Thursday, Novembeer 18, 2010
ORNL in the News

Jaguar and Kraken Shine in Supercomputing Challenge

(HPC Wire) The Jaguar and Kraken supercomputers housed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Leadership Computing Facility and the University of Tennessee's National Institute for Computational Sciences continued to demonstrate their balanced architectures this week, taking half the top spots in this year's High-Performance Computing (HPC) Challenge...11/17

Exploring the Magnetic Personalities of Stars

(Supercomputing Online) Massive stars are inherently violent creatures—they burn, they churn, they turn, all the while creating and held hostage by constantly changing magnetic fields of almost unfathomable strength...A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Tony Mezzacappa is getting closer to explaining the origins of CCSN explosions with the help of Jaguar, a Cray XT5 supercomputer located at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) that likewise calls ORNL home...11/17

Jaguar's still a huge player on science scene

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Even though Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Jaguar dropped to No. 2 on the Top500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers, the Cray system is reportedly unmatched in producing science...11/17

Leading science labs collaborate on open source software

( Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory neutron source scientists team up with Tessella to deploy open source software solution for international data reduction and analysis project...11/18

Researchers Teach Medical Search Engines to Learn Slang

(Innovations Report) Medical websites like WebMD provide consumers with more access than ever before to comprehensive health and medical information, but the sites’ utility becomes limited if users use unclear or unorthodox language to describe conditions in a site search...Called “diaTM” (short for “dialect topic modeling”), the system learns by comparing multiple medical documents written in different levels of technical language...The research was conducted with partial funding from ORNL, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard...11/17


Department of Energy Announces Five Awards to Modernize the Nation's Electric Grid

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced an investment from the Department of Energy of more than $19 million for five projects aimed at optimizing the nation's electric grid. Collectively, these projects will apply technologies, tools and techniques that are capable of transforming the electric grid into a system that is cleaner and more efficient, reliable, resilient and responsive...11/17


TSA Chief Defends Airport Screening Procedures

(NPR) The head of the Transportation Security Administration is defending controversial screening procedures at the nation's airports that have everyone from civil liberties groups to airline pilots upset...11/17



energy & science policy

E.P.A. Finds Gas Mileage Improved in ’09 Fleet

(NY Times) Recession, it turns out, is good for fuel economy. Gas mileage for 2009 model cars and trucks showed the largest increase since the oil crisis of nearly three decades ago, according to an annual report by the Environmental Protection Agency released on Wednesday...11/17

Inside Energy Extra

11/17 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Pattern of failures in blowout cited
- Gulf auction seen unlikely until 2012
- White House credibility on science hit
- DOE awards $19M for smart grid
- Rockefeller presses ahead with EPA bill

science & technology

Trees Infused With Glowing Nanoparticles Could Replace Streetlights

(Popular Science) Taiwanese researchers have come up with the elegant idea of replacing streetlights with trees, by implanting their leaves with gold nanoparticles. This causes the leaves to give off a red glow, lighting the road for passersby without the need for electric power...11/11

Methane-powered laptops may be closer than you think

( Making fuel cells practical and affordable will not happen overnight. It may, however, not take much longer...11/17

Mars 'hopper' may run on nuclear decay and Martian CO2

(BBC News) Nuclear decay-driven machines could gather gases from the atmosphere of Mars, giving future robotic missions leaps of a kilometre, researchers say...11/17

Other Stories

FCC Chief Genachowski on Net Neutrality: Trust Me

(Wired News) FCC chairman Julius Genachowski now finds himself caught between unfulfilled promises made to the tech community to keep the internet open, and a Republican Congress ready to portray any new rules on broadband ISPs as heavy-handed, economy-killing regulation...11/17

Women Gain Board Seats

(Wall Street Journal) The percentage of Silicon Valley public companies with a female director on their board has reached a new high, according to a study from executive recruiters Spencer Stuart, in a reflection of the growing diversity at many local companies...11/17