Wednesday, January 2, 2013
ORNL in the News

EverestORNL visualization lab gets $2.5M makeover, adds 3D

(Knoxville News Sentinel) One of the cool things at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is getting even better. The lab's computing visualization chamber, known as the Exploratory Visualization Environment for Research and Technology, or EVEREST, is getting 3D capabilities as part of a $2.5 million makeover...1/1

Titan Supercomputer Learns to Go Green from Video Games

(Nashville Public Radio) The Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Lab was named the fastest in the world in November. And now it’s being recognized for being one of the most efficient machines on the planet. In a ranking of 500 supercomputers, Titan came in as the third-best in number of calculations made per watt of electricity used....12/31

DOE

Y-12 technology brings licensee recognition

(Oak Ridge Today) The pairing of an environmentally friendly solvent invented and patented by the Y‑12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge with the business acumen of its licensee Scott Manley has gained recognition in two recent competitions...1/1

State & Regional

No East TN congressmen support approved 'fiscal cliff' plan

(WBIR) Roe said he couldn't vote in favor of the plan because it didn't sufficiently address spending cuts and the nation's more than $16 trillion debt. "Washington cannot continue to tax, borrow and spend...1/2

National

Congress approves ‘fiscal cliff’ measure

(Washington Post) Congress approved a plan to end Washington's long drama over the "fiscal cliff" late Tuesday after House Republicans surrendered to President Obama's demand to let taxes rise on the nation's richest households...1/2

Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans

(Associated Press) While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013...1/2

science & technology

Space TravelSpace Travel May Be Harmful to the Brain, Study Suggests; Prolonged Cosmic Radiation Exposure Could Hasten Alzheimer's

(Science Daily) As if space travel was not already filled with enough dangers, a new study out today in the journal PLOS ONE shows that cosmic radiation -- which would bombard astronauts on deep space missions to places like Mars -- could accelerate the onset of Alzheimer's disease...12/31

Antarctic subglacial drilling effort suspended

(Science News) One of three major efforts to drill into buried Antarctic lakes has ended without success. A British-led project to plumb the subglacial Lake Ellsworth ground to a halt on Christmas Eve, after the team could not properly connect two portions of the drilling system...12/28

New Year, New Science

(Scientific American) ...Climate scientists have spent years preparing the fifth assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, its first update since 2007. Part of that report is due to appear in September: the conclusions of Working Group I, which summarizes the basic science of global warming...1/2

Other Stories

As a new year begins, more worry than hope

(USA Today) Remember that wave of optimism and good feeling that typically greets a presidential inauguration, not to mention a new year? This time, it's hard to find...1/1

ElephantsTo Save Wildlife, and Tourism, Kenyans Take Up Arms

(New York Times) Julius Lokinyi was one of the most notorious poachers in this part of Kenya, accused of single-handedly killing as many as 100 elephants and selling the tusks by the side of the road in the dead of night, pumping vast amounts of ivory into a shadowy global underground trade...12/29