Tuesday, June 18, 2013
ORNL in the News

Lithium Ion Battery Safety Tests to Become Stricter

(Autoguide.com) Over the past couple of years, lithium-ion batteries being used in vehicles and airplanes have gathered negative attention over failures leading to fires...UL is refining the safety and testing standards for larger batteries used in vehicles. Since March 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has documented over 350 fires related to lithium-ion batteries. UL has been working with officials at NASA and Oak Ridge National Laboratories to develop its internal short test...6/17

IDC Announces New Winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

(SPi World News) International Data Corporation (IDC) today announced the fifth round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award at the ISC'13 supercomputer industry conference in Leipzig, Germany...The High Performance GeoComputing Laboratory, University of California at San Diego, has developed a highly scalable and efficient GPU-based finite difference code based on AWP-ODC, a community code developed and supported by the Southern California Earthquake Center for large-scale earthquake simulations. AWP-ODC-GPU achieved perfect scalability on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan supercomputer and was used to simulate realistic 0-10 Hz earthquake ground motions, the largest-ever earthquake simulation performed...6/18

DOE

Another protest filed on $22B Y-12/Pantex contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Nuclear Production Partners, the Babcock & Wilcox-led team that earlier lost its bid for the $22 billion government contract to manage the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants, has filed a new protest on the contract award, B&W announced Monday evening...6/17

Harnessing the Power of the Sun, Solar Impulse Plane Lands in DC Area

(Energy.gov) Today, Secretary Moniz spoke at an event welcoming the arrival of the solar-powered Solar Impulse plane at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. During the event, held at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Secretary Moniz highlighted the rapid expansion of the solar industry in the United States over the past four years...6/17

 

National

Obama, Putin to sign new deal on reducing nuclear threat

(Reuters) President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin said they would sign an agreement on securing and destroying nuclear material to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, replacing a 1992 deal that expired on Monday...6/17

East Tennessee

Haslam Awards Clean Tennessee Energy Grant To Oak Ridge

(The Chattanoogan) Gov. Bill Haslam announced the city of Oak Ridge is receiving $200,000 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grant funding to replace and retrofit existing fluorescent lighting fixtures to LED lighting in the Oak Ridge Municipal Building and the Oak Ridge Civic Center Complex...6/17

science & technology

Platinum-nickel nano-octahedra catalyst materials for fuel cells save 90 percent platinum

(PhysOrg) ...Scientists from Jülich and Berlin have developed a material for converting hydrogen and oxygen to water using a tenth of the typical amount of platinum that was previously required...6/17

China supercomputer clocks in as world's most powerful

(CS Monitor) China supercomputer: China's Tianhe-2 has bested its American counterpart in a semi-annual ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers...6/17

Mysterious Subatomic Particle May Represent Exotic New Form of Matter

(Wired) ...The intriguing discovery was made more or less simultaneously by two collaborations: the Belle experiment at the Japanese High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) and BESIII experiment run by the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) in China...6/17

Nanoparticle Opens the Door to Clean-Energy Alternatives

(Science Daily) Cheaper clean-energy technologies could be made possible thanks to a new discovery...6/13

Firebrand for Science, and Big Man on Campus

(NY Times) As the car pulled into the parking lot of a Starbucks, William Sanford Nye unknotted his trademark bow tie and slipped it off. “This might buy us a couple of minutes,” he said. Roughly two minutes later, before his drink was ready, he was recognized anyway...6/17

California scientist still reinventing the wheel at 94

(PhysOrg) At 94, Dick Post is the oldest scientist Lawrence Livermore Laboratory has ever had. And he may be the most fascinating...6/14

Other Stories

Carbon Trading with Chinese Characteristics

(Scientific American) To control greenhouse gases the Chinese government is experimenting with pilot programs in seven cities and regions that use markets...6/17

All eyes on the Fed when they should be on the G-8

(Fortune) The G-8 Summit should be the most consequential economic attraction this week. Unfortunately, it won't be. Here's what to expect from both...6/17