Monday, March 7, 2011
ORNL in the News

Solving the Mystery of the Most Violent Event in the Universe: A Core-Collapse Supernovas Explosion

(The Daily Galaxy) SNII_inspirale The evolution and nature of core-collapse-supernova explosions, pulsars, is a mystery, and one of the greatest unsolved problems in astrophysics. But a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Tony Mezzacappa is getting closer to explaining the origins of CCSN explosions with the help of Jaguar, a Cray XT5 supercomputer located at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility.

New project to predict behaviour of ice sheets under changing climate

(SmasHits) A new project is underway to help predict the behaviour of ice sheets under a changing climate...ORNL computational Earth scientist Kate Evans leads the effort to develop scalable algorithms, which includes other researchers from ORNL as well as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, New York University and Florida State University...3/7

There’s a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today

(Scientific Computing)...understanding the Sun’s inherent magnetism and its evolution will not only help us to understand the heartbeat and evolution of our solar system, but could also prove useful in the very future of mankind.  To this end, a team led by Juri Toomre from the University of Colorado is using Kraken, a Cray XT5 supercomputer, to simulate a Sun-like star. Located at the National Institute for Computational Sciences, a National Science Foundation-funded supercomputer managed by the University of Tennessee and located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Kraken is ranked eighth on the Top 500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers.

Oak Ridge lab to add titanic supercomputer

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The next golly-gee-whiz supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be called "Titan," and it will reportedly be capable of performing 20,000 trillion mathematical calculations per second - a capability also known as 20 petaflops...3/7

Oscar winner Natalie Portman published with Oak Ridge lab researcher

(Oak Ridger) It's been quite a week for Natalie Portman. First she won the Best Actress Academy Award for her work in "Black Swan" on Sunday night, then the Oscar-winning film star made headlines again after condemning a Christian Dior designer for a widely reported anti-Semitic rant allegedly made at a Paris café...In 1998, Portman even published a paper that appeared in the Journal of Chemical Education with an ORNL co-author, former Lab researcher Jonathan Woodward -- at one time a resident of Oak Ridge who performed in plays at the Oak Ridge Playhouse.

Phil Andrews, Supercomputing Leader, Dies at 55

(Scientific Computing) Phil Andrews, who for more than a decade served in a variety of leadership positions at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego, died Wednesday evening from an apparent heart attack.  Most recently, Andrews served as project director for the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS), with the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In that capacity, he was responsible for overall management and technical leadership of the high-end computing center, which encompasses the National Science Foundation-funded Kraken supercomputer.

DOE

DOE chief in OR retiring

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Gerald Boyd, the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge manager for more than eight years, is retiring from government service, effective April 3.  Boyd, 60, said Friday that he plans to stay in Oak Ridge and work for an unspecified environmental engineering company...3/4

U.S. Department of Energy Announces Energy Frontier Research Centers Summit & Forum

(DOE Press Release) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the first Science for Our Nation's Energy Future: Energy Frontier Research Centers Summit & Forum to be held on May 25-27, 2011, at the Renaissance Penn Quarter hotel in Washington D.C...3/4

State & Regional

Tennessee schools prepare to lose stimulus in the fall

(WBIR) Just as Tennessee students head back to school this fall, millions of dollars in federal stimulus aid for education will run out. For two years, local schools have used that money to pay teacher salaries, buy educational materials and cushion the recession's effect on their budgets. Those funds are fading away, and some of those stimulus jobs and programs may vanish with them...3/6

National

Obama Considers Tapping Oil Reserve

(New York Times) The Obama administration is considering tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in response to rapidly rising gasoline prices brought on by turmoil in the Middle East, the White House chief of staff, William M. Daley, said on Sunday...3/6

Democrats to End Union Standoff

(Wall Street Journal) Playing a game of political chicken, Democratic senators who fled Wisconsin to stymie restrictions on public-employee unions said Sunday they planned to come back from exile soon, betting that even though their return will allow the bill to pass, the curbs are so unpopular they'll taint the state's Republican governor and legislators...3/7

East Tennessee

UT senate to vote on resolution against firearms legislation

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Faculty at the University of Tennessee have a message for the Legislature: We don't want to carry guns.  The Faculty Senate is looking to pass a resolution at its meeting today opposing state House and Senate bills that would allow permit-holding gun owners on the faculty and staff to bring their firearms to campus...3/7

energy & science policy

Corporations, Associations, and Universities Warn of “Devastating Impact” of Funding Cuts in House Bill

(AIP) The American Institute of Physics and many of its Member Societies have signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warning that the budget reductions in a recently-passed House bill would have a “devastating impact” on the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the core research programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and other science agencies...3/4   

Inside Energy Extra

3/04 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
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  • No energy cuts in Democrats' plan
  • EPA would send jobs abroad: refiners
  • Sandia advances new gas turbine
  • Brookhaven lab touts economic role

science & technology

Glory Launch Fails

(WBIR) NASA: Observation satellite, CU instrument fail to reach orbit...3/7

New Gene Regions Identified That Predispose People to Heart Attacks: Some Hint at Previously Unknown Mechanisms That Increase Risk

(Science Daily) Scientists have identified 13 new gene sites associated with the risk of coronary artery disease and validated 10 sites found in previous studies.  The results of the study, to be published online March 6 in Nature Genetics, provide 13 vital new clues on the etiology of this disease, the most common cause of death worldwide. ...3/6

March 2011's Hottest Gadgets

(Popular Science) An easy-to-clean water bottle, earbuds that morph to your ears, a more powerful shredder and more...3/7

 

Has Evidence for Alien Life Been Found?

(Discovery News) Fossilized alien microbes have been discovered in a sample extracted from a meteorite, according to research carried out by a NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center astrobiologist. What's more, he has challenged any scientist to investigate his work...3/6

Other Stories

Digital Music Revenues Projected To Reach $20 Billion By 2015

(Forbes) Digital music industry revenues should reach $20 billion a year by 2015, according to Ovum, a market a research firm. Ovum expects compound growth of 20% a year from 2011 to 2015, driven by strong growth in subscription music services...3/7