Monday, November 12, 2012
ORNL in the News

National lab officials gather at University of Mississippi

(DJournal.com) Officials from Oak Ridge, Argonne and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories and Mississippi’s four research universities met Thursday at the University of Mississippi for the state’s “National Lab Day,” hosted by Congressman Alan Nunnelee...“We draw on the expertise in the universities to help us tackle our big problems, because we can’t solve them by ourselves,” said Oak Ridge Director Thomas Mason. “What we’re trying to do today is to see, if we can get a little higher level of interaction and a little more institutional relationship, can we do more?”...11/10

Reaction Design Introduces Model Fuel Library

(TMC.net) Reaction Design, a developer of combustion simulation software, introduced the industry's the Model Fuel Library....The Model Fuels Consortium members include, GE Energy, L'Institut Francais du Petrol Energie Nouvelles, Mazda, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Petrobras, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen...11/12

Calif. snowpack outlook grim for water

(San Francisco Chronicle) Decreases in winter snowpacks are likely to be most noticeable during the next 30 years and will continue to shrink through the century, according to an analysis of future climate trends by a team of specialists led by Noah Diffenbaugh at Stanford's Department of Environmental Earth System Science...Diffenbaugh's colleagues in the study include Stanford research assistant Martin Scherer and Moetasim Ashfaq, an atmospheric physicist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn...11/9

Bill HenryOak Ridger's ORNL work led to whittling skills

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Not many people know it, but ORNL has also produced one of the top whittlers in the Southeast. The story goes back to the '60s and '70s when a young Bill "T" Henry was a chemical operator there. Bill has long since retired, after 31 years, but the whittling skills he perfected at the plant have earned him national attention and regional fame.

DOE

New Leadership for Energy, Interior Departments Possible

(KCET) As the confetti and burst balloons left over from Election Night get cleaned up, pundit attention is being drawn to potential changes in the Obama administration's Cabinet for the President's second term, and two seats widely expected to change occupants are those of the Secretaries of the Interior and Energy...11/9

State & Regional

Gov. Bill Haslam wraps up budget hearings this week

(WATE) Gov. Bill Haslam will wrap up budget hearings this week. The hearings are for fiscal year 2013-14. Despite improving state revenues, the Republican governor has asked state departments to develop plans for a 5 percent spending cut as a fallback...11/12

National

Officials Say F.B.I. Knew of Petraeus Affair in the Summer

(New York Times) High-level officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department were notified in the late summer that F.B.I. agents had uncovered what appeared to be an extramarital affair involving the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David H. Petraeus, government officials said Sunday...11/11

Pace of storm recovery in N.Y., N.J. leave some 'frustrated, emotionally drained'

(CNN) The outward signs of recovery were everywhere Monday across the Northeast nearly two weeks after Superstorm Sandy struck: Power restored to tens of thousands, bridges and tunnels reopened, and limited train and ferry service up and running...11/12

energy & science policy

Tough Questions on Weapons Lab Security Breach at House Hearing

(AIP) “Unacceptable and inexcusable” was how National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D’Agostino described a July 28 incursion at the Y-12 National Security Complex...11/09

science & technology

Nuclear Plant Powered by Spent Fuel

(Discovery News) An old nuclear technology is getting another look, and it could clean, emission-free electricity, while at the same solving the problem of nuclear waste...11/9

Thracian Gold StatueThracian Gold Treasure Discovered in Bulgaria

(National Geographic) The Thracians were ruled by a warrior aristocracy that had access to plentiful gold deposits at the mouth of the Danube River, which contained one of the largest ancient supplies of the metal...11/10

Industry's most powerful server graphics card, exceeding one TFLOPS of peak double precision performance, introduced

(PhysOrg) AMD today launched the AMD FirePro S10000, the industry's most powerful server graphics card, designed for high-performance computing (HPC) workloads and graphics intensive applications...11/12

Invisibility PanelMaking a Better Invisibility Cloak

(Science Daily) The first functional "cloaking" device reported by Duke University electrical engineers in 2006 worked like a charm, but it wasn't perfect. Now a member of that laboratory has developed a new design that ties up one of the major loose ends from the original device...11/12

Other Stories

The billion dollar election: Who got paid?

(CNN) Far away from Washington, in the heart of the Midwest, CEO Cliff Franklin and his Fuse Advertising team worked hard to become one of the Obama campaign's secret weapons...11/09

Chinese FlagGoogle Services Blocked in China

(PC Magazine) Google.com is currently blocked in China, according to watchdog group GreatFire.org. "It's the first time since we started tracking online censorship in China in February last year that this has happened," the group said in a Friday blog post...11/9