Friday, July 1, 2011
ORNL in the News

Supercomputer simulations to help predict tornadoes

(Physorg.com) Each year, tornadoes tear across the United States, causing numerous deaths and physical damage to the environment and infrastructure...Initially [Amy] McGovern and her team used observational data from a 20-year-old storm to create more than 250 storm simulations, but the simulations did not produce enough data. The researchers then began using supercomputers such as Kraken, a Teragrid computer that is currently the eighth fastest computer in the world, to generate simulations.....6/30

Sustainable landscaping is FORNL topic

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Pat Parr, the natural resources manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will talk about sustainable landscaping at the July 20 meeting of Friends of ORNL...6/30

Salt-loving microbe provides new enzymes for the production of next-gen biofuels

(EurekAlert) The U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, supported by the DOE Office of Science, is committed to advancing genomics in support of DOE missions related to clean energy generation and environmental characterization and cleanup....The centers are led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in partnership with Michigan State University...6/30

DOE

Department of Energy Offers Conditional Loan Guarantee Commitments to Support Nearly $4.5 Billion in Loans for Three California Photovoltaic Solar Power Plants

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced offers of conditional commitments for loan guarantees, of approximately $4.5 billion, to support three alternating current Cadmium Telluride (Cd-Te) thin film photovoltaic (PV) solar generation facilities...6/30

State & Regional

New Tennessee laws taking effect today

(Tennessean) Other new laws taking effect today in Tennessee will: Enact the state's $30.78 billion annual spending plan...7/1

National

Megafires May Change the Southwest Forever

(Wired News) The plants and animals of the southwestern United States are adapted to fire, but not to the sort of super-sized, super-intense fires now raging in Arizona...6/30

East Tennessee

What The Census Says About Knoxville

(Metro pulse) Every 10 years, Knoxville looks in the mirror, and tries to be brave. The U.S. census is generally regarded as an opportunity to prove how healthy we are as a city, and will be quoted for the next 10 years as entrepreneurs, journalists, retirees, and others around the country appraise Knoxville’s strengths and weaknesses as a city worth investing in, visiting, moving to...6/29

 

energy & science policy

Coalition Supports FY 2012 Budget Request for the National Science Foundation

(AIP) A week from today, the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee is scheduled to consider its FY 2012 funding bill...6/30

House Science Committee Grills NOAA Administrator about Climate Service

(AIP) The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a divisive hearing recently to examine the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) proposal to create a Climate Service...6/30

Inside Energy Extra

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science & technology

Nuke Plant Inspections Find Flaws in Disaster Readiness

(Scientific American) A special inspection of U.S. nuclear plants after the Fukushima disaster in Japan revealed problems with emergency equipment and disaster procedures that are far more pervasive than publicly described by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission...6/30

Plan Issued to Save Northern Spotted Owl

(NY Times) It has been two decades since the fate of a bashful bird that most people had never seen came to symbolize the bitter divide over whether to save or saw down the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest. Yet it was not until Thursday that the federal government offered its final plan to prevent the bird, the northern spotted owl, from going extinct...6/30

Aluminum Panels Set To Take On Pollution As 'Smog Eaters'

(NPR) ...The secret weapon against smog? Titanium dioxide. Used to coat Alcoa's aluminum panels, the material can neutralize harmful pollutants through simple oxidation...6/30

Other Stories

Cyber attacks outpace global response, U.S. warns

(Reuters) The technical sophistication of cybercriminals is swamping the world's ability to cope, a top U.S. official warned on Friday, demanding an accelerated cross-border campaign to combat the security threat...6/30