Thursday, May 31, 2012
ORNL in the News









New research instrument at SNS

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A new research instrument, the Hybrid Spectrometer (HYPSPEC), is online at the Spallation Neutron Source (at Beam Line 14-B) and being commissioned for experimental use. According to information released by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the new instrument "combines the time-of-flight technique used at pulsed sources such as SNS with the advantages of crystal spectrometers that use continuous neutrons...5/30

Viewing images of supernova explosions, celestial anomalies

(Oak Ridger) The 15th annual Dick Smyser Community Lecture series featured a presentation by Michael Smith, distinguished scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and leader of the ORNL Experimental Astrophysics Group...Smith's presentation consisted of images captured through telescopes and/or computer simulations of supernova explosions and other celestial anomalies...5/30

Wind – the other force behind Oklahoma’s energy boom

(Power and Energy Solutions) Known globally as an oil and gas giant, Oklahoma is rapidly diversifying its power portfolio and is quickly becoming known as one of the wind industry's main markets in North America...the Oak Ridge National Laboratory estimates that Oklahoma has 10 times the wind potential necessary to satisfy all electric energy demand in the Southwest Power Pool...5/30


Clinton to assert U.S. claim in scramble for Arctic

(Reuters) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will assert U.S. interest in the Arctic, where the prospects for abundant oil, gas and new trade routes has been likened to a modern-day gold rush, when she visits the region on Saturday...5/31


A Not-So-Cheesy Approach to Clean Energy Manufacturing

( In support of the Obama Administration’s goals for quality, American-made clean energy products, the Energy Department’s State Energy Program continues to invest in the small businesses that make up the backbone of our economy...5/30

Sandia Labs technology used in Fukushima cleanup

(PhysOrg) A Sandia National Laboratories technology has been used to remove radioactive material from more than 43 million gallons of contaminated wastewater at Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant...5/29

East Tennessee

Earliest residents of Oak Ridge star in oral history project

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Stars in a Secret City with an explosive past, some of Oak Ridge's first residents were feted with Tuesday's launch of a new center that's captured their histories. The Center for Oak Ridge Oral History is now online, with some 150 video interviews now available and a waiting list of other participants...5/30

Smokies visitation up 15% from last year

(WATE) Great Smoky Mountains Park has seen a jump in visitors this year, and officials say they expect those numbers to stay high all summer. Visitation to the park has increased by nearly 15% from last year. That means 257,000 more people have come to the park in 2012...5/30

energy & science policy

Reaction to Successful Flight of Commercial Cargo Space Craft to Space Station

(AIP) Last Friday’s successful docking of the Dragon capsule developed by SpaceX to the international space station was hailed by both the Obama Administration and Members of Congress. Docking occurred 250 miles above Earth, permitting the transfer of 1,014 pounds of cargo to the station...5/30

International Agency Calls for Action on Natural Gas Safety

(National Geographic News) Forcing natural gas out of shale rock through hydraulic fracturing is riskier than conventional gas development and requires tougher rules than those now in place, the International Energy Agency says in a new report...5/30

science & technology

Researchers Find Clues in Malware

(NY Times) Security experts have only begun examining the thousands of lines of code that make up Flame, an extensive, data-mining computer virus that has been designed to steal information from computers across the Middle East, but already digital clues point to its creators and capabilities...5/30

UCLA life scientists view biodiversity through a whole new dimension

(PhysOrg) How can blue whales, the largest animals on the planet, survive by feeding on krill, shrimp-like creatures that are the size of a penny? According to UCLA life scientists, it's all a matter of dimensions...5/31

Cellular Computers? Scientists Train Cells to Perform Boolean Functions

(Science Daily) Johns Hopkins scientists have engineered cells that behave like AND and OR Boolean logic gates, producing an output based on one or more unique inputs. This feat, published in the May issue of Nature Chemical Biology, could eventually help researchers create computers that use cells as tiny circuits...5/30

Other Stories

Southern Great Plains could run out of groundwater in 30 years, study finds

(CS Monitor) A new study looking at key aquifers beneath the Great Plains and California's Central Valley suggests that areas of Texas and Kansas are drawing groundwater at an unsustainable rate...5/30

With Plan X, Pentagon seeks to spread U.S. military might to cyberspace

(Washington Post) The Pentagon is turning to the private sector, universities and even computer-game companies as part of an ambitious effort to develop technologies to improve its cyberwarfare capabilities, launch effective attacks and withstand the likely retaliation...5/30