Thursday, November 11, 2010
ORNL in the News

ORNL's Research Reactor Revamps Veteran Neutron Scattering Tool

(Lab Manager Magazine) The Cold Triple Axis spectrometer, a new addition to Oak Ridge National Laboratory's High Flux Isotope Reactor and a complementary tool to other neutron scattering instruments at ORNL, has entered its commissioning phase...11/10


Georgia Tech keeps high performance computing sights set on exascale at SC10

(Scientific Computing) The road to exascale computing is a long one, but the Georgia Institute of Technology, a new leader in high-performance computing research and education, continues to win new awards and attract new talent to drive technology innovation...Led by Jeffrey Vetter, joint professor of computational science and engineering at Georgia Tech and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Keeneland is an NSF-funded project to deploy a high-performance heterogeneous computing system consisting of HP servers integrated with NVIDIA Tesla GPUs....11/10


TMS Announces 2011 Class of Fellows

(Newswise) The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) selected five individuals for the 2011 Class of Fellows, which is the highest honor bestowed on members and recognizes them as eminent authorities in their discipline...Steven Zinkle, Director, Material Science & Technology Division; UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Citation: "For contributions to our improved understanding of radiation effects and deformation mechanisms in metals and ceramics for fission and fusion energy systems."...11/10

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Expands Collaboration with Allinea Software

(HPC Wire) Oak Ridge National Laboratory -- a multi-program science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy -- has once again selected Allinea Software as its collaboration partner...Oak Ridge National Laboratory will leverage the scalability and ease of use of Allinea DDT as it develops the critical tools for GPU computing with CUDA. This collaboration leverages the strengths of Allinea Software as well as partners like NVIDIA, Caps Enterprise HMPP and others...11/10


Oak Ridge programs 'important'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep.-elect Chuck Fleischmann vowed Wednesday that he would be a strong advocate for the government's Oak Ridge programs and support construction of the proposed multibillion-dollar Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...11/11

Y-12 mill represents ’true technological breakthrough'

(Oak Ridger) The Y-12 National Security Complex "has taken a major step in support of the nation's nuclear nonproliferation agenda" with the installation of a new cold rolling mill that will support U.S. high-powered research reactors (HPRRs) conversion from highly enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium...11/9

State & Regional

TVA could take lead for 'mini nuke' plants

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) The Tennessee Valley Authority is first in line to test a new type of modular nuclear plant that designers boast will be smaller, cheaper and safer than existing reactors...11/11


Obama Speech Marks Shift on North Korea

(NY Times) President Obama said Thursday that North Korea must show a “seriousness of purpose” before talks could be restarted on its nuclear disarmament and that it was up to the North to end its economic and political isolation...11/11

East Tennessee

Lakefront plan to get second look in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) With questions unanswered and new costs in play, it's time to step back and take a second look at the city's long-studied lakefront development plan, City Manager Mark Watson said on Monday...11/11

energy & science policy

Will GOP Gains Mean Ethanol Producer Losses?

(Forbes) With Congress gridlocked, the U.S. may put the brakes on biofuels support...11/11

Has the World Already Passed “Peak Oil”?

(National Geographic News) According to the 25-year forecast in the IEA's latest annual World Energy Outlook, the most likely scenario is for crude oil production to stay on a plateau at about 68 to 69 million barrels per day...11/9

Letter to House Appropriators Urges Increased Funding for DOE Science Programs

(AIP) When the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY 2011 funding bill this summer, they recommended essentially flat funding (-0.1%) for the Office of Science...11/8

Inside Energy Extra

11/10 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- EPA outlines options for curbing GHGs
- Hastings defers on inspection funds
- White House edited drill-ban paper: IG

science & technology

Beak deformities increase in Northwest

(USA Today) Scientists have observed the highest rate of beak abnormalities ever recorded in wild bird populations in Alaska and the Northwest, a study by two federal scientists said...11/9

Wind Power Fading With Climate Change

(Discovery News)...Wind turbines may have less fuel in a warmer world, because as the polar regions warm up there will be less wind, said Diandong Ren a researcher at the University of Texas in Austin...11/10

Researchers Aim to Harvest Solar Energy from Pavement to Melt Ice, Power Streetlights

(Science Daily) ...a team of engineering researchers from the University of Rhode Island is examining methods of harvesting that solar energy to melt ice, power streetlights, illuminate signs, heat buildings and potentially use it for many other purposes....11/9

Other Stories

U.N. Nuclear Chief Sets Sights on Syria

(Wall Street Journal) The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog said he is open to demanding intrusive new inspections of alleged Syrian nuclear sites, signaling a potential hardening of the international community's position...11/9

China's October trade surplus soars to $27 billion

(AP) China's trade surplus surged to its second-highest level this year in October, adding to pressure on Beijing to ease currency controls as leaders of major rich and developing economies gather for a Group of 20 summit...11/10