September 11, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL roof and attic design proves efficient in summer and winter

(R&D Magazine) A new kind of roof-and-attic system field-tested at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory keeps homes cool in summer and prevents heat loss in winter, a multi-seasonal efficiency uncommon in roof and attic design...9/10

ORNL's newly licensed neutron detector will advance human disease research

(PhysOrg) "This ORNL detector system, developed for DOE's Spallation Neutron Source, can determine the time and position of the neutrons captured, enabling extremely accurate neutron time-of-flight measurements," said Yacouba Diawara of the Instrument and Source Design Division at ORNL...9/6

Oak Ridge: The Frontier of Supercomputing

(Data Center Knowledge) The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) is on the frontier of supercomputing, forging a path toward “exascale” computing. The data center features an unusual concentration of computing horsepower, focusing 18 megawatts of electric capacity on a 20,000 square foot raised-floor area. “The power demands are about what you would see for a small town,” says Rick Griffin, Senior Electrical Engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/10


Iran: Timing ‘Sensitive’ for U.S.-Led Gulf Exercises

(AP) Iran’s foreign ministry says the country will closely monitor U.S.-led naval exercises planned for next week in the Persian Gulf...9/11


The 'Silent Green Revolution' Underway at the Department of Energy

(The Atlantic) ... In previous decades, the Department of Energy drove basic research by operating giant government-funded labs, but under the leadership of Energy Secretary and Nobel Laureate Steven Chu, the agency has transformed itself into something different: the biggest, greenest venture capital firm in the world...9/9

East Tennessee

East Tenn to remember victims on 9/11 anniversary

( It will be a somber day Tuesday as we mark the 11th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. From Ground Zero, to the Pentagon, to a tranquil field in Pennsylvania, thousands will gather to remember those they lost. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks...9/11

State & Regional

TVA hopes to narrow CEO list by October

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The TVA board of directors is considering scores of possible candidates to succeed Tom Kilgore as CEO, and TVA Chairman Bill Sansom said he is hopeful a pick can be found by the end of the year...9/11

energy & science policy

White House energy efficiency plan will up output, curb emissions

( Last week, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a national goal of deploying 40 gigawatts (GW) of new industrial combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat recovery (WHR) by the end of 2020, a 56 percent increase from 2010 levels...9/6

science & technology

Scientists Seek Strategy to Convey Seriousness of Sea-Level Rise

(Scientific American) The impact of sea-level rise as a result of global warming will be seen on coastlines around the world over the next several decades and centuries, affecting at least half the world's people...9/10

GM May Be Losing $50,000 On Each Chevrolet Volt

(Forbes) For the past decade, Chevrolet Volt has been General Motors‘ moon shoot: a high-stakes, high-technology way to convince car buyers that it was serious about fuel economy. But in automotive terms, Volt looks like it’s been just as expensive as a moon shot, too...9/10

World Record Set for Highest Surface Area Material

(Science Daily) Northwestern University researchers have broken a world record by creating two new synthetic materials with the greatest amount of surface areas reported to date...9/7

Vaccine For Dengue Fever Shows A Glimmer Of Hope

(NPR) The study involved 4,002 schoolchildren in Thailand...The ideal vaccine would be 100 percent effective in preventing cases of dengue. But here, the efficacy was only about 30 percent. The good news is that the study showed that the vaccine is safe, and that it appears to work well against some strains of the dengue virus...9/10

Science Confirms the Obvious: Literature is Good for Your Brain

(Popular Science) In news that probably isn’t going to blow your mind, researchers have found that reading is good for your brain. But it’s not as straightforward as “book learnin’ is good for you.”...9/10

Other Stories

Most of Kansas City Now Set to Get Wired With Google Fiber

(Wired News) last-minute push by Google and Kansas City community groups has qualified most neighborhoods to get wired up as part of the company’s effort to blanket the city with ultra-high-speed internet connections...9/10