Friday, November 1, 2013
ORNL in the News

Intel funding for UT will develop codes, open computing center at joint UT-ORNL institute

(Oak Ridge Today) The University of Tennessee in Knoxville has received funding from computer chip maker Intel to develop computer codes to make personalized medicine like this and other transformative scientific discoveries possible. The funding will open an Intel Parallel Computing Center at the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences, or JICS, at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/31

4 Nobel laureates among 9 lecturers at Oak Ridge

(AP) Four Nobel laureates are among nine participants in a new lecture series at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Albert Fert, recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in physics, opens the Eugene P. Wigner Distinguished Lecture Series in Science, Technology and Policy on Nov. 4. His lecture will focus on recent advances in materials research...10/29

Pugh joins NC State Hall of Fame

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Claud Pugh, a retired nuclear program manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will be inducted into North Carolina State University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Hall of Fame on Friday...10/31

Researchers make strides toward a copper oxide solar cell

(R&D Magazine) Amit Goyal and his team of research scientists are using copper oxide to redesign the face of solar power. The once-dismissed solar semiconductor, one of the first discovered, is the basis of ongoing research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where scientists are creating cheaper and safer alternatives for solar conducting technology...10/31

National

Amid NSA spying revelations, tech leaders call for new restraints on agency

(Washington Post) ...After months of merely calling for the government to be more transparent about its surveillance requests, tech leaders have begun demanding substantive new restraints on how the National Security Agency collects and uses the vast quantities of information it scoops up around the globe...10/31

DOE

Two more years until NNSA reveals UPF price tag

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration doesn’t plan to reveal the price tag of the Uranium Processing Facility until October 2015, which is now the date when the UPF team expects to gain approval for Critical Decision-2 and Critical Decision-3 for the multibillion-dollar project...10/31

More than 20,000 loads of debris hauled away from K-25 demolition

(Oak Ridge Today) Demolition of the K-25 Building’s remaining section continues as the contractor performing the work hit a waste disposal milestone last month, officials said...10/31

East Tennessee

On Senate floor, Alexander honors nuclear workers, Bill Wilcox, Calutron Girls

(Oak Ridge Today) Sen. Lamar Alexander spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday in honor of nuclear weapons program workers. Among those he honored were Bill Wilcox and the Calutron Girls...10/31

UT Receives Funding from Intel to Push Supercomputing Limits, Establish Center

(Tennessee Today) UT has received funding from computer chip maker Intel to develop computer codes to make personalized medicine like this and other transformative scientific discoveries possible. The funding will open an Intel Parallel Computing Center at the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS) at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/31

energy & science policy

Scientists raise concerns about $60 billion nuclear weapons plan

(PhysOrg) The Energy Department's plan to modernize its aging nuclear weapons complex and update the seven hydrogen bomb designs in the nation's arsenal would require massive investments at a time of severe budget pressure...10/22

science & technology

Solar Goes Big: Launching the California Valley Solar Ranch

(Energy.gov) Today marks a major solar milestone for sunny San Luis Obispo County, California, with the start of commercial operation for California Valley Solar Ranch. This facility is one of the world’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants with the ability to shift the position of panels wirelessly to track weather and optimize solar input...10/31

AIDS Scientists Encouraged By Antibodies That Hit Monkey Virus

(NPR) Scientists have a new idea for beating HIV: Target the virus with guided missiles called monoclonal antibodies. At least in monkeys infected with an experimental virus similar to the human AIDS virus, the approach produced what researchers call "profound therapeutic efficacy."...10/31

Oceans Warming Faster Than They Have Over Past 10,000 Years

(Time) Greenhouse gas emissions have been rising, but warming has plateaued in recent years. It turns out the heat is likely being absorbed by the ocean depths...11/1

Engineers develop real-time, 3-D teleconferencing technology

(PhysOrg) Nik Karpinsky quickly tapped out a few computer commands until Zeus, in all his bearded and statuesque glory, appeared in the middle of a holographic glass panel mounted to an office desk...11/1

Other Stories

One year after Sandy, are we prepared for another superstorm?

(Fortune) A burning question for domestic disaster professionals -- and just about anyone with a wandering imagination -- has always been, "What would happen if a catastrophic event hit the island of Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs?"...10/31