Wednesday, November 30, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL's Amit Goyal receives E.O. Lawrence Award

(Lab Manager Magazine) Oak Ridge National Laboratory materials scientist and Corporate Fellow Amit Goyal has been named a winner of the Department of Energy's Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award honoring U.S. scientists and engineers for exceptional contributions in research and development supporting DOE and its mission...11/29

Mars 'Curiosity' has ORNL tech

(PhysOrg) The Curiosity rover that was launched toward Mars over the Thanksgiving holiday includes a significant contribution from ORNL and DOE. The mobile instrument platform contains a plutonium oxide-powered generator....11/29

Computers as furnaces?

(Christian Science Monitor) Some ecological economists are proposing housing computers like the 54-cabinets that make up the Cray XT3 supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which generate a lot of heat, in private homes as heating sources....11/29


In era of constrained budgets, basic research remains critical for nation's prosperity

(Knoxville News Sentinel) [Opinion] Even in a period of constrained budgets, science in the United States needs consistent support from the federal government to keep the nation competitive in a world that is rapidly advancing....11/29

East Tennessee

Missing Adm. David Farragut marker offered for public display

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The property owner who removed the stone memorial marking what is thought to be the birthplace of Civil War naval hero David Glasgow Farragut said this week that she would consider offering the marker to a local municipality for public display....11/30


Rising child poverty rates could be a 'taste' of what's ahead

(Christian Science Monitor) A new Census report shows child poverty up since 2007. With many benefits for the poor – such as the Earned Income Tax Credit – expiring at the end of the year, things could get worse....11/29

U.N. climate talks: Environmental groups' leaders criticize Hillary Rodham Clinton

(Washington Post) Leaders of more than a dozen environmental groups are sending a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Tuesday, warning that the administration's current negotiating position at United Nations climate talks in Durban, South Africa could undermine progress there....11/29

energy & science policy

Complaint Tests Rule Protecting Science From Politics

(NPR) One of the first things President Obama did after he took office was put out a memo that basically said: Don't mess with science....11/30

Inside Energy Extra

11/29 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Obama taps Majumdar for top DOE post
** Issa probes fuel-standards discussions
** PJM CEO highlights need for innovation
** Greens appeal Shell Beaufort permit
** BP units agree to pay $426,500 in fines

science & technology

How Do Eminent Physicists Tackle the Higgs Boson? With Chocolate

(New York Times) In a castle in Sweden, two of the world's leading particle physicists made a bet about an elusive, long-sought and much-theorized particle....11/28

Liquid living worms survive space

(BBC) Worms survive first space mission in liquid form, establishing them as a key model for studying the long-term effects of weightlessness on animals....11/29

The Search For Analysts To Make Sense Of 'Big Data'

(NPR) Businesses keep vast troves of data about things like online shopping behavior, or millions of changes in weather patterns, or trillions of financial transactions — information that goes by the generic name of big data....11/30

U.N.: Past Decade Tied For Warmest on Record

(Slate) This year caps a decade that matches the record for the hottest on record, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization said Tuesday in a new report unveiled to coincide with the latest round of international climate talks....11/29

Supercomputers Turn Green in Race to Exascale Mountaintop

(Wired) The latest ranking of the most efficient supercomputers on earth — the biannual Green500 — shows that the greenest supercomputers are getting greener at an increasingly faster rate, thanks in part to the rise of graphics processors in these massive server clusters....11/29