ORNL in the News

HerbertsmithiteA new state of matter: Quantum spin liquids explained

(PhysOrg) Magnetism is one of the oldest recognised material properties. Known since antiquity, records from the 3rd century BC describe how lodestone, a naturally occurring magnetised ore of iron, was used in primitive magnetic compasses....In a paper published in the journal Nature Materials, a research team led by Professor Stephen Nagler at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US has demonstrated the quantum spin liquid nature of the magnetic material ruthenium trichloride (α-RuCl₃)...4/29

ORNL perspective on Summit: 'I would be shocked if this is not the greenest machine in the world when it debuts'

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) When the new IBM supercomputer comes online at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the next couple of years, there’s a chance it’ll be world’s fastest computer with a peak capability of somewhere between 150 to 300 million billion calculations per second...5/1

Cheap FiberORNL Wants You To License Its Fast, Cheap Carbon Fiber

(Design News) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which helped make possible Local Motors' first 3D-printed car, has developed a carbon fiber production method it wants to share with you. That is, if your company wants to license a faster, cheaper, greener method for manufacturing industrial-grade structural carbon fiber...4/29

DOE Expands Program to Help Jumpstart New Building Technologies

(JARN) Four U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories are joining Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to expand an online crowdsourcing community for building technologies called JUMP, which helps bridge the gap between cutting-edge ideas and the marketplace....5/1

10th anniversary of beam on target at SNS

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Thursday was the 10th anniversary of the startup of the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. At about 1:30 p.m. on April 28, 2006, a powerful proton beam struck the liquid mercury target for the first time, ejecting trillions of neutrons...4/28

Science and Technology

Fruit Fly LarvaThe struggle with image glut

(Nature News) As the fruit-fly larva wriggles forwards in the video, a crackle of neural activity shoots up its half-millimetre-long body...For developmental biologist Philipp Keller, whose team produced the video at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, such image-heavy experiments create huge logistical challenges...4/28

Energy and Science Policy

Amendment to Ban Purchase of Heavy Water from Iran Stalls Senate DOE Appropriations Bill

(AIP) The Senate appeared to be just hours away from historically early passage of the Department of Energy (DOE) appropriations bill when a one sentence amendment derailed the legislation and soured what had been a mostly bipartisan amendment process...4/28


Defense Program Awards of Excellence: Y-12 Uranium Mission Strategy Team

(Y-12) ...The Uranium Mission Strategy Team, which included 20 experts from both NNSA and Y‑12, created the plan to keep uranium operations going safely for many years. Figuring out the details of how it would all work was not a simple or an individual effort...4/28

DOE and the Department of Transportation Announce Collaboration to Support Smart Transportation Systems and Alternative Fuel Technologies

(Imperial Valley News) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a collaboration to accelerate research, development, demonstration, and deployment of innovative smart transportation systems and alternative fuel technologies....4/29

MOX gets mixed grades from Energy Department

(The Augusta Chronicle) The Department of Energy gave the consortium building the mixed-oxide fuel processing facility at Savannah River Site an overall grade of 49 percent in its most recent annual review...4/28

Local and State

Students benefit from IACMI training

(Materials Today) Over 150 students, academics, technicians and business owners from 23 states have been learning about the latest developments in advanced materials and processes during a two-day school presented by Composites One in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)...4/29

TDOT urging drivers to use caution as construction projects get underway

(WBIR) Traffic delays are expected to pick up across East Tennessee this weekend, as road projects and drivers come head to head on the highways. Lane closures in Anderson County and Knox County over the next few days will cause some delays. "Very congested people don't pay attention and it makes it harder for everybody else to get through," said North Knoxville driver Kaylnn McDowell...4/29

Records: Former TVA manager admits Chinese government paid him for nuclear secrets

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) A former senior TVA manager has admitted he was paid by the Chinese government for nuclear technological information while working for the utility, court records unsealed Friday show. Ching Ning Guey has struck a deal to plead guilty to a charge of development of special nuclear material outside the U.S....4/29