Friday, June 14, 2013
ORNL in the News

TitanSupercomputer Power: Flops and Floating Points

(TechNews Daily) A supercomputer is a high-performance computing machine with powers and abilities far beyond those of normal computers...They are also huge. Some of them consist of a series of computers and can fill entire rooms. One of the world's top supercomputers, the Titan at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, takes up 4,352 square feet. It has 299,008 central processing unit (CPU) cores...6/13

MaxlabMcCarthy R&D Project Wins Gold

(Globe Street) McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., recently completed construction of the $14.3 million Maximum Building Energy Efficiency Research Laboratory at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and it has just received a LEED Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council. The ORNL, part of the U.S. Department of Energy, plans to dedicate the facility this summer...6/13

DOE

United States and Czech Republic Establish a Joint Civil Nuclear Cooperation Center in Prague

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently joined with the U.S. Embassy in Prague and the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to sign an agreement that establishes a joint Civil Nuclear Cooperation Center in Prague...6/12

UPFRetired DOE official: Management of UPF 'out of control,' cost could top $10B

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A retired federal official who helped guide the $1.4 billion Spallation Neutron Source to a successful completion in 2006 — ahead of schedule and within budget — said he’s afraid another big Oak Ridge project may be headed for disaster...6/14

State & Regional

TN lawmakers question immigration bill

(The Tennessean) As the Senate begins debate on comprehensive immigration reform, some Middle Tennessee members of Congress remain wary while others focus on key characteristics any such legislation must have to win their approval...6/12

National

Snowden leaks: US taking all necessary steps - FBI Mueller

(BBC News) The head of the FBI says the US is taking "all necessary steps" to hold Edward Snowden responsible for exposing secret surveillance programmes...6/13

Source: Obama approves arming Syrian rebels

(USA Today) The Obama administration announced Thursday that it has determined that the Syrian government has deployed chemical weapons against opposition groups, crossing what President Obama had called a "red line" and prompting him to provide direct military aid to the Syrian opposition groups for the first time...6/13

East Tennessee

Knoxville-based Cancer Fund of America ranks second on list of 'America's Worst Charities'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Carol Smith still gets angry when she remembers the box that arrived by mail for her dying husband. Cancer Fund of America sent it when he was diagnosed with lung cancer six years ago. Smith had called the charity for help...6/13

energy & science policy

ITER Program Focus of Senate Appropriations Hearing

(AIP) For a second year in a row, Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) questioned the merits of the ITER program because of its projected cost and impact on the domestic fusion program and other research supported by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science...6/13

Fossil Fuel Production on Federal Lands at a Ten Year Low

(Institute for Energy Research) The Energy Information Administration (EIA) just released its report, Sales of Fossil Fuels Produced on Federal and Indian Lands, FY 2003 Through FY 2012. This report shows that total fossil fuel production on federal lands is at a ten year low, natural gas production on federal lands is also at a ten year low...6/10

science & technology

Supreme Court Says Human Genes Aren't Patentable

(The Wall Street Journal) The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that human genes isolated from the body can't be patented, a victory for doctors and patients who argued that such patents interfere with scientific research and the practice of medicine...6/13

Ice SheetsAntarctic's Ice Shelves Melting From the Bottom Up

(National Geographic) Conventional wisdom holds that ice shelves—the seaward extension of glaciers on land—lose most of their mass by shedding icebergs. But new research finds that there's another weight-loss program at work—many of Antarctica's ice shelves are melting away from the bottom up...6/13

Scientific ImpactWhat is the best way to measure a researcher's scientific impact?

(PhysOrg) From a qualitative perspective, it's relatively easy to define a good researcher as one who publishes many good papers. But quantitatively measuring these papers is more complicated, since they can be measured in several different ways...6/13

Other Stories

Man of SteelWhy the West Loves Sci-Fi and Fantasy: A Cultural Explanation

(The Atlantic) Hollywood's had a long love affair with sci-fi and fantasy, but the romance has never been stronger than it is today. A quick glance into bookstores, television lineups, and upcoming films shows that the futuristic and fantastical is everywhere in American pop culture...6/13