Friday, October 11, 2013
ORNL in the News

UT professor, ORNL staff member to be honored for supercomputing accomplishments

(Oak Ridge Today) Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor of computer science at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, is being honored for his leadership in high performance computing...Dongarra, who is also a distinguished research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is being recognized for designing and promoting standards for mathematical software used to solve numerical problems common to high-performance computing...10/10


New Kind of Microscope Uses Neutrons

(Lab Manager) Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), working with partners at NASA, have developed a new concept for a microscope that would use neutrons...Later work, requiring a different spectrum of neutron energies, was carried out at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)...10/11



National laboratories prepare to shut down

(Nature News) With no end in sight for the US government shutdown that began on 1 October, the Department of Energy (DOE) is now preparing to shut down the sprawling complex of national laboratories that maintains nuclear weapons and performs a range of basic and applied research...10/10

State & Regional

Report: South Korean tire company to build plant in Middle Tennessee

(The Tennessean) South Korea-based Hankook Tire Co. could be the industrial prospect that Clarksville officials reported in August was considering building a $700 million plant that would employ up to 1,000 people...10/10

Protest planned to reopen the Smokies

(WBIR) As the shutdown now hits double digit days, a Gatlinburg man said enough is enough, and wants a victim of the closures open again...10/10


Chemical Weapons Watchdog Wins Nobel Peace Prize

(New York Times) Urging the destruction of “an entire category” of unconventional weapons, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded its 2013 Peace Prize on Friday to a relatively modest and little-known United Nations-backed body that is currently seeking to destroy Syria’s stocks of chemical arms under a deal brokered by Russia and the United States...10/11

East Tennessee

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission furloughs most of its employees

(Chattanooga Times-Free Press) ...The nuclear watchdog agency will maintain it resident inspectors at nuclear plants, including TVA's Sequoyah, Watts Bar and Browns Ferry plants. But researchers and engineers that license reactors, review new plans and perform other duties are being sent home today because the agency's carryover funding from the previous fiscal year has run out....10/10


energy & science policy

Provisions of the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013

(AIP) Almost seventeen months after Congress held its first hearing on the impending closure of the Federal Helium Reserve, the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013 was signed into law...10/10

science & technology

Planet Without A Star Found

(Popular Science) The planetary world keeps getting stranger. Scientists have found free-floating planets — drifting alone, away from stars — before. But the “newborn” PSO J318.5-22 (only 12 million years old) shows properties similar to other young planets around young stars, even though there is no star nearby the planet...10/10

Study Finds Setbacks in Carbon Capture Projects

(The New York Times) The number of large-scale projects to capture and bury carbon dioxide has fallen to 65 from 75 over the past year, a worldwide survey has found, despite a consensus among scientists and engineers that such projects are essential to meet international goals for slowing the buildup of climate-changing gases...10/10

The Cosmos Is Cracked

(Scientific American) If the prospect of an ever-expanding universe that eventually stretches into a vast emptiness isn’t depressing enough, there’s this: the universe may have cracks in it...10/8

Other Stories

Janet Yellen's Triple Mandate: Jobs, Inflation, and Wall Street

(The Atlantic) Most of the commentary about Janet Yellen, President Obama's historic choice to lead the Federal Reserve, is focused on her views about controlling inflation and unemployment, the Fed's twin mandate...10/10

Out there

Cyborg Cockroach Sparks Ethics Debate

(Science Magazine) At the TEDx conference in Detroit last week, RoboRoach #12 scuttled across the exhibition floor, pursued not by an exterminator but by a gaggle of fascinated onlookers...10/7