Friday, November 2, 2012
ORNL in the News

Carbon tracking and climate models: Researchers study carbon cycling in deciduous trees

(PhysOrg) "The Department of Energy is very interested in experimentalists working with the climate modelers to improve the fidelity of the climate models," said Jeff Warren, a scientist in Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Environmental Sciences Division. "The models are essentially building these trees using equations, but the models may be more simplistic than they should be."...11/1

3D Printing Materials

(Desktop Engineering) ...Stratasys is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop carbon-fiber reinforced FDM plastics to reduce commercial aircraft weight, and therefore fuel consumption; one project targets the design of an aircraft access-door...11/1

World's fastest supercomputer paves path to efficient, affordable exascale computing

(PhysOrg) Titan, the world's fastest open-science supercomputer, was completed this month at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, opening new windows of opportunity into the exploration of some of the world's toughest scientific challenges...10/29

DOE

Y-12 licenses ultraclean technology to Knox firm

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A Y-12-developed method (SimWyPES) of creating ultraclean dry surfaces has been licensed to MK Technologies Corp. of Knoxville. "The environmentally friendly method of removing contamination on a nanoscale level incorporates a highly effective nontoxic proprietary treatment that transfers no residue to cleaned surfaces...11/1

State & Regional

Tennessee has eighth best business climate

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee has the eighth best business climate in the country, according to Site Selection magazine's 2012 rankings of the most business-friendly states...11/1

Electric vehicles selling well in TN

(The Tennessean) ...The analysis found that 2.9 percent of all new electric vehicles sold in the U.S. this year were registered in Tennessee, the ninth-highest rate in the nation. Tennessee ranks 19th in overall registrations...11/2

National

U.S. Offers New Details Of Deadly Libya Attack

(NPR) Once a mob began attacking the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of Sept. 11, officials in Washington, D.C., watched with alarm. Now, new details are emerging about their response to the deadly attack...11/2

East Tennessee

Feral Hogs: A growing problem in East Tennessee

(WBIR-TV) On the Cumberland Plateau, locals say feral hogs are a problem they have been dealing with for decades. The nocturnal creatures, which hunters say can sometimes weigh up to 400 pounds, are spread across Cumberland, Fentress, and Overton counties. And, the Tennessee Hunters Alliance, a hunters' rights group in the area, said it has one goal: to take them out...11/1

energy & science policy

Policy: Base sustainable development goals on science

(Nature) At the Rio+20 United Nations conference in June 2012, the world's governments agreed to produce a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). Unlike the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are targeted at poor and emerging nations, the SDGs will have a global reach...11/1

science & technology

World's fastest number game wows spectators and scientists

(The Guardian) Flash Anzan, in which contestants add up numbers with an imaginary abacus, reveals the astonishing potential of the human brain – and makes for a breathtaking spectacle too...10/31

Intel Wants to Put a Supercomputer in Your Pocket

(Wired) Five years from now, says Intel, your phone could double as a supercomputer. That’s the goal of Intel’s experimental Single-chip Cloud Computer project, or SCC...11/1

New technique enables high-sensitivity view of cellular functions

(PhysOrg) Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed an ultrasensitive method for detecting sugar molecules – or glycans – coming from living organisms, a breakthrough that will make possible a more detailed understanding of cellular functions...11/1

Singing Sand Dunes Explained

(National Geographic News) When Marco Polo heard it in China, he suspected evil spirits. When residents of Copiapo, Chile, heard it emanating from a sandy hill, they dubbed the peak El Bramador, for its roars and bellows. Scientists today call it "singing sand," but they're all referring to the same thing: As sand grains shuffle down the slopes of certain sand dunes, they produce a deep, groaning hum that reverberates for miles...10/31

Other Stories

China plans 100-petaflop supercomputer, and exaflops are in sight

(GCN) No sooner had the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory taken the wraps off of Titan, a 20-petaflop supercomputer that stands to claim the title of world’s fastest, than China announced its plans for a 100-petaflop machine it plans to have up and running by 2015...11/1

Science in the developing world: Eritrea's shattered science

(Nature) An impoverished African nation was making promising strides in medicine — before the government clamped down on its foreign partnerships...10/31