Monday, June 17, 2013
ORNL in the News

The 'real measure' of Titan

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Cray XK7 supercomputer known as Titan passed, after considerable efforts, its acceptance testing, which demonstrate that the machine is capable of carrying out high-end research projects over extended periods -- not just demonstrate the calculating speeds that dazzle and delight. ....6/14


Sulfur HexafluorideDepartment of Energy’s Crusade Against Leaks of a Potent Greenhouse Gas Yields Results

(The New York Times) Every year, the United States Department of Energy’s far-flung operations generate millions of tons of climate-warming greenhouse gases...6/13

NREL Releases Cost of Renewable Energy Spreadsheet Tool

(Clean Technica) The Cost of Renewable Energy Spreadsheet Tool (CREST) is an economic cash flow model designed to allow policymakers, regulators, and the renewable energy community to assess project economics, design cost-based incentives (e.g., feed-in tariffs), and evaluate the impact of various state and federal support structures...6/17

State & Regional

Oldest Rock Art in TNU.S.'s Oldest Cave and Rock Art Discovered in Tennessee

(Indian Country) At more than 6,000 years old, prehistoric cave and rock art found in what is today Tennessee is easily the oldest discovered yet within the United States. The art is also the most widespread collection found anywhere in the U.S., according to a new paper in the journal Antiquity that documents the art...6/17


U.S. engaging in Syria without a concrete plan, lawmakers fear

(CBS News) Having for months balanced precariously on the brink of the civil war-scape in Syria, the United States as of last week seems en route to playing an active role in the bloody, two-year Middle East conflict - but without the who, what, when and how that often accompanies such major policy shifts, lawmakers worried Sunday...6/17

China calls for explanations of US surveillance

(Long Island Newsday) China on Monday joined calls for Washington to provide explanations following disclosures of National Security Agency programs which collect millions of telephone records and track foreign Internet activity on U.S. networks...6/17

East Tennessee

House passes Manhattan Project national park bill that would include Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday took an essential step toward establishing a Manhattan Project National Historical Park that could include Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, N.M., and Hanford, Wash., a nonprofit organization said...6/14

science & technology

Global Cooling as Significant as Global Warming, Study of Marine Ecosystems During Cretaceous Period Shows

(Science Daily) A "cold snap" 116 million years ago triggered a similar marine ecosystem crisis to the ones witnessed in the past as a result of global warming, according to research published in Nature Geoscience...6/16

Spanish ProtestorsSpanish scientists protest to save research

(Nature News) Scientists gathered in public meetings in 19 Spanish cities this morning under the slogan ‘Let’s save research’. The gatherings were called by the Letter for Science movement, a coalition that includes the main scientific organizations of the country...6/17

Henrik FiskerSpecial Report: Bad Karma: How Fisker burned through $1.4 billion on a 'green' car

(Reuters) Danish designer Henrik Fisker knows how to style a sexy car. Among his works is the BMW Z8, driven by James Bond in "The World Is Not Enough," where the sleek roadster gets sliced in two by a helicopter armed with giant saws...6/17

Other Stories

Can Google Fly Its Internet Balloons Wherever It Wants?

(Forbes) The Internet is abuzz with news of the first public flight tests in New Zealand of Google's Project Loon, which aims to provide Internet access to underserved areas using a network of high-altitude balloons...6/16

Obamacare: Is a $2,000 deductible 'affordable?'

(CNN Money) Until now, much of the debate swirling around Obamacare has focused on the cost of premiums in the state-based health insurance exchanges. But what will enrollees actually get for that monthly charge? States are starting to roll out details about the exchanges, providing a look at just how affordable coverage under the Affordable Care Act will be...6/14

IRSIRS tracks your digital footprint

(MSN) The Internal Revenue Service is collecting a lot more than taxes this year -- it's also acquiring a huge volume of personal information on taxpayers' digital activities, from eBay auctions to Facebook posts and, for the first time ever, credit card and e-payment transaction records, as it expands its search for tax cheats to places it's never gone before...6/14