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Date:9/3/2014

ity of Tennessee Hamilton Eye Institute. The instrument allows surgeons to pierce and engage human tissue at the microscale. Unlike conventional scissors, needles and forceps, Plexitome is specifically designed for the patient's unique pathology. With it, surgeons gain greater precision and can engage tissue at the cellular scale, minimizing the risk of damaging deeper tissue. [Contact: Ron Walli, (865) 576-0226; wallira@ornl.gov]

VEHICLES Connected to savings

Drivers, their wallets and the environment could benefit from a connected vehicle system that could collectively save them from wasting 5.5 billion hours in traffic jams and nearly 3 billion gallons of fuel. A team led by Andreas Malikopoulos of Oak Ridge National Laboratory is developing a math-based system that exchanges information with other vehicles and drivers, local infrastructure and traffic signals while also sensing driving patterns of individual drivers. Aside from the benefits of reduced fuel consumption and emissions, connecting vehicles could save lives and reduce the need to build additional lanes and highways. A 2012 Texas A&M Transportation Institute study pegged the U.S. cost of snarled traffic and wasted fuel at $121 billion. [Contact: Ron Walli, (865) 576-0226; wallira@ornl.gov]

COMPUTING Titan's protg

For students learning about multicore computers like Titan, the second-most powerful computer in the world, Tiny Titan can make the task a bit more manageable. The sub-$1,000 classroom computer can help middle and high school students explore the fundamental concepts of parallel computing, which is the key to Titan and its 299,008 cores. Working together, these cores can perform 27,000 trillion calculations per second (27 petaflops), allowing it to tackle some of today's biggest computational challenges. Tiny Titan, which has nine processors, i
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Contact: Ron Walli
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865-576-0226
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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