Thursday, July 5, 2012
ORNL in the News

Zacharia: Supercomputers come and go, but ORNL stays No. 1

(Knoxville News Sentinel) No matter who has the fastest supercomputer at the moment, Oak Ridge National Laboratory remains the world's leading institution for scientific computing. That's the stated opinion of Thomas Zacharia, ORNL's deputy director for science and technology. But he said it's widely shared by others...7/5

Stratasys Teams with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Advance Additive Manufacturing

(TMCnet) 3D printer maker Stratasys announced a joint initiative with the U.S. Department of Energy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop fused deposition modeling additive manufacturing for production use...7/5

Incentives aimed at solar innovations

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Federal funds seeking to stimulate the adoption of solar power are targeting the major barrier to solar expansion — cost — and local research institutions are benefitting. The Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative is focused on reducing the cost of solar power by 75 percent before 2020 and is providing grants and loan guarantees for a range of projects. The University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received SunShot funds for research efforts...7/2

National

Northern land routes to be crucial in U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

(Washington Post) Even with the reopening of critical supply routes through Pakistan, the U.S. military confronts a mammoth logistical challenge to wind down the war in Afghanistan, where it must withdraw nearly 90,000 troops and enormous depots of military equipment accumulated over the past decade...7/5

DOE

Big buzz surrounding Oak Ridge security

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The government's security contractor, WSI-Oak Ridge (also known as G4S and Wackenhut), recently received a "good" performance rating for its work at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant for the first six months of fiscal year 2012. That period concluded March 31...7/4

State & Regional

TVA home energy evaluations nearly double

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA says its In Home Energy Evaluation program has just about doubled in size from last summer. TVA customers had more than 40,000 energy efficiency inspections done by May this year compared to 25,000 by July 2011, according to TVA...7/4

East Tennessee

UT physicist helped in 'God particle' discovery

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Five years worth of research and trips to Switzerland paid off for a University of Tennessee physicist, who celebrated in Knoxville on Wednesday as his fellow scientists announced the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson particle — often called the "God particle."...7/5

Oak Ridge’s UCOR Funds Faculty Position as Part of Chancellor’s Faculty Challenge

(Tennessee Today) A major gift from Department of Energy contractor UCOR has established the UCOR faculty fellowship in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s College of Engineering. This gift heeds Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek’s challenge to private supporters to help recruit and retain UT’s most talented faculty...7/3

energy & science policy

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu on the Higgs Particle

(Energy.gov) “I congratulate the thousands of scientists around the globe for their outstanding work in searching for the Higgs boson," said U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. "Today’s announcement on the latest results of this search shows the benefits of sustained investments in basic science by governments around the world. Scientists have been looking for the Higgs particle for more than two decades; these results help validate the Standard Model used by scientists to explain the nature of matter.”...7/4

science & technology

First Photo of Shadow of Single Atom

(Science Daily) In an international scientific breakthrough, a Griffith University research team has been able to photograph the shadow of a single atom for the first time...7/3

Physicists Find Elusive Particle Seen as Key to Universe

(NY Times) Signaling a likely end to one of the longest, most expensive searches in the history of science, physicists said Wednesday that they had discovered a new subatomic particle that looks for all the world like the Higgs boson, a key to understanding why there is diversity and life in the universe...7/4

Friday’s storms raise questions about safety of cloud computing

(Washington Post) Storm-related outages at an Amazon data center in Ashburn prompted some congressional officials on Monday to question whether the federal government is moving too swiftly to put important data on private-sector cloud computing servers...7/2

Science in three dimensions: The print revolution

(Nature) Research labs use many types of 3D printers to construct everything from fossil replicas to tissues of beating heart cells. Arthur Olson’s team at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, produces models of molecules; some are shown here partway through the printing process...7/4

California nuclear plant's future in peril

(AP) The future of the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant could balance on an inescapable question: Is it worth the money to fix it?...7/5

Other Stories

How Knowing a Foreign Language Can Improve Your Decisions

(Scientific American) Thinking in another language changes how people weigh their options...7/3

Japan reactor begins post-tsunami restart

(AP) Nuclear power returned to Japan's energy mix Thursday as the first reactor to be restarted since last year's earthquake and tsunami came back online, ending a nationwide shutdown that left the country without nuclear-generated electricity for the first time since 1970...7/5