Tuesday, May 7, 2013
ORNL in the News

May 2013 story tips from Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(PhysOrg) Preparing for natural disasters...COMPUTING – Spotlight on super machines...PLASMONICS – Revolutionary sensors....BIOMEDICAL – Bridging the gap....CLIMATE—Model improvements....5/7

New Tome Tells Modern History of Supercomputing

(HPC Wire) A new book for the shelves of supercomputing aficionados has emerged, which covers a rather impressive swath of topic areas—from analyses of current top systems like Sequoia and Titan, to a historical trend watch covering the last several years in high performance computing...5/6

Fleischmann And The Enterprise Center Lead Business Development Trip To Oak Ridge

(The Chattanoogan) Congressman Chuck Fleishmann and The Enterprise Center led a trip of 50 area business leaders to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex to explore technology-based partnerships and future new business development opportunities for local companies...5/6

Drones can be beneficial to the community, local scientists and investigators say

(WATE-TV) ...Oak Ridge National Laboratory is testing out several of its own drones that are able to collect air samples if there is a health or environmental risk. "These are an invaluable tool," ORNL research scientist Andrew Harter said...5/6


U.S. Directly Blames China’s Military for Cyberattacks

(NY Times) The Obama administration on Monday explicitly accused China’s military of mounting attacks on American government computer systems and defense contractors, saying one motive could be to map “military capabilities that could be exploited during a crisis.”...5/6


Dozens of protest supporters arrive in Knoxville for Y-12 trial

(WBIR-TV) Downtown Knoxville was buzzing Monday with some unusual sights, all in advance of a federal trial for three people charged with vandalizing the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge...5/6

Solar So Simple It Is Just a Click Away

(Energy.gov) ...Today’s solar market is becoming much easier to navigate thanks to the combined efforts of Energy Department partners working on the SunShot Initiative...5/6

State & Regional

Tennessee ranked the best state for retirement

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Where's the best state to spend your retirement? According to Bankrate.com, it's Tennessee...5/6

East Tennessee

Knoxville nearly 12" ahead of average rainfall, with more forecast

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It’s not your imagination — we have been getting more rain than normal. A lot more, in fact...5/6

Long awaited Alexander Inn restoration about to start

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It’s a complex project that has involved many parties and required numerous approvals, but the long-awaited Alexander Inn restoration project is finally about to begin...5/7

Disability Careers Office Highlighted as Nationwide Model

(Tennessee Today) Almost half of college graduates with disabilities in the U.S. are unemployed. UT is tackling this problem through a one-of-a-kind partnership...5/6

energy & science policy

US bill would keep helium store afloat

(Nature) US lawmakers have taken a significant step towards averting a global crisis in helium supply, thanks to a bill passed by the House of Representatives on 26 April...5/3

science & technology

Researchers develop unique method for creating uniform nanoparticles

(PhysOrg) University of Illinois researchers have developed unique approach for the synthesis of highly uniform icosahedral nanoparticles made of platinum...5/5

NASA: Warming Climate Likely Means More Floods, Droughts

(NPR) The Earth's wettest regions are likely to get wetter while the most arid will get drier due to warming of the atmosphere caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, according to a new NASA analysis of more than a dozen climate models...5/3

Why The U.S. National Institute Of Mental Health Plans To Abandon The DSM

(Popular Science) The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health is turning its back on the so-called bible of its field. In a statement, the institute said it will start doing research in a way that ignores the categories in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is commonly known as the "DSM,"...5/6

Other Stories

North Korea Reportedly Moves Missiles Off Launch Status

(NPR) North Korea has reportedly moved two medium-range missiles away from a launch site in the country's east in an apparent ratcheting down of tensions in the region...5/6

U.K. Stockpiles Plutonium in Hopes of Future Energy

(Scientific American) Britain's plutonium stockpile, the biggest in the world, has just grown by another three tonnes as the German and Dutch governments have handed over their stores, apparently glad to be rid of it...5/6