Wednesday, February 20, 2013
ORNL in the News

TitanWorld's fastest computer isn't working like it should; Titan acceptance delayed at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Jeff Nichols, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's scientific computing chief, today confirmed that Titan -- the Cray XK7 system anointed last November as the world's fastest supercomputer -- isn't working like it should...2/19

Grid modeling: Important new tool from NRECA and national labs

(SmartGridNews) With funding from DOE and help from three national labs, CRN has developed an important modeling and simulation tool as reported by Electric Co-op Today...“Oak Ridge National Laboratory contributed visual components, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory helped with reference data and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is refining algorithms.”...2/19

US toroidal field conductor fabrication advances

(PhysOrg) US ITER and its vendors are moving into a new fabrication phase for the toroidal field magnet system in the international ITER fusion reactor. Kevin Chan, a project engineer for the US ITER magnet systems at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, comments, "cabling is a standard industrial process, but when dealing with the scale of the ITER conductor it becomes a much greater challenge."...2/19

MU Scientists Build Harness for Powerful Radiation Cancer Therapy

(Imaging) In a new study, University of Missouri researchers have demonstrated the ability to harness powerful radioactive particles and direct them toward small cancer tumors...Robertson and researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the School of Medicine at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville used the element "actinium,"...2/19

DOE

About 1,500 employees affected by January cyber attack on DOE systems; names, SSNs exposed; incident treated as 'national security issue'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy now says it has identified about 1,500 DOE and contractor exployees [sic] whose names and social security numbers were exposed by a cyber attack in mid-January...2/19

East Tennessee

Smokies preparing for reduced services and hours

(WVLT) The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is bracing for automatic federal spending cuts, set to begin March 1...2/19

Regal CinemasRegal Entertainment buys Hollywood Theaters for $191M

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The biggest movie theater operator in the U.S. just got bigger. Knoxville-based Regal Entertainment Group said today it has acquired Hollywood Theaters for $191 million in cash and $47 million in assumed leased obligations...2/19

National

North Korea threatens South with "final destruction"

(Reuters) North Korea threatened South Korea with "final destruction" during a debate at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday, saying it could take further steps after a nuclear test last week...2/19

Massive cyberattacks from China? Report claims to expose secret 'Unit 61398.'

(CS Monitor) China's military is the silent hand behind a major cyberespionage organization located in Shanghai and blamed for stealing titanic volumes of intellectual property from more than 100 companies worldwide during the past seven years...2/19

State & Regional

Health care compact bill fails to pass Tennessee House subcommittee

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) A controversial bill enabling Tennessee to join a multistate “health care compact” and possibly gain control of federal programs like Medicare failed in a House subcommittee this morning on a tie vote...2/19

energy & science policy

Fisker Technology Shouldn’t Go to Chinese, Grassley Says

(Bloomberg News) The technology of Fisker Automotive Inc., the U.S. plug-in hybrid carmaker that owes American taxpayers about $200 million, shouldn’t be sold to Chinese companies, U.S. Senator Charles Grassley said...2/19

science & technology

WhalesNew Ancient Members of Whale Family Found

(National Geographic) The ancestors of modern baleen whales—including the ancient forbears of blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) and humpbacks (Megaptera novaeangliae)—just got four new relatives. Scientists announced Sunday that they have discovered the new species thanks in large part to a construction crew in southern California....2/19

Carbon DioxideResearchers explore more efficient carbon dioxide to methanol model

(PhysOrg) Researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington are pioneering a new method for using carbon dioxide, or CO2, to make liquid methanol fuel by using copper oxide nanowires and sunlight...2/19

Influential Few Predict Behavior of the Many

(Scientific American) To completely understand how a living organism works one would have to take it apart, the great physicist Niels Bohr once observed—but then the organism would certainly be dead...2/18

How Predictable Is Evolution?

(Science Daily) Understanding how and why diversification occurs is important for understanding why there are so many species on Earth...2/19

Other Stories

Fiscal trouble ahead for most future retirees

(Washington Post) For the first time since the New Deal, a majority of Americans are headed toward a retirement in which they will be financially worse off than their parents, jeopardizing a long era of improved living standards for the nation’s elderly, according to a growing consensus of new research...2/19

Graduate GlutGraduate glut: Why college graduates are underemployed and overeducated

(Deseret News) When Barack Obama first became President four years ago, he set a goal to increase the nation's college graduation rate to 60 percent by 2020. The idea of working toward becoming a nation of college graduates, however, has a major problem according to a new report by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity....2/19