Friday, March 4, 2011
ORNL in the News

LAMMPS supercomputer code developer earns special recognition

(R & D Magazine) Due to its parallel scalability, the Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator, or LAMMPS, often helps benchmark performances of the newest DOE and Department of Defense supercomputers, including the DOE Leadership Computing Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory....3/3

Super Computer helps make energy efficient trucks

(WBIR-TV) The Jaguar Super Computer at Oak Ridge National Lab is helping one company make tractor trailers more energy efficient which could save million of barrel of oil every year. The CEO and founder of Smart Truck said their computer simulation calculates how air flows around a truck....3/3

DOE

Department of Energy Offers Conditional Commitment for a Loan Guarantee to Support Maine Wind Project

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the offer of a conditional commitment to Record Hill Wind LLC for a $102 million loan guarantee. The loan guarantee will support the Record Hill wind project, which includes a 50.6 megawatt wind power plant and an eight mile transmission line and associated interconnection equipment near the town of Roxbury, Maine....3/3

Y-12 picketers' trial today

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A group of 13 protesters who willingly trespassed onto the grounds of an Oak Ridge facility in protest of the government's nuclear weapons policies is now poised to launch Round 2 in its battle: turning a courtroom into a bully pulpit....3/3

East Tennessee

Knox County ozone levels comply with EPA, but stricter standards looming

(Knoxville News Sentinel) East Tennesseans can breathe a little easier - at least for now. Seven years of work finally paid off Thursday when federal regulators declared Knox County's air to be in compliance with national ozone standards....3/3

National

Budget cuts: White House says it has come halfway to meet GOP

(Christian Science Monitor) As talks began with GOP leaders, the White House argued that its budget negotiating position is reasonable. It also offered up $6 billion in additional budget cuts....3/4

Judge clears way for implementation of health-care law in states that are challenging it

(Washington Post) A federal judge in Florida who earlier ruled the new health-care law unconstitutional said Thursday that implementation can proceed in the 26 states that mounted the legal challenge while the Obama administration pursues an appeal....3/3

Jobs seen at 9-month high in February

(Reuters) Employers probably hired more workers in February than in any month since May last year, recovering from extreme winter weather and raising hopes the economic recovery has gathered critical momentum....3/4

energy & science policy

GOP Budget Could Hobble Obama Environment Policy

(NPR) The Environmental Protection Agency and global warming programs government-wide stand to lose big in the battle over the federal budget. The House already passed its bill to fund the federal government for the rest of this year, and it doesn't just cut EPA programs — it also steamrolls the Obama administration's environmental policy....3/4

Pressure Limits Efforts to Police Drilling for Gas

(New York Times) Amid pressure, regulators are divided over the scope of their powers, leading to limited enforcement and narrowed research....3/3

science & technology

Invasive Amphibian Species Upend a Darwin Idea

(New York Times) Darwin believed that when an invasive species encroaches on a closely related species, it will most likely fail because of finite resources. But the opposite seems to be true with amphibians....3/3

New Kinds of Superconductivity? Physicists Demonstrate Coveted 'Spin-Orbit Coupling' in Atomic Gases

(Science Daily) Physicists at the Joint Quantum Institute, a collaboration of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland-College Park, have for the first time caused a gas of atoms to exhibit an important quantum phenomenon known as spin-orbit coupling....3/4

It's Bottoms Up For Antarctic Ice Sheets

(NPR) You can think of Antarctica as an amazing layer cake, made from millions of layers of snow that gradually turns to ice. But some of the ice in Antarctica is actually forming from underneath the glaciers, instead of being piled on from the top, according to a report published online by Science magazine....3/4

Deepwater Horizon's Impacts Found in Bacteria

(Wired) Nobody's going to shed a tear for an oiled microbe, but the Deepwater Horizon's impacts include bacteria, underscoring just how subtle and fundamental the blowout's ecological consequences may be....3/4