Monday, August 19, 2013
ORNL in the News

Spider II Emerges to Give ORNL a Big Speed Boost

(HPC Wire) When the Jaguar supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory morphed into Titan in 2012, it delivered a huge increase in computational power. Recently, the ORNL's parallel file system, called Spider, received a similar overhaul, and is in the process of emerging as Spider II...8/16

‘One Earth, Our Choice’ concert, rally features ORNL scientist, Al Gore show

(Oak Ridge Today) A free “One Earth, Our Choice” concert and rally today (Saturday) features an Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist who will discuss Tennessee’s changing climate and a presentation of Al Gore’s new show, “The Climate Reality Project.”...8/17

Two-day sustainability summit to be held in Knoxville

(Knoxville Daily Sun) The Tennessee Energy Education Initiative, a program of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), is partnering with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the City of Knoxville to host a free, two-day sustainability summit in Knoxville on August 21 and 22...8/15

R&D 100: Lab Researchers Contribute to Public Safety

( As Secretary Moniz recently noted, the Energy Department's National Labs are leading the way in scientific innovation in the United States, including scientific research that furthers our national security...Oak Ridge National Lab was recognized for a new software tool that automates the discovery of selected information from large dynamic streams of text...8/16


Nuclear safety board to discuss aging Y-12 buildings, new Uranium Processing Facility

(Oak Ridge Today) The federal Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board will meet in Knoxville in October to discuss, among other things, the risks associated with continuing to operate old buildings involved in weapons work at the Y-12 National Security Complex...8/16

State & Regional

AT&T Invests More Than $175 Million In Tennessee Wireless And Wireline Networks In First Half Of 2013

(The Wall Street Journal Market Watch) Blazing speeds. Great reliability. Broad coverage. Excellent overall performance. That's what Tennessee residents want from their mobile Internet, and it's exactly what AT&T* is delivering with an array of network upgrades completed in the first half of 2013...8/16


Egypt turmoil deepens; militants kill 25 policemen

(AP) Islamic militants on Monday ambushed two mini-buses carrying off-duty policemen in the northern region of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing 25 of them execution-style in a brazen daylight attack that deepens the turmoil roiling the country and underscores the volatility of the strategic region...8/19

East Tennessee

ATLCUT-Battelle, ATLC home-building project receives labor award

(Oak Ridge Today) Team UT-Battelle’s all-volunteer project to build homes for Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties has earned the 2013 Horizon Award from the Tennessee Labor Management Foundation (Click here for Larger Version)...8/17

energy & science policy

LigninNew Possibilities for Efficient Biofuel Production

(Science Daily) Limited availability of fossil fuels stimulates the search for different energy resources. The use of biofuels is one of the alternatives. Sugars derived from the grain of agricultural crops can be used to produce biofuel but these crops occupy fertile soils needed for food and feed production...8/15

science & technology

Coastal cities face rising risk of flood losses, study says

(PhysOrg) The world's 136 largest coastal cities could risk combined annual losses of $1 trillion (750 billion euros) from floods by 2050 unless they drastically raise their defences, a study warned Sunday...8/18

Waste CO2 Could Be Source of Extra Power

(Scientific American) Power-generating stations worldwide release 12 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year as they burn coal, oil or natural gas; home and commercial heating plants release another 11 billion tons...8/16

KeplerNASA gives up on fixing Kepler

(ScienceNews) NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope, hobbled by the breakdown of two crucial parts, is beyond repair, officials announced in a teleconference August 15...8/15

RugosodonFossil reveals features of mammal line that outlived dinosaurs

(Nature News) The earliest known members of a group of mammals that survived for 130 million years already had the anatomical features that enabled the animals to thrive in the shadows of dinosaurs — and to survive through their mass extinction...8/15

Other Stories

Juror: Gov't corruption in Bulger case stunned me

(AP) While the trial of Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger showed that he committed horrific crimes, testimony from witnesses also revealed a stunning degree of corruption in the U.S. Department of Justice that enabled the man who was eventually labeled as the FBI's most wanted fugitive to operate in the city for years, a juror said...8/16

Area 51Newly Declassified Map Reveals Area 51 Exists

(National Geographic) Until Thursday, the U.S. government had never publicly acknowledged the existence of Area 51—a remote spot in the Nevada desert that has long been associated with conspiracy theories, alien sightings, and talk of tiny spaceships...8/16