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ORNL in the News

Japanese Computer "K"Outlook cloudy for Japan's world-beating supercomputing program

(Asahi.com) After producing a champion of the fast and furious world of supercomputing, Japan's high-octane supercomputer program is facing a murky future...Two other extremely powerful supercomputers under development at U.S. labs, "Sequoia" at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and "Titan" at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will be 20-petaflop machines, or capable of performing calculations two times faster than K, when they are completed next year...7/09

Why Didn't I Think of That?

(Psychology Today) You know the "why didn't I think of that?" feeling when you observe a new idea or process... Xiaohui Cui at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee came up with an idea to better organize information on the internet by making the analogical connection between how information flocks and flows on the internet and "how birds of the same species flock and flow together"...7/10

MesoCoat's CermaClad™ Metal Cladding Technology Wins "Oscar of Innovation" Award

(SpecialChem) MesoCoat Inc., announced that their CermaClad™ high speed metal cladding technology has been awarded with the prestigious R&D 100 Award; this award is widely recognized as the "Oscar of Innovation". MesoCoat partnered with 'Oak Ridge National Laboratory' (ORNL) and 'Edison Materials Technology Center' (EMTEC) for this award; and MesoCoat looks forward to a strong continuing development partnership with both organizations...7/11

St. Albans teacher in prestigious fellowship

(Beaumont Enterprise) A high school science teacher at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans will have some fresh lab experience to bring back to the classroom in September. Glen McCabe was one of 20 teachers from around the country selected for a prestigious two-week fellowship to study at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...7/10

DOE

Y-12 ReportReport: UPF could cost up to $7.5 billion

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In the latest issue of its three-times-a-year publication, Y-12 Report, the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant devotes most of the space to touting the proposed Uranium Processing Facility...7/7

State & Regional

Haslam plans proactive 2nd legislative session

(WBIR) Gov. Bill Haslam plans to take a more proactive approach when the General Assembly meets next year after struggling to catch up with the flood of legislative initiatives in his first session...7/10

East Tennessee

Knox commission chairman pushes for severe weather sirens

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Knox County Commission Chairman Mike Hammond is requesting that county Mayor Tim Burchett investigate if warning sirens for severe weather or an emergency could be beneficial for the region...7/11

National

Casey Anthony Case Fuels Push in States for 'Caylee's Law'

(Fox News) The trial and acquittal of Casey Anthony has spawned a slew of proposed laws named after her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, as lawmakers and their constituents try to extract some measure of reform out of a case that ended -- for many onlookers -- with frustration...7/8

Job Growth Falters Badly, Clouding Hope for Recovery

(New York Times) For the second month in a row, employers added barely any jobs in June, showing that the economic recovery has hit a serious speed bump...7/8

U.S. Suspends $800 Million In Aid To Pakistan

(NPR) The Obama administration's decision to suspend $800 million in aid to the Pakistan's military signals a tougher U.S. line with a critical but sometimes unreliable partner in the fight against terrorism...7/10

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

7/08 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • DOE shakeup marks strategic realignment
  • McConnell picked for DOE fossil-energy post
  • US to pay Xcel $200M for spent-fuel delays
  • Proposed light-bulb repeal a mistake: Chu
  • House accepts alternative-vehicles mandate

science & technology

Vertebrate JawVertebrate Jaw Design Locked Early: Study On Initial Diversification of Jaws Sheds Light On Early Vertebrate Feeding Ecology

(Science Daily) More than 99 per cent of modern vertebrates (animals with a backbone, including humans) have jaws, yet 420 million years ago, jawless, toothless armour-plated fishes dominated the seas, lakes, and rivers. There were no vertebrates yet on land and the recently evolved jawed fishes were minor players in this alien world, some sporting unusual jaw shapes and structures that bear little physical resemblance to modern animals....7/6

Future of U.S. manned spaceflight looks bleak

(Phys.Org) When Atlantis takes off from Kennedy Space Center, it will be the last time NASA launches astronauts aboard a government-built spacecraft for perhaps the rest of this decade...7/10

Other Stories

Artificlal HeartTen Tech Innovations From NASA's Space Shuttle That Trickled Down to Non-Astronauts

(Popular Science) Your life is full of what NASA calls "spinoffs": ideas or products initially designed for NASA's particular (and particularly challenging) uses, but which trickled down to become commercial products...7/8

Tomb of Otters"Tomb of the Otters" Filled With Stone Age Human Bones

(National Geographic) Thousands of human bones have been found inside a Stone Age tomb on a northern Scottish island, archaeologists say. The 5,000-year-old burial site, on South Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands, was accidentally uncovered after a homeowner had leveled a mound in his yard to improve his ocean view...7/7

Sudan splits and science community divides

(Nature News) The imminent partition of Africa's largest country Sudan has meant that several universities that moved north to avoid the worst of the civil war in the early 1990s must now relocate back south...7/8