Friday, March 28, 2014
ORNL in the News

NVIDIA Highlights GPU Progress on Titan Supercomputer

(HPC Wire) The GPU Technology Conference this week in San Jose offered plenty of material for the supercomputing set with a number of presentations focused on specific programming challenges for large-scale scientific and enterprise HPC applications. he Titan system at Oak Ridge National Lab tied together key themes through a number of the talks, which helped put massive-scale use of GPUs in better context....3/28

NNSA CTO Travis Howerton to step down

(Fedscoop) The National Nuclear Security Administration is about to lose its top technologist. Travis Howerton, NNSA chief technology officer, plans to accept a job at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and will be working closely with its chief information officer, Michael Bartell, FedScoop has learned...3/28

 

DOE

Laser TagU.S. won't help Russia play 'laser tag' after all

(Cleveland Plain Dealer) Congress need not worry about helping Russia with military training that mimics the game of laser tag. The U.S. Department of Energy has decided to keep the toys away from Russia...3/27

Dot HarrisHistory of Women at the Energy Department

(Energy.gov) Women have been making a significant impact in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields for centuries. Join the Energy Department in celebrating Women’s History Month by viewing this timeline for a glimpse of the accomplishments of women in energy...3/28

State & Regional

Senate panel OKs Tennessee school voucher plan

(The Tennessean) Legislation that would set up the state’s first school voucher program took a major step forward Wednesday as a Senate committee approved a plan favored by Gov. Bill Haslam....3/27

National

Steven WilsonAir Force fires 9 commanders in nuke missile cheating scandal, dozens face disciplinary action

(U. S. News and World Report) he Air Force took the extraordinary step Thursday of firing nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announcing it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base, responding firmly to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported...3/28

East Tennessee

Chicamauga DamHigher fuel costs push up TVA electric rates in April

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) The Tennessee Valley Authority will boost its monthly fuel cost adjustment in April as the federal utility catches up for higher fuel costs incurred during the extreme temperatures in January and continued colder than expected weather in February...3/26

energy & science policy

Good Hearing Before House Appropriators on FY 2015 NSF Budget Request

(AIP) There was a striking contrast in tone between yesterday’s House Science Committee hearing on the Administration’s FY 2015 S&T budget request and this morning’s hearing before House appropriators on the National Science Foundation request...3/27

science & technology

YuggothDwarf planet discovered at solar system's edge

(The Telegraph) Astronomers have found a new dwarf planet far beyond the orbit of Pluto and can only guess how it got there. The diminutive world, provisionally called "2012 VP 113" by the international Minor Planet Center, is estimated to be about 280 miles in diameter...3/27

US clean-air efforts stay on target, analysis shows

(PhysOrg) National efforts in the last decade to clear the air of dangerous particulate matter have been so successful that most urban areas have already attained the next benchmark, according to new research by Rice University...3/27

Engineered bacteria produce biofuel alternative for high-energy rocket fuel

(Science Daily) Researchers have engineered a bacterium to synthesize pinene, a hydrocarbon produced by trees that could potentially replace high-energy fuels, such as JP-10, in missiles and other aerospace applications...3/26

Other Stories

Bryophyte DrawingDecline of natural history troubling for science, society

(PhysOrg) the study of organisms, how and where they live and how they interact with their environment – appears to be in steep decline in developed countries, according to Joshua Tewksbury, a University of Washington professor and WWF International scientist...3/27

Out there

Record quantum entanglement of multiple dimensions: Two Schrödinger cats which could be alive, dead, or in 101 other states simultaneously

(Science Daily) Scientists have managed to create an entanglement of 103 dimensions with only two photons. The record had been established at 11 dimensions. The discovery could represent a great advance toward the construction of quantum computers with much higher processing speeds than current ones, and toward a better encryption of information. ...3/27