Thursday, August 1, 2013
ORNL in the News

Nazarewicz, Sumpter, Wullschleger named UT-Battelle Corporate Fellows

(Oak Ridge Today) Witold Nazarewicz, Bobby Sumpter, and Stan Wullschleger of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been selected as 2013 UT-Battelle Corporate Fellows...7/31

Vampir Rises to the Occasion at ORNL

(HPC Wire) Researchers are licking their chops with the potential to speed the execution of parallel applications on the largest supercomputers using Vampir, a performance tool that traces events and identifies problems in HPC applications. The scalability breakthrough with Vampir came as the result of work done on Jaguar, the predecessor to Titan at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...7/31



Y-12 & Pantex contracts extended

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The existing management contracts at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants have been extended through September, giving the government more time to try to work out a solution to a $22 billion contract squabble and ease the uncertainty for thousands of workers...7/31

Plasmonic Black Metals: Breakthrough in Solar Energy Research?

(Science Daily) The use of plasmonic black metals could someday provide a pathway to more efficient photovoltaics -- the use of solar panels containing photovoltaic solar cells -- to improve solar energy harvesting, according to researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory...7/30

PNNL Helps the Navy Stay Cool and Conserve Fuel

( As a Laboratory Fellow at the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Pete McGrail and his team are working to develop a more efficient adsorption chiller that could help the Navy cut its fuel costs...7/30

Florida Project Produces Nation’s First Cellulosic Ethanol at Commercial-Scale

( The Energy Department today recognized the nation’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production at INEOS Bio’s Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Florida...7/31


NSA chief asks a skeptical crowd of hackers to help agency do its job

(Washington Post) Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, stood in front of a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday, selling the idea of government surveillance programs...7/31

East Tennessee

Emerald ash borer found in 2 more Tenn. counties

(AP) The invasive emerald ash borer has been found in two more Tennessee counties. The discoveries in Scott and Jackson counties bring to 21 the number of counties where infestations have been found in the state...8/1

NIMBioS Study Finds Chronic Harvesting Threatens Tropical Tree

(Tennessee Today) Chronic harvesting of a tropical tree that many local communities in Western Africa depend on can alter the tree’s reproduction and drastically curtail fruit and seed yields over the tree’s lifetime, according to a new study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at UT...8/1

State & Regional

TSU engineering professors pull in $7M in grants

(AP) Two Tennessee State University professors have generated more than $7 million in grants for the College of Engineering over the past four years...8/1

energy & science policy

Sold! First Parcels Auctioned For Future Offshore Wind Farms

(NPR) A Rhode Island company was the highest bidder in the federal government's first-ever auction for the right to build an offshore wind farm...7/31

science & technology

Milestone Claimed in Creating Fuel From Waste

(NY Times) After months of frustrating delays, a chemical company announced Wednesday that it had produced commercial quantities of ethanol from wood waste and other nonfood vegetative matter, a long-sought goal that, if it can be expanded economically, has major implications for providing vehicle fuel and limiting greenhouse gas emissions...7/31

Australia's new supercomputer a boon for climate scientists

(PhysOrg) Australia's most powerful computer was unveiled Wednesday, in a boost for climate scientists who need to crunch vast amounts of data to make forecasts and pinpoint extreme weather, officials said...7/31

NASA turns 55. What's next for the space agency?

(CS Monitor) Fifty-five years ago Monday, President Eisenhower signed the Space Act, authorizing the creation of NASA. Since then, the space agency has grown from its Sputnik-shaded beginnings to studying the full scope of the heavens. What will the next 55 years bring?...7/31

New antibiotic that attacks MRSA found in ocean microbe

(BBC News) A completely new and unusual antibiotic compound has been extracted from a marine microorganism found in sediments off the coast of California...7/31

Mystery Deepens in Coffin-Within-A-Coffin Found at Richard III Site

(Science Daily) Archaeologists have unearthed a mysterious coffin-within-a-coffin near the final resting place of Richard III...7/28

Other Stories

U.S. Declassifies Documents About Surveillance Programs

(NPR) The National Security Agency declassified more documents that shed light on formerly secret programs that collect a vast amount of metadata on the phone calls made in the United States, as well as the electronic communication of foreigners...7/31