Friday, January 17, 2014
ORNL in the News

DOE Supercomputing Aims for 100-200 PFLOPS in 2017

(HPC Wire) ...CORAL was initiated because all three labs will be in the market for next-generation so-called “pre-exascale” supercomputers at about the same time. ORNL will be looking to replace Titan, Argonne will want a follow-on to Mira, and Livermore will be preparing for Sequoia’s successor. The DOE’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration are helping to coordinate the project...1/16

Launch Tennessee Announces 2014 Venture Match Program

(The Chattanoogan) ...The Venture Match program, which was established in 2013, is a platform to connect some of Tennessee’s innovators and explore opportunities to match entrepreneurs with technologies...Launch Tennessee will be hosting events across the state along with various partners, such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory...1/16

Optimizing Energy: $2.9 Million Award Will Help Reduce Fuel Use in Forward Operating Bases

(Newswise) A $2.9 million cooperative agreement with the Georgia Institute of Technology will advance that goal by developing information that military resource planners can use to optimize energy consumption...Supported by the DoD’s Operational Energy Capabilities Improvement Fund through the Office of Naval Research, the project will also involve researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, DoD laboratories, and a number of companies that are producing energy-related technologies....1/16

DOE

The Most Exciting Physics (and more!) to Happen at National Laboratories in 2014

(Physics Central) Laboratories across the country stand at the forefront of scientific research in fields that include nuclear fusion, neutrino oscillation and the search for traces of dark energy as well as advances in biology, chemistry, medicine, geophysics, material science and more...1/14

Energy Department Launches Competition to Encourage the Creation of Innovative Energy Apps Built with Open Data

(Energy.gov) As part of the Administration’s commitment to a clean energy future, the Energy Department today is launching a contest to promote the creation of new apps designed to address today’s energy challenges...1/16

National

Obama to announce overhaul to controversial NSA program

(Reuters) President Barack Obama will announce on Friday a major overhaul of a controversial National Security Agency program that collects vast amounts of basic telephone call data on foreigners and Americans, a senior Obama administration official said...1/17

State & Regional

TVA plans to cut its workforce

(WBIR-TV) TVA is hoping to cut its work force by encouraging employees to retire early or resign. The plan would save $500 million a year in operating costs...1/16

 

energy & science policy

U.N. Says Lag in Confronting Climate Woes Will Be Costly

(NY Times) Nations have so dragged their feet in battling climate change that the situation has grown critical and the risk of severe economic disruption is rising, according to a draft United Nations report...1/16

science & technology

Deeper than the Grand Canyon: massive trench found under Antarctica's ice

(CS Monitor) A team of scientists in Britain made the find while mapping a highland region under the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to better understand where the sheet originated and how far, under a warming climate, it might retreat...1/15

US carmakers use aluminum, carbon fiber to cut weight

(Yahoo News) More vehicles than ever on display at the Detroit auto show are using non-traditional materials -- aluminum, carbon fiber, magnesium -- as US automakers fight to get vehicle weight down and gas mileage up...1/16

3-D printing set to break out of niche

(AP) Some of the oddest items on display this week at International CES gadget show were edible, origami-like sculptures made of sugar, their shapes so convoluted as to baffle the eye...1/11

Google contact lens could be option for diabetics

(PhysOrg) ...The prototype, which Google says will take at least five years to reach consumers, is one of several medical devices being designed by companies to make glucose monitoring for diabetic patients more convenient and less invasive than traditional finger pricks...1/17

Other Stories

China Closes More than 8,000 Polluting Firms in 2013

(Scientific American) China shut down 8,347 heavily polluting companies last year in northern Hebei province, which has the worst air in the country, state news agency Xinhua said on Thursday, as the government moves to tackle a problem that has been a source of discontent...1/16

Egyptian Voters Said To Overwhelmingly Back New Constitution

(NPR) Egyptians voted overwhelmingly to approve a new constitution, official Egyptian media reported Thursday, giving a boost to the country's military-backed government...1/16