Wednesday, January 8, 2014
ORNL in the News

Co-concentric ringsMultiphysics Simulations Transmuting Designs for Safer Nuclear Power

(Engineering.com) Like the rest of the US’s nuclear research reactors, Oak Ridge National Lab’s (ORNL) high flux isotope reactor (HFIR) is moving from high-enriched uranium (HEU) fuel to low-enriched uranium (LEU). As such, the safety of the system must be assessed to incorporate the changes in fuel properties and the subsequently modified fuel plate...1/7

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, January 2014

(EurekAlert) City Traffic Engineer John Van Winkle, who has positioned Chattanooga as a national leader in intelligent transportation and communication technologies, is headlining a seminar scheduled at Oak Ridge National Laboratory Jan. 10...1/7

DOE

IG report: Weak management on Los Alamos security project resulted in $41M cost hike, year’s delay

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) ...“Our review revealed that the NMSSUP (Nuclear Materials Safeguards and Security Upgrades Project) suffered from a number of project management weaknesses.  These issues ultimately resulted in cost increases of as much as $41 million and delayed completion of the project by nearly a year."...1/7

DOE Launches National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy

(SustainableBusiness.com) The Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new initiative to support clean energy entrepreneurs, The National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy...1/7

East Tennessee

TVA power demand reaches second highest winter peak in history, utility says

(Chattanooga Times-Free Press) The Tennessee Valley Authority says its power system passed a critical demand period early today from the bitter cold wave and electricity use is on its way down...1/7

National

First batch of chemical weapons taken out of Syria

(WATE) The first batch of the most dangerous chemicals in Syria's arsenal was loaded onto a Danish ship and taken out of the country Tuesday under tight security, an important milestone in the international operation to rid President Bashar Assad of the weapons by midyear...1/7

State & Regional

Traffic deaths in Tenn. down in 2013 to 988

(WATE) Preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security show the state had 988 traffic fatalities in 2013. That's only the fourth time in 50 years the number has dipped under 1,000...1/6

Flu ShotFlu deaths in Tennessee begin to mount

(WBIR) Nine people from Nashville and its surrounding counties have died from complications of the flu so far this year, and deaths are also being reported from the Cumberland Region...1/7

energy & science policy

New EPA Administrator and DOE Acting Assistant Secretary to Keynote National Energy, Utility & Environment Conference

(Digital Journal) Senior Obama administration officials Gina McCarthy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, and Christopher A. Smith, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy, are invited as keynote speakers for North America's largest gathering of energy, utility and environment experts...1/6

Natural gas exports: Slow walk or 'danger zone'?

(Daily Journal) The debate over exporting liquefied natural gas is intensifying as the Energy Department considers an array of applications to ship the fuel to Japan, India and other countries where prices are far higher than in the United States...1/8

science & technology

PILNew, Simple Technique May Drive Down Biofuel Production Costs

(Science Daily) Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, effective and relatively inexpensive technique for removing lignin from the plant material used to make biofuels, which may drive down the cost of biofuel production...1/7

Genetic LinkA Missing Genetic Link in Human Evolution

(Scientific American) About 8 million to 12 million years ago, the ancestor of great apes, including humans, underwent a dramatic genetic change. Small pieces of DNA replicated and spread across their resident chromosomes like dandelions across a lawn...1/6

Weird NeptunesMost common exoplanets are weird 'mini-Neptunes'

(New Scientist) Earth is an extreme world. Of the thousands of confirmed or candidate planets astronomers have discovered in our galaxy, the most common type is a world unlike anything in our solar system: an enigmatic ball of either rock or gas that is bigger than Earth, but smaller than Neptune...1/7

Other Stories

American oil companies call for end to export ban

(AP) American oil companies have not been allowed to export crude for 40 years, but the industry wants to change that, even though the U.S. still consumes far more oil than it produces...1/7