Tuesday, September 25, 2012
ORNL in the News

7 Supercomputers Changing The World

(Forbes) ...Not to be outdone by the Chinese or Japanese, the United States is making its own move for the world’s fastest supercomputer. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Jaguar supercomputer, located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, is undergoing a massive upgrade that will be finished in late 2012...9/24

ORNL Research Uncovers Path to Defect-free Thin Films

(Wireless Design) A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Ho Nyung Lee has discovered a strain relaxation phenomenon in cobaltites that has eluded researchers for decades and may lead to advances in fuel cells, magnetic sensors and a host of energy-related materials...9/24

Study broadens understanding of quantum mechanics

(PhysOrg)... Haas, Tommaso and Yu began studying the behavior of quantum glasses in the early 2000's using USC's high-performance supercomputer cluster as well as the supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Lab, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy...9/24

Former astronaut on mission to promote math and science

(Oak Ridge Today) He had prepared for this space mission for years, starting as a boy fascinated by the Apollo program and continuing through rigorous astronaut training. Still, as Bernard A. Harris Jr. stepped out of the space shuttle Discovery in 1995—the first African-American to walk in space—he hesitated, afraid he might get sucked out of the craft’s air lock and fall 250 miles to Earth...9/24

DOE

Report takes critical look at U-233 management

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Bob Alvarez, senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies and former Department of Energy official in the Clinton administration, is the author of a highly critical report of the government's plans for dealing with its large stockpile of uranium-233...9/25

Commemorating the Historical Contributions of the K-25 Site in Tennessee

(Energy.gov) A new industrial park is being built in East Tennessee – and it's got some history behind it. What was once a site for producing enriched uranium, the K-25 complex is now the site of the largest environmental remediation project in Tennessee history...9/21

National

U.S. Naval Exercises Send Message In The Tense Gulf

(NPR) The U.S. military, along with more than 30 allied countries, has just launched a new round of naval exercises in the Persian Gulf at a time when tensions in the region are running particularly high...9/24

East Tennessee

Roane school system spends millions from TVA payment on upgrades

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Roane County School System has wrapped up major building upgrades and new school construction underwritten by a special TVA payment...9/25

energy & science policy

Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Examines NASA's Development of the Space Launch System and Orion Crew Capsule

(AIP) The Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing on September 12 to examine “on-going development of the Space Launch System (SLS), the Orion capsule and related systems, as well as [to] discuss how these technologies can be used for future scientific missions.”...9/24

science & technology

The Computerized Birder: Can Software Stop Bird Strikes on Wind Farms?

(The Atlantic) To count birds now, a guy sits in a lawn chair. Two former Indiana students want to use machine vision to generate better data that will prevent birds from being killed...9/22

Other Stories

Electric Vehicles Proliferate, But Prove a Tough Sell

(Scientific American) Electric drive vehicles have the potential to wean the United States off foreign oil and drive it toward an era of zero-emissions transportation, but that potential is being pushed into the more distant future by the ominous fact that most consumers aren't buying them...9/24

As worst euro fears fade, U.S. fiscal cliff looms

(Reuters) The euro zone has stepped back from the brink of disaster for now, but the global economy could soon be staring into another abyss if U.S. politicians fail to head off $600 billion in automatic austerity that all but guarantees a new recession...9/25

Open-access deal for particle physics

(Nature) The entire field of particle physics is set to switch to open-access publishing, a milestone in the push to make research results freely available to readers...9/24

Tesla's Big Gamble: Can The Electric Car Go Mainstream?

(NPR) Starting a new car company from scratch isn't tried often in the United States. The last time one was truly successful was about 100 years ago. And Tesla Motors, a startup from Silicon Valley, faces some unusual hurdles....9/24