Wednesday, January 15, 2014
ORNL in the News

ORNL, Chattanooga work to solve traffic woes

(The Oak Ridger) ...Jan-Mou Li is an ORNL scientist who specializes in vehicle systems research and traffic engineering. John Van Winkle is the traffic engineer for the city of Chattanooga and Stephen Meyer is a branch manager for Alfred Benesch & Co. and a mechanical engineer. The three of them have worked together on technology to solve the traffic issues of Chattanooga...1/15

CORAL: the next big thing in supercomputing; next-gen machines for Oak Ridge, Argonne, Livermore

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Three of the nation’s premier national labs — Oak Ridge, Argonne and Lawrence Livermore — are banding together to push the boundaries of supercomputing and acquire next-generation supercomputers for each of the labs at the best value for the U.S. government...1/14

DOE

Carbon MapDOE forms CCS research partnerships

(Fierce Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has created a network of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSP) to help develop the technology, infrastructure, and regulations to implement large-scale carbon storage in different regions, and geologic formations within the nation...1/10

New Energy.gov Video Series Highlights Women in STEM Fields

(Whitehouse.gov) Meet Carter Wall. She's the director of the performance solar division at a Boston-area electrical construction company and the first profile in our new #WomeninSTEM video series...1/14

State & Regional

Magazine names Tennessee top state for economic development

(Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Tennessee is the "2013 State of the Year," according to Business Facilities magazine. The monthly economic development publication recognized Tennessee for its job additions and business investments across a variety of industries, including its leading position in the growing automotive sector...1/14

National

New Iran agreement includes secret side deal, Tehran official says

(The Los Angeles Times) Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials, Iran’s chief negotiator said Monday...1/14

House ready to OK government-wide $1.1T budget

(AP) Shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes, Congress is ready to approve a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year, a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and setbacks for both parties...1/15

East Tennessee

DENSO adding 130 more jobs to its Athens facility

(WATE) Global auto parts supplier DENSO is investing an additional $55 million and adding 130 new manufacturing jobs at its facility in Athens...1/14

energy & science policy

U.S. Science Agencies Get Some Relief in 2014 Budget

(Science Magazine) The ghost of former President George W. Bush permeates the 2014 budget that Congress released last night. His presence is good news for physical scientists, but less cheery for biomedical researchers, as Congress reserved some of the biggest spending increases for NASA and the Department of Energy (DOE)...1/14

Top Scientists Ask UN Leaders to Act On Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change: Still 5 Minutes to Midnight and Much Too Close to Doomsday

(Science Daily) The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists today called on the United States and Russia to restart negotiations on reducing their nuclear arsenals, to lower alert levels for their nuclear weapons, and to scrap their missile defense programs...1/14


science & technology

Data StoragePotential Future Data Storage at Domain Boundaries

(Science Daily) Storing more and more in an ever-smaller space -- what sounds impossible is in fact just part of the daily routine in information technology, where for decades, increasing amounts of data have been successfully stored on media with ever higher densities...1/14

Tiktaalik roseaeTiktaalik roseae fossil analysis provides new details on the origin of vertebrate legs

(PhysOrg) The discovery of well-preserved pelves and a partial pelvic fin from Tiktaalik roseae, a 375 million-year-old transitional species between fish and the first legged animals, reveals that the evolution of hind legs actually began as enhanced hind fins...1/13

Other Stories

The PC’s Death Might Also Mean the Web’s Demise

(WIRED) The long, torturous death throes of the PC grew more excruciating than ever last year. Several research firms say PC shipments plunged a record 10 percent last year, the steepest drop ever...1/13

Flood GuageThe Flood Next Time

(The New York Times) The little white shack at the water's edge in Lower Manhattan is unobtrusive — so much so that the tourists strolling the promenade at Battery Park the other day did not give it a second glance...1/13