ORNL in the News

Zacharia, Paranthaman elected to AAAS

Thoma ZachariaMariappan Paranthaman
(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Two of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s finest — Deputy Director Thomas Zacharia and Distinguished Researcher Mariappan Parans Paranthaman  — have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science...11/24

Atomic ReconfigurationsCutting-edge imaging points to better batteries

(Microscopy and Analysis) US-based researchers have revealed exactly how a fuel cell catalyst changes when heated. Using aberration-corrected STEM, Karren More and colleagues from Oak Ridge National Laboratory imaged the atomic reconfigurations in individual platinum-cobalt nanoparticle catalysts, as nanoparticles were heated inside the microscope... "This is the first time individual nanoparticles have been tracked this way," highlights Karren More...11/26

Four ORNL researchers elected fellows of American Physical Society

(Oak Ridge Today) Four researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been elected fellows of the American Physical Society, one of the nation's top professional organizations for scientists. Jaime Fernandez-Baca, Sergei Kalinin, Mark Lumsden, and Thomas Maier were selected for the honor by the APS Council of Representatives...11/23

ARPA-E’s Open Solicitation Yields $125M for Projects Across the Energy Map

(Green Tech Media) ...Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s $2.8 million project will work on a proton-selective membrane that doesn’t need hydration, like those used in today’s flow batteries or fuel cells, which could lower system component cost and complexity...11/25

Science and Technology

Genome EditingGenome editing: 7 facts about a revolutionary technology

(Nature News) The ethics of human-genome editing is in the spotlight again as a large international meeting on the topic is poised to kick off in Washington DC. Ahead of the summit, which is being jointly organized by the US National Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of Medicine, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Britain’s Royal Society and held on 1–3 December, we bring you seven key genome-editing facts...11/30

Energy and Science Policy

NASA Outlines Vision for Human Journey to Mars

(AIP) NASA released a unifying vision to send humans to Mars by the 2030s. While the goal has support in Congress and from the White House, securing adequate sustained funding through the next two decades and managing the inherent risks involved in human travel to deep space remain considerable barriers to NASA's goal....11/25


Obama signs off on funding for Savannah River Site MOX construction

(Aiken Standard) Another $345 million for construction of the MOX facility was authorized Wednesday after President Barack Obama inked a highly controversial defense bill....11/27

Proposed Y-12 landfill site concerns some state officials

(The Oak Ridger) Some state officials reportedly are raising concerns about the U.S. Energy Department's plans for a new nuclear landfill in Oak Ridge. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is pushing DOE to consider other Oak Ridge sites beyond the agency's preferred one, the Knoxville News Sentinel recently reported...11/24

Electrical Power LinesPNNL to work on cutting-edge energy projects

(Tri-City Herald) Three cutting-edge technologies to make energy cleaner or more efficient will be tackled by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers after receiving recent grants from a Department of Energy program...11/27

Energy Department Announces Six Clean Energy Projects through Partnership with Israel

(Real Estate Rama) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Israel's Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources (MIEW) today announced $5.1 million for six newly selected clean energy projects as part of the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program...11/24

More barriers at Y-12

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) In the days and months following the July attacks on military sites in Chattanooga, security was bolstered at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge. That included increased security at New Hope Center, which is outside the main security fences at Y-12...11/25

Local and State

'Good' news includes Park, OR Corridor

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander was in Oak Ridge Friday to issue an important announcement — now is a good time to be in Oak Ridge. Flanked by Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch and Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, the longtime senator and former governor referred to the newly formed Manhattan Project National Historical Park, the proposed Oak Ridge Corridor, the Uranium Processing Facility and exascale computing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Tennessee budget hearings start Monday

(The Tennessean) Monday marks the start of the annual weeklong process in which state leaders present their proposed budgets to the governor. Budget hearings are one of the first steps in crafting the budget for the upcoming financial year...11/29