Friday, November 9, 2012
ORNL in the News

The New Fastest Supercomputer In The Country Is Designing Better Nuclear Power

(Scientific American) ..."When they first started building the reactors, there was a lot of conservatism built into it," Tom Evans, a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratories tells Co.Exist "The calculations they could perform to figure out how long you could burn were limited by the computing power," Evans says...11/8

What to Expect at SC12

(PC Magazine) In the run up to next week's SC12 show, a number of companies are announcing big plans that, taken together, should result in even faster computers for science and research projects...ORNL and Nvidia have both talked about how combining CPU and GPU cores together can improve both performance and performance per watt...11/8

DOE

IG report cites conflict of interest issues at Oak Ridge, Portsmouth

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General today released a report saying that inspectors had substantiated allegations of "organizational conflicts of interest" at both Portsmouth, Ohio, and Oak Ridge...11/8

East Tennessee

Residents satisfied with TVA's plan for coal ash cleanup

(WATE) People living near the site of the ash spill at the Kingston fossil plant got their chance to discuss TVA's long-term plans on Thursday...11/8

National

Iran fired at unarmed US drone, Pentagon says

(Fox News) Iran fired on an unarmed U.S. drone last week as it was hovering in international airspace, the Pentagon announced Thursday...11/8

Congress Sees Rising Urgency on Fiscal Deal

(New York Times) Senior lawmakers said Thursday that they were moving quickly to take advantage of the postelection political atmosphere to try to strike an agreement that would avert a fiscal crisis early next year when trillions of dollars in tax increases and automatic spending cuts begin to go into force...11/8

State & Regional

Tennessee FlowerFrom A Tennessee Forest, Singing The Beauty Of Nature And Science

(WWNO) A scientist enters a hardwood forest in Tennessee. He doesn't collect soil, map the distribution of tree types or statistically sample the behavior of animals who live there...11/8

energy & science policy

Climate change action and more drilling likely in Obama’s second term

(Nature News) President Barack Obama secured a second four-year term in yesterday’s vote. What is the likely outcome of that historic event on energy and environmental issues? Simply put: more of the same...11/8

science & technology

NASA, ESA use experimental interplanetary internet to test robot from international space station

(PhysOrg) NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully have used an experimental version of interplanetary Internet to control an educational rover from the International Space Station...11/9

Mayan VillageAn ancient civilization's wet ascent, dry demise

(ScienceNews) Classic Maya civilization rose and fell with the rains. This once-majestic society, known for massive pyramids and hieroglyphic writing, expanded during an unusually rainy time and declined as the sky’s spigots dried up and periodic droughts arrived, a new study suggests...11/8

Other Stories

Navy SEALs punished for revealing secrets to video game maker

(CNN) Seven U.S. Navy SEALs have been reprimanded for giving up classified information connected to their tradecraft so a video game could seem more realistic, according to a navy official...11/9

OmidyarInside eBay Billionaire Pierre Omidyar's Battle To End Human Trafficking

(Forbes) Pierre Omidyar looked out over Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley this past February, scanning the horizon with his camera in hand. All the billionaire eBay founder could see for miles were huge, belching chimneys taller than houses and mountains of red bricks drying in the winter sun...11/8

Out there

Tennessee BigfootMayor Burchett to proclaim 'Bigfoot Day'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is on a new mission: Find Bigfoot. Yes, the Sasquatch aficionado and well-known conspiracy theorist has lured one of Animal Planet's biggest shows to the area, and he hopes to capitalize on its publicity...11/8