Friday, August 27, 2010
ORNL in the News

ORNL Scientist Named EMSL Computational Molecular Science Lead

(HPCwire) Distinguished computational scientist Bill Shelton has been named the associate director for Molecular Science Computing at EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory....8/26

ORNL's new Cray machine passes early tests

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The new Cray XT6 system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that's part of a $215 million climate research project with NOAA is reportedly doing well in its early operations....8/27



Vice President Biden Announces 200,000 Homes Weatherized Under the Recovery Act

(DOE Press Release) "Thanks to the Recovery Act, thousands of construction workers across the country are now on the job making energy-saving home improvements that will save working families hundreds of dollars a year on their utility bills," said Vice President Biden....8/26


North Korea Releases Jailed American To Carter

(NPR) Looking gaunt but relieved, an American freed after nearly seven months jailed in North Korea left Pyongyang on Friday in the company of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Aijalon Gomes, 31, and Carter boarded a plane at Pyongyang's airport, footage aired by broadcaster APTN in North Korea showed....8/27

State & Regional

Report tough on coal ash sites

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Environmental groups said Thursday that they have identified an additional 39 coal ash disposal sites, including three in Tennessee, that are contaminating drinking water or surface water with arsenic and other heavy metals....8/27



science & technology

Kepler Telescope Detects Possible Earth-Size Planet

(New York Times) Scientists working with NASA's Kepler satellite reported Thursday that they might have spotted a planet just 1.5 times the diameter of Earth around a Sun-like star 2,000 light-years away....8/26

E.O. Wilson Proposes New Theory of Social Evolution

(Wired) "For the past four decades kin selection theory … has been the major theoretical attempt to explain the evolution of eusociality," writes Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson and colleagues Martin Nowak and Corina Tarnita in an Aug. 25 Nature paper. "Here we show the limitations of its approach."...8/27

Vacuum lab to grow space crystals may be added to ISS

(BBC News) Scientists are planning to use the space station to grow a new kind of crystal for use in solar cells by 2013. They say the vacuum conditions in space improve the quality of thin film crystals, giving them properties that are unachievable on Earth....8/27

Ultralow-power memory uses orders of magnitude less power than other devices

(PhysOrg) As RFID tags are becoming more widespread for tracking and identifying almost anything, researchers are continuing to develop cheap, ultralow-power memory devices for these applications. In a recent study, scientists from Cambridge have taken another step forward in this area by developing a write-once-read-many-times (WORM) memory device that requires just a fraction of the power needed by previous devices....8/26

Five Years After Katrina, Big Alien Rodents Return

(National Geographic) Five years after Hurricane Katrina whacked down the population of the invasive, wetland-munching rodents in Louisiana, nutria have bounced back. At the same time, some coastal marshes are rebounding too, because of a boom in Louisiana's nutria trappers....8/26