Monday, January 4, 2016
ORNL in the News

A Minute Bioreactor Could Produce Vital Drugs in the Middle of Nowhere

(Gizmodo) When you’re far from civilization, it can be impossible to carry important medication with you. But a new kind of miniature bioreactor could be used to create a variety of drugs, no matter where you are. Developed by a team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the device consists of two tiny parallel channels etched into silicon...1/4

New Class of UT-ORNL Joint Directed Research and Development Faculty Named

(Tennessee Today) Developed in collaboration between UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Joint Directed Research and Development program nurtures collaborative research from the two institutions. The program recently announced the selection of twelve UT faculty researchers to benefit from its current cycle of funding...12/30

IUPAC: With Discovery Of Four New Chemical Elements - 7th Period Of Periodic Table Of Elements Is Complete

(Los Alamos Daily Post) ...Elements 115, 117, and 118 (temporary working names and symbols: ununpentium, Uup; ununseptium, Uus; and ununoctium, Uuo): The collaboration between the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California, USA; and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA have fulfilled the criteria for element Z=115, 117 and will be invited to propose permanent names and symbols...1/2

Science and Technology

MercuryGlobal reductions in mercury emissions should lead to billions in economic benefits for US

(PhysOrg) Mercury pollution is a global problem with local consequences: Emissions from coal-fired power plants and other sources travel around the world through the atmosphere, eventually settling in oceans and waterways, where the pollutant gradually accumulates in fish...12/29


Science and Technology

Science CodeThe unsung heroes of scientific software

(Nature News) Take Klaus Schliep, a postdoctoral researcher who is studying evolutionary biology at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. His Google Scholar page lists the papers that he has authored — including his top-cited work, an article describing phylogenetics software called phangorn — but it does not take into account contributions that he has made to other people’s software...1/4




Energy Department Awards $6 Million to Universities in Tennessee and Virginia to Advance Master's and Doctoral Training in Power Electronics

(Southeast Green) For this funding opportunity, the Energy Department has selected The University of Tennessee, Knoxville to receive $2.9 million and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) to receive $3 million to create masters or doctoral training programs that will enable the design, manufacturing, and deployment of advanced high-efficiency electrical equipment such as motors, inverters, and grid equipment, as well as high-efficiency electrical systems...1/2

Y-12 mercury treatment taking shape; DOE contractors sharing info

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) URS-CH2M Oak Ridge is the Department of Energy's cleanup manager, and that role has brought the contractor face-to-face with some challenging tasks — such as fixing a leak in a reactor pool at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and tearing down lots of big and highly contaminated buildings....12/29

75,000 gallons of rad-hot sludge and counting

Sludge Truck(The Knoxville News Sentinel) In early 2014, evidence of radioactive pollution was discovered in the city of Oak Ridge’s sewage treatment facility on the west side of town. The unwelcome surprise was blamed on technetium-99 that had migrated from a demolition project at the federal government’s K-25 uranium-enrichment plant on the other side of the Clinch River...12/30

Local and State

New year, new laws for Tennessee

(The Tennessean) ...Tennessee drivers who renew their licenses next year won’t have to go through the process again for eight years. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security says the change from five years includes all classifications of driver licenses and identification licenses, including commercial driver licenses and motorcycle licenses...1/2