Thursday, November 15, 2012
ORNL in the News

Titan No. 3 on Green list

(Knoxville News Sentinel) While coming in atop the Top500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers, ORNL's Titan also secured a place near the top of the Green500 list of the most energy-efficient computers. The Oak Ridge lab had previously noted that the transition from Jaguar to Titan resulted in ten times the computing power but only a slight increase in its energy consumption...11/14

Electric Motor Design Breakthrough

(Canadian Manufacturing) UQM Technologies, Inc. announced that it has made a breakthrough in the design of a non-rare-earth magnet electric motor as part of the work being done under the Department of Energy Advanced Research and Development Grant....The engineering team at UQM is working collaboratively with Ames Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop and apply these non-rare-earth magnets in a high-performance permanent magnet motor...11/14

Infrastructure Security FEMA Looking to Mobility to Speed Damage Assessments

(Homeland Security Today) ...Under a contract awarded by UT-Battelle, LLC, the managing and operating contractor for the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, RunMobile is deploying and testing its mobile Damage Assessment Reporting System app for post-disaster damage assessment and data collection on behalf of the DHS-funded Southeast Region Research Initiative (SERRI) at ORNL in support of FEMA Region V’s Damage Assessment Center of Excellence...11/14

DOE

Ed Westcott’s Secret City Photos

(Metro Pulse) For most people—in East Tennessee and elsewhere, including those with first-hand experience—memories of the Secret City that produced the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 exist in crisp, perfectly composed black and white images...Those images were captured by a young man with a camera named Ed Westcott...11/14

East Tennessee

UT's SPECTRUM energy exhibit comes to Knoxville Center

(Knoxville News Sentinel) SPECTRUM consists of a circular lighted tunnel centered around an "illumination station" that holds a small-scale sun and a city using the star as a source of renewable energy...The exhibit, which will open to the public early next month, is the result of a University of Tennessee initiative to promote awareness about renewable energy and spur an interest in science- and technology-related fields...11/15

National

Obama Details Lines of Battle in Budget Plan, and on Libya

(NY Times) President Obama, riding the winds of re-election, signaled Wednesday that he was prepared to battle with Republicans over budget negotiations and his national security team’s handling of the deadly attack on an American mission in Libya...11/14

State & Regional

TVA touts economic development impact

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA delivers plenty of power to East Tennessee, but it also brings something else — jobs. That's the message the Knoxville-based utility was emphasizing on Wednesday, as it highlighted the impact of its economic development efforts...11/15

Tenn. ed. institutions get $780K energy grant

(AP) Four Tennessee educational institutions are being awarded a $780,000 grant to fund energy efficiency projects...11/15

energy & science policy

Why the U.S. won’t join OPEC

(Houston Chronicle) [Editorial] ...While OPEC favors stable prices, it uses its influence as a cartel to control prices by getting members to agree to production levels. That leads to a more fundamental question: as a champion of free markets, should the U.S. be joining a cartel that achieves its goals by manipulating markets?...11/14

Climate Change Denier Likely to Lead Congressional Science Committee

(Scientific American) Republican Party leaders in the House of Representatives will decide whether Representatives Lamar Smith of Texas, James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin or Dana Rohrabacher of California will succeed Ralph Hall, also of Texas, as chair of the House Committee...11/14

science & technology

The new boom: Shale gas fueling an American industrial revival

(Washington Post) The shale gas revolution is firing up an old-fashioned American industrial revival, breathing life into businesses such as petrochemicals and glass, steel and toys...11/14

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

Scientists 'clone' carbon nanotubes to unlock their potential

(PhysOrg) Using a new method, researchers can now grow carbon nanotube semiconductors of predefined structures, which may pave the way for carbon to be used in future electronics...11/14

Other Stories

Ken Burns: Dust Bowl the Greatest Man-Made Eco Disaster in U.S. History

(The Atlantic) As the East Coast licks its wounds from superstorm Sandy, many in New York and New Jersey are still without power, wondering how on Earth it got this bad. Ken Burns, the great innovator of the American documentary, thinks this the perfect time to seek some wisdom from generations past...11/15