Thursday, February 27, 2014
ORNL in the News

High-profile US national labs team to build 200 petaflop supercomputers

(Network World) Three principal US national labs today affirmed they will team-up to build supercomputers that operate about 10 times faster than today's most powerful high performance computing systems...The project, known as the Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Livermore national labs will build 200 peak petaflops (quadrillions of floating point operations per second) systems for each of the labs...2/26

ORNL modifies benefits plan to recognize same-sex marriages

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory communications chief David Keim today clarified an earlier statement and said the lab has already put into effect a new policy that extends full benefits to employees in same-sex marriages...2/26

UT joins manufacturing hub

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The University of Tennessee and Alcoa Inc. will be part of a $140 million national advanced manufacturing effort announced Tuesday by President Barack Obama...Suresh Babu, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing, will help lead UT’s research effort...2/26

An arm of ORNL at the White House

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A robotic arm made with 3-D printing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility was used as a backdrop Tuesday in the White House as President Obama announced new two manufacturing innovation institutes...2/26


Radiation levels fall after nuclear waste leak in New Mexico

(Nature) Radiation levels within and around the United States’ only deep-underground nuclear waste facility continue to drop, nearly two weeks after a mysterious leak triggered alarms and shut down the facility, according to data released this week by the US Department of Energy and an independent air-monitoring group...2/26

Time of flux for UPF; future's uncertain

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., whose district includes Oak Ridge, could not have been more emphatic last week in stating his support for the Uranium Processing Facility and his belief that the multibillion-dollar project will be built as planned at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...2/26


Homeland security thins air marshal ranks

(CNN) The Department of Homeland Security has pared the number of Federal Air Marshals -- plain-clothed officers whose job is to protect aircraft from terrorists -- during the past three years..2/26

East Tennessee

UT hosts top nuclear engineering students, who meet Oak Ridge reps

(Oak Ridge Today) Some of the best and brightest undergraduate students from around the United States gathered at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville recently for the chance to meet top experts in the field of nuclear engineering, including representatives from federal sites in Oak Ridge...2/26

energy & science policy

U.S. Ocean Scientists Search for Top 10 List

(Science Magazine) Marine researchers are facing a 15 March deadline for weighing in on how the National Science Foundation (NSF) should set priorities for U.S. ocean science over the next decade...2/25

Tracking the Budget Process

(AIP) On March 4 the Obama Administration sends its FY 2015 budget request to Congress...2/26

ARPA-E Projects Attract More Than $625 Million in Private Funding

( The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) today announced that the Agency’s innovative projects are making great strides towards transforming the way Americans use and produce energy...2/25

science & technology

Is Energy Efficiency Finally Reducing the Use of Electricity?

(Scientific American) A new report from energy efficiency advocates suggests that those practices might be behind the drop in U.S. demand for electricity...2/14

The Search For Drinking Water In California Has Led To The Ocean

(NPR) ...On the coast in Carlsbad, Calif., construction workers are building what will be the largest seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere. When finished in early 2016, it is expected to provide up to 50 million gallons of fresh drinkable water every day...2/26

The Car That Runs On Air

(Popular Science) For more than a century, air cars have remained a quixotic quest of engineers—an idealistic exercise with little long-term likelihood of entering mass production...2/25

Other Stories

American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga

(The Atlantic) A $25 billion plan, a small town, and a half-century of wrangling over the most important resource in the biggest state..2/24

China’s Smog Is So Bad They’re Now Calling It a ‘Nuclear Winter’

(Time) The pollution is threatening lives and crops...2/26