Tuesday, November 20, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL's speedy Titan plodding through slow acceptance testing

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory's new Cray XK7 system known as Titan has already been anointed as the world's fastest supercomputer, but it may be months before the lab completes the acceptance testing, officially takes ownership and completes payment to Cray for a machine that's estimated to cost $100 million...11/19

ORNL recipe for oxide interface perfection opens path to novel materials

(Lab International) By tweaking the formula for growing oxide thin films, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory achieved virtual perfection at the interface of two insulator materials. This finding could have significant ramifications for creation of novel materials with applications in energy and information technologies, leading to more efficient solar cells, batteries, solid oxide fuel cells, faster transistors and more powerful capacitors...11/19

DOE

Incredible film footage shows Manhattan Project construction in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ... it is clear that the various sequences were taken at different times throughout late 1942 and 1943; most of them during the early months of 1943, before summer...11/17

Energy Department Announces New Clean Cities Projects to Diversify U.S. Fuel Economy, Prepare for Advanced Vehicles

(Energy.gov) As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced 20 new projects to help states and local governments cut red tape and develop the infrastructure, training and regional planning needed to help meet the demand for alternative fuel cars and trucks, including vehicles that run on natural gas, electricity and propane...11/19

East Tennessee

Where are the world's fastest supercomputers? Hint: #1 is in Tennessee

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is again home to the computer system capable of handling the most data of any in the world...11/18

National

Clinton will travel to Middle East as Israel weighs risky choices on Gaza

(Washington Post) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to the Middle East on Tuesday to meet with officials in Israel, the West Bank and Egypt to discuss ongoing violence in Gaza, White House officials said, marking a dramatic escalation of U.S. involvement in trying to resolve the week-old conflict...11/20

State & Regional

TVA pays record $579M to state, local governments

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Tennessee Valley Authority paid a new high of $579 million in tax equivalent payments in fiscal year 2012, a $49 million increase over fiscal 2011...11/19

Concern for native fish species begins to grow

(The Daily Beacon) ...The marbled darter is a fish closely related to perch and walleye. It is small, seldom breaking three inches in length, and its coloration closely matches that of the creek bed, so it is easy to understand why it may get overlooked...11/20

energy & science policy

In Budget Battle, Science Faces New Pressures to Prove It Delivers

(Chronicle of Higher Education) The showdown over the "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and budget cuts has arrived, and, with it, university-based scientists and their allies are pleading their case for strong and sustained government support...11/19

An Update on Actions Affecting Spending for Science Conferences

(AIP) A May 11, 2012 memo issued by the Office of Management and Budget instructed federal agencies to spend at least 30 percent less on travel in FY 2013 than in FY 2010...11/19

science & technology

How birds are used to monitor pollution

(Nature) Nesting birds that feed on insects that hatch in lake or stream-bed sediments may make good biomonitors for pollution, says Thomas Custer of the US Geological Survey's Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin...11/19

Why Living Cells Are The Future Of Data Processing

(Popular Mechanics) Not all computers are made of silicon. By definition, a computer is anything that processes data, performs calculations, or uses so-called logic gates to turn inputs (for example, 1s and 0s in binary code) into outputs...11/15

Russia’s Stealth Fighter Could Match U.S. Jets, Analyst Says

(Wired News) Russia’s T-50 stealth fighter prototype, the first radar-evading warplane outside the U.S. is slightly less stealthy than the American F-22 and about equal to the smaller F-35...11/16

Other Stories

Why Is Belarus the Only Country Where Opera Is the Most Popular Browser?

(The Atlantic) Opera lives on in Belarus. Not the musical drama, but the world's fifth most popular web browser...11/19

How Israel's Iron Dome Works

(Discovery News) The conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza has meant a test of Israel's missile defenses, a system called the "Iron Dome," which was built to protect Israel from short-range, unguided rockets on ballistic trajectories...11/19

Mexico Is Poised To Become America's Outsource Goldmine

(Fortune) Mexico‘s I.T. offshoring industry ranks as #3 in Gartner’s global rankings, lagging behind only India and the Philippines...11/19