ORNL in the News

Mason talks about SNS issues

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Before he became director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Thom Mason was the director of the Spallation Neutron Source (and associated lab director for neutron sciences). So he obviously knows a lot about it and maintains a keen interest in the SNS and what’s happening there...11/23

Team creates Milky Way structure simulations

(PhysOrg) ...This is the timeline a team of researchers from the Netherlands and Japan, including Portegies Zwart, are seeing emerge when they use supercomputers to simulate the Milky Way galaxy's evolution. Using a code developed for GPU supercomputing architectures—including that of the Cray XK7 Titan located at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...11/18

Science and Technology

ITER's new chief will shake up troubled fusion reactor

(Nature) A multibillion-euro project to build the world's largest nuclear fusion reactor will soon have a new chief. Bernard Bigot, who was nominated to be director general of ITER on 20 November, says he intends to radically reform the management and governance of the troubled project...11/21

Quantum mechanical calculations reveal the hidden states of enzyme active sites

(Science Magazine) enzymes carry out fundamental biological processes such as photosynthesis, nitrogen fixation and respiration, with the help of clusters of metal atoms as "active" sites. But scientists lack basic information about their function because the states thought to be critical to their chemical abilities cannot be experimentally observed...11/20

Energy and Science Policy

Coalitions Urge Funding Increases for NSF, Defense Basic Research Program; Uncertain Appropriations Endgame

(AIP) The Coalition for National Science Funding and the Coalition for National Security Research have issued separate letters to Members of Congress urging the passage of funding legislation providing the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense’s basic research program with budget increases in FY 2015...11/21

A Power Plant in California Goes Quiet, but the Stacks Still Tower

(NY Times) ...The Morro Bay Power Plant was built by Pacific Gas and Electric in the early 1950s, before the days of the Clean Air Act or the Clean Water Act...11/23


Will the revised UPF require a revised EIS?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The revised strategy for developing the multibillion-dollar Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12 has changed the scope of the project and raised questions about whether the changes will necessitate a new Environmental Impact Statement or other modifications to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act...11/20

What Happens to Nuclear Reactor Fuel During a Severe Event

(Lab Manager) A new discovery about the atomic structure of uranium dioxide will help scientists select the best computational model to simulate severe nuclear reactor accidents...11/22

Scientists Are Building a Better Battery

(Valley News) Those are among the goals of a $120 million, Department of Energy-funded Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, a 14-member partnership led by Argonne National Laboratory and including Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Sandia National Laboratories and several universities and private companies...11/24

Local and State

ET suppliers are flourishing as auto industry grows

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...There are some 73,500 jobs in Tennessee’s direct supplier network, with another 8,500 jobs more indirectly related. This places Tennessee first in the South and fifth among peer states in terms of supply chain employment...11/23

U.S. Nitrogen statement on Nolichucky River

(WATE-TV) Justin Freeark, Plant Manager for US Nitrogen LLC made a statement in regards to concerns about drinking water on the Nolichucky River, and how the US Nitrogen pipeline could affect the wildlife in the area...11/23

ORAU exceeds $100,000 in annual giving for seventh year in a row

(Oak Ridge Today) For the seventh year in a row, Oak Ridge Associated Universities has broken the $100,000 mark in donations as part of the annual giving campaign for the United Way and Community Shares...11/23