Thursday, February 23, 2012
ORNL in the News

New research instrument at SNS; called 'vibrational spectrometer'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Another new research instrument is being commissioned at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Lab. According to information released by ORNL, the instrument is called a "vibrational spectrometer" or VISION. It's located on beam line 16b and reportedly received its first stream of neutrons last week...2/22

Knoxville-based FBI agent in charge moving to OR security job

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Richard Lambert, special agent in charge of the FBI's Knoxville office, announced today he plans to retire next month to pursue other endeavors. Lambert, who'd worked with the FBI for 24 years, said he plans to take on another role in East Tennessee: senior counterintelligence officer for Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/22

When Jaguar becomes Titan, how fast will it be?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The Cray system is amazingly large and, at one time a couple of years ago, was the world's fastest computer. It's currently ranked No. 3, but it's still probably the world's best in terms of producing useful science. The Jaguar has been upgraded in recent weeks with new AMD Interlagos processors, adding about a third more cores to the working system, and it now has a peak operational capability of 3.3 petaflops. That means it is capable of more than 3 million billion calculations per second...2/22

Graphite foam could help suck terawatts of power from seawater

( The only eco-friendly source of "base power," that is, power that (unlike solar or wind) is available at a constant rate whenever you need it, is geothermal. This lack of reliability makes green power a hard sell, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory might have an answer: seawater...2/22


New Ideas Spring from the SunShot Incubator

( The SunShot Incubator program invested $17.5 million in seven companies in its first round of funding -- and those companies have gone on to attract more than $1.6 billion of private financing as they develop and manufacture innovative solar technologies...2/21



U.S., N. Korea hold nuclear talks in Beijing, agree to meet again Friday

(Washington Post) The U.S. and North Korea held “substantive and serious” nuclear talks on Thursday, U.S. chief negotiator Glyn Davies said, and concluded the six-hour meeting with an agreement to get together again on Friday...2/23

East Tennessee

Obama's budget proposal positive for Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) [Editorial] The Obama administration has signaled its support for two key federal projects in Oak Ridge, giving East Tennessee's Republican lawmakers ample reason to support the Energy Department portion of his budget proposal...2/23

science & technology

Solar Panels Float, Rotate

(Discovery News) Rays of the winter sun bounce off gleaming mirrors on the tiny lake of Colignola in Italy, where engineers have built a cost-effective prototype for floating, rotating solar panels...2/22

Superconductor breaks high-temperature record

(Nature News) You just can’t keep a good superconductor down. An iron-based crystal has been found to regain the ability to conduct electricity without resistance when placed under pressure, breaking the record for the temperature at which superconductivity can survive in the process...2/22

Climate Scientist Admits To Lying, Leaking Documents

(NPR) Peter Gleick is not just any scientist. He got his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley and won a MacArthur "genius" award. He is also an outspoken proponent of scientific evidence that humans are responsible for climate change...2/22

CERN to re-run Einstein tests in May after cable doubts

(Reuters) Physicists are to run new tests in May after the CERN research institute said on Thursday that its startling findings appearing to show that one of Einstein's fundamental theories was wrong could have been caused by a loose cable...2/23

Extinction Looms for Rare Frog Species, Now Down to 1 Individual

(Scientific American) And then there was one. The last known Rabb’s fringe-limbed tree frog (Ecnomiohyla rabborum) now lives by himself at Zoo Atlanta in Georgia after the zoo euthanized the only other member of its species...2/21

Other Stories

Greece begrudgingly cedes sovereignty in exchange for bailout funds

(CS Monitor) The $172 billion Greek bailout package hammered out in Brussels Tuesday averts a looming Greek default and, its architects hope, will ward off dangerous financial consequences for neighbors...2/22