Monday, August 5, 2013
ORNL in the News

After some early sputters, ORNL's Titan paying off

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) It took months of extra work and repairs before the Cray XK7 supercomputer known as Titan overcame its connectivity issues and passed its acceptance test. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has now reportedly finished paying Cray for the 200-cabinet machine, which currently ranks as the second fastest computer in the world...8/5

DOE

Frank KlotzKlotz nominated for NNSA helm

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The White House today announced President Obama’s intent to nominate retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz as the Department of Energy’s under secretary for nuclear security and administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration...8/2

Solar energy could supply one-third of power in U.S. West

(UC Berkeley News Center) Low-cost solar power could supply more than a third of all energy needs in the Western U.S., if the nation can hit its targets for reducing the cost of solar energy, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley...8/1

State & Regional

SunflowerAgency seeks comment on proposed endangered plants

(WVLT) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input on a proposal to list two Tennessee plants as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. They are the Short's bladderpod and whorled sunflower...8/5

National

U.S. extends embassy closings; warnings renew debate over NSA data collection

(McClatchy) The closing of U.S. embassies in 21 predominantly Muslim countries and a broad caution about travel during August that the State Department issued on Friday touched off debate Sunday over the National Security Agency's sweeping data collection programs...8/4

Egypt crisis: McCain and Graham to join diplomatic talks

(BBC News) US senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are due to arrive in Cairo as diplomatic efforts to end Egypt's political crisis intensify. US and EU envoys have been meeting officials from the military-backed government and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi...8/4

East Tennessee

TVA reports $12 million loss in quarter due to drop in power sales

(Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Milder temperatures and economic growth across the Tennessee Valley lowered TVA power sales this spring by 5 percent below year-ago levels, generating a $12 million quarterly loss and pushing the federal utility to pare expenses again this year...8/5

energy & science policy

Secretary Moniz: Biofuels Important to America's Energy Future

(Energy.gov) Secretary Moniz highlighted the Energy Department’s work to advance biofuels -- from supporting biorefineries to ARPA-E’s investment in high-impact biofuel technology to the Department’s three Bioenergy Research Centers...8/1

science & technology

Bio-Inspired Design May Lead to More Energy Efficient Windows

(Science Daily) University of Toronto Engineering professor Ben Hatton (MSE) is turning to nature to find a way to make windows more energy efficient...8/2

Russian meteor may have gangmates in tow

(Nature News) The house-sized rock that exploded spectacularly in the skies near Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February may have been a member of a gang of asteroids that still poses a threat to Earth, a new study says...8/2

Mad Face'Evolution Will Punish You If You're Selfish and Mean'

(Science Daily) ..."We found evolution will punish you if you're selfish and mean," said lead author Christoph Adami, MSU professor of microbiology and molecular genetics. "For a short time and against a specific set of opponents, some selfish organisms may come out ahead. But selfishness isn't evolutionarily sustainable."...8/2

Other Stories

No Escape KeyThe Public-Private Surveillance Partnership

(Bloomberg News) Imagine the government passed a law requiring all citizens to carry a tracking device. Such a law would immediately be found unconstitutional. Yet we all carry mobile phones...7/31

Out there

Test-tube hamburgerHere It Comes … The $375,000 Lab-Grown Beef Burger

(Science Magazine) If you take some scientists' word for it, the biggest agricultural revolution since the domestication of livestock is starting on Monday—in an arts center in London. At a carefully orchestrated media event, Dutch stem cell researcher Mark Post is planning to present the world's first test-tube hamburger...8/2