ORNL in the News

Thomas Zacharia boldly proclaims ORNL's place in scientific computing

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...By sometime this fall, the Titan machine will become a 20 petaflops machine, perhaps even greater if things work out in a positive way, and ORNL could -- potentially -- regain its place at the top of the world power rankings. Anyway, that list will come out in November, and it would appear that the timing could dovetail with completion of the upgrades at the Oak Ridge machine...7/2

Researchers tap into genetic reservoir of heat-loving bacteria

(Phys Org) Researchers at the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center analyzed the genomes of eight species of bacteria from the genus Caldicellulosiruptor, which could aid in the production of next-generation biofuels...7/2

Titan to keep ORNL at the top in scientific computing

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Jaguar has been such a super supercomputer for the past several years, producing more high-level research results than any machine on the planet, that it's hard to believe its successor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory could be any better. But that's the word about Titan, which will be the new name after Jaguar's 200 cabinets are revamped with a new hybrid architecture that incorporates the best processors (Interlagos) from AMD and combines them with the next generation of graphical processing units (known as Kepler) from Nvidia when those become available in late summer or early fall...7/2

DOE

Wackenhut gets another 'good' rating

(Knoxville News Sentinel) WSI-Oak Ridge, also known as Wackenhut and G4S, received a "good" performance rating and a total fee of about $1.07 million from the Department of Energy for its protective force services at Oak Ridge National Lab and other Oak Ridge facilities during the six-month period that ended March 31...7/2

State & Regional

TN Capitol's renovations reveal a few surprises

(The Tennessean) State Capitol renovations revealed some surprising architectural details. Turns out brick, arched ceilings on the ground floor were covered with false ceilings. One floor up, workers revealed original stone walls from the Capitol’s opening in the 1850s. They exposed filled-in fireplaces on the side of the state House chambers, visible for the first time in decades...7/3

National

U.S. Adds Forces in Persian Gulf, a Signal to Iran

(NY Times) The United States has quietly moved significant military reinforcements into the Persian Gulf to deter the Iranian military from any possible attempt to shut the Strait of Hormuz and to increase the number of fighter jets capable of striking deep into Iran if the standoff over its nuclear program escalates...7/3

East Tennessee

Startup firm banking on bright future with LED lighting systems

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Andrew Wilhelm is banking on his company's future becoming as bright and long lasting as his LED lights. His startup firm, LED North America, is being hatched in incubator space in Oak Ridge's Tech 20/20 Building...7/2

energy & science policy

Obama Administration Announces New Investments to Advance Biofuels Industry and Enhance America’s Energy Security

(Energy.gov) As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to deploying every available source of American energy and reducing our reliance on imported oil, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced new funding available to pursue new innovations in biofuels technologies, increase production of U.S. biofuels, and strengthen American energy security...7/2

science & technology

Scientists to unveil proof of ‘God particle’

(AP) This is as big as the, well, big bang theory: Scientists working at the world's largest atom smasher say they have enough evidence of the long-sought-after Higgs boson. Researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (or CERN) are expected to announce Wednesday that they have proof of its existence...7/2

A Climate Scientist Battles Time and Mortality

(NY Times) Lonnie G. Thompson, one of the scientists who essentially discovered global warming, has for years climbed mountains to gather ice he examines for climactic changes...7/3

Gold and DNA Could Create New Dark Matter Detector

(Wired Science) A combined team of physicists and biologists aim to build a directional dark matter detector using strands of DNA and gold...A combined team including Katherine Freese, an astrophysicist from the University of Michigan and geneticist George Church from Harvard say they can overcome challenges with detecting dark matter by using DNA to find the dark matter particles...7/3

Other Stories

Iran missile test: glimpse of what's ahead if nuclear talks fail

(CS Monitor) An Iran missile test Monday sent a clear warning to the US: Attack our nuclear facilities, and we'll target your military bases. It showed what US-Iran military gamesmanship might look like...7/2