Monday, November 18, 2013
ORNL in the News

Molten Salts Could Improve Fuel Economy

(Live Science) An emerging class of engine lubricants with a radically different chemical makeup could significantly improve the fuel economy of cars, according to a recent report from researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and General Motors...11/15

PetaflopsTitan Runs 15 Petaflop Semiconductor Simulation

(HPC Wire) An research feature at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing website explores how sheer computing speed and algorithm improvements have put an international team of scientists in the running for this year’s Gordon Bell Prize...11/15

Gary Van BerkelGary Van Berkel is ORNL's Scientist of the Year

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Gary J. Van Berkel, a distinguished research scientist and group leader in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Chemical Sciences Division, is ORNL’s Scientist of the Year...11/15

Improved Ranking Test for Supercomputers to be Released by Sandia

(Lync Migration Industry News) Sandia National Laboratories researcher Mike Heroux has helped craft a new benchmark that more accurately measures the power of modern supercomputers for scientific and engineering applications. Heroux collaborated with the creator of the widely used LINPACK benchmark, Jack Dongarra, and his colleagues at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...11/16


Department of Energy Funds Research in Next-Gen SuperComputer Interconnects

(Converge Digest) The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have awarded $25.4 million in research and development contracts to five leading companies in high-performance computing (HPC) to accelerate the development of next-generation supercomputers...11/17

State & Regional

Tennessee's 10 most business-friendly cities

(Nashville Biz Blog) What are the most business-friendly cities in Tennessee? The answer, of course, depends on a number of factors, some of which have been analyzed by the Beacon Center of Tennessee for its annual look at the most business-friendly cities in the state...11/15


At least 6 dead as dozens of late-season twisters pummel Midwest

(CBS News) Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across the Midwest on Sunday, leaving at least six people dead and unleashing powerful winds that flattened entire neighborhoods, flipped over cars and uprooted trees...11/18

East Tennessee

State health support program launches in Knoxville

(WATE) A statewide program aimed at helping Tennesseans be as healthy as they can be kicked off Saturday in Knoxville. Neighborhood Connections, the first of its kind in the state, works to help at-risk locals make the most of their health...11/16

energy & science policy

EPA proposes reducing biofuel mandate

(AP) The Obama administration on Friday proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply for the first time, acknowledging that the biofuel law championed by both parties in 2007 is not working as well as expected...11/15

science & technology

grapheneTeam grows large graphene crystals that have exceptional electrical properties

(PhysOrg) When it comes to the growth of graphene—an ultrathin, ultrastrong, all-carbon material—it is survival of the fittest, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin...11/15

Success of Climate Talks Vital for 2°C Target

(Science Daily) Achieving a global climate agreement soon could be crucial for the objective to keep global mean temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius. The challenges of meeting the long-term target will otherwise increase drastically both in terms of the required emissions reductions and economic impacts...11/15

MavenNASA Probe to Track Mars’s Missing Atmosphere

(Scientific American) Lest we forget, getting to Mars is hard. Two thirds of the missions launched to the Red Planet never made it, and only the U.S., European Space Agency (ESA) and the Soviet Union have succeeded thus far...11/15

Other Stories

Fukushima Dai-ichiJapan's Fukushima nuclear plant begins fuel rod removal

(BBC News) Workers at Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have begun removing fuel rods from a storage pond at the Unit 4 reactor building. The delicate operation is seen as a necessary step in stabilising the site. It will take about two days to remove the first 22 fuel rod assemblies, plant operator Tepco says...11/18

Out there

Hyperloop NationWhat Would A Hyperloop Nation Look Like?

(Popular Science) In August, Silicon Valley darling Elon Musk—CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors—unveiled his concept for the Hyperloop, a high-speed system of 28-person pods that would shoot through low-pressure tubes on air bearings. Musk's published proposal calls for the Hyperloop to link San Francisco and Los Angeles; pods would blast down the I-5 corridor at 760 mph, reducing the journey from five and a half hours by car to just 35 minutes...11/14