Tuesday, December 7, 2010
ORNL in the News

Ingersoll Rand Discovers Hidden Savings With Tiered Energy Audit

(ACHR News) Ingersoll Rand has made energy ef­ficiency a priority by joining the U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Technologies Program Save Energy Now LEADER initiative...As part of the Save Energy Now program, Ingersoll Rand is working with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to identify auditing tools for specific systems in order to reduce volunteer requirements of employees from other plants and to increase the abilities of smaller sites to manage their own energy use...12/6

State's tab for joint institutes at ORNL: $32.1M

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As part of a commitment made a decade ago to help the University of Tennessee land its new role in managing ORNL, the state funded construction of three joint institutes -- the final of which (the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences) was dedicated last Friday. According to ORNL spokesman Bill Cabage, the total cost for the institutes was $32.1 million...12/6

Whamcloud Announces Lustre Contract With Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(Marketwire) Whamcloud, a venture-backed company formed from worldwide high-performance computing storage industry veterans, announced today a contract signing with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the world's leading HPC installation. Technical activities spelled out under the contract aim to support the Scalable File System Center and include engineering efforts to enhance petascale systems...12/7

Enterprise Center Announces Completion Of Securewater's License For Water Quality

(Chattanoogan.com) The Enterprise Center announced on Monday that SecureWaters Inc., a Soddy Daisy-based technology company, has completed a technology license with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to commercialize the AquaSentinel water sensor technology...12/6

Governor Bredesen visits Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridger) A new $10 million building at Oak Ridge National Laboratory gives researchers from the University of Tennessee and elsewhere a place to exchange existing scientific ideas and develop new ones in fields from biology to physics, officials said...12/6

Scientists Race to Simulate Earthquakes

(CIO) The rush to build more-powerful supercomputers is part of a larger race to solve some of mankind's biggest problems. One person on the front line of that effort is Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center....Using a supercomputer called Jaguar at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Jordan's team has been running simulations of how an earthquake might affect Southern California. Running at 1.75 petaflops, Jaguar is the world's second-fastest supercomputer...12/6

DOE

Department of Energy Wins Award for Excellence in Business Process Management & Workflow

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that the online portal designed by the Loan Programs Office received the 2010 Gold Award from the North America Global Awards for Excellence in Business Process Management & Workflow presented by the Workflow Management Coalition and BPM.com...12/6

National

U.S. population estimated at 306 million to 313 million

(Washington Post) The population of the United States is 306 million. Or 313 million. Or somewhere in between. If those statistics sounds more vague than those usually announced by the Census Bureau, it's largely because demographers don't agree on how to count immigrants...12/7

State & Regional

Knoxville gets highest credit rating

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Fitch Rating Service, a New York bond rating agency, on Monday affirmed the city of Knoxville's Triple A credit rating, which is the highest from any financial rating agency...12/7

East Tennessee

Expanded mission an issue for TWRA

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Almost all the money that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency receives comes from hunters, fishermen and boaters, and a lot of its activities revolve around them. But the agency's legal mandate is to protect and preserve all wildlife. How the agency will meet its growing charge, however, is an issue, with the numbers of hunters and fishermen dropping nationwide and stagnant for years in Tennessee...12/6

TN could process foreign nuclear waste, then ship it back

(Tennessean) ... EnergySolutions, which wants to bring 20,000 tons of waste from an old Italian nuclear plant to Oak Ridge, Tenn., has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to allow German radioactive refuse to be shipped here...12/7

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

12/6 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- High Court to review key GHG suit
- Upton urges Obama to open ANWR
- IG cites potential fraud in rebates

science & technology

Medical Scans, Without The Weapons-Grade Uranium

(NPR) The U.S. has just received its first shipment of molybdenum-99, an essential material for medical imaging that's being mass-produced for the first time with low-enriched uranium instead of weapons-grade material. The molybdenum-99 was shipped from South Africa to Lantheus Medical Imaging, in Billerica, Mass., for final processing before it can be used by patients...12/6

Wikileaked Cables from Beijing Reveal China's Pursuit of Fusion Power, Teleportation

(Popular Science) ...Apparently China has been hard at work on its Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor, which is designed to sustain a controlled fusion reaction that can go on indefinitely at high temperatures...12/6

New Biggest Volcano in the Solar System?

(National Geographic News) As wide as the state of Arizona, Olympus Mons on Mars has long held the title of biggest volcano in the solar system. But if a new theory proves true, Olympus is about to be cast down...12/3

How DARPA Is Making a Machine Mind out of Memristors

(Popular Science) Artificial intelligence has long been the overarching vision of computing, always the goal but never within reach. But using memristors from HP and steady funding from DARPA, computer scientists at Boston University are on a quest to build the electronic analog to a human brain...12/3

Other Stories

Iran Is Pressed on Nuclear Program

(NY Times) The United States and other world powers opened a second day of talks with Iran on its nuclear program Tuesday after a long initial session of set speeches and little substance...12/7