Wednesday, February 8, 2012
ORNL in the News

Mason: 'It's definitely in one of our sweet spots'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) After the Department of Energy announced the "funding opportunity" ($120M over five years) for a new Energy Innovation Hub, I talked to ORNL Director Thom Mason and asked if the lab intended to submit a proposal for the Hub -- focusing on advanced batteries and energy storage. The short answer, of course, is yes, but Mason elaborated...2/7

Earth's Magnetic FieldWhen worlds collide

(ORNL Press Release) ...[Dr. Homa] Karimabadi's team, in close collaboration with Dr. William Daughton at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is currently using the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility's (OLCF's) Cray XT5 Jaguar supercomputer, one of the most powerful in the world with a peak performance of 2.33 petaflops, to better understand the processes giving rise to space weather...2/6

Forgotten Meters Poster How to stay safe in the atomic age: Charming posters from 1947 which show the health risks from radiation

(Daily Mail) It was the dawn of a chilling new age when whole cities could be wiped out with one terrifyingly advanced bomb. But America’s attempt to educate its citizens on the health risks arising from the nuclear threat were a little less sophisticated....The posters were produced at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Tennessee, and were aimed at staff working in close proximity to radiation...2/7

Highest biodiesel honors awarded at national conference in Fla.

(Biodiesel Magazine) Innovation: Keith Kline and Virginia Dale- Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The environmental benefits of biodiesel are many. In this age of skepticism and competition for resources, it behooves us to quantify the environmental benefits in methodical and scientific ways...2/7

DOE

FiskerFisker runs out of government money, begins layoffs

(USA Today) Fisker Automotive, developer of luxury electric cars, halted work at a former GM plant in Delaware and laid off 26 workers there because it ran out of government loan money...2/7

U.S. to use climate to help cool exascale systems

(Computerworld) In a picturesque spot overlooking San Francisco Bay, the U.S. Department of Energy's Berkeley Lab has begun building a new computing center that will one day house exascale systems. The DOE doesn't know what an exascale system will look like...2/7

State & Regional

Haslam anti-crime bills advancing in Legislature

(WBIR) The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved a bill seeking to crack down on people trying to make and sell methamphetamine and a measure targeting prescription drug abuse. Both bills now head for a floor vote...2/7

National

Bernanke stands firm with low-rate stance

(USA Today) Ben Bernanke on Tuesday reiterated the Federal Reserve's plan to hold interest rates near record lows until at least late 2014...2/7

More Than 40 States Agree on $25B Foreclosure 'Robo-Signing' Deal

(ABC News) Officials from more than 40 states have signed onto a record $25 billion settlement with the five biggest banks related to foreclosure abuses including "robo-signing" of documents...2/7

East Tennessee

GA Official: Atlanta's 2nd airport could be in TN

(WBIR) Georgia's attorney general says residents should be open to the idea of Chattanooga's airport becoming "Atlanta's second airport."...2/7

energy & science policy

Additional Insights from the Indicators

(AIP) As previously mentioned, the National Science Board's "Science and Engineering Indicators 2012," is accompanied by a large compendium of statistics. Below are brief descriptions of several tables and figures from this compendium...2/7

science & technology

Higgs Boson?Higgs signal gains strength

(Nature News) Today the two main experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, submitted the results of their latest analyses. The new papers boost the case for December’s announcement of a possible Higgs signal, but let’s not get too excited...2/7

Hackers tried to extort $50,000 from Symantec after stealing source code

(Fox News) Symantec reportedly confirmed that it was cooperating with a sting operation while communicating via email with a group of hackers claiming ties to notorious hacktivist group “Anonymous.” Those ties have not been confirmed...2/7

NASA calls for new taxis to fly to Space Station

(Reuters) NASA is looking for at least two U.S. firms to design and build space taxis to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, program managers said on Tuesday...2/7

Other Stories

Nikon D800Shoot Your Own Movie With Nikon's New D800 DSLR Camera

(Forbes) If you just want to take photographs, it may be overkill for all but the most avid photographers. But if you’re a budding film director on a shoestring budget, the D800 might be just the thing...2/7

Out there

Felix BaumgartnerDaredevil to Plunge From Outer Space

(Discovery News) Welcome to the extreme sport of space-diving. After some minor speed bumps, Daredevil adventurer Felix Baumgartner's plans to plunge 23 miles from the edge of space back to Earth -- a Red Bull-sponsored stunt that would be the world's highest freefall -- is finally coming to fruition, the team announced Monday, Feb. 6...2/7