Monday, November 22, 2010
ORNL in the News

Jeff Nichols says ORNL committed to 'balanced' computational systems for 'real, tangible scientific achievements'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In a statement, ORNL's scientific computing chief, Jeff Nichols, said: "ORNL has long been committed to providing the balanced systems and comprehensive support necessary for real, tangible scientific achievements."...11/20

California's earthquake risk spurs supercomputing efforts

(Computer World) The rush to build more powerful supercomputers is part of a larger race to solve some of mankind's biggest problems and threats, and one person on the front line of that effort is Thomas Jordan, the director of the Southern California Earthquake Center. Jordan and his team have been running simulations of how an earthquake might affect southern California on the Jaguar system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory....11/20

Weak world economy cuts carbon pollution last year

(Associated Press) The last time carbon dioxide pollution dropped worldwide was in 1999 and this was the biggest decrease since 1992, according to records by the Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Lab. In 1990, the developed world produced 65 percent of the world's carbon dioxide, said study co-author Gregg Marland of the Oak Ridge National Lab. Now it is less than 43 percent as those countries have cut about 10 percent of their emissions while the developing world has more than doubled their overall emissions....11/21


DOE's 'management challenges'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General annually identifies a management challenge list, which includes what the IG considers to be the most significant management issues facing the federal agency. It's supposed to help evaluate the progress in addressing previously identified challenges "and to consider emerging issues."...11/21

State & Regional

TVA targeted in plan to supply windmill power

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In what could be one of the biggest power transmission breakthroughs in a half-century, a Houston company is proposing to build a new type of electrical connection between windmills in Oklahoma and Texas and power users in the Tennessee Valley.


U.S. allies in Europe concerned about a possible failure of New START

(Washington Post) President Obama's trip to Europe this past weekend has revealed a growing alarm among U.S. allies over the possible failure of a U.S.-Russia nuclear arms treaty, with many warning that it would hurt the West's efforts to deal with Iran and with Russian weapons near Eastern Europe....11/22 [Registration Required]

North Korea Nuclear Fears Grow

(Wall Street Journal) The revelation on Saturday that Pyongyang had already installed thousands of centrifuges to produce nuclear fuel at its Yongbyon nuclear facility is raising questions inside Washington's nuclear-nonproliferation community about why more wasn't done by a succession of U.S. administrations to block the North's atomic advances....11/22

energy & science policy

NRC Report Reviews S&T Strategies of Six Countries

(AIP Bulletin) "S&T Strategies of Six Countries – Implications for the United States" was issued by the Committee on Global Science and Technology Strategies and Their Effect on U.S. National Security, under the NRC's Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences....11/19

Inside Energy Extra

11/19 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Senate approves $3.4B Indian deal
** EPA delays decision on E15
** Landrieu drops hold on Lew over gulf
** EPA 'over-steps' on coal ash: Chamber

science & technology

Scientists say they have solution to TSA scanner objections

(Washington Post) A cheap and simple fix in the computer software of new airport scanners could silence the uproar from travelers who object to the so-called virtual strip search, according to a scientist who helped develop the program at one of the federal government's most prestigious institutes....11/22 [Registration Required]

'Eavesdropper' satellite rides huge rocket from Florida

(BBC) The US National Reconnaissance Office has launched what is reputed to be the largest satellite ever sent into space....11/22

End to cheap coal closer than we thought?

(PhysOrg) A report entitled "The End of Cheap Coal," published in the journal Nature by Richard Heinberg and David Fridley, suggests we may reach peak coal in the next two decades....11/22

Old, Ignored Records Yield 200 Years of Fish Population Data

(Wired) By digging up and poring over old books and records of Mediterranean marine life, scientists have filled a 200-year gap in fish population data. The data, generated from naturalists' accounts and fish-market records published between 1818 and 2000, shows the clear decline of fishes in the Adriatic Sea and provides a crucial baseline comparison for the ongoing collapse of today's fisheries....11/22

Other Stories

Nations That Limit Coal Use Export It to Feed China's Need

(New York Times) At ports in Canada, Australia, Indonesia, Colombia and South Africa, ships are lining up to load coal for furnaces in China, which has evolved virtually overnight from a coal exporter to one of the world's leading purchasers....11/22