Tuesday, July 24, 2012
ORNL in the News

Paul Hanson, Brian Sales named Corporate Fellows at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Paul Hanson and Brian Sales are the latest researchers to be honored as Corporate Fellows at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, recognizing their career contributions and achievements. There are now 33 active Corporate Fellows at ORNL...7/23

New DataONE portal streamlines access to environmental data

(PhysOrg) ...ORNL's Robert Cook, John Cobb, Line Pouchard, and Giri Palanisamy are part of the National Science Foundation-supported DataONE team that collaborated on the newly released software, along with researchers from the University of Tennessee's School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication & Information, the University of New Mexico and other partners. At the heart of the new software is an advanced search engine developed by Palanisamy and colleagues at ORNL...7/23

ORNL says wood-burner will pay for itself

(AP) Oak Ridge National Laboratory built its reputation through the power of the atom and is now tapping the power of wood and steam. ORNL officials tell The Knoxville News Sentinel a new wood-powered steam plant is so highly efficient, it will create $200 million in savings on fossil fuel costs over the next 25 years. That's far more than the $60 million price tag for the Biomass Steam Plant...7/24

Researchers Squeeze GPU Performance From 11 Big Science Apps

(HPC Wire) The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility published a report in which researchers documented that graphical processing unit (GPU)-equipped supercomputers increased application speeds by a factor of between 1.4 and 6.1 across a range of science applications...7/23

National

In Syria conflict, U.S. struggles to fill intelligence gaps

(Washington Post) ...U.S. spy agencies have expanded their efforts to gather intelligence on rebel forces and Assad’s regime in recent months, but they are still largely confined to monitoring intercepted communications and observing the conflict from a distance, officials said...7/23

DOE

Energetx Composites: Retooling Manufacturing, Creating Michigan Jobs

(Energy.gov) ...Energetx received a $3.5 million grant from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program through the Recovery Act and was one of many companies President Obama referenced in this year’s State of the Union address...7/23

East Tennessee

UT nuclear students receive national award

(Daily Beacon) Two nuclear Ph.D. students at UT have just received high honors in the "Innovation and Fuel Cycle Research" award from the US Department of Energy, Fuel Cycle and Research Development...7/24

State & Regional

Researchers develop laser technology to fight cancer

(Medical Press) Researchers at the Center for Laser Applications at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma have developed a technology that goes on a "seek and destroy" mission for cancerous tumors. They have harnessed the power of lasers to find, map and non-invasively destruct cancerous tumors...7/23

TVA receives DoD Freedom Award

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA will be recognized in the nation's capital this September as a recipient of the Department of Defense's highest award to employers for supporting military personnel...7/24

energy & science policy

Top science organizations pose critical science questions to presidential candidates

(EurekAlert) Through collaborative efforts with other top scientific societies, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has helped formulate a list of critical science policy questions to pose to President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the upcoming presidential election...7/19

science & technology

An Air Compressor That Silicon Valley Loves

(The Atlantic) A very old technology could get a reboot that places it at the center of the low-carbon future...7/19

Genetic entrepreneur to compete in Genomics X Prize

(BBC News) A race to unlock genetic clues behind living to 100 is set to begin next year, after a US team announced it will compete for the $10m Genomics X Prize...7/24

To Model the Simplest Microbe in the World, You Need 128 Computers

(The Atlantic) Mycoplasma genitalium has one of the smallest genomes of any free-living organism in the world, clocking in at a mere 525 genes. That's a fraction of the size of even another bacterium like E. coli, which has 4,288 genes. M. genitalium's diminutive genome made it the first target for Stanford and J. Craig Venter Institute researchers who wanted to simulate an organism in software...7/23

Pioneering Astronaut Sally Ride Dies

(Discovery News) ...Selected as an astronaut in 1978, Ride blasted off with four male colleagues on June 18, 1983, on space shuttle Challenger, the seventh flight of the program...7/24

Other Stories

U.S. Roads May Be Vulnerable to Climate Change

(Scientific American) New research notes that in recent years U.S. roadways have taken a beating from the global warming that cars helped cause...7/23

Here come the tweeting robots

(Fortune) Companies are being overwhelmed trying to monitor chatter about them on Twitter and Facebook. That is giving rise to a breed of super-smart automated agents. Question is, is it taking the social out of social networking...7/23