Tuesday, July 17, 2012
ORNL in the News

Titan supercomputer hours awarded to collaborative protein project

(R&D Magazine) Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University have been awarded processing time on a new supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to study how proteins fold into their 3D shapes...7/16

Thom Mason talks about U.S. ITER: 'When you're running a project, you've got to go full steam ahead'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason spoke last week at the DOE Small Business Summit, and one of the topics he addressed was ORNL's role in leading U.S. efforts on the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor...7/16

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Interns Visit Volkswagen Chattanooga

(The Chattanoogan) Interns from Oak Ridge National Laboratory visited Volkswagen Chattanooga as part of the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program, a student research initiative sponsored by the manufacturer...They were accompanied by ORNL researchers and scientists, who serve as mentors to the students for the duration of their internship...7/16

National

U.S. Tightens Security for Economic Data

(NY Times) On Tuesday morning at precisely 8:30, after a 10-second countdown synchronized to the Naval Observatory’s atomic clock, a Labor Department official will flip a master switch in the agency’s battened-down pressroom and computers will blurt out the monthly Consumer Price Index...7/16

DOE

GSA seeking commercial space for DOE employees; looks like asbestos project at Federal Building is going to take a while

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Johnathan Sitzlar of the U.S. General Services Administration said the GSA has been working with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to make sure that an upcoming asbestos-abatement project at the Federal Building in Oak Ridge meets all the necessary requirements...7/17

In Minnesota, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Poneman Highlights Clean Energy Industries That Are Driving American Manufacturing Growth

(Energy.gov) U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman today highlighted how Minnesota clean energy companies and workers are supporting American leadership and global competitiveness in manufacturing during a series of events across the Twin Cities area...7/16

East Tennessee

Navy Chooses UT for Large-Scale Contract

(Tennessee Today) The UT National Defense Business Institute has been awarded the opportunity to participate in a large-scale, multi-year contract with the US Navy. The Navy has identified the institute as a prime contractor for research and development support through SeaPort-e, the Navy’s electronic platform for acquiring support services in twenty-two areas including engineering, financial management, and program management...7/15

Chattanooga's population growth outpacing other cities'

(Times Free Press) ...After decades of fleeing to the suburbs, new government population estimates indicate a growing number of Chattanoogans are returning to the city, making Chattanooga one of the fastest-growing municipalities in the region...7/17

State & Regional

State rated No. 1 for automotive manufacturing

(AP) A national publication ranks Tennessee No. 1 in automotive manufacturing strength for the third straight year...7/17

energy & science policy

Food science deserves a place at the table

(Nature) Although it typically commands less attention than many areas of government-funded research, agricultural science accounts for roughly $2 billion of this year's US federal budget...7/12

science & technology

Most of Amazon Rainforest's Species Extinctions Are Yet to Come

(Scientific American) ...Deforestation has declined to record lows in recent years, and just over 50% of Brazil’s rainforest now falls under some form of protected status. But the effects of habitat loss take time to manifest...7/30

What the Internet Actually Looks Like

(The Atlantic) Here is what the Internet looks like: not a series of GIFs or a video of surfing goats, but a spindly collection of fiberoptic cables. The Internet, as a physical thing, actually looks a lot like a series of tubes...7/13

Toughened Silicon Sponges May Make Tenacious Batteries

(Science Daily) Researchers at Rice University and Lockheed Martin reported this month that they've found a way to make multiple high-performance anodes from a single silicon wafer...7/16

The New Science Behind America's Deadliest Diseases

(Wall Street Journal) What do heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, stroke and cancer have in common? Scientists have linked each of these to a condition known as chronic inflammation, and they are studying how high-fat foods and excess body weight may increase the risk for fatal disorders...7/16

Other Stories

World Sea piracy falls in first six months of 2012

(AP) Sea piracy worldwide fell by 54% in the first half of 2012, led by a dramatic drop in Somali piracy, an international maritime watchdog said Monday...7/16

Drought In U.S. Now Worst Since 1956; Food Prices To Spike, Economy To Suffer

(NPR) With about 55 percent of the continental U.S. suffering from "moderate to extreme drought" conditions the nation is withering under conditions that haven't been this bad since 1956, according to a new report from National Climatic Data Center...6/17

Nuclear Restart Generates Power, Protest in Japan

(National Geographic News) The restart of one reactor at the Ohi nuclear plant in western Japan comes ahead of safety measures that were promised in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster last year...7/16