Thursday, October 13, 2011
ORNL in the News

'Jaguar' Emerges Again in the Supercomputer Race

(Wall Street Journal) On Tuesday the Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee, part of the U.S. Department of Energy, will announce plans to build a system that has a good shot at reclaiming the top supercomputer spot...10/11

Sensus Joins EnerNex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Heighten Cyber Security in Smart Meters

(Business Wire) Sensus has announced a partnership with EnerNex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to conduct a demonstration of the Automated Vulnerability Detection (AVUD) system...10/11

DOE completes first cross-country 100-gigabit network

(GCN) The Energy Department’s Energy Sciences Network and the Internet2 academic research consortium have completed the first transcontinental 100-gigabits/sec network using coherent modulation technology...ESnet and Internet2 will share capacity on the network, which initially will link DOE supercomputing centers at the Lawrence Berkeley, Argonne and Oak Ridge national laboratories...10/12

ASM International Names 26 New Fellows

(PRWeb) ASM International, the world’s premier professional society of materials scientists and engineers, honors 26 members worldwide for distinguished contributions to science, engineering and the profession...Camden R. Hubbard, Oak Ridge, Tenn.: Distinguished R&D staff member and leader of the Diffraction and Thermophysical Properties Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/13

DOE

Y-12 gets environmental awards

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, the government's managing contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, received multiple awards from the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the annual Tennessee Chamber Environmental Conference...10/10

Republicans Probe Whether DOE's Effort to Save Solyndra Violated 2005
Energy Act

(New York Times) House Republicans are building an argument that the Department of Energy violated the law when it arranged a financial lifeline for Solyndra in February, six months before the solar manufacturer went bankrupt...10/12

State & Regional

Currie ToddSponsor of TN guns in bars bill charged with having gun while driving drunk

(WBIR) Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd, a lead sponsor of a law allowing handgun carry permit holders to bring guns into bars, has been arrested on charges of drunken driving and possession of a gun while under the influence...10/12

National

Nigerian Man Pleads Guilty in Qaeda Plane Bombing Case

(New York Times) Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a commercial airliner with a bomb in his underwear in 2009, abruptly pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to each of the eight counts against him, officials said...10/12

Container ShipCongress passes trade deals

(CNN) Congress passed trade deals with Colombia, South Korea and Panama on Wednesday, delivering them to President Obama in time for the South Korean president's Thursday visit to Capitol Hill...10/12

East Tennessee

New UT Science BuildingUT seeing significant shift toward STEM degrees

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In a microbiology lab at the University of Tennessee, while studying yeast proteins that could someday help design better medical drugs, then-freshman Madelyn Crawford decided that was the kind of research she wanted to do for the rest of her life...10/13

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

10/12 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • OCS wind developers still seek loan aid
  • US files charges over Macondo disaster
  • Gulf permits still lag: House Republicans
  • Solyndra's CEO leaves company
  • NRC licenses Areva uranium plant

science & technology

Black Death SkullResearchers Reconstruct Genome of the Black Death; Bacteria Found to Be Ancestor of All Modern Plagues

(Science Daily) An international team -- led by researchers at McMaster University and the University of Tubingen in Germany -- has sequenced the entire genome of the Black Death, one of the most devastating epidemics in human history...10/12

Oil Spill CleanupIllinois Team Wins Oil Spill Cleanup X CHALLENGE

(National Geographic) Team Elastec, an Illinois-based veteran company in the oil spill cleanup business, developed giant grooved discs that skimmed oil more than three times better than the industry standard to capture the $1 million top prize in the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE, the X PRIZE Foundation announced today...10/11

Other Stories

With iCloud Launch, Apple Demotes The Personal Computer

(Forbes) The promise of the personal computer was simple: all the computing power you need, all on your desktop. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs delivered on that promise first with the Apple II...10/12

NASA's Shuttle Chief Will Manage Spaceflight Operations at Virgin Galactic

(Popular Science) NASA has gone to great lengths to seed and cultivate the commercial space industry over the past few years, but it may want to be careful that it doesn't make the grass look too much greener on the commercial side. Mike Moses, NASA's deputy space shuttle program manager and former flight director--the guy who oversaw all shuttle operations over the last three years of the program--is jumping ship, heading over to Virgin Galactic to oversee operations at the space tourism front-runner...10/12

Out There

Mt. EverestEnvironmentalists call for toilets on Everest

(Phys.Org) Eco Himal says the thousands of trekkers who set off from the South Base Camp in Nepal each year would do a better job of keeping the place clean if they and their porters had somewhere civilised to go when nature called. "Human waste is a problem, of course," said the group's director, Phinjo Sherpa. "I am merely suggesting that if we have public toilets they can be used."...10/13