Wednesday, May 15, 2013
ORNL in the News

Black HoleSupercomputing Research Shows Black Holes Impact Galaxies

(Tennessee Today) Research using supercomputing power at the National Institute for Computational Sciences  offer insight into persistent questions surrounding black holes...5/14


Man at PumpHow to make your car more fuel efficient

(Chicago Tribune)..Going 50 on the highway is not good for anyone, unless it’s rush hour on the Kennedy, so Oak Ridge National Laboratory engineer Brian West weighed in on this question for Science Update, saying anywhere between 50 and 65 mph maximizes engine efficiency...5/14


UPF's federal director said he's 'encouraged' by contractor's response to latest design concerns

(Knoxville News Sentinel) John Eschenberg (pictured, right), federal project director for the multibillion-dollar Uranium Processing Facility, said he's "encouraged" to see corrective actions being taken in response to the latest concerns on the big project's design...5/14

Courtroom drama in Y-12 case pitted guard against guard

(Knoxville News Sentinel) One of the intriguing stretches of last week’s federal trial of Y-12 protesters was the back-to-back testimony of Sgt. Chad Riggs and (former) Security Police Officer Kirk Garland...5/14

State & Regional

Republican Governor Deals Blow to "Constitutionally Suspect" Tennessee "Ag Gag" Bill

(PR Watch) Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has vetoed a controversial "ag gag" bill that would hamstring citizen investigations documenting patterns of abuse of animals and regulatory violations...5/14


FBI opens criminal probe of tax agency, audit cites disarray

(Reuters) U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday he had ordered the FBI to open a criminal probe in a growing scandal over the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative political groups for extra tax scrutiny....5/14

Eric Holder says leak to AP was 'very serious'

(BBC News) US Attorney General Eric Holder has said the leak that prompted the seizure of Associated Press (AP) phone records put the US at risk. The AP has said the justice department secretly seized records of outgoing calls from more than 20 phone lines...5/14

North America Oil Surge Transforms Energy Market: IEA

(Investor's Business Daily) Soaring crude oil output in North America will revolutionize the energy market, including how oil is moved, stored and refined across the globe, the International Energy Agency predicted Tuesday...5/14

energy & science policy

Senate Republicans Block Committee Vote on Obama’s Nominee to Lead E.P.A.

(The New York Times) The Republicans said they were protesting what they called an inadequate response by the nominee, Gina McCarthy, to more than 1,000 written questions...5/14

science & technology

Alternative to Top500 List In the Works

(Slashdot) A quiet movement to replace Linpack as the benchmark of choice for evaluating a supercomputer might mean that the Top500's days are numbered...5/14

MinoansMinoan civilization was made in Europe

(Nature News) When the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans discovered the 4,000-year-old Palace of Minos on Crete in 1900, he saw the vestiges of a long-lost civilization whose artefacts set it apart from later Bronze-Age Greeks...5/14

Climate Change Has Shifted the Location of the North and South Poles

(Scientific American) Global warming is changing the location of Earth's geographic poles, according to a new study in Geophysical Research Letters...5/14

IcthyosaurFossil Saved from Mule Track Revolutionizes Understanding of Ancient Dolphin-Like Marine Reptile

(Science Daily) An international team of scientists have revealed a new species of ichthyosaur (a dolphin-like marine reptile from the age of dinosaurs) from Iraq, which revolutionises our understanding of the evolution and extinction of these ancient marine reptiles...5/14

Other Stories

U.S. Deficit Narrows to $642 Billion in Budget Agency Estimate

(SF Gate) The U.S. budget deficit will shrink by the end of fiscal 2013 to $642 billion, the smallest shortfall in five years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office...5/14

Out there

Thought Experiment: Build a Supercomputer Replica of the Human Brain

(WIRED) Even by the standards of the TED conference, Henry Markram’s 2009 TEDGlobal talk was a mind-bender. He took the stage of the Oxford Playhouse, clad in the requisite dress shirt and blue jeans, and announced a plan that—if it panned out—would deliver a fully sentient hologram within a decade...5/14