Thursday, October 4, 2012
ORNL in the News

MegaDroid: 300,000 Androids clustered together to study network havoc

(Ars Technica) Anyone who builds an Android app knows that testing on real devices is important. But what if instead of testing on one device at a time, you could test 300,000?...MegaDroid is “only” 300,000 virtual machines strong right now, largely because the Linux-based Android has a lot more code than just the Linux kernel alone. At one point, Fritz’s team got 4.5 million Linux virtual machines running on the Jaguar supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Layoffs at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory continues to trim its workforce, with relatively small numbers of layoffs in recent weeks. Lab spokesman David Keim confirmed there'd been eight layoff notice issued over the past couple of weeks. Those came on the heels of 10 layoffs in late August-early September, he said...10/3

DOE

UPFBig issue with the UPF

(Knoxville News Sentinel) There were a bunch of issues raised at the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board's Tuesday field hearing in Knoxville on the Uranium Processing Facility...10/3

State & Regional

Tennessee: Meningitis outbreak is investigated

(CNN) Non-contagious meningitis struck 14 patients -- all but one in Tennessee -- who received steroid injections, leaving two dead, according to health officials investigating the outbreak...10/2

Tennessee planning for school vouchers nears final stages

(Commercial Appeal) A special commission appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam is about to begin drafting its final recommendations on how a Tennessee school-voucher program would operate, including who would be eligible for taxpayer dollars for private school tuition...10/1

National

Benghazi Embassy FireU.S. had early indications Libya attack tied to organized militants

(Reuters) Within hours of last month's attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, President Barack Obama's administration received about a dozen intelligence reports suggesting militants connected to al Qaeda were involved, three government sources said...10/3

File BoxesEight held in US over 'Russian hi-tech smuggling plot'

(BBC) Eight people have been arrested in Houston, Texas, on charges of illegally exporting hi-tech components to Russian security bodies...10/4

East Tennessee

Corker says federal government could 'destroy' TVA, seeks reforms

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said Wednesday TVA could be destroyed if it remains under the federal government control and suggested that the region's governors could be better overseers of the agency providing electricity to 9 million people in seven states...10/4

science & technology

Homo rudolfensisNew Kenyan fossils shed light on early human evolution

(PhysOrg) Fossils discovered east of Africa's Lake Turkana confirm that there were two additional species of our genus—Homo—living alongside our direct human ancestral species, Homo erectus, almost two million years ago. The finds, announced in the journal Nature, include a face, a complete lower jaw, and part of a second lower jaw...10/3

BaboonsFor Some Primates, Survival of the Nicest

(Science Magazine) Baboons, like people, really do get by with a little help from their friends. Humans with strong social ties live longer, healthier lives, whereas hostility and "loner" tendencies can set the stage for disease and early death...10/1

NASA Airborne Radar to Study Volcanoes in Alaska and Japan

(Science Daily) NASA scientists periodically monitor subtle changes in volcanic activity with the Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) carried by a modified NASA C-20A (G-III) aircraft...10/3

Other Stories

Pizzly BearAs Arctic Melts, Polar and Grizzly Bears Mate

(Spiegel Online) The melting Arctic ice has brought polar bears and grizzly bears together and their hybrid offspring, known as "pizzlies," have been detected on Canadian islands. It is a trend that is happening with other species as well, and scientists are worried because it poses a risk to biodiversity...10/3

twenty-dollar billsCan the Fed Unprint Money?

(US News and World Report) Americans have had four years to wrap their heads around the concept of the Fed "printing" money, which it does via a policy known as quantitative easing. But when the economy is humming again, the Fed will shut down its theoretical printing presses.... 10/3