Wednesday, November 10, 2010
ORNL in the News

Sandia Awarded $2.6M in DoE Grants

(Photonics) Kevin Pedretti of Sandia National Laboratories has received $572,500 for his work titled, "Enabling Exascale Hardware and Software Design through Scalable System Virtualization." His objective is to apply scalable system virtualization techniques to enable the range of innovation necessary to realize productive exascale computing. The project involves researchers from the University of New Mexico, Northwestern University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, along with Sandia....11/9

President Honors Outstanding Early-Career Scientists

(Communications of the ACM) President Obama earlier this month named 85 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers Jeremy Busby, De-en Jiang and Sergei Kalinin are among 13 Department of Energy scientists to receive the award...11/9


Vice President Biden Launches Home Energy Scoring Program

(DOE Press Release) Vice President Biden joined U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu to announce the launch of the Home Energy Score pilot program. The Home Energy Score will offer homeowners straightforward, reliable information about their homes' energy efficiency....11/9

Oak Ridge facing loss of influence

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy and its Oak Ridge contractors will lose two of their biggest supporters - U.S. Reps. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., and Lincoln Davis, D-Tenn. - when the new Congress convenes at the first of the year....11/10

DOE official talks funding

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Gerald Boyd, the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge manager, acknowledged Tuesday that it's going to be difficult for the federal agency to meet its environmental commitments with the expected level of funding for Fiscal Year 2011, which began Oct. 1....11/10

Other Stories

INTERACTIVE FEATURE: What's Next in Science

(New York Times) Prognostications for 2011 from leading figures in 10 widely scattered disciplines, from genomics to mathematics to earth science....11/9



Challenges Await U.S. at Group of 20 Meeting

(New York Times) With China leading the critics of American economic policy, officials acknowledge that President Obama is going to have a difficult time winning any kind of consensus strategy....11/10

State & Regional

New programs aim to improve UT retention

(UT Daily Beacon) At June's UT Board of Trustees meeting, Chancellor Jimmy Cheek unveiled the top-25 goal, saying the university was looking at a "target group," made up of the universities ranked Nos. 21-29, several spots above UT's No. 52 ranking at that time of the 600 total public institutions in the country....11/10

Tennessee tests more stringent teacher licensing standards

(Tennessean) Under a pilot program at eight Tennessee universities — and universities in 19 other states — teacher candidates will have to take a multiple-choice exam, plus prove they can teach students at different performance levels. They will write lessons, videotape their delivery and measure whether students absorbed the information....11/10



energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

11/9 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Shimkus lobbies for House panel chair
** EPA adopts oil, gas reporting rule
** GOP said likely to target EPA funds
** EPA, greens agree over water rules
** White House launches retrofit program

science & technology

Earth contains a vast amount of water, but scientists are unsure of its origins

(Washington Post) Beneath the Earth's crust lies more water, probably a great deal. Experts estimate that the planet's interior contains perhaps 10 times more water than exists on the surface. And that might be a serious underestimate....11/8 [Registration Required]

Quantum Computing Reaches for True Power

(New York Times) I.B.M. is responding to advances made in the past year at Yale University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, that suggest the possibility of quantum computing based on standard microelectronics manufacturing technologies....11/9

Mystery vapor trail over California was left by plane, not missile, experts say

(Washington Post) A series of U.S. government agencies said Tuesday that they could not explain what created a vapor trail that lit up the sky Monday night over Southern California. But a series of civilian experts said they could. It was not a missile, they said, as many conjectured, but an airplane....11/10 [Registration Required]

Darwin's theory of gradual evolution not supported by geological history, scientist concludes

(PhysOrg) New York University Geologist Michael Rampino concludes in an essay in the journal Historical Biology that a more accurate theory of gradual evolution, positing that long periods of evolutionary stability are disrupted by catastrophic mass extinctions of life, was put forth by Scottish horticulturalist Patrick Matthew prior to Darwin's published work on the topic....11/9

Galactic Core Spews Weird Radiation Bubbles

(Wired) Two colossal bubbles of high-energy radiation are careening out of the Milky Way's core, a new analysis of images from NASA's Fermi gamma-ray space telescope shows....11/9

A greener way to grow carbon nanotubes

(PhysOrg) Given their size, strength and electrical properties, carbon nanotubes — tiny, hollow cylinders made of carbon atoms — hold promise for a range of applications in electronics, medicine and other fields....11/10