Wednesday, February 23, 2011
ORNL in the News

Molecular Simulations Get Closer to Reality

(HPC Wire) A theoretical technique developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is bringing supercomputer simulations and experimental results closer together by identifying common "fingerprints." ORNL's Jeremy Smith collaborated on devising a method -- dynamical fingerprints -- that reconciles the different signals between experiments and computer simulations to strengthen analyses of molecules in motion...2/22

State economic emphasis: rural areas

(The Daily Times) An economic roundtable brought together a mix of regional agencies and businesses Tuesday at the Blount County Chamber of Commerce. The event was spurred by Gov. Bill Haslam’s new commissioner of Economic and Community Development, Bill Hagerty, who has been on the job barely five weeks...Among those in attendance were representatives from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Royal Metal Powders, DCS Electronics, East Tennessee Economic Council,...2/22

NIH Funds Help DCVAMC, Partners Tackle Health Disparities

(U.S. Medicine) ...The DCVAMC has had long-standing partnerships with other providers in the DC area, including Georgetown University and Howard University. Those two universities, along with the DCVAMC, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and MedStar Health - an integrated healthcare system that includes nine major medical centers in DC and Baltimore, form a consortium that this summer was awarded $38.2 million over five years...2/22

Foards share fond memories of hikes and Hollaender

(Oak Ridger) We continue the telling of the Alexander Hollaender saga and his famous Sunday hikes in the Cumberland Mountains. It was stated in the 20th anniversary edition of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's booklet describing the history of the Biology Division that, "Dr. Hollaender's Sunday morning hikes into the Cumberland Mountains have become known all over the world because scientists from dozens of countries have taken one of them while visiting here."...2/22


Contract crunch time in the weapons complex

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It's been almost a year since the National Nuclear Security Administration announced a strategy for contract reform, with plans to combine the management contracts at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons facilities, with the possibility of adding some of the work performed at the Savannah River Site...2/23


State & Regional

Memphis included in electric vehicle project

(McClatchy-Tribune) Officials announced today that Memphis will be included in the EV Project, which will establish a network of commercial and residential vehicle charging stations in the state to prepare for electric vehicles...2/22


U.S. Lacks Leverage To Pressure Libya

(NPR) The United Nations Security Council met in emergency session Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Libya. And U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had tough words for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, saying the violence against protesters is unacceptable...2/22

Census Estimates 1 in 4 U.S. Counties are Dying

(Time) ...In all, roughly 760 of the nation's 3,142 counties are fading away, stretching from industrial areas near Pittsburgh and Cleveland to the vineyards outside San Francisco to the rural areas of east Texas and the Great Plains...2/22


East Tennessee

TVA aiming for more 'low-cost,' clean power

(Oak Ridger) With no clear national energy policy but new regulations expected, Tennessee Valley Authority executives say they're hedging their bets, hoping to be one of the nation's leading providers of low-cost and cleaner energy by 2020...2/22

energy & science policy

A Lease On Solar Panels? Some States Pitch In

(NPR) For decades, high installation costs put solar energy out of most homeowners' reach. Now a California company is offering a way to make solar panels affordable by leasing them...2/22

FY 2012 Department of Energy Office of Science, ARPA-E Requests

(AIP) “With every initiative the Department undertakes, sound science is at the core.”  So states an FY 2012 Department of Energy budget document submitted to Congress...2/22

Inside Energy Extra

2/22 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- No funds, no drilling reviews: source
- No oil shortage seen because of Libya
- Zoi latest official to depart DOE
- Studies seek answers to shale concerns

science & technology

Owls change colour as climate warms

(BBC) Feather colour is hereditary, with grey plumage dominant over brown. But the study, published in the journal Nature Communications, found that the number of brown owls was increasing...2/22

Alan Turing’s Patterns in Nature, and Beyond

(Wired Science) Near the end of his life, the great mathematician Alan Turing wrote his first and last paper on biology and chemistry, about how a certain type of chemical reaction ought to produce many patterns seen in nature...2/22

How climate change models could get better, thanks to NASA

(CS Monitor) NASA is set to launch satellite Glory early Wednesday. It will measure incoming sunlight and atmospheric particles, both key to crafting better climate models...2/22

This Is The Smallest Computer Ever

(Popular Science) Tiny-fingered researchers at the University of Michigan have created this computer, the world's first complete millimeter-scale computing system. It is a prototype designed to be implanted in a human eye, to monitor internal pressure there for signs of glaucoma...2/22

Other Stories

Gadhafi Vows Fight to Death as East Falls, Oil Ports Shut

(Wall Street Journal) Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi publicly defied protesters seeking to end his rule, vowing to remain in the country "until the end" in a televised speech that showed his determination to cling onto power...2/22

Danger Pent Up Behind Aging Dams

(NY Times) Nationwide, the potential repair costs are staggering. A 2009 report by the state dam safety officials’ group put the cost of fixing the most critical dams — where failure could cause loss of life — at $16 billion over 12 years, with the total cost of rehabilitating all dams at $51 billion...2/21