ORNL in the News

ORNL researchers tune friction in ionic solids at the nanoscale

(Oak Ridge Today) Friction impacts motion, hence the need to control friction forces. Currently, this is accomplished by mechanistic means or lubrication, but experiments conducted by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered a way of controlling friction on ionic surfaces at the nanoscale using electrical stimulation and ambient water vapor...1/27

How a computing powerhouse delivers health care insights

(GCN) Health datasets come in many orders of magnitude, but few are as large as the public health big data being gathered and analyzed by computers at the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Lab...1/28

UT Engineers Helping ORNL with Key Sustainable Energy Riddle

(Tennessee Today) The College of Engineering’s Alexander Papandrew and Gerd Duscher are part of a broader Oak Ridge National Laboratory-led team that recently received a $2.75 million Department of Energy grant for work on improving fuel cells, $1.4 million of which went to their project...1/27

ORNL’s Thom Mason: ‘The volume of work we do that is classified is actually quite small’

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) In an interview last month at his corner office in Building 4500-North, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason said the overall funding for the lab’s Global Security programs is down — from about $400 million a year to about $300 million — but he didn’t seem sad about it...1/28

Science and Technology

Building a better weather forecast? SMAP may help

(Science Daily) If you were trying to forecast tomorrow's weather, you would probably look up at the sky rather than down at the ground. But if you live in the U.S. Midwest or someplace with a similar climate, one key to a better weather forecast may lie beneath your feet..1/28

Ion TrapQuantum computer makes finding new physics more difficult

(PhysOrg) Physicists often work unusual hours. You will find them running experiments at 4am and 10pm. This is because, so long as the pertinent conditions inside a lab – such as temperature or light level – are fixed, the outcome of an experiment should not depend on location of the lab in space or time...1/29

Energy and Science Policy

On the Record: Key Senate Vote on Climate Change

(AIP) The Senate voted last week on an amendment stating “it is the sense of Congress that— (1) climate change is real; and (2) human activity significantly contributes to climate change.”  Fifty senators voted in favor the amendment, including five Republican senators.  Forty-nine senators voted against the measure...1/28

To reassure electric car buyers, combine battery leasing with better charging

(Science Daily) A proper choice of business model plays a critical role in electric vehicle industry where many consumers are subject to range and resale anxieties. In particular, a combination of owning or leasing electric batteries and improving charging technology can reassure such skeptics and help increase the electric vehicle adoption, according to a new study...1/28


US Department of Energy allocates $55 million to advance fuel-efficient vehicle technologies

(Renewable Energy Focus) Funding will go towards a wide range of research, development, and demonstration projects that aim to reduce the price and improve the efficiency of plug-in electric, alternative fuel, and conventional vehicles...1/27

Moniz reportedly pleased with UPF progress

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) In a message to federal employees at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Production Office, NPO Manager Steve Erhart passed along positive feedback on work taking place on the Uranium Processing Facility...1/28

House votes to speed action on proposed natural gas exports

(NOLA) The Republican-led House of Representatives continues to pass pro-energy bills, approving a measure Wednesday designed to speed approval of liquified natural gas export projects..1/28

DOE: Y-12 building 'worst of the worst' of high-risk list

(WBIR) A building in Y-12 Security Complex was named the "worst of the worst" in a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report detailing its high-risk facilities. The department named the Alpha-5 building at Y-12 the "worst of the worst" of more than 200 facilities in an audit released Wednesday...1/29

Los Alamos National Laboratory Scientist Sentenced to Prison for Atomic Energy Act Violations

(Federal Bureau of Investigation) ...Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, a scientist formerly employed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), was sentenced this morning for Atomic Energy Act and other violations relating to his communication of classified nuclear weapons data to a person he believed to be a Venezuelan government official...1/28

Local and State

DENSO bringing 400 new jobs to McMinn County

(WBIR) ...On Wednesday, Gov. Bill Haslam, along with state and company officials, announced that DENSO Manufacturing in Athens (DMAT) would expand production of its gasoline direct injection (GDI) capability in Athens. They will build a new 224,000 square foot facility at its existing location and create 400 new jobs...1/28

Kelsey RichardsGallatin TTU student receives national chemistry honor

(The Tennessean) Tennessee Technological University junior chemistry major Kelsey Richards of Gallatin has been chosen as one of 16 students from across the country to receive the 2015 Student Leadership Award from the American Chemical Society...1/28