Friday, December 3, 2010
ORNL in the News

OLCF Announces Approximately a Billion Hours for 2011 INCITE Projects

(HPC Wire) The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) will host thirty projects representing a wide array of scientific inquiry, from combustion to climate to chemistry. For instance, a team led by the University of Tennessee's and Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Robert Harrison is seeking to better understand, control, and ultimately design chemical catalytic processes specifically involved in energy-related technologies, such as batteries, fuel cells, and biomass conversion....12/2

Young Professionals unite in Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridger) In the past year, three new organizations aimed at helping young professionals put down roots at work or in the community have started with the help of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and at the Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory....12/2

ORNL supercomputer Jaguar to help identify child porn producers news

(Domain-B) "A consumer can be put in jail, but we'd rather go after the producer because there's a child we can rescue," said ORNL principal investigator Robert Patton, who develops algorithms to search, count, and characterize data files so similar information can be clustered for faster processing....12/3

DOE

K-33 demolition to start in January

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Preparations for bringing down the K-33 building, once part of the uranium-enrichment operation in Oak Ridge, are moving forward, and actual demolition is expected to begin in January, according to the Dept. of Energy....12/2

East Tennessee

Pellissippi expansion receives go-ahead

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Pellissippi State Community College's expansion into East Knox County got the green light from its governing board Thursday when the board approved the $8.5 million needed to purchase a business complex once owned by Philips Consumer Electronics....12/3

Cades Cove hemlocks get treated for adelgids

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Since 2002 when it was discovered near Fontana Lake in North Carolina, the tiny Asian insect has decimated the park's hemlocks, prompting retaliatory measures that include treating roadside trees with a spray that coats the adelgids with soap and oil and causes them to suffocate....12/3

National

All sides strive for a deal on tax cuts

(Boston Globe) House Democrats yesterday approved an extension to the Bush tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000, a measure almost certain to be rejected in the Senate. But negotiators worked behind the scenes on an eventual compromise that could extend the cuts to top earners as a way to win Republican support....12/3

Cables Depict Heavy Afghan Graft, Starting at the Top

(New York Times) From hundreds of diplomatic cables, Afghanistan emerges as a looking-glass land where bribery, extortion and embezzlement are the norm and the honest man is a distinct outlier....12/3

State & Regional

Tennessee revenues increase, but GOP wants cuts

(Tennessean) Tennessee's tax collections have begun to bounce back, but Republican leaders still are calling for deep cuts next year to deal with the loss of more than $1 billion in federal stimulus funding....12/3

energy & science policy

WikiLeaks cable portrays IAEA chief as 'in US court' on Iran nuclear program

(Christian Science Monitor) The chief of the UN nuclear agency, Yukiya Amano, called on Thursday for Iran to cooperate more to remove doubts about its nuclear intentions, as leaked US diplomatic cables portrayed him as "solidly in the US court" on Iran....12/2

EPA chief prepares for the fight ahead

(Washington Post) Not many Environmental Protection Agency administrators are likely to belt out a Stevie Wonder tune when discussing the importance of air quality....12/2 [Registration Required]

TVA CEO critical of deficit proposal

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee Valley Authority President and CEO Tom Kilgore believes a proposal by a White House commission that would require TVA to place a surcharge on power it sells as a way to help reduce the federal deficit is fraught with problems and unlikely to gain the support needed to become law....12/3

science & technology

Microbe Finds Arsenic Tasty; Redefines Life

(New York Times) Scientists said Thursday that they had trained a bacterium to eat and grow on a diet of arsenic, in place of phosphorus — one of six elements considered essential for life — opening up the possibility that organisms could exist elsewhere in the universe or even here on Earth using biochemical powers we have not yet dared to dream about....12/3

Nuclear split surprises

(Science News) A paper to appear in Physical Review Letters reports a totally unexpected type of fission in the element mercury. Instead of splitting into two equal-mass chunks as theory predicts, this bit of mercury split into uneven chunks, one lighter and one heavier than expected....12/2

2010 sets new temperature records

(BBC) Temperatures reached record levels in several regions during 2010, the World Meteorological Organization says, confirming the year is likely to be among the warmest three on record....12/2

Other Stories

200 Years In 4 Minutes

(Talking Points Memo) Hans Rosling examines the correlation between income growth and life expectancy in 200 countries over the last 200 hundred years in an amazing animation....12/2