Thursday, May 30, 2013
ORNL in the News

Alexander: 'Oak Ridge's role is key'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) During a press briefing at today's Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit, I asked Sen. Lamar Alexander what role Oak Ridge National Laboratory would play in carrying out his proposed energy plan for the U.S...5/30

Evolution of Eye Care

(Tennessee Alumnus) ...Dr. Edward Chaum, creator of a new technology that is used in conjunction with a special camera, believes if primary-care physicians serving low-income patients are able to conduct visual screenings during a routine exam, many people can be saved from a life of blindness...A $125,000 seed-fund grant from Oak Ridge National Laboratory helped Chaum begin building the library...5/13

'Almost there' on Titan

(Knoxville News Sentinel) I talked briefly today with Jeff Nichols, ORNL's scientific computing chief, at the Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit, and asked him for yet-another update on the acceptance testing for the lab's Cray XK7 "Titan" supercomputer -- certified as the world's fastest computer based on benchmark testing last fall...5/29

 

DOE

Summit draws crowd to Y-12 New Hope Center

(Oak Ridger) ...Speaking in the New Hope Center at the Y-12 National Security Complex, Alexander called for the doubling of research funding and the ending of long-term subsidies for Big Oil and Big Wind...5/29

UT, Y-12, and Stanley Healthcare Work to Advance Technology

(Tennessee Today) Most people have experienced a long wait to see a doctor. Technology being developed through a new collaboration between UT Knoxville, Y-12 National Security Complex, and Stanley Healthcare aims to cut down on wait times...5/29

National

China says has no need to steal U.S. military secrets

(Reuters) China's Defense Ministry dismissed as ridiculous on Thursday a U.S. report that Chinese hackers have gained access to designs of more than two dozen major U.S. weapons systems, saying the country needed no outside help for its military development...5/30

East Tennessee

Eastman Chemical plans $1.6B Kingsport investment

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Specialty chemicals maker Eastman Chemical Co. on Wednesday signaled a long-term commitment to East Tennessee with announcement of $1.6 billion modernization plan...5/29

Knoxville-area technology companies growing, being acquired

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The three largest Knoxville-area technology companies maintained their positioned from last year, but two of the three have different owners from a year ago, according to an annual ranking of local companies...5/29

energy & science policy

Sen. Alexander cites 4 'grand principles' for energy future

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., on Wednesday opened the 2013 Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit with a major speech on energy policy, calling for the government to double its funding for energy research, get rid of long-running subsidies for wind and oil, and focus efforts on clean energy sources — not just those that are renewable...5/29

Five Surprising Facts About Energy Poverty

(National Geographic News) The countries that have made the most progress still have far to go to bring electricity and clean energy to their populations, a new report says...5/29

science & technology

The PC May Be Dying, But Computing Lives Everywhere

(Wired) The walloping the PC industry received in the first quarter of this year, down 14 percent according to IDC and the biggest decline since the research firm began tracking PC sales in 1994, was no fluke...5/29

Migration patterns reveal much about US population, research finds

(PhysOrg) The drop of Detroit's population is well documented, but a Michigan Technological University researcher says there is a surprising kernel of information in the decline...5/30

Scientists Discover Massive Methane-Based Ecosystem

(Popular Science) It's only the third cold seep discovered off the U.S. Atlantic Coast, and it could help researchers understand how life exists in harsh environments, including potentially on other planets...5/28

Other Stories

Russia sends arms to Syria as it tries to reassert its role in region

(Washington Post) ...The flow of arms to Syria, including the advanced S-300 missile defense batteries that Moscow said this week it would supply, continues amid hopes that an international conference, jointly proposed by the United States and Russia, will lead to a negotiated political settlement of Syria’s civil war...5/29

Middle East Coronavirus Called 'Threat To The Entire World'

(NPR) ...A virus that many people had been calling a SARS-like virus because of the severe respiratory condition it has triggered in quite a few people has an official name: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS-CoV...5/29