Monday, November 4, 2013
ORNL in the News

Simulations Shed Light on Star Formation

(HPC Wire) Astrophysics researchers at UC San Diego have advanced their understanding of star formation with the help of some major computational resources from San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the UC San Diego and the National Institute for Computational Science (NICS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...11/1

Stratasys Partners with ORNL for Prosthetics Development

(HPC Wire) Stratasys, a manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems, has announced that it has partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to advance the development of prosthetics by producing more lightweight, high performance versions at an affordable price...10/30

No need to plug in that car; it's getting charged by the manhole covers

Manhole Cover(E&E) Drifting off to sleep, you wake with a jolt: You forgot to plug in your electric car...Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee has taken the lead on this project, and it has just finished the first phase, the results of which it will present to DOE this month for the green light on the second phase and tranche of funding...11/1

 

DOE

A Statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz Regarding Fukushima

(Energy.gov) “On Friday, I made my first visit to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. It is stunning that one can see firsthand the destructive force of the tsunami even more than two and a half years after the tragic events. The words of President Obama following the incident still hold true today: ‘The Japanese people are not alone in this time of great trial and sorrow...11/1

The “open” debrief on Y-12/Pantex contract award

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Early last week, days before announcing its decision on the Y-12/Pantex combined contract award, the National Nuclear Security Administration acknowledged it had completed the evaluation process and outlined part of the process that would accompany the forthcoming announcement (which came on Friday and reaffirmed the earlier choice of Consolidated Nuclear Security)...11/3

State & Regional

Tennessee schools see hunger in eyes of many students

(Tennessean) When Sarah White visits schools, she can tell which children go hungry over the weekends. White, Tennessee’s executive director of school nutrition programs, has seen students waiting, lined up, to get into school on Monday mornings, and not because they can’t wait to get to class. They are eager for breakfast, White said...11/4

National

Edward Snowden: Congress and White House reject clemency

(BBC) The White House and top US lawmakers have rejected clemency for the fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. "Mr Snowden violated US law. He should return to the US and face justice," said White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer...11/3

Space Agencies Of The World, Unite: The U.N.'s Asteroid Defense Plan

(NPR) The United Nations General Assembly may approve a plan soon for the world's space agencies to defend the Earth against asteroids. The plan, introduced last week, is expected to be adopted by the General Assembly in December...11/3

East Tennessee

Big plans for Beck Cultural Exchange Center

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Robert Booker has a passion for the past and a grand vision of the future for Knoxville's Beck Cultural Exchange Center. Booker, who took over for Avon Rollins as the facility's executive director on Sept. 2, has implemented an aggressive plan to transform the Beck Center into the nation's signature local black history museum...11/3

Controlled burns begin today in Cades Cove

(WBIR) Fire management officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park plan to begin a series of controlled burns in Cades Cove starting Monday. Managers say they plan to burn several fields throughout November totaling around 400-acres...11/4

energy & science policy

Congressional Committees Start Work on Reauthorization of COMPETES Legislation

(AIP) House and Senate committees are taking first steps towards the reauthorization of the America COMPETES legislation. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee is active on several fronts and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will be having a hearing next week...11/1

science & technology

DARPA Plans to Arm Drones With Missile-Blasting Lasers

Drone with laser(Wired) The Pentagon this week edged closer to mounting missile-destroying lasers on unmanned and manned aircraft, awarding $26 million to defense contractors to develop the technology...11/1

Climate change: Melting glaciers bring energy uncertainty

(Nature) Running 2,000 kilometres from east to west and comprising more than 60,000 square kilometres of ice, the Hindu Kush–Karakoram–Himalayan glaciers are a source of water for the quarter of the global population that lives in south Asia...10/30

Countering click spam: Researchers test new algorithm to detect, combat fraudulent clicks online

(Phys Org) When is a click not a click? When an advertising network registers a click on one of their online advertisements, how can it be sure that a single consumer – a "pair of eyeballs" in Madison Avenue jargon – and not a malware computer program, is behind that one click? Or that the viewer's click was intentional, not induced by deceptive or misleading advertising?...11/4

Other Stories

Getting Your Microbes Analyzed Raises Big Privacy Issues

(NPR) After spending months working on a series of stories about the trillions of friendly microbes that live in and on our bodies, I decided it might be interesting to explore my own microbiome. So I pulled out my credit card and paid the $99 needed to sign up for the American Gut Project, one of a couple of so-called "citizen science" or crowdsourced microbiome projects...11/4

FYI: Can You Overdose On Halloween Candy?

jelly beans(Popular Science) Say you pulled in a really good haul of Halloween candy this year. Like, really good. Months of supply good. What, hypothetically, would happen if you decided to forgo your bland, nutritional diet and embark on every 8-year-old kid's dream—an all-candy binge? Is it physically possible to experience a dangerous candy overdose?...10/31