Tuesday, October 11, 2011
ORNL in the News

Cray Lands $97 Million Contract to Upgrade Supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(Market Watch) Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced the Company has signed a contract to upgrade the Cray XT5 supercomputer nicknamed "Jaguar" located at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to a new Cray XK6 supercomputer, which will be nicknamed "Titan." When completed, the Titan system will have a peak performance between 10 and 20 petaflops (quadrillion mathematical calculations per second) of high performance computing power...10/10

Contract awarded for ITER early delivery cooling water system equipment

(R&D Magazine) The US ITER Project Office at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has awarded a $13.2 million task order to AREVA Federal Services for fabrication of five drain tanks for the ITER tokamak cooling water system...10/10


Energy Department Fights to Keep Solar Patents in U.S. Hands

(Wall Street Journal) The U.S. Department of Energy wants to prevent one of Evergreen Solar Inc.’s solar panel manufacturing techniques from ending up in the hands of its Chinese competitors—a group that’s blamed for crippling the U.S. renewable-energy market...10/10


U.S. Economists Sargent, Sims Win 2011 Nobel Prize

(NPR) Americans Thomas Sargent of New York University and Christopher A. Sims of Princeton University have won the Nobel prize in economics...10/10

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge company to expand by $1.2M, double workforce

(Oak Ridger) Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and Oak Ridge officials announced today that Canberra Industries Inc., Union Valley Road, will transition its safeguards and military product development and manufacturing to its Oak Ridge facility...10/10

Scientists studying tornado damage in Smokies

(AP) The National Science Foundation plans a long-term study of how damage from a tornado will impact the Smoky Mountains...10/9

energy & science policy

Post oil: Glimpses of life after fossil fuel

(CS Monitor) Contentious debates about "peak oil" aside, imagining how the world looks post oil is increasingly easy as alternatives to fossil fuel develop rapidly...10/7

Inside Energy Extra

10/10 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- More aid for offshore wind power sought
- Radiation incident prompts lab probe
- DOE to act soon on more LNG export bids
- FERC plans meeting on grid failure

science & technology

Government Aims to Build a ‘Data Eye in the Sky’

(NY Times) ...The most optimistic researchers believe that these storehouses of “big data” will for the first time reveal sociological laws of human behavior — enabling them to predict political crises, revolutions and other forms of social and economic instability, just as physicists and chemists can predict natural phenomena...10/10

The Search for a More Perfect Kilogram

(Wired News) The official US kilogram — the physical prototype against which all weights in the United States are calibrated — cannot be touched by human hands except in rare circumstances...10/11

The Elements Revealed: An Interactive Periodic Table

(Scientific American) Whether gas, liquid or solid; radioactive or stable, reactive or inert; toxic or in your vitamin pill, the 118 building blocks each have its own chemically idiosyncratic characteristics, along with certain commonalities...10/10

What Happened to Super Speedy Trains?

(Discovery News) Even the hardiest maglev enthusiasts are a bit glum now as the future of the trains appears to have derailed...10/10