Monday, November 29, 2010
ORNL in the News

Researchers Receive Supercomputing Award For Creating Software That Simulates Blood Flow

(Medical News Today) Researchers at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences have received the George Bell Prize, given to the world's fastest supercomputing application, for creating software that simulates blood flow. The award, which includes a cash prize of $10,000 and is given by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), is shared with researchers at Georgia Tech and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)...11/27

UT Researchers Visit China to Explore Biofuels, Ecosystems, Climate Change

(Media Newswire) Earlier this fall, a team of UT scientists traveled to Beijing for the fourth annual workshop of the China-US Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change (JRCEEC)...JRCEEC was established in 2006 by UT’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE), the UT/Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Joint Institute for Biological Sciences (JIBS) and CAS. The partnership now includes Purdue University’s Center for the Environment and the University of Science and Technology of China. The annual China-US workshops are hosted reciprocally by US and Chinese partners. Last year’s event convened at ORNL...11/24

DOE

Y-12 project's cost rises

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Construction hasn't even started, but the projected cost of the Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant continues to spiral upward...11/28

Supercomputers Hitting New Waves of Competition

(TechReviews) Ever since China and Japan participated in the race to build supercomputers, the American manufacturers anted up their programs as well. Currently, at the U.S. Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory, Peter Beckman is working day in – day out to create an ExaScale Computer...11/29

East Tennessee

5 sites may house proposed charter school in Knoxville

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The nearly 100-year-old Oakwood School in North Knoxville could house a proposed charter school for kindergarten through eighth-grade students that would focus on science, technology, engineering and math...11/28

 

National

Government leaders weigh in on WikiLeaks document dump

(CNN) A day after the whistleblower site WikiLeaks began publishing details from a massive collection of confidential U.S. diplomatic documents, the chorus of criticism from government leaders grew louder Monday...11/29

Suspect in Oregon Bomb Plot Is Called Confused

(New York Times) Mohamed Osman Mohamud had seemed to be a well-adjusted American teenager: a solid student whose interests included basketball, girls and the night life at Oregon State University, where he studied engineering...11/28

Arms-Control Arguments Heat Up

(Wall Street Journal) White House officials and Senate Republicans are shifting their arms-control arguments from politics to more substantive disagreements over treaty verification and nuclear weapons modernization ahead of what both sides say is a critical week for President Barack Obama's nuclear-arms treaty with Russia...11/29

 

energy & science policy

Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee Urges Restart of Pu-238 Production

(AIP) One of the many issues Congress must deal with when it returns to Washington next week is the FY 2011 request by the Obama Administration to restart the production of Pu-238, the fuel used in radioisotope thermoelectric generators in deep space probes...11/24

Inside Energy Extra

11/24 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
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  • Polar-bear decision may bar drilling
  • BP account to deny about half of claims
  • Mass. LNG project appeals to senators
  • DOE invites uranium, thorium claims
  • BOEMRE seeks scientific advisers

science & technology

Glowing Trees To Replace Glowing Lamps

(Discovery News) The golden glow of street lights could soon be replaced by the green fluorescence of tree leaves. Scientists from the Academia Sinica and the National Cheng Kung University in Taipei and Tainan have implanted glowing, sea urchin shaped gold nanoparticles, known as bio light emitting diodes, or bio LEDs, inside the leaves of a plant...11/24

Early Universe was a liquid: First results from the Large Hadron Collider's ALICE experiment

(Phys.Org) In an experiment to collide lead nuclei together at CERN's Large Hadron Collider physicists from the ALICE detector team including researchers from the University of Birmingham have discovered that the very early Universe was not only very hot and dense but behaved like a hot liquid...11/23

 

Other Stories

'Airplane!', 'Forbidden Planet' actor Nielsen dies

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Despite decades spent playing sober commanders and serious captains, Leslie Nielsen insisted that he was always made for comedy. He proved it in his career's second act."Surely you can't be serious," an airline passenger says to Nielsen in "Airplane!" the 1980 hit that turned the actor from dramatic leading man to comic star...11/29

Al Gore: I Was Wrong About Corn-Based Ethanol

(Newser) Al Gore regrets supporting subsidies for corn-based ethanol when he was in office, he revealed during a speech in Athens yesterday, confessing that he’d done it more to bolster his presidential ambitions than to help the planet...11/23