Tuesday, November 13, 2012
ORNL in the News

New Titan Supercomputer Named Fastest in the World

(Energy.gov) U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced that Titan, a new supercomputer located at the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, has been named the world’s most powerful according to the TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers...11/12

Supercomputers Act Like Talent Magnets

(NPR) Titan, the new supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, has been crowned the fastest in the world. It can clock 17.59 petaflops (quadrillions of calculations per second). Audie Cornish talks to Steve Henn for more...11/12

Mason: 'It's not just Titan . . . If you're in this business, there's no better place to be than Oak Ridge National Lab'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason was a pretty happy guy this morning as he talked about Titan -- anointed as the world's fastest supercomputer -- and the lab's work in scientific computing....11/12

DOE

Scientists find better way to obtain abundant biomass

(R&D Magazine) After cellulose, xylan is the most abundant biomass material on Earth, and therefore represents an enormous potential source of stored solar energy for the production of advance biofuels. A major roadblock, however, has been extracting xylan from plant cell walls...11/12

How to 'supercharge' atoms with X-ray laser

(PhysOrg) Researchers using the Linac Coherent Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have found a way to strip most of the electrons from xenon atoms, creating a "supercharged," strongly positive state at energies previously thought too low...11/11

State & Regional

Haslam concludes state budget hearings on Tuesday

(AP) Gov. Bill Haslam will conclude budget hearings for his state departments on Tuesday. The hearings are for fiscal year 2013-14. Departments scheduled to meet before the governor are TennCare, Correction, Economic and Community Development, and Higher Education...11/13

National

Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Is Linked to Petraeus Scandal

(NY Times) Gen. John Allen, the top American and NATO commander in Afghanistan, is under investigation for what a senior defense official said early Tuesday was “inappropriate communication” with Jill Kelley, the woman in Tampa, Florida who was seen as a rival for David H. Petraeus’s attentions by Paula Broadwell, who had an extramarital affair with Mr. Petraeus...11/13

East Tennessee

Boomers embrace green-car technology

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Morna Erwin considers herself an "eco nerd." That's why the retired attorney was happy to buy one of the first Nissan Leafs in Knoxville last year to support the fledgling electric car industry...11/11

Expert on Evolution, Climate Change to Speak at UT

(Tennessee Today) Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, will be giving lectures on November 13 and 14 as part of the Department of Anthropology’s annual capstone courses...11/12

energy & science policy

Weighing The Prospects Of The Keystone XL Pipeline

(NPR) Among the difficult decisions facing President Obama is whether to give the go-ahead for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would bring oil from Canada down to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico...11/12

US to become 'world's biggest oil producer'

(NY Times) The US will overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest oil producer "by around 2020", an International Energy Agency (IEA) report has said....11/12

science & technology

The scientific truth about climate change

(CBS News) Here's what we know for sure: The decade beginning in the year 2000 was the hottest decade ever recorded. Arctic ice has melted to its lowest levels in recorded history, and sea levels have risen eight inches since 1870...11/11

New Way to Split Water Molecules Into Hydrogen and Oxygen: Breakthrough for Solar Energy Conversion and Storage?

(Science Daily) Using the power of the sun and ultrathin films of iron oxide (commonly known as rust), Technion-Israel Institute of Technology researchers have found a novel way to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen...11/12

Melting in the Andes: Goodbye glaciers

(Nature) Researchers are racing to determine how shrinking glaciers in the Andes will affect the water supply of millions of people...11/7

Other Stories

 

Saudi Arabia struggles to employ its most-educated women

(Washington Post) Manar Saud graduated in May from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., with a master’s degree in organizational leadership, paid for by a Saudi government scholarship. She came home to Riyadh eager to put her new skills to work, but after six months of looking for a job, she is still unemployed...11/13

Secrecy cloaks South Korea's civil nuclear program

(Reuters) South Korea's government should resume publishing polls on nuclear safety after a loss of public confidence in the sector in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster, an opposition South Korean lawmaker said on Tuesday...11/13