Tuesday, August 10, 2010
ORNL in the News

Award-winning supercomputer application solves superconductor puzzle

(Eurekalert) Superconducting materials, which transmit power resistance-free, are found to perform optimally when high- and low-charge density varies on the nanoscale level, according to research performed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...8/9

The American Ceramic Society announces 2010 Distinguished Life Members and class of Fellows

(Scientific Computing) The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) today announced the names of the organization's two newest Distinguished Life Members and 19 members elevated to Fellow status...(scroll)...Lance L. Snead, Ph.D., research staff member at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn...8/9

NVIDIA-Led Team Receives $25 Million Contract From DARPA to Develop High-Performance GPU Computing Systems

(WSJ Market Watch) A team led by NVIDIA has been awarded a research grant of $25 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Defense Department's research and development arm, to address what the agency calls a "crisis in computing."...The team—which also includes Cray Inc., Oak Ridge National Laboratory and six top U.S. universities -- is being funded by DARPA to address the challenge that conventional computing architectures are reaching the practical limits of energy usage and will not meet the challenges of exascale computing...8/9

Nanoscale Inhomogeneities in Superconductors Explained

(Science Daily) Superconducting materials, which transmit power resistance-free, are found to perform optimally when high- and low-charge density varies on the nanoscale level, according to research performed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...8/9

DOE

Beacon Power and Department of Energy Close $43 Million Loan Guarantee for 20 MW Flywheel Plant in Stephentown, New York

(WSJ Market Watch) Beacon Power Corporation, a leading provider of advanced energy storage products and services to support a more stable, reliable and efficient electricity grid, has closed on a $43 million loan guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)...8/9

Political fights over clean coal get dirty and expensive

(CNN) The politics of clean coal keep preventing the United States government from actually finishing a clean coal project. Last week, the Department of Energy added a new twist to the on-again-off-again clean coal project FutureGen, and it probably didn't have much to do with technology...8/9

State & Regional

Ga. seeks federal funds for high-speed rail

(Atlanta Business Chronicle) The Georgia Department of Transportation is working with its counterpart in Tennessee to seek $34 million in federal funds to build a high-speed rail line linking Atlanta with Chattanooga, Tenn...8/9

National

Learning From Mexican Spill, Researchers Fight for Funds

(Wall Street Journal) Scientists studying one of the biggest oil spills 31 years ago watched with alarm as funds to research the environmental damage evaporated shortly after the well was plugged...8/9

Virginia stands to feel the most pain from defense cuts

(Washington Post) [Registration Required] Virginia officials reacted with bipartisan dismay on Monday to Defense Department budget shifts that will cost the state thousands of jobs in coming years and will dramatically impact the economies of the Norfolk area and Northern Virginia...8/10

Slain Aid Workers Were Bound by Sacrifice

(New York Times) Their devotion was perhaps most evident in what they gave up to carry out their mission: Dr. Thomas L. Grams, 51, left a thriving dental practice; Dr. Karen Woo, 36, walked away from a surgeon’s salary; Cheryl Beckett, 32, had no time for courtship or marriage...8/9

East Tennessee

Anderson Co. Schools receive grant to improve American history teaching

(WBIR) Anderson County Schools is one of five Tennessee school districts to receive grants to improve American history teaching. According to a release, the district will receive $968,809 to help the teachers at the schools enhance their understanding of American history...8/9

energy & science policy

White House Issues FY 2012 Science and Technology Priorities Memo

(AIP) The budget cycle never pauses in Washington. Although it will be many months until the last of the FY 2011 appropriations bills are enacted, the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy are looking ahead to the FY 2012 budget request President Obama will send Congress next February...8/9

Inside Energy Extra

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  • Greens seek seat in drill-ban case
  • Labs seek to speed disaster response
  • BP, White House discuss gulf cleanup

science & technology

Scientists map all mammalian gene interactions

(Phys.Org) In one of the first efforts of its kind, UCLA researchers have taken mammalian genome maps, including human maps, one step further by showing not just the order in which genes fall in the genome but which genes actually interact...8/9

Other Stories

Neanderthal's Cozy Bedroom Unearthed

Anthropologists have unearthed the remains of an apparent Neanderthal cave sleeping chamber, complete with a hearth and nearby grass beds that might have once been covered with animal fur.  Neanderthals inhabited the cozy Late Pleistocene room, located within Esquilleu Cave in Cantabria, Spain, anywhere between 53,000 to 39,000 years ago, according to a Journal of Archaeological Science paper concerning the discovery.