Wednesday, November 14, 2012
ORNL in the News

Twas the week after Thanksgiving: a neutron story

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The folks at the Spallation Neutron Source have got a new target vessel ready to go, and the current plan is to restart operations the week after Thanksgiving...11/13


Frank Munger: The importance of Titan is more than just numbers

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oh, yes, the news arrived this week that Titan — the newly configured Cray XK7 system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory — had been officially sanctioned as the world's fastest supercomputer...11/14





Y-12 contractor awards scholarships to Roane State students

(Knoxville News Sentinel) B&W Y-12, the government's managing contractor at the Y-12 National Security Complex, said it has awarded scholarships to Wes Jenkins and Sara Lemmonds, two freshmen at Roane State Community College...11/13

Department of Energy's ESnet Rolls Out World's Fastest Science Network

(Equities) As scientific research becomes increasingly data-intensive and globally collaborative, the ability to quickly and reliably share enormous data sets is critical to challenges as diverse as finding cleaner energy technologies, understanding climate change and investigating the nature of our universe...11/13

State & Regional

TN considers running health insurance exchange

(Tennessean) Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday said state leaders are weighing whether the state will operate an online health insurance exchange or let the federal government do it...11/14

TN eyes $100 million redesign of Chattanooga's I-75/24 split

(Tennessean) It’s an old story for some commuters: Sitting in stalled traffic, late for work or dinner, while tow trucks haul mangled wrecks off the pavement at the Interstate 75/24 split...11/12



A 'Green' Gold Rush? Calif. Firm Turns Trash To Gas

(NPR) California starts the ball rolling Wednesday on a controversial scheme to keep the planet from overheating. Businesses will have to get a permit if they emit greenhouse gases...11/14

The U.S. military pivot to Asia: when bases are not bases

(Reuters) From his office window, Roberto Garcia watches workers repair the USS Emory S. Land, a submarine support vessel that is part of a U.S. military buildup as Washington turns its attention to fast-growing Asia and a newly assertive China...11/14

East Tennessee

Higher education officials propose tuition hike

(WVLT) Higher education officials are recommending tuition increases at Tennessee's community colleges and universities. Tennessee Higher Education Commission director Richard Rhoda told Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday that a hike of as much as 3 percent was being recommended for community colleges and up to 6 percent for universities...11/13

Non-electric cars may soon be towed, fined for parking in charging stations

(WBIR) Knoxville drivers could soon be towed or ticketed for parking their non-electric cars in spots reserved for recharging electric vehicles. There are 24 car charging station throughout the city. Those who park in the spots illegally could be towed and face a $50 fine...11/13


energy & science policy

North America leads shift in global energy balance, IEA says in latest World Energy Outlook

(International Energy Agency) The global energy map is changing in dramatic fashion, the International Energy Agency said as it launched the 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO)...11/12

Obama reasserts research focus

(Nature News) Speaking last week in Washington DC, US President Barack Obama reminded voters of the plan they had effectively endorsed by re-electing him. One of his key objectives, Obama said, would be to ensure that the United States “is a global leader in research and technology and clean energy, which will attract new companies and high-wage jobs to America”...11/13

science & technology

NASA Plans for 3-D Printing Rocket Engine Parts Could Boost Larger Manufacturing Trend

Rocket part(Scientific American) There is a lot riding on NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Not only does the agency's first new heavy-lift booster since the Saturn 5 that took U.S. astronauts to the moon play a central role in the future of the American spaceflight, it also provides a critical test for technology expected to figure prominently in revamping the country's ailing manufacturing industry...11/9

US defence firm Lockheed Martin warns on cyber-attacks

(BBC) US defence firm Lockheed Martin says it has seen the number and sophistication of international cyber-attacks increase dramatically in recent months...11/13

Study shows distractions may alleviate boredom and improve drone operators' performance

Drone Control Room(Phys Org )On its surface, operating a military drone looks a lot like playing a video game: Operators sit at workstations, manipulating joysticks to remotely adjust a drone's pitch and elevation, while grainy images from the vehicle's camera project onto a computer screen...11/14

Computer Memory Could Increase Fivefold from Advances in Self-Assembling Polymers

(Science Daily) The storage capacity of hard disk drives could increase by a factor of five thanks to processes developed by chemists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin...11/13

Other Stories

Spike in government surveillance of Google

(BBC) Governments around the world made nearly 21,000 requests for access to Google data in the first six months of this year, according to the search engine...11/13