Thursday, October 18, 2012
ORNL in the News

Study confirms magnetic properties of silicon nano-ribbons

(Phys Org) Nano-ribbons of silicon configured so the atoms resemble chicken wire could hold the key to ultrahigh density data storage and information processing systems of the future. This was a key finding of a team of scientists led by Paul Snijders of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/17

A state visit at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey will join State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, for a Thursday afternoon tour of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. According to information released out of Nashville, the lawmakers will meet with lab officials and discuss, among other things, ORNL's multiple partnerships with the state...10/17

Mason: 'Jaguar is history'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Halloween is on the way, which seemed appropriate last night as Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason talked about the lab's transition of supercomputers. He sounded almost like Dr. Frankenstein as he talked about the metamorphisis of Jaguar into Titan...10/17


Sen. Lamar Alexander not ready to call in the military at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has adopted a wait-and-see attitude regarding security improvements at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in the wake of the July 28 security breach...10/17

State & Regional

Tennessee a top destination state for jobs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) FedEx, Volkswagen and Nissan have helped make Tennessee one of the top destination states for jobs, CNBC reports. Tennessee ranks No. 7 with 141,845 people moving here for work during 2009-2010...10/17

Tennessee needs $38 billion to improve roads, schools, water

(Tennessean) ...From road and bridge repairs to additional water lines and sewers, Tennessee needs $38 billion in public improvement between now and 2015, a recently released state report shows...10/18


Man Arrested For Allegedly Trying To Bomb N.Y. Federal Reserve

(NPR) Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested this morning in downtown Manhattan after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he believed to be a 1,000-pound bomb at the New York Federal Reserve Bank...10/17

East Tennessee

UT has field days on biofuels this month

(AP) A biomass field day at Vonore will show off an ethanol refinery and farm operations that grow energy crops....10/18

Appalachian Bear Rescue Experts to Speak at Oct. 19 Science Forum

(Tennessee Today) Two representatives from the Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR) will discuss the importance of reintroducing black bear cubs to the wild at this week’s Science Forum...10/16

Construction starts on Melton Lake Park pavilion

(Oak Ridge Today) Construction work has started on a long-awaited pavilion at Melton Lake Park...Funding for the proposed pavilion comes from a $140,000 donation from UT-Battelle, which manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and from savings that result from staff turnover in the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department...10/17

energy & science policy

Does Congress Get a Passing Grade on Science?

(Scientific American) Scientific American asks leaders of a dozen House and Senate committees for written answers to eight policy questions related to science and technology...10/16

science & technology

The World’s Most Powerful Climate Change Supercomputer Powers Up

(Time) ...It’s a supercomputer, and not just your average massively parallel monster, but a 1.5 petaflop (that’s 1,500 teraflops) IBM-designed behemoth — it can run an astonishing 1.5 quadrillion calculations per second — that as of June 2012 ranks among the top 20 most powerful computers in the world...10/16

Why Are U.S. Eastern Seaboard Salt Marshes Falling Apart?

(Science Daily) Salt marshes have been disintegrating and dying over the past two decades along the U.S. Eastern seaboard and other highly developed coastlines, without anyone fully understanding why...10/17

US military gets into the 3D printing business

(New Scientist) An isolated military outpost in the middle of hostile territory is a bad place for your equipment to break down. Replacement parts and fuel either have to be air-dropped or driven through dangerous territory. So the US military plans to make remote operating bases and camps self-sufficient, able to generate their own energy and even print their own gadgets...10/18

U.S. Unveils a Gleaming New Weather and Climate Center

(Science Magazine) The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officially opened its newest outpost today, a gleaming, $76.5 million research and operations center on the outskirts of Washington, D.C...10/15

Other Stories

VW's brilliant new world car has one little problem

(Fortune) The world's largest car company is about to unleash something few automakers have been able to: a vehicle that can be sold around the world, profitably. But will it sell in America?...10/17