Thursday, March 3, 2011
ORNL in the News

3 Unique Tours through U.S. Nuclear History

(Popular Mechanics) [Need to scroll] With more nations seeking nuclear weapons and nuclear power at home poised for resurgence, America's bases and labs are bustling with activity. In the post-9/11 world, many, but not all, facilities have restricted access. Justin Nobel visited several sites to see where we stand on nuclear deterrence, detection and the latest reactor technologies. He also uncovered several below-the-radar nuclear tours open to the general public...3/2

How much does a 20-petaflops computer cost?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Well, somewhere in the range of $100 million, according to Jeff Nichols, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's associate lab director for scientific computing. The lab's new Cray supercomputer (to be called "Titan") will have a peak capability of about 20 petaflops or 20,000 trillion calculations per second, and the first cabinets are expected in Oak Ridge before year's end...3/2

Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Showcase Promising Technologies at Bridging The Gap – April 5-6, 2011

(Swamp Fox) The Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Center for Entrepreneurial Growth (CEG) announces Bridging The Gap; a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors to hear about promising new technologies developed at ORNL, America’s largest science and energy lab...3/2

eSiMon Dashboard simulation tool released

( Developed by the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute at the University of Utah, North Carolina State University, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, this "window" into running simulations shows results almost as they occur, displaying data just a minute or two behind the simulations themselves...3/1

EPRI to lead cyber security project for Department of Energy

( The U.S. Department of Energy selected EPRI's cyber security collaborative to perform an assessment and develop technologies, best practices, metrics, and standards to protect the U.S. electric sector against cyber attacks...Organizations participating in the collaborative are Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/2


DOE Oak Ridge looks to 2010 for answers to financial future

(Oak Ridger) Officials with the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Office think its local financial future is in good shape -- at least when comparing fiscal year 2010 budget numbers to President Barack Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year 2012...3/2

Energy and Defense Departments Announce New Steps to Enhance Cooperation on Clean Energy and Energy Security

(DOE Press Release) Washington, D.C. - Building on already strong cooperation between the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today new steps between the Departments to strengthen national security through the continued development of advanced clean energy technologies...3/2

Secretary Chu Announces Determination of No Adverse Material Impact for Uranium Transfer to Fund Portsmouth Cleanup

(DOE Press Release) Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today that the Department of Energy has issued a determination and market impact analysis authorizing uranium transfers to fund accelerated cleanup activities at the Portsmouth Site in Piketon, Ohio, through the third quarter of calendar year 2013...3/2


Poll Shows Budget-Cuts Dilemma

(Wall Street Journal) Less than a quarter of Americans support making significant cuts to Social Security or Medicare to tackle the country's mounting deficit, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, illustrating the challenge facing lawmakers who want voter buy-in to alter entitlement programs...3/3


Heads of U.S., Mexico to Meet as Tensions Rise

(Wall Street Journal) President Felipe Calderón will meet in Washington on Thursday with President Barack Obama in an attempt to repair relations at a time when spiraling violence in Mexico's drug war has frayed ties between the two allies...3/3



energy & science policy

Talking Energy with America's Greenest Coal Exec

(Time) Jim Rogers, the CEO of Duke Energy, a utility company based in Charlotte, N.C., is a wild card in the electricity sector...3/2

Politics Seen to Limit E.P.A. as It Sets Rules for Natural Gas

(NY Times) When Congress considered whether to regulate more closely the handling of wastes from oil and gas drilling in the 1980s, it turned to the Environmental Protection Agency to research the matter. E.P.A. researchers concluded that some of the drillers’ waste was hazardous and should be tightly controlled...3/3

Inside Energy Extra

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science & technology

World's Most Powerful Optical Microscope: Microscope Could 'Solve the Cause of Viruses'

(Science Daily) Writing in the journal Nature Communications, the team have created a microscope which shatters the record for the smallest object the eye can see, beating the diffraction limit of light...3/1

Eastern Cougar Is Declared Extinct, With an Asterisk

(NY Times) Seven decades after the last reported sighting of the eastern cougar, the federal Fish and Wildlife Service declared it extinct Wednesday and recommended that it be removed from the nation’s endangered species list...3/2

Study Blames Plasma Flow for Spotless Sun

(Wired Science) A new computer model suggests the shifting speeds of plasma inside the sun could have shut off sunspots at the end of the most recent solar cycle...3/2

Other Stories

Gaddafi strikes oil areas, Arabs weigh peace plan

(Reuters) Muammar Gaddafi's forces struck at rebel control of oil export hubs in Libya's east for a second day on Thursday as Arab states weighed a plan to end turmoil Washington said could make the nation "a giant Somalia...3/3

U.S. tests inconclusive in Amelia Earhart search

(AP) Tests to determine if bone fragments found on a remote South Pacific island are the remains of Amelia Earhart are inconclusive, researchers announced Wednesday, dashing hopes they might help explain what happened to the famed aviator who disappeared in 1937 while trying to fly around the world...3/2