Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ORNL in the News

TitanOut to Crunch: U.S. Energy Department Unleashes Its Titan Supercomputer

(Scientific American) In 2005 engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DoE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory unveiled Jaguar, a system that would later be upgraded into a world-beating supercomputer. By 2011 it had grown to a room-size system that used seven megawatts of energy, ran nearly 225,000 processor cores and had a peak performance of 2.3 petaflops....10/30

MIT team uses graphene to filter water

(PACE) Much has been made of graphene’s exceptional qualities, from its ability to conduct heat and electricity better than any other material to its unparalleled strength...By engineering relatively large membranes from single sheets of graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition, researchers from MIT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and elsewhere have found that the material bears intrinsic defects, or holes in its atom-sized armour...10/30

DOE

U.S. East Coast Refiners Assessing Damage After Sandy's Passage

(Fox Business) ...The U.S. Department of Energy said in a report Tuesday that about 26% of the region's fuel-making capacity, nearly all of which lies in the area affected by Sandy, remains off line, as two refineries, Phillips 66's (PSX) Linden, N.J., refinery, and Hess Corp.'s (HES) facility in Port Reading, N.J., were completely shut down...10/30

Congressional oversight panel questions administration’s support of failed Colo. solar company

(Washington Post) Emails between an independent consultant and the Obama administration suggest the consultant felt pressure to help arrange a loan guarantee for a Colorado solar panel manufacturer that later went bankrupt...10/30

State & Regional

Report: Health Care Improving in Tennessee

(Memphis Daily News) Health care is showing improvement in Tennessee thanks to some of the strongest health care plans in the South and an increased focus on patient-centered medical practices, according to the annual State of Health Care Quality report...10/30

National

Stranded AmbulanceA Far-Reaching System Leaves 8 Million Without Power

(New York Times) The reach of the storm called Sandy was staggering, with devastation along the coasts, snow in Appalachia, power failures in Maine and high winds at the Great Lakes...10/31

Eurozone unemployment hits new record of 11.6 percent as economy slips toward recession

(Washington Post) Unemployment in the 17-country eurozone rose to a record 11.6 percent in September, official figures showed Wednesday, in another grim development for a region that is struggling to get to grips with a three-year debt crisis...10/31

East Tennessee

More than 5,000 tons recycled in first year of Knoxville recycling program

(WATE) More than 5,000 tons of recycled material have been collected in the first year of Knoxville's Curbside Recycling Program. About 20,000 households take part in the recycling program...10/30

science & technology

Michael MannClimate Scientist Mann Faces Obstacles to Winning Libel Lawsuit, Legal Experts Say

(Science Insider) Climate scientist Michael Mann is hoping for yet another court victory in his battle with climate skeptics. Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania State University researcher filed a libel lawsuit in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia against two conservative commentators and their respective publications over their attacks on his research...10/26

Transforming America by Redirecting Wasted Health Care Dollars

(Science Daily) The respected national Institute of Medicine estimates that $750 billion is lost each year to wasteful or excessive health care spending. This sum includes excess administrative costs, inflated prices, unnecessary services and fraud -- dollars that add no value to health and well-being...10/30

Martian SoilCuriosity's New Tests Show That Martian Soils Look Like Hawaiian Sands

(Business Insider) NASA's Curiosity rover has been hanging out at the Martian sand dune named Rocknest for about a month now. After a short break to investigate some mysterious shiny material, the remote controlled rover has been digging in the dirt and doing some science...10/30

Other Stories

Disney buying 'Star Wars' maker Lucasfilm

(Commercial Appeal) Disney is paying $4.05 billion to buy Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company behind "Star Wars," from its chairman and founder, George Lucas. It's also making a seventh movie in the "Star Wars" series called "Episode 7," set for release in 2015, with plans to follow it with Episodes 8 and 9 and then one new movie every two or three years...10/30

Out there

We "Geeked-Out" Our Pumpkins. You Can Too.

(Energy.gov) Pumpkin carving is a great Halloween tradition for families around the country, and a chance for young and old alike to show a little creativity. In that spirit, earlier this month, we posted six stencils to help "energize" your pumpkins, and your Halloween...10/29