Monday, July 29, 2013
ORNL in the News

How supercomputers solve giant problems

(NBC News) Today's supercomputers are marvels of computational power, and they are being used to tackle some of the world's biggest scientific problems...What sets supercomputers apart is the size and difficulty of the tasks they can tackle and solve, said Jack Wells, director of science at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...7/28

Myth Buster: Save Fuel With AC On or Windows Down?

(Motor Trend) One question people often ask is whether rolling down the windows saves more fuel than blasting the air conditioner. Which method saves more fuel? Oak Ridge National Laboratory put that theory to the test with a 2009 Ford Explorer and 2009 Toyota Corolla  to discover whether driving with the windows down will save you money at the pump...7/28

Software Tracks Child Predators Peddling Porn on Peer-to-Peer Networks

(Scientific American) British Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this week spoke publicly about a number of measures his country is taking to crack down on child pornography peddled over the Web...“There are so many different sites, it’s almost discouraging to see how prevalent this content is,” says Robert Patton, a computer science researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...7/26

Congressional visit Saturday

Mason, Moore and Cooper(The Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Saturday. He's shown here with ORNL Director Thom Mason, left, and Johnny Moore, the Dept. of Energy's site manager at ORNL...7/28


UPFThe Y-12 break-in: One year later

(The Knoxville News-Sentinel) For decades, the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant relished its nickname, the Fort Knox of Uranium. The self-anointed moniker helped define the type of work that takes place there and underscored the government facility’s top-security image...7/28

State & Regional

UT plans new hospital to help women and infants

(WBIR) UT's medical college is planning to join forces with another group to build a new $200 million hospital to help women and infants. The new hospital will be in Memphis on UT's health science center campus. The university is teaming up with Regional Medical Center.

Music industry's impact on Nashville is to tune of $9.7 billion

(WBIR) The music industry, from the megastars you know to the mostly anonymous people writing their songs, tuning their guitars and driving their buses, has a $9.65 billion annual economic impact on the Nashville region, according to a study to be released Monday...7/29


Mideast talks to resume amid deep skepticism

(AP) Israeli and Palestinian teams flew to Washington on Monday to end five years of diplomatic stalemate and prepare for a new round of Mideast peace talks, though optimism was in short supply after two decades of failed attempts to reach a deal...7/29

Spain train crash: Driver Garzon provisionally charged

(BBC News) The driver of the train that crashed near the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, killing 79 people, has been provisionally charged with multiple cases of reckless homicide. A court statement said Francisco Jose Garzon Amo had been released but has surrendered his passport to a judge...7/28

East Tennessee

Knoxville MuralPaint the town: Outside murals create public art in Knoxville

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A Knoxville Visitor Center exterior brick wall is being transformed into a vibrant 50-by-60-foot mural highlighting Knoxville and East Tennessee. Designed by Knoxville artist and muralist Bobbie Crews, the promotion in pictures covers most of the wall of the 301 S. Gay St. building...7/28

science & technology

BasaltPilot projects bury carbon dioxide in basalt

(Nature News) By early August, scientists will have pumped 1,000 tonnes of pure carbon dioxide into porous rock far below the northwestern United States. The goal is to find a permanent home for the carbon dioxide generated by human activities (Click here for an image of the process)...7/26

Scientists Make Mice “Remember” Things That Didn’t Happen

(MIT Technology Review) Scientists have created a false memory in mice by manipulating neurons that bear the memory of a place. The work further demonstrates just how unreliable memory can be...7/25

Dinosaur-Killing Comet Didn't Wipe Out Freshwater Species

(LiveScience) The cosmic impact that ended the age of dinosaurs killed many living creatures on land and in the sea, but scientists have found, puzzlingly, that life in freshwater largely escaped this fate...7/26

NASA selects eight physical science research proposals

(PhysOrg) NASA's Physical Science Research Program will fund eight proposals to help investigate how complex fluids and macromolecules behave in microgravity. The investigations will be conducted aboard the International Space Station...7/29

Other Stories

Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords

(C|Net) The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed...7/26

Why is U.S. silent on imprisoning rape victims?

(CNN) A friend of mine who works in advertising recently got called for a job in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Knowing I have traveled in the Middle East, she asked me if she should take it...7/24

Out there

TaosMysterious Hum Driving People Crazy Around the World

(LiveScience) It creeps in slowly in the dark of night, and once inside, it almost never goes away. It's known as the Hum, a steady, droning sound that's heard in places as disparate as Taos, N.M.; Bristol, England; and Largs, Scotland. But what causes the Hum, and why it only affects a small percentage of the population in certain areas, remain a mystery, despite a number of scientific investigations...7/28