Tuesday, November 6, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL's Jack Wells: 'Think of a GPU as a factory'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Jack Wells is science director for Oak Ridge National Laboratory's National Center for Computational Sciences and a big player in the emergence of the Titan supercomputer as world leader in open science computing and maybe, just maybe, the world's fastest computer -- period...11/5

November 2012 story tips

(Science Codex) ENVIRONMENT – Ozone affecting watersheds...CLIMATE – Advancing modeling...ENERGY – Research homes on market....ETHANOL – Unexpected test results...11/5

Explosion in 'big data'’ benefits state

(LaCrosse Tribune) At Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, a supercomputer called Titan is quietly flexing its digital muscles. With a peak performance of 20 petaflops (more on that term in a moment), Titan is nearly 10 times more powerful than its predecessor and destined to become one of the U.S. scientific community’s top computational tools. It’s also largely made in Wisconsin...11/5



New Energy Department Team Established to Help Local Authorities Get Gas Stations Impacted by Hurricane Sandy Back Online

(Energy.gov) As part of the government-wide effort to assist the response and recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy, the Energy Department has established a team to assist local authorities in their efforts to help get gas stations back online...11/4

Oak Ridge security contract up for bid

(Knoxville News Sentinel) WSI-Oak Ridge, longtime security contractor for the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge, lost its protective force contract at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant following the July 28 security breach...11/5

State & Regional

TVA taps former NC energy chief to head utility

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Tennessee Valley Authority's board has chosen a former energy chief from North Carolina, who was ousted from his previous company earlier this year, to succeed retiring Tom Kilgore as the chief executive of the nation's largest public utility....11/5


Washington, Wall Street misreading each other again as cliff nears

(Reuters) At the beginning of next year, $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts - known as the fiscal cliff - will automatically become law unless Congress acts. Such dramatic moves could hammer consumer and business spending, push the U.S. economy back into recession and send markets reeling...11/6

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge Marina getting new pavilion

(Oak Ridger) The city of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department has contracted with Rich Construction of Lenoir City to construct a new 2,300-square foot pavilion at the Oak Ridge Marina...Construction of the new pavilion is possible due to a generous donation from UT-Battelle...11/1

energy & science policy

Overhauling the nation's electricity grid

(The Hill) In 2010, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission embarked on an ambitious effort to overhaul the nation’s electricity grid. FERC’s Order 1000 set out to make substantial changes to the way regions and utilities have planned for their power needs. Starting in October, transmission planners across the country will tell FERC how they intend to comply...11/1

science & technology

Electron microscopes with a twist

(Phys Org) Vortex beams, rotating like a tornado, offer completely new possibilities for electron microscopy. A method of producing extremely intense vortex beams has been discovered at the Vienna University of Technology...11/5

Unprecedented World Carbon Emissions Cuts Needed by 2050

(Scientific American) The world will have to cut the rate of carbon emissions by an unprecedented rate to 2050 to stop global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees this century, a report released by PwC on Monday showed...11/4

How women scientists fare in the Arab world

(Nature) ...Despite the impression given by extremists, Islam gives women the right to education. More than four in ten women who go to university in Jordan go into science, engineering or medicine...10/31

Other Stories

Noam Chomsky on Where Artificial Intelligence Went Wrong

(The Atlantic) If one were to rank a list of civilization's greatest and most elusive intellectual challenges, the problem of "decoding" ourselves -- understanding the inner workings of our minds and our brains, and how the architecture of these elements is encoded in our genome -- would surely be at the top...11/1

Young workers’ retirement hopes grow bleaker amid economic downturn

(Washington Post) The economic downturn is pressing more employers to reduce pension benefits and significantly delaying when people launch their careers, darkening the already bleak picture that young workers face in saving for retirement...11/5