Monday, August 2, 2010
ORNL in the News

Agreement with national laboratory could have huge impact on IRSC students, faculty

(TCPalm) The area’s new relationship with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could lead to more courses for students, enhanced enrollment and increased stature for faculty at Indian River State College, college president Ed Massey said...7/29

UT ophthalmologist develops program to automate the analysis of potential eye problems

(Commercial Appeal) ...The program fuses a large bank of medical images of retinas, collected by [Edward] Chaum over the years, and a data-processing program developed by a team led by Ken Tobin at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Tobin's original program was also based on a library of images and used to find manufacturer defects in computer chips...8/1

Surprising nucleon behavior

(PhysOrg) Data from DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory on neutron interactions with isotopes of platinum contradict a basic assumption underpinning random matrix theory, nuclear physics models and quantum chaos...7/30

The fastest computer in the world will be in China (briefly)

(iWire) Currently ranked second in the Top500 Supercomputers, China's Nebulae is about to receive a reappraisal and is expected to be crowned number one in November's list.  But Nebulae's pre-eminence will be short-lived.  Current number one Jaguar is about to undergo an upgrade and there is a new super-supercomputer in the wings, with performance nearly ten times that of Jaguar and Nebulae...8/1


Y-12 officials noncommittal on UPF costs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Y-12 officials did not confirm Sen. Bob Corker's comments that the projected cost of the Uranium Processing Facility is now $4-5 billion. But they did field a few questions afterwards and acknowledged there are changes taking place in the design phase without getting too specific...7/27

State & Regional

Early voting total a record for August election

(Knoxville News Sentinel) More than twice as many Tennesseans voted early in Republican primaries than in Democratic primaries statewide and the total set a new record for an August election, according to figures posted Sunday on a state website...8/1

Stores, shoppers gear up for sales tax-free weekend

(WBIR) Sunday, Paula Grubbs took her three young daughters back-to-school shopping for the first time together.   "Do you want a blue pencil box?" she asked them. "It is kind of a big event."  If Grubbs had waited until next weekend to scour the aisles of Target on Clinton Highway, she could've saved some money on sales tax, but she purposefully avoided the consumer holiday...8/1


BP aims to plug gulf oil well for good with two-pronged 'kill' shot

(Washington Post) [Registration Required] The next shot at killing BP's well in the Gulf of Mexico could begin as early as Monday night, as engineers plan to pump heavy mud into the capped but still dangerous well and "bullhead" the rogue oil back down into its source rock 2 1/2 miles below the seafloor...8/2

Border Deployment Will Take Weeks

(New York Times) No boots were seen tromping in the desert sand on Sunday. No commanders were heard barking out orders to their troops. The National Guard, which officials had announced would turn out en masse along the United States-Mexico border over the weekend for sentry duty, was nowhere to be found...8/1

East Tennessee

Japanese Auto Supplier to Build New Plant in Murfreesboro

( Governor Phil Bredesen today joined with Matt Kisber, commissioner, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and community officials from Rutherford County in announcing plans by NHK Seating of America, Inc. to locate a manufacturing facility for automotive parts near the intersection of I-24 and Joe B. Jackson Parkway in Murfreesboro, Tenn...7/28




energy & science policy

House Science Committee Passes NASA Authorization Bill

(AIP) The Obama Administration’s new space exploration policy is on track. Last week the House Science and Technology Committee approved its version of a NASA authorization bill. The bill largely parallels a bill passed by a Senate committee earlier this month...7/30

Inside Energy Extra

7/30 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
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  • House passes response to oil spill
  • DOE to revamp SBIR office
  • DOE's accounts of jobs questioned

science & technology

New Flying-Car Design Revealed

(National Geographic) The proof-of-concept Transition flies alongside a chase plane during a May 2009 test flight. According to Terrafugia, the new design features improvements based on data acquired during drive and flight testing of the proof-of-concept model.  Terrafugia's website sets the first deliveries of Transitions for late 2011...7/28


Other Stories

Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age

(New York Times) At Rhode Island College, a freshman copied and pasted from a Web site’s frequently asked questions page about homelessness — and did not think he needed to credit a source in his assignment because the page did not include author information...8/1

Incoming! The Sun Unleashes CME at Earth

(Discovery News) Earlier this morning, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) witnessed a complex magnetic eruption on the sun. The joint NASA/ESA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) -- a mission sitting at the L1 point between the Earth and the sun -- also spotted a large coronal mass ejection (CME) blasting in the direction of Earth...8/1