Wednesday, April 17, 2013
ORNL in the News

DataDirect to Build World's Fastest Storage System for Titan Supercomputer

(HPC Wire) In support of its new Titan supercomputer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has selected DataDirect Networks (DDN) to build the world’s fastest storage system to power the fastest supercomputer in the world. ORNL is a national multi-program research and development facility managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy...4/16

ORNL scientists develop explosion residue detection device

(WBIR) In the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy this week, some of the focus has shifted to how officials can help prevent future attacks...4/16

DOE

Ernest MonizErnest Moniz’ Confirmation Hearing: Importance of Energy Innovation

(Energy Collective) MIT physics professor Dr. Ernest Moniz has yet to receive Senate confirmation to serve as the nation’s next Energy Secretary, let alone begin his tenure. This hasn’t stopped speculation about what a Moniz-led Department of Energy (DOE) might look like...4/15

Sequoia: It's classified

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Sequoia supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will now be used solely for classified studies associated with the nuclear weapons program, the National Nuclear Security Administration announced today...4/16

Energy Department Announces New Investment in Nuclear Fuel Storage Research

(Energy.gov) As part of its commitment to developing an effective strategy for the safe and secure storage and management of used nuclear fuel, the Energy Department today announced a new dry storage research and development project led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)...4/16

National

Security CameraBombings in Boston: What Did the Cameras See?

(Popular Mechanics) Security cameras will likely hold the key to unraveling the bomb attacks in Boston, experts say. Often lambasted as failing to deter crime, security cameras certainly come in handy during the investigation...4/16

East Tennessee

FBI, IRS Raid Billionaire Jimmy Haslam's Pilot Flying J

(Forbes) FBI and IRS agents executed sealed search and seizure warrants Monday and Tuesday at Pilot Flying J headquarters in Knoxville, TN as part of an investigation into one of the largest family-owned companies in the United States...4/16

Republicans blast Obama proposal to sell Tennessee Valley Authority

(Fox News) In a political role reversal, Republicans are blasting President Obama's plan to consider selling the Tennessee Valley Authority, an icon of the New Deal long targeted by conservatives as an example of government overreach...4/16

energy & science policy

FY 2014 National Nuclear Security Administration Request

(AIP) The Obama Administration has requested an increase of $646.7 million in the budget for the National Nuclear Security Administration in FY 2014.  Funding would increase 5.9 percent from the FY 2012 enacted budget of $11,005.8 million to $11,652.5 million under this request...4/16

science & technology

Stanford scientists develop new type of solar structure that cools buildings in full sunlight

(Stanford News) A Stanford team has designed an entirely new form of cooling panel that works even when the sun is shining. Such a panel could vastly improve the daylight cooling of buildings, cars and other structures by radiating sunlight back into the chilly vacuum of space...4/15

Texas droughtClimate models fail to ‘predict’ US droughts

(Nature News) “This would be a fine country if it only had water,” observes a settler looking at the barren west Texas plains. “So would Hell,” replies a despairing farmer. That old Texas joke probably originated in the 1950s, when the state was baked by its most relentless drought in recorded history...4/16

NREL survey shows dramatic improvement in B100 biodiesel quality

(PhysOrg) The latest national survey of 100% biodiesel (B100) "blend stock" samples by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that 95% of the samples from 2011-12 met ASTM International fuel quality specifications...4/16

Other Stories

InspirationFirst manned Mars mission draws flood of applicants

(Fox News) They'll be crammed into a space the size of an RV for more than a year, breathing recycled air, subsisting on dehydrated food and drinking their purified urine. If they die, they'll be freeze-dried in a body bag. And if they survive, they'll have to re-enter Earth's atmosphere at a screaming 8.8 miles per second...4/16

TylenolAnxious About Life and Afraid of Death? Tylenol May Do the Trick, Study Suggests

(Science Daily) University of British Columbia researchers have found a new potential use for the over-the-counter pain drug Tylenol. Typically known to relieve physical pain, the study suggests the drug may also reduce the psychological effects of fear and anxiety over the human condition, or existential dread...4/16