Monday, November 14, 2011
ORNL in the News

Jack WellsAn Interview with Jack Wells, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(InsideHPC) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been to the winner’s circle on numerous occasions. But the Jaguar supercomputer, to date, has been one of their best victories, not only for ORNL, but for Cray, AMD and at a much larger level, U.S. technology competitiveness...11/11

AMD's 16-core Opteron chips arrive after wait

(Computerworld) After a brief delay and more than a year of chatter, Advanced Micro Devices has announced the availability of its first 16-core Opteron server chips...AMD has had some important wins with the chip, McCarron said. One of them is at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where a supercomputer called Titan is being built with AMD's 16-core processors and Nvidia's graphics processors to deliver up to 20 petaflops of peak performance...11/14


B&W getting ready for UPF contracting

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As noted in an earlier post, B&W Y-12 -- the government's managing contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant -- plans to issue 20-22 notices in the next couple of months seeking "expressions of interest" on specific equipment or tasks for the Uranium Processing Facility...11/11

State & Regional

Many Tennesseans favor more taxes on wealthy

(Tennessean) Large majorities of Tennesseans favor taxing the wealthy — especially millionaires — a statewide poll conducted by Vanderbilt University has found...11/14

East Tennessee

Lawsuit seeks to resume Knoxville red light camera citations

The vendor providing equipment for Knoxville's red-light camera enforcement program is suing the city because it no longer issues citations for improper right turns on red. American Traffic Solutions Inc., based in Scottsdale, Ariz., filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Knox County Chancery Court. ATS has a five-year contract with Knoxville that was signed in 2009...11/11


Deficit Panel Seeks to Defer Details on Raising Taxes

(New York Times) With a little over a week left to reach a deal, members of the Congressional deficit reduction panel are looking for an escape hatch that would let them strike an accord on revenue levels but delay until next year tough decisions about exactly how to raise taxes...11/13

SmallpoxCost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal

(Los Angeles Times) Over the last year, the Obama administration has aggressively pushed a $433-million plan to buy an experimental smallpox drug, despite uncertainty over whether it is needed or will work...11/13

Occupy CrackdownOccupy Crackdown: Beginning of the End for Protests?

(ABC News) The tension is mounting outside Oakland's City Hall after police issued three eviction notices to anti-Wall Street protesters over the weekend, telling demonstrators they do not have the right to camp overnight. Still, 150 tents remained today in Frank Ogawa Plaza...11/13

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

11/14 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • US delays Keystone XL decision to 2013
  • Public support for shale at risk: study
  • DOE to conduct another congestion study
  • Senate panel recommends DOE nominees
  • White House urges more energy R&D funds

science & technology

ExoplanetSolar System May Have Lost Fifth Giant Planet

(Wired) Astronomer David Nesvorny from the Southwest Research Institute in Texas believes that the solar system might have once contained a fifth gigantic planet, which was ejected deep into the galaxy in a moment of cosmic turmoil...11/11

Shield CrocPrehistoric "Shield"-Headed Croc Found

(National Geographic) A new prehistoric croc sporting an odd head "shield" has been found in Morocco, paleontologists say. Dubbed ShieldCroc, the animal's head appendage was surrounded by blood vessels and covered with a sheath like those seen in frilled dinosaurs, including Triceratops...11/9

Parasites drove human genetic variation

(Nature News) Modern humans began to spread out from Africa approximately 100,000 years ago. They settled in distant lands, where they had to adapt to unfamiliar climates, find different ways to feed themselves and fight off new pathogens...11/11

Other Stories

Amazon Kindle FireUnboxing the Amazon Kindle Fire

(PCWorld) You have to love a box with a sense of humor. The Amazon Kindle Fire comes in that box, with a nod to Amazon's signature brown-cardboard packaging and a splash of color. The Kindle Fire packaging is also impressively eco-friendly, using what appears to be unbleached cardboard wherever possible and relatively little extra space in the box...11/14

Out there

CowsThe mystery of the magnetic cows

(Nature News) In 2008, the world’s media was captivated by a study apparently showing that cows like to align themselves with magnetic fields. But attempts to replicate this finding have left two groups of researchers at loggerheads, highlighting the problems faced by scientists working to replicate unusual findings based on new methods of data analysis...11/11