Tuesday, November 19, 2013
ORNL in the News

Aimee ClassenProfessor Receives Funding to Research Underground Carbon Cycle Contributors

(Tennessee Today) A UT professor has received more than $880,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to investigate often-overlooked carbon cycle players. Aimee Classen, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and her team will examine factors that influence carbon cycling below the ground and are not included in today's carbon-cycle models...11/18

FerroelectricsChaotic physics in ferroelectrics hints at brain-like computing

(Nanowerk) Unexpected behavior in ferroelectric materials explored by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory supports a new approach to information storage and processing...11/18

Titan Gets A Little Help

(HPC Wire) With the announcement of the 42nd TOP500 list at SC13 in Denver today, Titan, the 17.6 petaflop (Rmax) Cray XK7 system installed at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, held onto its number-two spot for another year, but in this era of big data, even the largest supercomputer in the United States could use a little help...11/18

Clarina Dela CruzORNL researcher wins Young Scientist Prize

(Oak Ridge Today) Clarina Dela Cruz has won the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics C10 Young Scientist Prize, awarded by the American Physical Society. She was selected for her achievements in the field of strongly correlated electron systems...11/18


Is UPF gradually becoming a one-phase project?

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration made the decision early last year to change its strategy for the Uranium Processing Facility and put greater emphasis on getting out of the deteriorated 9212 production facility at Y-12 and transferring that work into a modernized UPF...11/18

State & Regional

Tennessee businesses earn $30B in online sales

(Memphis Business Journal) For Tennessee businesses that have jumped into the world of online sales, revenue has been on the upswing...11/18


Dow breaks 16,000 barrier, S&P 500 tops 1,800 as stocks hit milestones

(CNBC) Stocks were having a milestone day on Monday when the Dow Jones industrial average pushed above the 16,000 barrier for the first time ever...11/18

East Tennessee

TVA reports power sales were down for fiscal 2013, expects a decade of slowed energy demand

(AL.com) The Tennessee Valley Authority said this morning it experienced lower sales on reduced demand for electricity in its recently completed fiscal year...11/18

energy & science policy

House Committee Holds Hearing on Draft COMPETES Legislation

(AIP) The Research and Technology Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a November 13 hearing to discuss research activities at the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)...11/18

science & technology

South Korea reveals Moon-lander plans

(Nature News) South Korea has unveiled designs for its planned Moon lander, a key part of President Park Geun-hye’s pledge to revitalize the country’s aerospace industry and space programme...11/18

AntarcticaWesterly Winds Could Counteract Nearly Half of Antarctic Sea Level Rise Expected by 2100

(Scientific American) Shifting, strengthening winds will help to counteract future sea-level rise in Antarctica—and by doing so, they may help stabilize ice sheets on some parts of the southern continent...11/18

Using Waste Heat to Make Cars More Efficient

(Science Daily) Yanliang Zhang wants to make vehicles more efficient by using a resource most people aren't even aware of -- the waste heat that results from the inherent inefficiency of engines when converting fuel into energy...11/18

Human BrainBrain Surgeons Get Practice Using Brains Made on 3D Printers

(LiveScience) How much practice would you want your brain surgeon to have? Probably a lot — and the more specific that practice is to your particular brain, the better...11/18

Other Stories

Art Theft: The Last Unsolved Nazi Crime

(The Atlantic) Earlier this month, a spectacular cache of more than 1,400 artworks surfaced in Germany—works that had been unknown to the public or presumed to be lost. And as details have emerged, one elderly American has been on the phone to his lawyer every day...11/18

Climate TalksDivisive UN climate talks head into final stretch

(PhysOrg) Government ministers start arriving in Warsaw Tuesday for the final stretch of UN climate talks seeking to pave the way to a global deal in 2015 on curbing global warming...11/19