Wednesday, June 8, 2011
ORNL in the News

Tornadoes: Cray XT5 analyzes data

(Gemini) ...To better understand the violent, dangerous, rotating columns of air, researchers use data from on-the-ground monitoring stations and information gathered by chasers to simulate the development of these devastating storms. To handle the enormous data flow, they use a Cray XT5 supercomputer, also known as the Kraken...6/7

Forensic chemist, police dog handler take stand in Casey Anthony trial

(CNN) Arpad Vass, a senior research scientist at Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, gave a crash course in the stages of human decomposition and explained his nearly 20 years of study, some of which was done at "The Body Farm," the anthropological research facility located near the University of Tennessee campus....6/7

DOE

Secretary Chu Announces Nearly $15 Million for Next Generation Energy-Efficient Lighting

(DOE Press Release) Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced nearly $15 million to support eight new research and development projects that will accelerate the development and deployment of high-efficiency solid-state lighting technologies....6/7

Oak Ridge battens hatches for fiscal storm

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The government's Oak Ridge operations have enjoyed an extraordinary period of prosperity over the past decade, and so it wouldn't be a surprise for federal funding to fall off a bit - even under the best of circumstances....6/8

East Tennessee

Nuclear waste from Germany headed to Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the licenses necessary for EnergySolutions to bring up to 1,000 tons of Germany's low-level radioactive waste to Oak Ridge for incineration....6/8

National

Afghan nation-building programs not sustainable, report says

(Washington Post) The hugely expensive U.S. attempt at nation-building in Afghanistan has had only limited success and may not survive an American withdrawal, according to the findings of a two-year congressional investigation to be released Wednesday....6/8

China warns U.S. debt-default idea is "playing with fire"

(Reuters) Allowing a brief U.S. debt default to force government spending cuts is a "horrible idea" that could destabilize the world economy and sour already tense relations with big creditors like China, government officials and investors said on Wednesday....6/8

State & Regional

Monroe software firm is Tennessee's small business of the year

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) A Monroe County computer software design and development company is Tennessee's small business of the year. Mike and Cathy Hamilton's business has created jobs and is expected to create more to service contracts with commercial and government agencies, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory....6/8

energy & science policy

Germany to phase out nuclear power. Could the US do the same?

(Christian Science Monitor) German Chancellor Angela Merkel has endorsed a plan to end all nuclear power in Germany by 2022. Increasingly, studies suggest this is not a far-fetched idea, even for the US....6/8

Scientists Undeterred By Hubble Successor's Costs

(NPR) A recent independent review said that the James Webb Space Telescope will cost about $1.5 billion more than the $5 billion that NASA had planned to spend. But the telescope will be able to peer at the very first galaxies and reveal parts of the universe that have never been seen before....6/8

Inside Energy Extra

6/7 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Small-reactor program hits Senate obstacle
** China ends wind-power subsidies: USTR
** EPA calls for closer review of Keystone XL
** Obama eyes oil market 'stability'
** DOE awards $15M for lighting R&D

science & technology

So Much More Than Plasma and Poison

(New York Times) Jellyfish have long been dismissed as so much mindless protoplasm with a mouth. Now, in a series of new studies, researchers have found that there is far more complexity and nuance to a jellyfish than meets the eye....6/7

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Catches 'Surfer' Waves on the Sun

(Science Daily) Scientists have spotted the iconic surfer's wave rolling through the atmosphere of the sun. This makes for more than just a nice photo-op: the waves hold clues as to how energy moves through that atmosphere, known as the corona....6/8

Antimatter and the Anti-Periodic Table

(Slate) Because the production of antimatter takes incredible amounts of energy, and because of the short life expectancy of antimatter in our matter-rich neck of the universe, making antielements is tough work....6/8