Thursday, April 26, 2012
ORNL in the News

Computer Data Analytics expert speaks at UT Science Forum

(Tennessee Journalist) Justin M. Beaver of the Computation Data Analytics Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory spoke Friday, April 13 at the UT Science Forum. Beaver’s talk, titled “Addressing Challenges in Cyber Security Through Intelligent Computing,” discussed the variety of cyber threats and new technology that Beaver’s team is developing to counteract security breaches...4/25

A Technology Breakthrough for Geothermal

( Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has partnered with ClimateMaster -- a leading manufacturer of geothermal and water-source heat pumps -- to develop an appliance that could provide space conditioning and all domestic hot water needs while consuming at least 50% less energy than conventional minimum efficiency equipment...4/26

Oak Ridge teens recognized by Legislature

(Oak Ridger) Oak Ridge High School seniors Ziyuan Liu and Cassee Cain have been recognized in two resolutions recently presented by state Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge, according to a late Tuesday afternoon release...The team's mentors on the project were John K. Mueller and Boyd McCutchen Evans III of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/24

Progress toward Fast, Low-cost DNA Sequencing

(Scientific Computing) Researchers have developed a new concept for use in a high-speed genomic sequencing device that may have the potential to substantially drive down costs. "The low cost — if it can be achieved — would enable genomic sequencing to be used in everyday clinical practice for medical treatments and preventions," said Predrag Krstic, project director and former Oak Ridge National Laboratory physicist now at the University of Tennessee-ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences...4/24


DOE had a long way to go in going green

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its updated list of Top 50 Green Power Partnership organizations, which voluntarily use clean, renewable electricity "from resources such as solar, wind and low-impact hydropower."...4/25

National Park Service wants to save part of K-25's North Tower; will DOE adjust plans?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Park Service wants to save at least a part of K-25's North Tower in order to help preserve some of the historic site's authenticity for future viewers, and that could throw a wrench in the Department of Energy's proposed mitigation plan and efforts to complete demolition of the World War II-era structure...4/25

State & Regional

Old Tenn. newspapers now online at state archives

(Knoxville News Sentinel) More than 60,000 pages of Tennessee newspapers dating from 1850 to 1876 are now online at the Tennessee State Library and Archives...4/26


Could Iran Wage A Cyberwar On The U.S.?

(NPR) Security professionals in both the U.S. government and in private industry have long feared the prospect of a cyberwar with China or Russia, two states capable of launching destructive attacks on the computer networks that control critical assets such as the power grid or the financial system. Now they face a new cyberthreat: Iran...4/26

US air pollution hits 10-year low, report finds

(CS Monitor) A report by the American Lung Association finds that air pollution has fallen to its lowest levels since the group began collecting data in 2000. The ALA credits the Clean Air Act...4/25

East Tennessee

Knox Co. gets mixed reviews in air quality report

(WBIR-TV) ...Knox County received a passing grade for particle pollution based on year-round averages from the Environmental Protection Agency. But ozone levels during that three-year period led the association to assign an "F" grade. Nevertheless, it found air quality has been improving...4/25

energy & science policy

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY 2013 DOE Funding Bill

(AIP) Earlier today the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY 2013 funding bill. Reflecting the budget deal worked out last year between the Obama Administration and Congress, the subcommittee’s bill totals $33.4 billion...4/27

White House Promotes a Bioeconomy

(NY Times) The Obama administration is expected to announce a broad plan on Thursday to foster development of the nation’s “bioeconomy,” including the use of renewable resources and biological manufacturing methods...4/26

science & technology

U.N. Struggles to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(Scientific American) While striving to secure an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally, the international organization has seen pollution from its own activities, particularly flying, rise...4/25

Researchers develop a path to liquid solar cells that can be printed onto surfaces

( Scientists at USC have developed a potential pathway to cheap, stable solar cells made from nanocrystals so small they can exist as a liquid ink and be painted or printed onto clear surfaces...4/25

World governments establish biodiversity panel

(Nature) Governments from more than 90 countries have agreed to establish an independent panel of scientists to assess the very latest research on the state of the planet's fragile ecosystems...4/23

Other Stories

Predicted: In 15 Years, 90% of News Stories Will Be Written by Algorithms

(The Atlantic) We've already begun to see a trickle of computer-authored journalism. Prepare yourself for the flood: In 15 years time, more than 90 percent of news will be written by an algorithm...4/25

Despite sanctions, Iran shows no change in nuclear ambitions

(USA Today) Iran is finding ways around international sanctions meant to pressure its leaders to abandon its nuclear aspirations, even as evidence mounts that sanctions are hurting the Iranian people, Iran analysts say...4/25