Tuesday, April 9, 2013
ORNL in the News

Repairs completed on world's fastest supercomputer; Titan to undergo acceptance tests again

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Repairs have been completed to the Cray XK7 system known as Titan, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory supercomputer -- ranked as the world's fastest machine, based on its benchmark tests last fall -- will once again go through acceptance process to make sure the problems have been corrected and the system performs like it should....4/8

Professor’s Research Shows Gulf of Mexico Resilient After Spill

(Tennessee Today) The Gulf of Mexico may have a much greater natural ability to self-clean oil spills than previously believed, according to Terry Hazen, University of Tennessee—Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology...4/8

ORNL’s awake imaging device moves diagnostics field forward

(Oak Ridge Today) A technology being developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory promises to provide clear images of the brains of children, the elderly, and people with Parkinson’s and other diseases without the use of uncomfortable or intrusive restraints...4/8

DOE

Strock named project director for UPF; Seely to focus on design completion and readiness

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Retired Lt. Gen. Carl Strock has been named the project director for the Uranium Processing Facility, and he'll report to Jim Haynes, B&W Y-12's deputy general manager for projects...4/8

Energy Department Announces Prizes for 2013 National Science Bowl

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the prizes for which middle and high school teams from across the nation will compete at this year’s National Science Bowl...4/8

State & Regional

TVA clearing the air: Coal critics object to $1 billion investment in 60-year-old Gallatin plant

(Times Free Press) The Tennessee Valley Authority has begun its biggest single pollution control project to help clear the air around its Gallatin Fossil Plant...4/7

National

The 'Hard-To-Change' Legacy Of Medicare Payments

(NPR) The budget President Obama will send to Congress Wednesday is expected to include some $400 billion in reductions to Medicare and other health programs...4/9

East Tennessee

Dream of Oak Ridge rail museum appears over

(Knoxville News Sentinel) On the drawing boards for more than a decade, plans for a railroad museum in the Secret City have gone off the rails for good...4/9

 

energy & science policy

House Committee on Education and the Workplace: STEM Education

(AIP) The House Committee on Education and the Workplace submitted its “Budget Views and Estimates for Fiscal Year 2014” to the House Budget Committee...4/8

Inspector Generals Questioned by House Science Committee's Oversight Subcommittee

(AIP) A March 14 Subcommittee on Oversight hearing was the second in a series of hearings aimed at reviewing management and performance challenges within the agencies under the jurisdiction of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee...4/8

Science Committee Hears from NASA, NSF and Department of Commerce Inspector Generals

(AIP) The Subcommittee on Oversight of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a February 28 hearing to hear from Inspector Generals (IG) about the performance and management challenges at their respective agencies...4/8

science & technology

Can Chemistry Offer a Better Lithium Ion Battery?

(Scientific American) Researchers from around the world are gathering this week in New Orleans at the American Chemical Society's meeting to present more than three dozen reports on lithium-ion battery technology, highlighting improved components, better performance and more efficient production cycles...4/8

Publishing frontiers: The library reboot

(Nature) As scientific publishing moves to embrace open data, libraries and researchers are trying to keep up...3/27

Battery research at NSLS aims to solve energy storage challenges

(PhysOrg) The shrinking size and increasing capacity of batteries in the past few decades has made possible devices that have transformed everyday life. But small isn't the only frontier for battery technology...4/8

Other Stories

Margaret Thatcher: the divisive creator of modern Britain

(CS Monitor) Loved and loathed in equal measure, Margaret Thatcher was one of Britain's most divisive leaders of the last century, when the country's left and right battled for the soul of modern politics...4/8