Friday, December 28, 2012
ORNL in the News

World's No. 1 supercomputer: Nothing disappointing about Titan so far

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In a pre-holiday interview, Jeff Nichols, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's scientific computing chief, said he was really pleased with the performance of the Titan supercomputer as it moves through the acceptance testing...12/27

Energy efficient video game technology in Titan supercomputer

(TMC Net) Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan Supercomputer - the world's most powerful supercomputer - is operating with improved energy efficiency due in part to the same upgraded technology in your child's video games...12/27

Amid the fiscal uncertainty, ORNL Director Thom Mason says: 'We've done the things we can do that are within our control'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The "fiscal cliff" is hanging ominously over plans for 2013, but Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason -- in a pre-holiday interview -- said the lab has been preparing for tough times for a good while and has done everything it can reasonably do to deal with the situation before knowing the budget details...12/27

DOE

Oregon Hospital Heats Up with a Biomass Boiler

(Energy.gov) With help from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, an Oregon hospital is saving approximately $100,000 a year after replacing its old, 1950’s-era boilers with a new, energy-efficient biomass system...12/27

State & Regional

Unemployment drops in nearly every Tenn. county in November

(WBIR-TV) New numbers show unemployment dropped in nearly every Tennessee county in November. Last month 91 counties saw a drop in the jobless rate. It rose in one, and remained the same in three...12/27

National

White House To Host Congressional Leaders Friday For Fiscal Deadline Talks

(NPR) President Barack Obama will meet with the four leaders of Congress Friday to discuss a possible deal that would avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases in the new year...12/27

East Tennessee

Solar array in Oak Ridge will follow the sun

(Knoxville News Sentinel) No need to just catch the rays that fall its way — a solar array being built in Oak Ridge will be able to follow the sun and gather energy as it moves across the sky...12/28

science & technology

UK team abandons effort to reach subglacial Antarctic lake

(Nature) It wasn’t a very merry Christmas for a team of UK scientists seeking to breach the three kilometres of ice that covers a subglacial Antarctic lake..12/27

California completes undersea parks network

(PhysOrg) Surviving budget cuts, mobs of angry fishermen, and death threats, California officials Wednesday completed the largest network of undersea parks in the continental United States - 848 square miles of protected waters that reach from the Oregon line to the Mexican border...12/21

Classical Computing Embraces Quantum Ideas

(Scientific American) “Thinking quantumly” can lead to new insights into long-standing problems in classical computer science, mathematics and cryptography, regardless of whether quantum computers ever materialize...12/28

Other Stories

'Brighter than a full moon': The biggest star of 2013... could be the comet of the century

(The Independent) A comet discovered by two Russian astronomers will be visible from Earth next year. Get ready for a once-in-a lifetime light show...12/26

Iran Responds to New “Stuxnet-Like” Cyber Attack

(Wall Street Journal) The ongoing cyber war in Iran appears to have taken another turn in recent days as the state media in that country is airing reports of a new attack against industrial computers in the southern area of Hormuzgan Province...12/26

More Than Half of American Homes Don't Use a Landline

(The Atlantic) We all knew this day was coming: According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (which tracks these sorts of things for its phone surveys), more than half of American households (51.7 percent) don't regularly use a landline phone...12/27