Tuesday, October 25, 2011
ORNL in the News

New copper theft foil: Bust the drivers

(Network World) With news today that copper prices are on the rise again - up 7% to $3.45 a pound, in over a month - law enforcement officials are looking for new ways to put a crimp in copper and metal thefts that continue to plague almost every community in the US...The federal government even got in the copper protection game in September when the US Department of Energy and its Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced they had built a security system aimed at thwarting at least some of the copper thefts that plague utilities and other large facilities...10/24

Cray to build 20-petaflop supercomputer for Oak Ridge lab

(Computer World) Cray announced this month that it won a contract from the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to build a system capable of up to 20 petaflops of peak performance. The deal is worth more than $97 million, the company said. The new system, called Titan, is expected to be completed by 2013. It's a major upgrade of Oak Ridge's existing Jaguar supercomputer, which was also built by Cray and tops out at 2.33 petaflops...10/24


Last Nuclear ‘Monster Weapon’ Gets Dismantled

(Wired News) Out at the Energy Department’s Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas, the last of America’s B-53s is in storage. Come Tuesday, it will be dissected...10/24

‘Tremendous’ transformation at Y-12

(Oak Ridger) The National Nuclear Security Administration announced this week that Y-12 National Security Complex successfully met and exceeded defense program goals during Fiscal Year 2011...10/24

Ongoing environmental biomonitoring by Y-12

(Oak Ridger) Mick Wiest, of the Y-12 Environment, Safety and Health organization’s Water Compliance Department, continues to discuss the environmental biomonitoring program at Y-12 with thoughts on the importance of the program...10/24


U.S. Worries Grow Over Al-Qaida's African Presence

(NPR) The U.S. has had major successes against al-Qaida this year, taking out Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. But for American counterterrorism officials, concerns over al-Qaida in Africa keep growing...10/24

East Tennessee

Dade Moeller expands Oak Ridge presence; relocates analytical lab

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...In a statement released by Dade Moeller, Darrin Lawrence, vice president for eastern operations, said, "Since opening our office in Oak Ridge one year ago, we have successfully established our presence supporting health and safety, environmental, and radiological programs in the Oak Ridge complex...10/24

State & Regional

Researchers downplay danger of Lyme disease in Tennessee

(AP) ...Ecological scientists at the UT Institute of Agriculture said blacklegged ticks, which can carry Lyme disease, are rare in Tennessee and almost never carry the Lyme disease bacterium...10/24

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

10/24 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- DOE proposes aid package for USEC
- New OCS safety rule set to take effect
- Energy aid seen as debt-panel target
- DOE labs vulnerable to cyber attack: IG

science & technology

Precision-Controlled Microbots Show They Could Take On Industrial-Scale Jobs

(Scientific American) ...A team of engineers at SRI International, a nonprofit contract research and development lab in Menlo Park, Calif., has harnessed simple, magnetically levitated microbots to build structures and perform other sophisticated tasks at small size scales...10/21

Loving the Chambered Nautilus to Death

(NY Times) It is a living fossil whose ancestors go back a half billion years — to the early days of complex life on the planet, when the land was barren and the seas were warm...Now, scientists say, humans are loving the chambered nautilus to death, throwing its very existence into danger...10/24

Production of biofuel from forests will increase greenhouse emissions

(Physorg.com) The largest and most comprehensive study yet done on the effect of biofuel production from West Coast forests has concluded that an emphasis on bioenergy would increase carbon dioxide emissions from these forests at least 14 percent..10/23

Other Stories

Don't just blame Wall Street: The American Dream has been eroding for years

(Fortune)The American Dream is about more than housing -- it's the concept that we'll be better off than our parents. But odds of that happening for this generation have been stacked against it for years...10/24

Moammar Gaddafi buried in secret desert location

(Wall Street Journal) Former Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafi was buried in a secret location on Tuesday, officials of the interim government said, ending a four-day spectacle in which his bloody body was displayed to a public celebrating his gory death as a fitting end to decades of repression...10/25