Thursday, September 1, 2011
ORNL in the News

26 Cray XE6 cabinets arrive at ORNL; will be part of NOAA system for climate research

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Twenty-six Cray XE6 cabinets arrived this week at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where they'll be installed and operated as part of NOAA's supercomputing system used for climate research. According to ORNL, the Cray XE6 cabinets will be configured with the Gemini interconnect and the AMD 16-core Interlagos processors. The processors haven't arrived yet and won't be installed for a few weeks, the lab said (Cray XE6 Specifications)...8/31

UTSA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory nurture research partnerships

(USTA Today) A group of representatives from The University of Texas at San Antonio traveled to Oak Ridge, Tenn., this summer to establish partnerships with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the U.S. Department of Energy's largest science and engineering research laboratory...8/31

DOE

Solar Firm Aided by Federal Loans Shuts Doors

(New York Times) A Silicon Valley maker of solar power arrays that was started with high hopes and $527 million in loans from the federal government said on Wednesday that it would cease operations...8/31

Department of Energy Announces up to $12 Million in Investments to Support Development and Production of Drop-In Biofuels

(DOE Press Release) In support of the Obama Administration's comprehensive efforts to strengthen U.S. energy security,  U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced up to $12 million to fund three small-scale projects in Illinois, Wisconsin, and North Carolina that aim to commercialize novel conversion technologies to accelerate the development of advanced, drop-in biofuels and other valuable bio-based chemicals...8/31

East Tennessee

FBI warns of check scam in Knoxville area

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Knoxville office of the FBI issued an alert today about a bogus check scam that appears to target users of Craigslist. FBI Public Affairs Specialist Stacie Bohanan said checks ranging in amounts from $2,200 to $3,000 "have been sent to multiple individuals in various states." The checks appear to be issued by UT-Battelle LLC and are being delivered by FedEx. Targeted victims are told, Bohanan said, to deposit the checks in their personal checking accounts...8/31

National

DOJ files antitrust suit to block AT&T merger with T-Mobile

(CNN) The U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T on Wednesday seeking to block its $39 billion merger with T-Mobile. The merger would create the largest wireless company in the United States, combining AT&T's 98 million customers with T-Mobile's 34 million users, for a total of 130 million subscribers...8/31

Hurricane KatiaKatia churns into 2nd hurricane in Atlantic

(CTV News) Forecasters say Hurricane Katia has formed in the Atlantic Ocean but that it is too early to know if it will threaten land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said late Wednesday that maximum sustained winds had whipped up to 75 mph (121 kph). The centre in Miami is cautioning a public still recovering along parts of the East Coast from Irene not to stress over the storm.

State & Regional

Haslam not ready to say how Tennessee would handle cuts

(WATE) Republican Gov. Bill Haslam isn't ready to say how Tennessee would respond if the deep cuts to the state's share of federal funding become a reality. The Haslam administration this week released state agencies' plans for how they would cope with the loss of up to 30% of their federal funding...8/31

energy & science policy

Status of FY 2012 Appropriations Bills

(AIP) The next few months will be important in determining the funding of federal scientific research in Fiscal Year 2012.  Although FY 2012 starts a month from tomorrow, Congress is unlikely to settle on final budgets until later this year...8/31

Inside Energy Extra

8/31 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • DOE-backed solar firm goes bankrupt
  • Repubs: DOE made 'bad bet' on Solyndra
  • Obama urges extension of gasoline tax
  • Reid drops plan for Sept. energy bill
  • CO2 could boost Kansas oil production

science & technology

New ExoplanetNew Planet May Be Among Most Earthlike—Weather Permitting

(National Geographic) A new planet found about 36 light-years away could be one of the most Earthlike worlds yet—if it has enough clouds, a new study says. The unpoetically named HD85512b was discovered orbiting an orange dwarf star in the constellation Vela. Astronomers found the planet using the European Southern Observatory's High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher, or HARPS, instrument in Chile...8/30

CERN’s CLOUD experiment provides unprecedented insight into cloud formation

(CERN) The CLOUD experiment has been designed to study the effect of cosmic rays on the formation of atmospheric aerosols - tiny liquid or solid particles suspended in the atmosphere - under controlled laboratory conditions...8/25

Acheulean ToolsHumans Shaped Stone Axes 1.8 Million Years Ago: Advanced Tool-Making Methods Pushed Back in Time

(Science Daily) A new study suggests that Homo erectus, a precursor to modern humans, was using advanced toolmaking methods in East Africa 1.8 million years ago, at least 300,000 years earlier than previously thought...9/1

Other Stories

The making of a memorial: Reshaping ground zero

(CNN) (video at link) Amid the hum and rumble of downtown Manhattan -- not to mention the clang of steel and the tangle of cranes -- hard-hatted workers in fluorescent orange vests yell orders, spread cement, move machines. Empty boxes litter the ground. Shop lights hang from extension cords like Christmas bulbs...8/31

James Hansen ArrestedNASA Top Climate Scientist Arrested on White House Protest

(FoxNews) Alongside actress Daryl Hannah, religious leaders, and dozens of eco-activists arrested Monday outside the White House protesting a planned oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico stood an unlikely partner—NASA's top climate scientist and government official James Hansen...8/31