Tuesday, October 19, 2010
ORNL in the News

ORNL theorist part of team that discovers unexpected magnetism

(Newswise) Theoretical work done at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has provided a key to understanding an unexpected magnetism between two dissimilar materials. The results, published in Nature Communications, have special significance for the design of future electronic devices for computations and telecommunications, according to co-author Satoshi Okamoto of ORNL's Materials Science and Technology Division...10/18

ORNL's Christensen at House energy briefing

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The House Science Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, in conjunction with the House Armed Services Committee, will hold a briefing Wednesday on "21st Century Energy Security: Leveraging Cutting Edge Research at the Departments of Energy and Defense." It's the third in a series of briefings on energy and environmental issues...10/19


Governor's chair speaks about smart electrical grids

(Seymour Herald) Is an improved electrical grid the best answer to growing energy needs? Is there a way to make America's grid smarter?   Yilu Liu, an electrical engineering professor in the College of Engineering and the University of Tennessee -- Oak Ridge National Laboratory's fourth Governor's Chair, will speak at the UT Science Forum on Oct. 22, on her research to develop the next generation of electrical power grids...10/18

Coalition of High Performance Computing Leaders Form Community-Based Open-Source File System Alliance

(Marketwire) Cray Inc., Data Direct Networks (DDN) Inc., Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) today announced the incorporation of Open Scalable File Systems, Inc. (OpenSFS) -- a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation. OpenSFS will support the requirements of the data-intensive computing community by fostering the practical development of high performance computing (HPC) storage software technology...10/19


Energy Dept. report: Make smart-grid data sharing opt in

(CNET News) Consumers should have the right to control access to the data on their energy usage collected by smart meters and be able to decide whether to share it with third parties, a U.S. Department of Energy report is recommending...10/18

Department of Energy facing Oak Ridge cleanup clash

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A yearlong dispute over cleanup milestones in Oak Ridge is reaching the final stage of negotiations, and the Department of Energy potentially faces millions of dollars in fines...10/18

State & Regional

U.S. recognizes Islam as a religion; Murfreesboro mosque can proceed

(WBIR) If there was any doubt before, the United States government on Monday wanted to make one thing clear. Islam is a religion.  The pronouncement, filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in a Rutherford County court, was in response to a lawsuit filed by critics of a proposed mosque near Murfreesboro...10/19


U.S. Pushes to Ease Technical Obstacles to Wiretapping

(New York Times) Law enforcement and counterterrorism officials, citing lapses in compliance with surveillance orders, are pushing to overhaul a federal law that requires phone and broadband carriers to ensure that their networks can be wiretapped, federal officials say...10/18

Threat grows as Mexican cartels move to beef up U.S. presence

(Washington Post) When a major Mexican drug cartel opened a branch office here on the California side of the border, U.S. authorities tapped into their cellphones - then listened, watched and waited...10/19

The Huge, Hidden Wall Street Scandal

(Forbes) Securities lending is an arcane, opaque business. That’s the kind that Wall Street loves. In this case, the business is built on stocks owned by millions of everyday investors. That means you...10/18


energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

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[Inside This Issue:]

  • DOE support seen for Nev. power line
  • China rips US clean-energy probe
  • MIT, Italian firm eye oil spills
  • Oil, gas groups sue BLM over leases
  • Brookhaven names Photon directors

science & technology

Apple 4Q net income soars 70 percent

(Forbes) Apple says its fourth-quarter net income soared 70 percent on staggering sales of iPhones and iPads.  Apple Inc. sold 14.1 million iPhones from July through September. It sold 4.2 million of its tablet computer, the iPad. That's fewer than analysts, on average, had expected...10/18

Cellphones reveal emerging disease outbreaks

(NewScientist) YOUR cellphone could be a key tool in the fight against disease by relaying a telltale signature of illness to doctors and agencies monitoring new outbreaks...10/15

Racing to Save Bats From Catastrophic Extinction, Biologists Turn to New Tools

(Popular Science) What would the United States look like without bats? As winter approaches, biologists seek new methods and technologies to help control a potentially devastating ecological disaster...10/18

Other Stories

Prehistoric man ate flatbread 30,000 years ago: study

(Phys.Org) The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggested that processing starch grains, possibly grinding them into flour, was a widespread practice across Europe, contrary to popular belief that the Paleolithic man was primarily a meat eater...10/19

Winds Slowing Around the World, Study Suggests

(National Geographic) Around the world, surface winds are slowing down, a new study says. Strangely enough, the alleged culprits aren't new buildings but new trees.  The easing breezes—if also detected higher up—could affect movements of air pollution but may not necessarily give the wind power industry a case of the doldrums, experts say...10/18

Megi - By Any Name, a Monster

(Discovery News) Super-Typhoon Megi was packing winds that may have reached 200 miles per hour before it struck the Philippines Monday morning, not only the strongest hurricane of the busy 2010 season, but one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record..10/18