/3

State & Regional

Tennessee-built Passat boosts Volkswagen 2011 sales

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Volkswagen of America Inc. today reported that 2011 sales were the best in nine years, helped by an strong increase in sales of the Chattanooga-built Passat...1/4

 

National

Solar Panels Compete With Cheap Natural Gas

(NPR) Renewable energy is growing rapidly in the U.S., with wind and solar industries enjoying double-digit growth each year. Part of that growth comes from more homeowners choosing to install solar panels...1/5

East Tennessee

UT shows off gleaming new $37.5 million engineering building

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The first new engineering building on the University of Tennessee campus in nearly half a century will open to students next week, marking the end of nearly three years of construction on the $37.5 million project...1/5

 

energy & science policy

Final Outcome: FY 2012 Appropriations

(AIP) The FY 2012 appropriations cycle concluded on December 23 when President Barack Obama signed into law the second of two large appropriations measures.  The two measures combined all of the FY 2012 appropriations bills...1/4

science & technology

Frontier experiments: Tough science

(Nature News) As the media spotlight shines on the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva and its high-profile hunt for a certain boson, other scientists are pressing forward with experiments that are just as challenging — and just as potentially transformative...1/4

Scientists Seek to Predict the Wind

(Scientific American) In order to make full use of wind power, better predictions of sudden gusts or stillness are needed...1/4

'Nanowiggles:' Scientists discover graphene nanomaterials with tunable functionality in electronics

(Physorg.com) Electronics are getting smaller and smaller, flirting with new devices at the atomic scale. However, many scientists predict that the shrinking of our technology is reaching an end...1/4

NASA Wants to Power Robots With Microbes

(Wired Science) For NASA’s Martian rovers, it seems that bigger is better. The $2.5 billion Curiosity — which is currently whizzing towards the red planet following its November 2011 launch — is five times bigger than twin predecessors Spirit and Opportunity...1/4

To Know, but Not Understand: David Weinberger on Science and Big Data

(The Atlantic) In an edited excerpt from his new book, Too Big to Know, David Weinberger explains how the massive amounts of data necessary to deal with complex phenomena exceed any single brain's ability to grasp, yet networked science rolls on...1/3

Other Stories

Radon and lung cancer

(Knoxville News Sentinel) According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 21,000 Americans die each year from lung cancers related to radon exposures. Radon is reported to be the second leading cause (behind cigarette smoking) of lung cancer...1/4