Monday, June 4, 2012
ORNL in the News

Moving beyond Jaguar at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) I posted an update recently on the upgrades taking place at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Jaguar supercomputer, which will be renamed Titan later this year -- probably sometime in October -- after it is loaded with the next-generation Kepler GPUs from Nvidia...6/2

Amit Goyal's big day

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It was announced last year that Amit Goyal of Oak Ridge National Laboratory was among the winners of the prestigious E.O. Lawrence Award. Goyal was presented with the award May 21 in Washington, D.C. and the next day he delivered a talk, titled "High Temperature Superconductors: From Discovery to Applications," as part of the Lawrence lecture series...6/3

Neutron-seeking bear trapped at ORNL

ORNL Bear(Knoxville News Sentinel) A bear with an apparent affinity for nuclear reactors came snooping around Oak Ridge National Laboratory this week. He ended up in a trap early Friday morning near the High Flux Isotope Reactor and by day's end had been hauled to a wildlife reserve in Scott County for a fresh start in life...6/1

DOE

DOE restructuring reportedly OK'd

(Knoxville News Sentinel) I talked last week with Max Smith, former shop chair and now assistant chief steward with the DOE Shop of OPEIU (Office and Professional Employees International Union), Local 2001, in Oak Ridge, and he indicated that negotiations on restructuring of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge office had been completed...6/3

Energy Department Announces Launch of Energy Innovation Hub for Critical Materials Research

(Energy.gov) U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced plans to invest up to $120 million over five years to launch a new Energy Innovation Hub, establishing a multidisciplinary and sustained effort to identify problems and develop solutions across the lifecycle of critical materials...5/31

National

Sub fire could have ripple effects for Navy fleet

(CS Monitor) The Navy is evaluating whether it's worth spending millions of dollars to repair the USS Miami, the nuclear-powered submarine damaged in a fire in a Maine shipyard. If the submarine is scrapped, the fleet could feel the effects for years...6/3

East Tennessee

Nature Conservancy and state charting new path with Doe Mountain acquisition

(Knoxville News Sentinel) One of the best ways to experience Doe Mountain is from the top of a retired Forest Service fire tower on one of the mountain's main peaks...6/4

Delays mire nuclear plant construction

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) It almost feels like the 1970s and '80s again with so much news about every new and under-construction nuclear plant registering cost overruns and delays...6/4

energy & science policy

Scientists: your number is up

(Nature News) In 2011, Y. Wang was the world’s most prolific author of scientific publications, with 3,926 to their name — a rate of more than 10 per day. Never heard of them? That’s because they are a mixture of many different Y. Wangs, each indistinguishable in the scholarly record...5/30

science & technology

Scientists Complete Most Comprehensive Genetic Analysis Yet of Corn

Corn Genome(Science Daily) An interdisciplinary team, led by researchers at Cornell University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), have just published the most comprehensive analysis to date of the corn genome...6/3

Anthropologists Find American Heads Are Getting LargerSkull Model

(Science Daily) White Americans' heads are getting bigger. That's according to research by forensic anthropologists at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville...5/30

After Robot-Assisted Rehab and a Dose of Chemicals, Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

Rat in a harness(Popular Science) With careful training using a robotic harness, and a special chemical cocktail designed to stimulate brain cells, rats with spinal cord injuries were able to re-learn how to walk...5/31

Other Stories

States explore new ways to tax motorists for road repair

(USA Today) States are looking for new ways of taxing motorists as they seek to pay for highway and bridge repair and improvements without relying on the per-gallon gasoline tax widely viewed as all but obsolete...6/3

Japan inches towards restarting nuclear reactors

(Phys.Org) Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda indicated that he was close to giving the green light to units at Oi in western Japan, with opinion coalescing around the need to bring them back online...5/30