Friday, May 13, 2011
ORNL in the News

Khalifa University hosts fifth Information and Communication Technology Research Forum

(Breitbart) Khalifa University is to host the UAE's fifth Information and Communication Technology Research Forum (ICTRF2011) at its Abu Dhabi campus on Sunday 15, May 2011. ...The main topics to be discussed by internationally renowned speakers during the forum include: Prof. Sorel Resiman, President, IEEE Computer Society, Managing Director Merlot.org, USA, "Merlot: A Model of Open Education Resource Services"; Prof. Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli, Mohammed V-Agdal University, "The ATLAS Experiment and the High Performance Networking"; Dr. Thomas Zacharia, Deputy for Science and Technology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory...5/11

Preparing for the worst; ORNL researchers do DVDs for emergency training

(Knoxville News Sentinel) I don't know how many how many training videos and instructional DVDs they've done on emergency preparedness, but John Sorensen and Barbara Vogt Sorensen (now semi-retired) have worked on a bunch...5/12

Lisa MurkowskiHydropower Gaining Momentum

(Renewable Energy World) [Bill] Smith was one of 574 hydropower professionals who attended the National Hydropower Association's (NHA) 2011 Conference, held April 4-6 in Washington, D.C. Citing the conference's record attendance, Smith said he hasn't seen this much interest in building more hydro capacity since the hydropower boom of the late '70s...During the conference, the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory released an eye-opening study that found the U.S. could add 12,600 MW of renewable power capacity to the grid by adding hydropower to 54,000 existing dams.

OpenMP Workshop in June to Focus on Optimizing Parallel Programming

(HPC Wire) As high-performance computing begins a new era of extreme scale computing, programmers are being forced to develop new skills, strategies, and platforms...Many are now questioning whether our current approaches to developing software for science and engineering are sustainable, says Robert Harrison of the University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory...5/12

DOE

Solar PanelDepartment of Energy closes Loan Guarantee Program

(Clean Energy Authority)The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it will no longer accept applications to the 1705 Loan Guarantee program, which has helped 19 clean energy projects gain financing for their projects through other sources...5/12

U.S. Energy Department lays out vision

(UPI.com) The U.S. Department of Energy unveiled a 60-page energy blueprint that outlines its mission of ensuring the United States remains a global leader by using science to address its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges...5/12

State & Regional

Tenn. sees 13th straight month of sales tax growth

(WBIR) Tennessee has marked the 13th straight month of growth in sales taxes collections, which account for two out of every three tax dollars collected by the state...5/12

Lawsuit reform passes TN state senate

(Tennessean) The state Senate approved a plan to limit damages in civil law suits, sending the bill to Gov. Bill Haslam for his signature...5/12

National

SEAL helmet cams recorded entire bin Laden raid

(CBS News) A new picture emerged Thursday of what really happened the night the Navy SEALs swooped in on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan (Video at Link) ...5/12

Multimedia Al-Qaeda MapPakistan Army Chief Balks at U.S. Demands to Cooperate

(New York Times) Despite mounting pressure from the United States since the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Pakistan’s army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, seems unlikely to respond to American demands to root out other militant leaders, according to people who have met with him in the last 10 days...5/12

Mississippi FloodingMississippi Delta residents brace for flooding; others cleaning up

(USA Today) The bloated Mississippi River continued its yawning, destructive march downriver, surpassing one historic height after another since cresting at Memphis last week...5/13

U.S. Futures Point to Higher Open

(Wall Street Journal) U.S. stock futures edged higher Friday, as data showing strong first-quarter growth in the euro zone boosted expectations that the global economic recovery remains on track. The price of oil, silver and other commodities also advanced, while the U.S. dollar fell against major currencies.

science & technology

Hot JupiterHow 'Hot Jupiters' Got So Close to Their Stars: Extrasolar Planet Research Sheds Light on Our Solar System

(Science Daily) More than 500 extrasolar planets -- planets that orbit stars other than the sun -- have been discovered since 1995. But only in the last few years have astronomers observed that in some of these systems the star is spinning one way and the planet, a "hot Jupiter," is orbiting the star in the opposite direction...5/12

Hackintosh ChipHackintosh Diaries, Part One: It's Never Been Easier to Build a Hackintosh

(Popular Science) There are few better ways to learn about how computers work than by building one from scratch, and few better excuses to snap fresh, solder-scented boards into waiting ports, if you're one to enjoy such things. But if you're primarily a Mac user like me, the call of that great geek rite of passage may have as yet gone unanswered; homebuilt PCs can't run OS X natively...5/11

BacteriaEvolutionary Adaptations Can Be Reversed, but Rarely

(Science Daily) Physicists' study of evolution in bacteria shows that adaptations can be undone, but rarely. Ever since Charles Darwin proposed his theory of evolution in 1859, scientists have wondered whether evolutionary adaptations can be reversed...5/11

Other Stories

Facebook's Smear Campaign Against Google Revealed

(Forbes) Big news in the world of tech titans clashing today: Facebook admits to the Daily Beast that it was the client behind a PR firm’s clumsy attempt to plant a damaging story about a Google social feature that’s almost two years old. The whisper campaign attempted by Burson-Marsteller turned into screaming headlines this week, after USA Today decided to write about the firm’s attempts to bamboozle it (after actually being bamboozled and nearly publishing a front page story about it, says Christopher Soghoian to BetaBeat)...5/12