ORNL in the News

Scientist hopes to improve rare earth purification process

(PhysOrg) Using the second fastest supercomputer in the world, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is attempting to develop a more efficient process for purifying rare-earth materials...The Institute is partnering with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory as well as numerous other partners...7/22

Simulated 'engine of explosion' observed in supernova remnant

(PhysOrg) Back in 2003, researchers using the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility's (OLCF's) first supercomputer, Phoenix, started out with a bang...7/23

Community meeting on future of AMSE

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The city of Oak Ridge and the American Museum of Science and Energy Foundation are co-sponsoring a community meeting on Thursday to discuss the operations of the museum and its future. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium...Currently, UT-Battelle — DOE’s managing contractor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory –  oversees the museum’s management and contributes, along with other DOE contractors, to the operating costs...7/22

BETO-Funded Invention Wins R&D 100 Award

(Energy.gov) Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers won an R&D Magazine R&D 100 award this month for their Bioenergy Technologies Office-funded invention of a new class of membranes that could help reduce the price of bio-ethanol, ethanol-gasoline blend fuels, and drop-in fuels from bio-oil processing...7/23

Science and Technology

Nuclear Plant May Be In Hot Water Over Its Cooling System

(NPR) Operators of the Turkey Point nuclear plant near Miami have received federal permission to run their cooling system above the old 100 degree limit. The decision is meant to combat algae growth and rising temperature in cooling canals, but environmental groups in nearby Biscayne National Park are concerned...7/23

Hit by Climate Change, Dwindling Antarctic Seal Population Grows More Diverse

(Scientific American) As sea waters in the South Atlantic warm, the amount of krill available for seals drops, leading to a smaller yet more genetically varied population...7/23

Energy and Science Policy

Senate FY 2015 DOD Appropriations Bill: S&T Programs

(AIP) Last Thursday the Senate Appropriations Committee passed H.R. 4870, the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for FY 2015. The committee report accompanying this bill provides the appropriators’ budget and policy recommendations for the three science and technology programs...7/22

States Against E.P.A. Rule on Carbon Pollution Would Gain, Study Finds

(NY Times) Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Senator James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma are among the most vocal Republican skeptics of the science that burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming, but a new study to be released Thursday found that their states would be among the biggest economic winners under a regulation proposed by President Obama to fight climate change...7/24

DOE

Senate confirms Creedon for NNSA’s No. 2 post

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Senate today confirmed Madelyn Creedon as the principal deputy administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration — the semi-independent part of the Department of Energy that oversees the nuclear weapons program...7/23

National Lab Projects Win R&D 100 Awards

(Energy.gov) From solar-boosted natural gas to a more efficient electric vehicle battery charger, innovations by the Energy Department's National Labs swept the field in this year's R&D 100 awards, the "Oscars of Innovation." In total, the Energy Department's National Labs won 31 of 100 awards in the competition...7/22

Fluor wins $420M deactivation contract at Paducah

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Fluor Federal Services Inc. was announced today as the winner of a task order for deactivation activities at the Paducah (Ky.) Gaseous Diffusion Plant with a potential value of $420 million over three years...7/22

Uranium Processing Facility team signs partnering agreement

(Oak Ridge Today) Officials from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Uranium Processing Facility Project Office and Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC recently signed a partnering agreement to create a cohesive and effective team united in accomplishment of the Uranium Processing Facility mission...7/23

Y-12 plant to keep protesters at a distance

(Oak Ridger) ...For the second year in a row, the group holding a s “Names and Remembrance Ceremony” and reading the names of those who died in the Aug. 6, 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, will not be allowed onto a grassy area near the Y-12 entrance...7/23

Local and STate

NICS Supercomputer Helps Recreate Universe Evolution

(Tennessee Today) An international team of researchers used resources at UT’s National Institute for Computational Sciences to develop components that would serve as the basis for “Illustris,” a collaborative project which achieved the most ambitious simulation of galaxy formation ever done...7/22