ORNL in the News

American Physical Society names ORNL's Holifield Facility as historic physics site

(Oak Ridge Today) The American Physical Society on Monday honored the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as an APS Historic Physics Site. It’s the first designated APS Historic Physics Site in Tennessee. The APS is one of the world’s top professional societies for scientists...7/25

New nontoxic process promises larger ultrathin sheets of 2-D nanomaterials

(ChemEurope.com) A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen...7/28

Atomic blimp stretches a crystal

(Nanowerk) ...Scientists believed that changing only one dimension of the crystal lattice structure was impossible. Now researchers led by scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory have controllably elongated one direction of a crystalline lattice, using a technique called "strain doping."...7/27

Science and Technology

Time to remodel the journal impact factor

(Nature) Metrics are intrinsically reductive and, as such, can be dangerous. Relying on them as a yardstick of performance, rather than as a pointer to underlying achievements and challenges, usually leads to pathological behaviour. The journal impact factor is just such a metric...7/27

New material could advance superconductivity

(PhysOrg)...For the first time researchers, led by Carnegie's Viktor Struzhkin, have experimentally produced a new class of materials blending hydrogen with sodium that could alter the superconductivity landscape and could be used for hydrogen-fuel cell storage...7/28

Energy and Science Policy

Science’s Role in Yucca Mountain Debate Highlighted at Hearing

(AIP) Committee members and witnesses reflected on the feasibility of consent-based approaches to siting nuclear waste facilities and on whether scientific safety reviews and expanded nuclear R&D in the state could prove instrumental in securing public support for Yucca Mountain serving as a nuclear waste repository...7/25

DOE

Hydropower Vision: New Report Highlights Future Pathways for U.S. Hydropower

(Energy.gov) Hydropower has been around for more than a century, and is currently the nation's largest source of clean, domestic, renewable electricity. What could its role look like in the year 2050?...7/26

Clock ticking on decision for Oak Ridge nuke dump

(Knoxville News Sentinel) While the need for it is years down the road, the U.S. Department of Energy is on a tight schedule to decide where on its Oak Ridge Reservation to put a new landfill for low-level radioactive waste...7/27

A “Cool” Way to Combat Climate Change under the Montreal Protocol

(Energy.gov) World climate leaders are meeting this week in Vienna for the next stage of international discussions about a global phase-down of climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This meeting should lay the foundation for a 2016 amendment to the Montreal Protocol – a hugely successful global agreement that has put Earth’s fragile ozone layer on track to full restoration...7/20

Local and State

Navarro Research and Engineering Inc. acquires Tech 2020 building; jobs staying in Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridger) ...Navarro is a full service environmental remediation, waste management and nuclear services company that is a prime contractor for large turn-key projects of up to $250M for the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Defense, the National Regulatory Commission and their prime contractors...7/25