Tuesday, November 23, 2010
ORNL in the News

'M8' earthquake simulation breaks computational records, promises better quake models

(PhysOrg.com) A multi-disciplinary team of researchers has presented the world's most advanced earthquake shaking simulation at the Supercomputing 2010 (SC10) conference held this week in New Orleans...The team's latest research also set a new record in the number of computer processor cores used, with 223,074 cores sustaining performance of 220 trillion calculations per second for 24 hours on the Jaguar Cray XT5 supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...11/22

Georgia Tech-Led Team Wins Gordon Bell Prize

(HPC Wire) A team led by George Biros, associate professor in Georgia Tech's School of Computational Science & Engineering, has won the Association for Computing Machinery's Gordon Bell Prize for the world's fastest supercomputing application...Biros and his 11 teammates, which included colleagues not only from Georgia Tech but also from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and New York University , created a blood-flow simulation of 260 million deformable red blood cells flowing in plasma. The team ran its application on ORNL's Jaguar supercomputer...11/22

State & Regional

Earmark foes pledge support for regional research funding

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Newly elected Republicans may be swearing off congressional earmarks and pledging to cut spending when they go to Washington in January, but three of the GOP lawmakers-in-waiting said Monday they still want to continue funding for federal research across the Tennessee Valley...11/23

U.S. House newcomers Chuck Fleischmann, Scott DesJarlais prepare for duties in D.C.

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In a week of memorable moments, the one that stands out most for Chuck Fleischmann and Scott DesJarlais wasn't the welcome dinner in one of the U.S. Capitol's marble-columned halls or the first time they were formally introduced as soon-to-be members of Congress...11/21


Cost of UPF now estimated at $4.2-$6.5 billion - Obama administration bolsters funding requests

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As part of its effort to gain Republican support for New START and demonstrate commitment to maintenance of the U.S. nuclear defense program, the Obama administration has updated and revised the so-called 1251 report from the 2010 National Defense Authorization...11/20


Gulf oil spill: Offshore drilling firms threaten to go abroad

(CS Monitor) Gulf Coast offshore drilling companies, hoping for a stronger partnership with the Obama administration to make drilling safer without hobbling major plans, came away disappointed from a meeting Monday with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar...11/22



energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

11/22 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- EPA finalizes carbon-storage rules
- Salazar meeting disappoints drillers
- House energy shakeup unlikely: Upton
- DOE aids natural-gas vehicle maker
- N-weapons agents drove drunk: IG

science & technology

Obama honors inventor of digital camera

(Washington Post)...On Wednesday, in an evening ceremony in the East Room of the White House, President Obama awarded Sasson a 2009 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on engineers and inventors. [Requires registration]...11/22

New Microscope Reveals Ultrastructure of Cells

(Science Daily) For the first time, there is no need to chemically fix, stain or cut cells in order to study them. Instead, whole living cells are fast-frozen and studied in their natural environment. The new method delivers an immediate 3-D image, thereby closing a gap between conventional microscopic techniques...11/12

Liquid Battery Could Harness and Store Solar Energy

(Discovery News)...MIT's Jeffrey Grossman and his colleagues have done some initial research that could lead to an entirely new method for capturing and storing sunlight, and it has the potential to make this renewable energy indefinitely storable and transportable...11/20

Brazil Ethanol Looks to Sweeten More Gas Tanks

(National Geographic News) Brazil, which has done more than any other nation to displace oil with ethanol, is poised as never before to ramp up production of its sugarcane-based fuel and, it hopes, to market its “sweeter alternative” around the world...11/18

Other Stories

North and South Korea Exchange Fire, Killing Two

(NY Times) North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire on Tuesday after dozens of shells fired from the North struck a South Korean island near the countries’ disputed maritime border, South Korean military officials said. Two South Korean soldiers were killed, 15 were wounded and three civilians were injured, said Kiyheon Kwon, an official at the Defense Ministry...11/23