Friday, November 19, 2010
ORNL in the News

Study looks for ways to save millions of barrels of oil a year

(WBIR-TV) There's a study underway that could save millions of barrels of oil a year, at the National Transportation Research Center in west Knox County. "Through studies like this that we'll be able to make purchases in the future that help improve our fuel efficiency as well as reduce our greenhouse gas emissions that we cause through the fleet items that we drive," said Chris Wilson, KUB Transportation Supervisor....11/17

NAG Computing Algorithms Support US Climate Change Research

(HPC Wire) Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory doing advanced modeling with the Climate Modeling and Research System will now be able to use the widely-respected numerical routines of the Numerical Algorithms Group Library on the new Cray XT6 supercomputer, known as Gaea....11/18

DOE Approves Evaluation of HyperLoop Technology

(Alternative Energy Magazine) Maytal Tech, in cooperation with Oak Ridge National Laboratory has applied for a SBIR grant offered by the Department of Energy. The grant funding would support research on innovative loop designs that reduce the costs of loop installations, through new design layouts, system components, materials, and/or methods....11/18

Knoxville's Gerry Eddlemon prepares to bike 800 miles in endurance race

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A retired aquatic ecologist with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Eddlemon currently ranks second overall in the UltraMarathon Cycling Association's World Cup standings, and first in the 60- to 69-year age class....11/19

State & Regional

Beth Harwell moves closer to being first woman to win TN House speaker job

(Tennessean) Nashville Rep. Beth Harwell is on track to become the first woman to serve as speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives after winning the Republican nomination Thursday over the objections of tea party and gun rights activists....11/19

National

Obama pushes for Senate vote on new arms treaty with Russia

(Washington Post) President Obama pushed Thursday for ratification of a nuclear-arms treaty with Moscow by year's end despite Republican opposition, calling the pact a "national security imperative" and warning that delaying it would weaken the United States....11/19 [Registration Required]

energy & science policy

Climate Next panelists debate new strategies for curbing global warming

(Slate) What starts as a discussion about climate ends up a discussion about things that are much more viscerally important to us: electricity, the United States' role in the world, how technology improves, and the health of people and their families....11/18

Associations and Universities Urge $7.4 Billion FY 2011 Budget for NSF

(AIP Bulletin) More than 125 associations and universities in the Coalition for National Science Funding have endorsed a letter to key House and Senate appropriators urging them to provide $7.4 billion to the National Science Foundation in FY 2011....11/18

science & technology

Worm Was Perfect for Sabotaging Centrifuges

(New York Times) Experts dissecting the computer worm suspected of being aimed at Iran's nuclear program have determined that it was precisely calibrated in a way that could send nuclear centrifuges wildly out of control....11/19

Across the Galaxy, a New Planet and an Old Star

(New York Times) A newly discovered planet the size of Jupiter with origins outside the Milky Way galaxy orbits a very old star that is nearing the end of its life span and may soon collapse....11/18

Touring Memory Lane Inside The Brain

(NPR) Say you learn something new, like how to say "thank you" in Russian, or the peak temperature of a hot day on Mars. The question is: What's really happening inside your brain? What does that memory look like visually, and where in your brain is it taking place?...11/18