Thursday, August 26, 2010
ORNL in the News

NICS to Add More Than 300 Teraflops to the NSF's Computing Capacity

(HPCwire) With twin awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $3.4 million, the University of Tennessee-managed National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) will add 300 teraflops to the TeraGrid's total computational capability...The National Institute of Computational Sciences is a joint effort of the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...8/25

Discovery could challenge established theory of the nucleus

( In 2002, Paul Koehler, a physicist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennesse, and others were measuring neutron resonances in four types of platinum isotopes. These resonance patterns - which are the energies at which the nucleus of a platinum isotope absorbs neutrons - are affected by the motion of the protons and neutrons inside the nucleus. These motions are thought to be chaotic, at least according to random matrix theory, which is used to determine the behavior of large nuclei. However, in a recent study, Koehler and his colleagues found that the protons and neutrons seem to move in a collective way that can't be explained by any known model of nuclear structure...8/26

MesoCoat Licenses Ceramic Cladding, Coating Technology from Battelle

( MesoCoat has acquired exclusive commercial rights to the high density infrared surface modification technology IP Portfolio from UT-Battelle, LLC. This surface engineering technology, developed at the industrial materials division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, enables the application of coatings and cladding materials at rates 1-2 orders of magnitude faster, and with better quality than alternate processes such as laser or weld cladding or furnace processing, according to MesoCoat...8/25

Tennessee Solar Institute offers $14.5M in grants

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee Solar Institute has $14.5 million burning a hole in its pocket and wants to give it all away.The institute announced Tuesday that it is accepting grant applications for its Solar Innovation Grant Program.Grants of up to $500,000 may be awarded...TSI, a collaborative effort by the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is part of Gov. Phil Bredesen's Gov. Phil Bredesen's Volunteer State Solar Initiative and is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009...8/25

Delta-Dry - Housewrap reinvented by Cosella-Dörken

(LBM Journal) Unlike housewraps that are porous or breathable, Delta-Dry from Cosella-Dörken is a “barrier” wrap that can’t be penetrated by air or moisture. The heavy, channeled polyethylene sheeting is engineered to dry and drain as it protects the sheathing beneath brick, stone, wood, fiber-cement, vinyl siding and stucco finishes...In independent testing by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Delta-Dry surpassed the sheathing membrane commonly used to “wrap” new homes in draining off excess moisture and speeding the drying of wall assemblies...8/25


Bechtel Jacobs' swan song

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The Bechtel Jacobs contract is due to expire in 2011, with a transition of contractors expected to take place in the summer. The follow-on contract for environmental management in Oak Ridge is currently up for bids...8/25

State & Regional

State plan offers energy loans

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A new state-sanctioned program will allow Tennessee businesses to finance loans to improve energy efficiency in their operations at low interest and with the repayment covered by cost savings, Gov. Phil Bredesen said Wednesday...8/26

TVA to idle nine coal-fired units

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA plans to idle nine coal-fired electric power generating units at its Shawnee, John Sevier and Widows Creek fossil plants to reduce its use of coal-generated power by 1,000 megawatts over the next five years...8/25


Obama To Address Nation On End Of Iraq Combat

(NPR) President Barack Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office and visit troops at Fort Bliss, Texas, on Tuesday to mark the end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq...8/25

East Tennessee

At 91, Professor Remains Dedicated to Research

(Tennessee Alumnus) His friends and colleagues call Dr. Lester VanMiddlesworth an icon, an institution and a giant in his field. His work at UTHSC led to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty...8/26

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

8/25 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- DOE relaxes Buy American requirement
- NOAA, CEQ not consulted on Obama move
- Hydrates may offer gas-transport option
- Energy leader Murkowski near defeat
- Miller starts as NNSA's No. 2 official

science & technology

Deep In Gulf Water, Bacteria Are Eating Spilled Oil

(NPR) There are some encouraging signs from the Gulf of Mexico that bacteria are consuming the underwater oil plume from the broken BP well. The news comes just days after oceanographer Christopher Reddy and a team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution said they had found a big underwater oil plume in May and June, but no signs of oil-eating bacteria...8/25

How Much Did Darwin Get Wrong?

(Discovery News) A study in Biology Letters written up in the BBC earlier this week has found an interesting wrinkle in Darwin's theory of natural selection. In short, evolution may not be as driven by competition as once thought...8/25

A Protein Killer Could Treat All Cancers, and Possibly All Illnesses

(Popular Science) Since last April, 19 cancer patients whose liver tumors hadn’t responded to chemotherapy have taken an experimental drug. Within weeks of the first dose, it appeared to work, by preventing tumors from making proteins they need to survive. The results are preliminary yet encouraging. With a slight redesign, the drug might work for hundreds of diseases, fulfilling the promise that wonder cures like stem cells and gene therapy have failed to deliver...8/23

Other Stories

Kim Jong-il Reported to Be in China

(NY Times) The South Korean authorities were checking signs that the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, was visiting China by special train on Thursday, an official in the presidential office of South Korea said. South Korean news media, including the national news agency, Yonhap, and the mass-circulation daily, Chosun, reported the information in their Web sites...8/26