(Knoxville News Sentinel) Earlier this summer, top Oak Ridge National Laboratory officials said funding would determine the capabilities of Titan, ORNL's next great supercomputer from Cray. ORNL Director Thom Mason and Deputy Director Thomas Zacharia said the machine could be anywhere from a 10- to a 30-petaflops computer, depending on how much federal funding was available to pay for developing the system to carry out high-challenge science...9/12
(Science Daily) A paper published September 7 in the peer-reviewed journal First Monday combines advanced supercomputing with a quarter-century of worldwide news to forecast and visualize human behavior, from civil unrest to the movement of individuals...Funded by the National Science Foundation and managed by the University of Tennessee's Remote Data Analysis and Visualization Center, the Nautilus supercomputer is a part of the National Institute for Computational Sciences network of advanced computing resources at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/8
(Reuters Africa) World oil consumption will
increase more slowly than expected this year and next as the
pace of global economic growth eases, the International Energy
Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday...The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and
the U.S. Department of Energy have both cut their forecasts for
global oil demand growth this month...9/13
(New York Times) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has voted to kill Yucca Mountain again, sort of.
The project has become more complex than nuclear physics. Yucca Mountain, a volcanic structure 100 miles from Las Vegas, was the government's lead candidate for a nuclear waste repository...9/12
(Tennessean) Several Tennessee universities received high regional rankings in U.S. News & World Report's annual list of the nation's best postsecondary schools, being released today.
Six Tennessee universities made the top 50 for the South: Belmont at No. 7, Union at No. 15, Lipscomb at No. 19, Christian Brothers at No. 24, and Freed-Hardeman and Tennessee Tech, tied at No. 39...9/13
(Fox News) House Republicans, angry over the government's labor dispute with Boeing Co., are taking up a bill that would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any company to close plants or relocate workers, even if a company flouts labor laws...9/13
(Reuters) Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner makes a one-day trip to Poland this week for an unprecedented meeting with euro zone finance ministers as growing fears of a potential Greek debt default rip into Europe's banking sector...9/13
(Washington Post) Texas governor is pilloried for positions on Social Security, vaccinations for young girls and immigration policies he has supported in his state...9/13
State & Regional
(WATE) The Knox County Public Library has a new policy to comply with a new state law restricting access for registered Tennessee sex offenders.
Public libraries now have the authority to restrict access for registered offenders, under the new law.