ORNL in the News

Big maintenance at High Flux Isotope Reactor

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The High Flux Isotope Reactor returned to operation last week following a 38-day outage for refueling and maintenance, one of the longest of the year. According to Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s reactor chief, Tim Powers, it was a productive outage and “very busy.”...10/17

UT Helps Effort to Take Some of the Hazard out of HazMat Transportation

(Tennessee Today) The e-HM system—being devised by a UT-led consortium that includes Labelmaster Services, Blue Dot Solutions, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory—will allow such materials to be tracked in real time from the moment they are loaded until they arrive at their destination...10/17

Repairs completed; SNS nears restart

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Spallation Neutron Source, which has been shut down since early September is apparently nearing restart of operations and a return to research...10/17

Atomic trigger shatters mystery of how glass deforms

(PhysOrg) A new study at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, published Sept. 24 in Nature Communications, has cracked one mystery of glass to shed light on the mechanism that triggers its deformation before shattering...10/18

Oak Ridge Labs Develops New Device For Lighter, Faster Cars

(Oilprice.com) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratories reports that its scientists used unusual semiconductors and 3-D printing to create their inverter, which transforms direct electric current from the car’s battery into the alternating current needed by the motor...10/19

Science and Technology

Bottling the Sun's Power on Earth

(Scientific American) The military, space and aviation experts at Lockheed Martin want you to know that they're closing in on fusion. The firm's secretive Skunk Works has announced that its compact fusion reactor is a mere 10 years away and would investors please send money...10/19

Earth's Magnetic Field Could Flip Faster Than We Thought

(Popular Science) 'Down' could become the new 'up' within our lifetimes. The ‘north pole’ — that is, the direction of magnetic north — was reversed a million years ago...10/17

Energy and Science Policy

Controversy Over NSF Grants Continues

(AIP) “On the basis of the most optimistic appraisal of progress, the current review work is 5% complete, which implies that this oversight initiative will span at least 12 months,” wrote House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) in an August 27 letter to National Science Foundation Director France Cordova...10/17

U.S. To Temporarily Halt Funding For Controversial Virus Research

(NPR) The federal government will temporarily stop funding any new studies that could make three high-risk infectious diseases even more dangerous...10/17

DOE

Giant boost to reindustrialization in Oak Ridge?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) There have been various reports of companies interested in big-sized parcels in Oak Ridge for major development projects. Depending on the reports, the interest may be in 150-acre (or larger) parcels at the East Tennessee Technology Park — former home to the government’s uranium-enrichment enterprise — or a bit east of there at Horizon Center...10/16

Secretary Moniz Dedicates Innovative Commercial-Scale Cellulosic Biofuel Plant

(Energy.gov) Marking another milestone in the Administration’s support of clean energy technologies that will diversify our energy portfolio and help transition the U.S. toward a low-carbon future, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will deliver remarks today at the grand opening of Abengoa’s second-generation cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas...10/17

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Partners with UC Davis to Personalize Cancer Medications

(PRWeb) Lawrence Livermore biomedical researcher Mike Malfatti is working with two researchers at the University of California, Davis, Comprehensive Cancer Center to leverage dramatic advances in biological accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) to see how cancer patients respond to the chemotherapeutic drug carboplatin...10/16

Local and State

In Tennessee, Time Comes for a Nuclear Plant Four Decades in the Making

(NY Times) When the Tennessee Valley Authority first ordered Watts Bar 2, the nuclear reactor now approaching completion here, demand for electricity was growing at 7 percent a year and coal supplies were uncertain...10/19

UT Nuclear Engineers Part of Three Grants Totaling $2.6 Million

(Tennessee Today) Professors from the UT College of Engineering are part of three separate nuclear safety research projects that collectively have been awarded $2.6 million. The US Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Programs has made the three allocations...10/17