Thursday, November 1, 2012
ORNL in the News

Why Is This Supercomputer So Superfast?

(NPR) The world's fastest supercomputers have come back to the U.S. In June, the title was claimed by a machine named Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore Labs. Monday, at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, what could be an even faster computer comes online. It's called Titan and it would not have been possible were it not for the massive market for video games...10/30

Is Supercomputing the New Space Race?

(Wired) Is the new supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Labs the most powerful machine on earth? It might be. But we won’t know for a few more weeks, writes Bob McMillan at Wired Enterprise. Uncloaked on Monday by Oak Ridge — a Tennessee lab run by the Department of Energy — the Titan supercomputer is a Cray machine made of nearly 19,000 processing units stitched together with 710 terabytes of memory...10/31

DOE

Contractor change could affect UPF

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A bunch of people in East Tennessee are anxiously awaiting the National Nuclear Security Administration's decision on who will be the next contractor to operate the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge...10/31

Energy Department and Federal Efforts to Support Utility Power Restoration Efforts

(Energy.gov) As President Obama made clear in a call with dozens of utility executives nationwide, restoring power to the millions of Americans who lost electricity during Hurricane Sandy is a top priority for the Obama Administration and the Department of Energy...10/31

State & Regional

UT economists forecast modest growth in 2013

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee's economy is moving forward, but progress remains painfully slow, according to a University of Tennessee report released Wednesday...10/31

National

Sandy brings an unexpected stimulus

(Fortune) ... Despite all the bad news Sandy will bring as the region tries to pick itself up after the massive storm, there might be some relief on the horizon. Look for it in gas prices...10/31

East Tennessee

Wildlife groups releasing 2,600 lake sturgeon

(WVLT) Wildlife groups along with a 5th grade class are releasing 2,600 endangered lake sturgeon at noon into the waters at the Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge...10/31

Professor discusses disasters

(The Daily Beacon) When massive natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy strike, one may wonder how to prepare for the destruction and what could have been done differently. Cornell University professor Dr. Thomas O'Rourke will be discussing those exact issues in his lecture, "The New Normal for Natural Disasters,"...11/1

energy & science policy

Congressional Leaders Weigh-In on Science

(Science Magazine) American students are spending too much time watching television and not enough time studying, and the United States has too little to show for the billions of federal dollars spent on climate research and science education. Those are just a few of the comments from nine senior members of Congress...10/24

science & technology

'Climb stairs': Amputee to scale US skyscraper with thought-controlled bionic leg

(The Telegraph) Zac Vawter, 31, is to put the revolutionary prosthetic to the test on Sunday, when he attempts to climb 103 flights of stairs to the top of Chicago’s Willis Tower...10/31

The Mysterious Case of the Missing Noble Gas

(Scientific American) The evidence is in every breath of air, but answers are harder to come by. Xenon, the second heaviest of the chemically inert noble gases, has gone missing...10/11

Genomics: The single life

(Nature) Sequencing DNA from individual cells is changing the way that researchers think of humans as a whole...10/31

One Way to Create American Jobs: Fix Our 5 Million Tons of Out-of-Use Electronics

(The Atlantic) We're not only letting 75 percent of our old electronics go to waste, we're also wasting an opportunity to rebuild the domestic electronics industry...10/31

Scientists Build the First All-Carbon Solar Cell

(Science Daily) Stanford University scientists have built the first solar cell made entirely of carbon, a promising alternative to the expensive materials used in photovoltaic devices today...10/31

Science Is the Key to Growth

(NY Times) [Opinion]...Scientific knowledge and new technologies are the building blocks for long-term economic growth — “the key to a 21st-century economy...10/28

Other Stories

Sandy shows economy stronger than thought

(Fortune) Mr. Market thinks Hurricane Sandy won't derail the recovery. And that's a real good sign...10/31