Monday, March 5, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL Completes First Phase of Titan Supercomputer Transition

(TMC Net) The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory issued the following news release: Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Jaguar supercomputer has completed the first phase of an upgrade that will keep it among the most powerful scientific computing systems in the world...3/4

Oak Ridge projects get high-level attention

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Energy Secretary Steven Chu was in Oak Ridge Feb. 15 to promote the administration's support for nuclear energy. He visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, where scientists and engineers are using the lab's super-powerful computers to create a virtual reactor that may help fix real-time problems in real-life reactors...3/5

DOE

LANLLos Alamos Residents Brace for Layoffs at Lab

(New York Times) Sharon Stover remembers the stories her mother used to tell about what life was like when Los Alamos National Laboratory first opened during World War II...3/3

Energy Department Spurs Nuclear Technology

(Yahoo News) The Department of Energy announced Friday it has entered three private-public partnerships to for the development of small nuclear reaction technologies near Aiken, S.C. The partnerships are a part of the department's ongoing efforts to spur nuclear energy in America...3/3

State & Regional

TN trails other states in money to lure filmmakers

(WBIR) If freelance production designer Bart Mangrum had more work in Tennessee, he wouldn't have to skip to other states to maintain his livelihood. For Mangrum, chasing jobs outside of Tennessee is a tiresome but familiar situation...3/4

National

Syrian MenU.S. officials: Iran is stepping up lethal aid to Syria

(Washington Post) U.S. officials say they see Iran’s hand in the increasingly brutal crackdown on opposition strongholds in Syria, including evidence of Iranian military and intelligence support for government troops accused of mass executions and other atrocities in the past week...3/5

Washington's $5 trillion interest bill

(CNN) Interest rates on U.S. bonds may be ridiculously low, but that doesn't mean the country's future interest payments on the national debt will be. Uncle Sam will shell out more than $5 trillion in interest payments over the next decade, according to the latest projections from the Congressional Budget Office...3/5

East Tennessee

Groups come to aid of tornado victims

(WVLT) On Sunday morning, members of the Poplar Bluff Missionary Baptist Church in Tellico Plains couldn't even get down the street to get to their church building. They moved church to another location and decided after worshiping, they would put on the work cloths and help neighbors...3/4

energy & science policy

OSTP Director Holdren Testifies Before Key House Appropriators

(AIP) Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren meet with key House appropriators on Wednesday to discuss the Obama Administration’s FY 2013 request for research and development programs.  While there were occasional sharp questions about NASA and China, it was largely an amicable hearing...3/2

science & technology

Artificial pancreas gives girl vacation from diabetes

(CNN) Stefany Shaheen awoke to a feeling of uneasiness. Something was not quite right with her daughter, Elle. Creeping into her bedroom, Shaheen removed a lancet from its wrapper and poked her diabetic daughter's finger...3/4

NASA Struggles With IT Security, Loses Space Station Code

(NPR) The "algorithms used to command and control the International Space Station" were lost when an unencrypted NASA laptop computer was stolen in March 2011. That tidbit came in testimony Wednesday delivered by NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin as he reported on the space agency's IT security track record...3/1

Other Stories

GM to suspend production of Chevrolet Volt

(U.S. News and World Report) General Motors Co. is suspending production of its Chevrolet Volt electric car for five weeks amid disappointing sales. A GM spokesman said Friday that the company will shut down production of the Volt from March 19 until April 23, idling 1,300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant...3/2

Lesson From Iceland And Ireland: Don't Bail Out Banks

(Investor's Business Daily) To bail out or not to bail out? The most definitive answer to that central question for managing banking blowups comes from Iceland and Ireland, home to two of the biggest financial bubbles of the past crisis...3/4

Out there

Jurassic FleasGiant Jurassic Fleas Packed a Mean Mouth

(New York Times) Scientists have discovered the world’s oldest fleas to date — bloodsuckers that lived among (and possibly on) dinosaurs. Fossils found in northeastern China belong to two ancient species of fleas, the researchers report in the current issue of the journal Nature: one dating to the Middle Jurassic, about 165 million years ago, and the other to the Early Cretaceous, about 125 million years ago...3/2