Wednesday, March 9, 2011
ORNL in the News

Cable test raises fears at fusion project

(Nature News) Degradation of superconducting cables for the heart of the ITER fusion machine threatens to cause further delays. Neutron studies of the failed cable are under way at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, according to Ned Sauthoff, the head of the United States' contribution to ITER....3/8

LAMMPS supercomputer code developer earns special recognition

(Media Newswire) Due to its parallel scalability, the Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator (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....3/8

ORNL's next big computer doesn't have a home - yet

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is expecting delivery of the first cabinets of a new supercomputer by year's end, but construction of its future home is still a bit up in the air....3/7


Alliance hints at legal challenge to UPF

(Knoxville News Sentinel) After years of preparation, the National Nuclear Security Administration last week released the final Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for the Y-12 National Security Complex....3/9

East Tennessee

Census shows Morgan, Scott, Claiborne counties lag behind

(Knoxville News Sentinel) According to U.S. Census Bureau data on cumulative population change, Scott, Morgan and Claiborne counties have experienced the smallest population growth in East Tennessee from 2000-2009, and actually experienced negative growth in 2008-2009....3/9

Other Stories

From 'End of History' Author, a Look at the Beginning and Middle

(New York Times) In a book to be published in April, The Origins of Political Order, Francis Fukuyama of Stanford University presents a sweeping new overview of human social structures throughout history, taking over from where Edward O. Wilson's ambitious synthesis, Sociobiology, left off....3/8




Democrats Raise Stakes on Budget

(Wall Street Journal) Senate Democratic leaders, seeking to break an impasse over Republican-backed spending cuts, on Tuesday proposed broadening the scope of budget negotiations into more politically volatile terrain that includes taxes, subsidies and entitlement programs....3/9

State & Regional

TVA budget offers opportunity for growth, official says

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA's chief financial officer told a congressional panel on Tuesday the agency's budget for the upcoming year will provide some opportunities for growth even as the economy continues to struggle....3/9

TN tries to protect Cumberland Plateau mountain ridges from mining

(Tennessean) Public hearings began this week on the state's petition to protect mountain ridges on public lands on the Cumberland Plateau from coal mining....3/9

energy & science policy

At House E.P.A. Hearing, Both Sides Claim Science

(New York Times) Science and politics rarely play nicely together, and a House hearing Tuesday on a bill to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions proved no exception....3/9

Inside Energy Extra

3/8 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** DOI plans 7,000 onshore permits in 2010
** Tapping SPR no solution: Murkowski
** Exelon's Rowe to Congress: 'Do nothing'
** Bingaman plans new small reactor bill

science & technology

Study foresees a rapid and widespread extinction of species

(Washington Post) Earth's creatures are on the brink of a sixth mass extinction, comparable to the one that wiped out the dinosaurs. That's the conclusion of a new study, which calculates that three-quarters of today's animal species could vanish within 300 years....3/7 Registration Required]

Voyager: Still dancing 17 billion km from Earth

(BBC) The most distant spacecraft from Earth, Voyager 1, is executing a series of roll manoeuvres, proving the 33-year-old explorer is in great shape....3/8

Lab Vs. Courtroom: Different Definitions Of Proof

(NPR) A research study published this week offers a powerful reminder of the difficulty of using cutting-edge science in the courtroom. The study, reported in the latest issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, describes the genetic fingerprinting technique that the FBI relied on in its investigation of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks....3/9

Right-Handers, but Not Left-Handers, Are Biased to Select Their Dominant Hand

(Science Daily) The vast majority of humans -- over 90 percent -- prefer to use their right hand for most skilled tasks. For decades, researchers have been trying to understand why this asymmetry exists....3/9