Monday, August 1, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL’s LandScan population dataset licensed to East View Cartographic

(Directions Magazine) East View Cartographic (EVC) has entered into an exclusive distributorship license with UT-Battelle for an award winning population distribution database. The LandScan High Resolution Global Population Data Set, developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has already seen success in a number of research, educational, humanitarian and corporate applications...7/29

Funding may determine Titan's greatness

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Titan, which is supposed to replace Jaguar as Oak Ridge National Laboratory's next great supercomputer, could be even better than advertised — if there's enough money to support it. The Cray supercomputer has been under development for the past couple of years, using a hybrid design that incorporates Nvidia's GPUs (graphics processing units) to boost efficiency and power for doing super-challenging science research...8/1

DOE

Fishkill at Y-12 under investigation; could be linked to heat, flow, chemical discharge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A fishkill in the upper stretches of East Fork Poplar Creek — inside the boundaries of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant — is under investigation, and a Y-12 spokeswoman said there could be multiple causes...About 650 dead fish, as well as crayfish and clams, were found by Oak Ridge National Laboratory biologists during a three-day survey of the creek, she said...8/1

State & Regional

Haslam seeks waiver from No Child Left Behind

(WATE) Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee is seeking a waiver to use its revamped education standards to measure schools instead of those mandated by No Child Left Behind...7/29

Chevy TraverseGM Collected $17 Million From TN For Jobs, Then Left

(Tennessean) At a time when General Motors teetered on the brink of collapse nearly three years ago, the automaker received nearly $17 million in job-training grants from the state of Tennessee, according to a published report...7/31

National

Obama and Leaders Reach Debt Deal

(New York Times) President Obama and Congressional leaders of both parties said late Sunday that they had agreed to a framework for a budget deal that would cut trillions of dollars in federal spending over the next decade and clear the way for an increase in the government’s borrowing limit...7/31

Blistering July heat leaves records smoldering

(USA Today) It's official: July was a scorcher. High temperatures in communities across the USA broke or tied records 2,676 times, almost double the number (1,444) of a year ago, the National Weather Service reports...7/31

Stocks Jump As Debt Deal Sparks Relief Rally

(Forbes) Global markets breathed a sign of relief as news emerged on Monday that a deal had been struck by U.S. lawmakers to avert the nation’s first-ever financial default...8/1

Nuclear Waste ContainerHow to store nuclear waste? Panel slams US and urges new approach.

(Christian Science Monitor) Saying the US government “has not inspired confidence or trust” in nuclear waste management, a presidential commission recommended Friday the creation of a new federal corporation to spearhead a “consent-based” approach to finding sites to store highly radioactive spent fuel and military waste...7/29

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

7/29 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
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  • New Shell drilling in gulf near: Odum
  • EPA targets VOC emissions from oil, gas
  • DOE fossil-energy nominee received well
  • Interior nominee hit over past green role

science & technology

Archaeopteryx no longer first bird

(Nature News) Analysis of fossil traits suggests that Archaeopteryx is not a bird at all. The latest discovery of a fossil that treads the line between birds and non-avian dinosaurs is leading palaeontologists to reassess the creature that has been considered the evolutionary link between the two...7/27

Modern Human DispersalFall of the Neanderthals: Volume of Modern Humans Infiltrating Europe Cited as Critical Factor

(Science Daily) New research sheds light on why, after 300,000 years of domination, European Neanderthals abruptly disappeared. Researchers from the University of Cambridge have discovered that modern humans coming from Africa swarmed the region, arriving with over ten times the population as the Neanderthal inhabitants...7/28

Report on Dead Polar Bears Gets a Biologist Suspended

(New York Times) The federal government has suspended a wildlife biologist whose sightings of dead polar bears in Arctic waters became a rallying point for campaigners seeking to blunt the impact of global warming...7/28

Other Stories

Apple StoreApple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government

(CNN) According to the latest statement from the U.S. Treasury, the government had an operating cash balance Wednesday of $73.8 billion. That's still a lot of money, but it's less than what Steve Jobs has lying around. Tech juggernaut Apple had a whopping $76.2 billion in cash and marketable securities at the end of June, according to its last earnings report. Unlike the U.S. government, which is scrambling to avoid defaulting on its debt, Apple takes in more money than it spends.

FBI: 'Credible Lead' Surfaces In D.B. Cooper Case

(NPR) The FBI says it has a "credible" lead in the D.B. Cooper case involving the 1971 hijacking of a passenger jet over Washington state and the suspect's legendary parachute escape. The fate and identity of the hijacker dubbed "D.B.Cooper" has remained a mystery in the 40 years since a man jumped from a Northwest Orient Airlines 727 flight with $200,000 in ransom money...8/1