Monday, December 6, 2010
ORNL in the News

Neutron source at ORNL sets another record

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Spallation Neutron Source has achieved another record, this time setting a new standard for reliability. According to Ian Anderson, associate lab director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and director of the SNS, the accelerator-based neutron source last Thursday operated at the 1-megawatt power level with 100 percent reliability...12/5

DOE Supercomputers Tackle Energy Issues

(SustainableBusiness.com) U.S Energy Secretary Steven Chu this week announced the largest ever awards of the Department's supercomputing time to 57 innovative research projects--using computer simulations to perform virtual experiments that in most cases would be impossible or impractical in the natural world...Specifically, the Department is awarding time on two of the world's fastest and most powerful supercomputers--the Cray XT5 (Jaguar) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the IBM Blue Gene/P (Intrepid) at Argonne National Laboratory...12/3

OR planning carbon fiber hub

(Knoxville News Sentinel) This city could become "the carbon fiber capital of the world" with a research center to study how to make that material cheaper and faster, a developer said Thursday.  The 50,000-square-foot Carbon Fiber Technology Center - bankrolled by a $30 million federal stimulus act grant to Oak Ridge National Laboratory - is planned on a 10-acre tract in Horizon Center...12/4

Bredesen Dedicates Joint Research Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(Newswise) Governor Phil Bredesen today joined officials from the University of Tennessee and the Department of Energy in dedicating a new state-funded research facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  The event celebrated the opening of the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences, a 31,000 sq. ft. facility that contains 82 offices and seven laboratories...12/3

DOE

Home Depot, Walmart Receive Energy Efficiency Expertise From DOE

(Greener Buildings) The Home Depot, Walmart and Shy Brothers Farm are among the 20 businesses, government agencies, schools and research centers that will receive energy efficiency assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)...12/3

State & Regional

3 flu strains are in circulation; TN encourages vaccinations now

(WBIR) People who neglect to get a flu vaccine this year risk getting sick more than once. One predominant strain usually emerges during a typical flu season, but three different viruses are circulating nationally, including the 2009 H1N1 strain...12/6

National

High court ruling on Arizona act could shape immigration law

(Los Angeles Times) President Obama once favored a "crackdown on employers" who hired illegal immigrants, and as a candidate called for "much tougher enforcement standards" for companies that employed illegal workers...12/6

Cash Flow to Terrorists Evades U.S. Efforts

(New York Times) Nine years after the United States vowed to shut down the money pipeline that finances terrorism, senior Obama administration officials say they believe that many millions of dollars are flowing largely unimpeded to extremist groups worldwide, and they have grown frustrated by frequent resistance from allies in the Middle East, according to secret diplomatic dispatches...12/5

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

12/3 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • BP may dispute oil-spill flow rate
  • EPA sets GHG deadline for 13 states
  • New Wyo. governor decries federal regs
  • Poor stimulus oversight in Phoenix: IG
  • Los Alamos ESCO to save $28 million

science & technology

Air Force Unveils Fastest Defense Supercomputer, Made of 1,760 PlayStation 3s

(Popular Science) The holidays may be driving video game console sales, but apparently so is the military. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has strung together 1,760 PlayStation 3 gaming systems to create what it's calling the fastest interactive computer system in the entire DoD, capable of executing 500 trillion floating point operations per second.

Quest to Find a Menagerie of Exotic Particles

(Discovery News) The hypothetical "X" particle recently suggested as a dark matter candidate by scientists at Brookhaven isn't the only exotic particle that physicists have proposed in recent years. In fact, Fermilab's CMS collaboration has an "exotica hotline" staffed by about 10 physicists who review the previous day's collisions looking for anything that might break the rules or expectations of the Standard Model...12/4

New type of nuclear fission discovered

(Phys.org) Nuclear fission, or the splitting of a heavy nucleus, usually results in symmetrical fragments of the same mass. Physicists attribute the few known examples of fission that is asymmetric to the formation in the resultant fragments of "magic" nuclei, which are extremely stable nuclei with all energy levels filled...12/6

Other Stories

Amazon Opportunity: Brazil Doesn't Count on Carbon Market

(National Geographic) Brazilian businessman Roberto Waack has told potential investors around the world about his sustainable forestry firm, explaining how it sells certified wood, conserves water, and protects forests...12/3