Monday, July 30, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL Releases Version 1.5 of ADIOS Middleware

(HPC Wire) Researchers using supercomputers to glean insight into scientific problems can spend much of their time just trying to get massive amounts of data in and out of a machine. Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) Scientific Data Group works to minimize this process, and this week its members took a big step forward by releasing its newest update to the Adaptable Input/Output System (ADIOS), version 1.4...7/27

Bottled water at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As part of a very flattering audit report released this week, the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General praised Oak Ridge National Laboratory's pollution prevention program and, among other things, referenced the lab's plans for conserving resources...7/27

Networcsim hoping to broaden wireless revolution

(PhysOrg) Networcsim, founded by ORNL researchers Phani Teja Kuruganti and James Nutaro, signed an agreement today to license the Radio Channel Simulator software, which won an R&D 100 Award this month...7/27

Officials want to turn World War II nuclear-weapon development sites into national parks

(Washington Post) Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory was such a well-kept secret during World War II that most Americans still don't know that it sits off one of busiest highways in the South. Every year, streams of vacationers whiz by the complex that enriched uranium for America's first atomic bomb project...7/28

DOE

Y-12 protestorsThree vandals arrested at Y-12 National Security Complex

(WATE) Three people are accused of vandalizing property early Saturday morning at the Y-12 National Security Complex, according to a U.S. Department of Energy release...7/28

NREL graphNREL releases state-by-state assessment of renewable energy potential, finds nearly 155,000 GW of PV potential

(SolarServer) The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL, Golden, Colorado, U.S.) has released a new report providing "upper-boundary" renewable energy potential by resource on a state-by-state basis in all 50 U.S. states...7/30

State & Regional

DIDDNew state department eyes accreditation

(WVLT) Officials in the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities say gaining accreditation will make it an international model for providing service...7/30

National

U.S. Economy Slowed to a Tepid 1.5% Rate of Growth

(The New York Times) The United States economy grew by a tepid 1.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter, losing the momentum it had appeared to be gaining earlier this year, the government reported Friday...7/27

Car BuyerCar dealers fear Obama fuel standards will make new vehicles unaffordable

(Fox News) The White House is expected to OK federal standards in the next few weeks that will nearly double vehicle gas mileage for vehicles by 2025, as automotive dealers warn the changes could slam the recovering retail car industry because they will come with sticker prices that will keep buyers off their lots...7/29

East Tennessee

Former county commissioner again asks DA to investigate Burchett's finances

(Knoxville News Sentinel) University of Tennessee professor Mark Harmon has again asked the Knox County District Attorney General's Office to look into questionable campaign finance disclosure forms filed by Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett...7/27

energy & science policy

House Hearing on Helium Supply

(AIP) “We may be heading for a crisis in many industries if we don’t face up to this issue” warned Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), Ranking Member on the House Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee at a July 20 hearing on the nation’s helium supply...7/27

science & technology

GrapheneGraphene Re-Knits Its Holes

(Science Daily) Scientists at The University of Manchester and the SuperSTEM facility at STFC's Daresbury Laboratory have discovered that the 'miracle material', graphene, undergoes a self repairing process to mend holes...7/29

FDA’s claims over stem cells upheld

(Nature News) A court decision on 23 July could help to tame the largely unregulated field of adult stem-cell treatments. The US District Court in Washington DC affirmed the right of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate therapies made from a patient’s own processed stem cells...7/27

Landslide on Iapetus50-Mile Landslides Spotted on Saturn's Icy Moon

(Space.com) Long landslides spotted on Saturn's moon, Iapetus, could help provide clues to similar movements of material on Earth. Scientists studying the icy satellite have determined that flash heating could cause falling ice to travel 10 to 15 times farther than previously expected on Iapetus...7/29

Other Stories

Why Pakistan abandoned its Nobel laureate

(PhysOrg) Professor Abdus Salam, the child prodigy born to a humble family on the sun-blasted plains of Punjab who won accolades all over the world for his ground-breaking research in theoretical physics, is all but forgotten. He was the trailblazer who helped pave the way to the recently hailed discovery of the "God particle" -- one of the greatest achievements in science for the last 100 years -- but as the world went into overdrive, Pakistan stayed largely silent...7/30

Empty seatsAt London Olympics, empty seats have organizers scrambling, giving away tickets to children and soldiers

(Washington Post) Hoping to quell controversy after large swaths of seats appeared unfilled, London Olympic organizers said British troops and schoolchildren had been given free tickets Sunday to fill many of the vacant rows...7/29

Out there

Russian Mogul Wants to Upload Your Brains Into Immortality

(Popular Science) Earlier this year, a Russian media mogul named Dmitry Itskov formally announced his intention to disembody our conscious minds and upload them to a hologram--an avatar--by 2045. In other words he outlined a plan to achieve immortality, removing the human mind from the physical constraints presented by the biological human body...7/19