Tuesday, May 1, 2012
ORNL in the News

Supercomputing Power Could Pave the Way to Energy-Efficient Engines

(National Geographic News) Scientists believe that a massive upgrade in U.S. supercomputing power set to deploy this year will help crack the code on energy-efficient engines...The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee is set to deploy a massive upgrade to Jaguar, the nation's fastest supercomputer and Number 3 in the world...4/30

Energy project looks to tame supercomputing's tsunami of data

(GCN) The Scalable Data Management, Analysis and Visualization (SDAV) Institute aims to develop ways to let scientists spend less time sifting through data and more time on science...As part of DOE’s Big Data Research and Development Initiative, the SDAV Institute will work with a number of national computing facilities to ensure the successful deployment and adoption of SDAV tools and software. Institute partners include the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/30

DOE

Innovative Technologies, Innovative Diplomacy

(Energy.gov) David Sandalow, the Energy Department's Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, shares highlights from the third Clean Energy Ministerial held this April in London, England...4/30

State & Regional

Tennessee Legislature passes $31 billion budget

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...After heated debate, the final, Republican-drafted version of the budget was approved 63-27. The Senate followed later with approval of the spending plan — mostly prepared by Gov. Bill Haslam's administration — on a 31-2 vote with virtually no discussion...5/1

National

New York's Freedom Tower Hits Milestone

(Wall Street Journal) One World Trade Center, the giant monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, will lay claim to the title of New York City's tallest skyscraper on Monday...4/30

East Tennessee

Chancellor Cheek Part of National Land-Grant Energy Panel

(Tennessee Today) ...The university has established a key role in tackling the world’s energy challenges. It is home to Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT), a one-of-a-kind center developing smart grid technologies to overhaul our nation’s chronically overstretched electric power grid...4/30

science & technology

Wind Farms Might Have Warming Effect

(Scientific American) ...The Texas study found the temperature around wind farms rose more at night, compared with nearby regions. This was possibly because while the earth usually cools after the sun sets, bringing the air temperature down, the turbulence produced by the farms kept the ground in their area warm...4/29

The Curious Future of Renewable Energy

(The Atlantic) These days there seems to be a lot of energy put into the problems of energy - how to create it, how to cut back on it, how to control it - and how to make sure it doesn't control us...4/26

Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dissenters

(NY Times) For decades, a small group of scientific dissenters has been trying to shoot holes in the prevailing science of climate change, offering one reason after another why the outlook simply must be wrong...4/30

Rare Earth Elements Getting Recycled, Finally

(Discovery News) Rare earth metals -- a set of 17 chemical elements, including scandium, promethium, yttrium and cerium -- come from a small handful of places in the world. So it's about time that these crucial electric vehicle battery materials started getting recycled on a large scale. Honda announced plans to create what it's calling the world's first mass-production process for doing just that with spent nickel-metal hydride batteries...4/27

Turbine Condenses Clean Water From the Air and Generates Wind Power At the Same Time

(Popular Science) A new type of wind turbine harvests not only electricity from the wind, but clean water from the air, by condensing humidity from even the driest climes...4/30

Other Stories

After Bin Laden, Al-Qaida Still Present As Movement

(NPR) A year after Osama bin Laden's death, officials say the al-Qaida ideology will take longer to die...5/1