ORNL in the News

Simulation predicts epidermal responses to compounds

(PhysOrg) ...in 2013, researchers at consumer-products giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Temple University began using the Titan supercomputer at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to better understand the three-dimensional structure of skin's outermost barrier, the stratum corneum...11/18

Chinese supercomputer stays No. 1, Titan at ORNL still No. 2

(Oak Ridge Today) For the fourth consecutive time, Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, has retained its position as the world’s number one system. Meanwhile, Titan at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which was the top supercomputer in November 2012, remains number two...11/17

Science and Technology

‘Climate Ribbon’ Puts Wind Behind Miami Project

(Wall Street Journal) For the past year, Swire Properties Inc. has touched the imagination of Floridians with talk of building America’s first “Climate Ribbon,” an environmental management system that uses nature to cool the outdoor air...11/18

Louisiana black bears unlikely to go extinct

(AP) A new study of the animals that inspired teddy bears finds that Louisiana black bears are likely to survive another century as long as conditions remain stable...11/20

Energy and Science Policy

U.S Commits $3 Billion to Green Climate Fund

(The Energy Collective) ...China and the United States, the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters, announced a “historic” agreement to limit emissions. Then on Friday sources revealed the Obama administration’s intention to pledge $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) as a “call to arms” focusing attention on climate change...11/19

Low-Dose Radiation Research Bill Passed by House

(AIP) The House of Representatives has passed by voice vote a bill calling for a National Academies’ study on low-dose radiation and for a research plan by the Department of Energy responding to this study.

 

DOE

Whitney: Increasing pressure on cleanup projects

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The demolition of a former uranium-enrichment facility is well ahead of schedule at Oak Ridge and other cleanup projects are making significant progress at lower-than-expected costs, the Department of Energy’s cleanup contractor said this week...11/20

Eschenberg: UPF will be three-building complex

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Federal Project Director John Eschenberg said Wednesday that the Uranium Processing Facility team is making “better-than-steady” progress, with some of the preparatory work — including the reworking of Bear Creek Road and a new haul road — nearing completion at the west end of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge...11/19

ORAU wins $1.4 million contract from Florida Department of Health

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge Associated Universities recently won a three-year, $1.4 million contract from the Florida Department of Health to provide scientific peer review of grant applications submitted for biomedical research involving tobacco-related diseases and cancer...11/17

Local and State

Professor Awarded for Prehistoric Rock Art Research

(Tennessee Today) Jan Simek has spent decades trekking for miles in complete darkness, contorting his body to fit around rocks, and navigating down muddy and stony slopes. The UT anthropology professor’s work has paid off in the form of big discoveries—and now a big award...11/17

Oak Ridge wins EPA's Green Power Leader award

(Knoxville News Sentinel) This formerly secret city has a new title — It's a "Green Power Community of the Year" — one of only two nationwide, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...11/19