Wednesday, November 21, 2012
ORNL in the News

Interview: Buddy Bland on How the #1 Titan Supercomputer will Power Science

(HPC) In this video, Buddy Bland from Oak Ridge National Laboratory describes the new Titan supercomputer, which just came in at #1 on the TOP500...11/20

CMS to award $15 billion data management contract

(Federal Times) The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is expected to award a $15 billion, 10-year contract to consolidate data centers and manage its immense stores of data...The agency has been working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the past year to test data analytics and computing capabilities and better ways to store data...11/20

DOE

Department Of Energy Announces Latest Awardees In SunShot Program

(Solar Industry) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new round of funding for its SunShot Initiative, which aims to drive solar energy to be cost-competitive with other energy sources by 2020...11/20

Department of Energy Announces Senior Management Changes

(Equities.com) ...The Office of Environmental Management (EM) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today jointly announced two key personnel changes that will bring significant leadership and project management experience to both organizations...11/20

State & Regional

Judge orders mediation in TVA ash spill trial

(WVLT) A federal judge has ordered mediation between the Tennessee Valley Authority and Roane County residents suing over a massive coal ash spill in 2008...11/20

Energy department picks Tennessee for reactor project

(Columbia Tribune) State and local leaders were disappointed but still hanging on to a little hope Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Energy announced it had awarded funding to a Tennessee partnership to design, construct and manufacture small modular nuclear reactors...11/20

National

The End Of The Bernanke Put? Chairman Sparks Sell Off As He Indicates More QE Is Coming

(Forbes) Following prepared remarks in which he warned of the dangers of the fiscal cliff, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed “can and will do” anything in its power to add further accommodation, including additional asset purchases...11/20

Sources: Office of the DNI cut "al Qaeda" reference from Benghazi talking points, and CIA, FBI signed off

(CBS News) CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to "al Qaeda" and "terrorism" from the unclassified talking points given to Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack - with the agreement of the CIA and FBI...11/20

East Tennessee

ORHS students win top regional science contest

(Oak Ridger) Oak Ridge High School students AJ Toth and James Andress won the Siemens Regional Competition at Georgia Tech over the weekend...11/20

energy & science policy

Energy Department Announces New Investment in U.S. Small Modular Reactor Design and Commercialization

(Energy.gov) As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to deploy every available source of American energy, the Energy Department today announced an award to support a new project to design, license and help commercialize small modular reactors (SMR) in the United States...11/20

science & technology

Farthest Galaxy MeasuredFarthest Known Galaxy in the Universe Discovered

(Live Science) A new celestial wonder has stolen the title of most distant object ever seen in the universe, astronomers report. The new record holder is the galaxy MACS0647-JD, which is about 13.3 billion light-years away...11/19

CIA closes dedicated climate change unit

(PhyOrg) The CIA has shuttered its unit dedicated to studying the impact of climate change on national security, shifting its activities elsewhere, an official said Tuesday...11/20

CavemenAre People Getting Dumber? One Geneticist Thinks So

(Popular Science) There’s this great recurring “Saturday Night Live” skit from several years back where Phil Hartman plays an unfrozen caveman who goes to law school. He pontificates on the American judicial system while marveling at modern technology like “the tiny people in the magic box” (a TV)...11/19

Other Stories

Hewlett-Packard takes $8.8B charge, claims it's a victim of fraud

(Commercial Appeal) Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday that it had taken an $8.8 billion accounting charge, after discovering "serious accounting improprieties" and "outright misrepresentations" at Autonomy, a British software maker that it bought for $10 billion last year...11/20

Pat LeahySenate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants

(C|Net) A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law...11/20

Out there

Origami kayakOrigami-Inspired Kayak Folds Into Compact Carrying Case

(Wired) Anton Willis grew up in rural Mendocino County, with easy access to rivers, lakes, and the ocean. A recreational but not avid kayaker, he was forced to become even less active in the sport in 2008 when he moved into a small San Francisco apartment. With little spare space and no car, Willis exiled the fiberglass kayak into storage...11/15