Thursday, January 8, 2015
ORNL in the News

The big announcement

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In a year-end interview last month, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Thom Mason talked about exciting prospects for the lab in 2015. In particular, he cited the lab’s multi-partner proposal for a new manufacturing research institute that would focus on composite materials...1/7

Nuclear Power Turns To Salt

(Forbes) Today, the United States Department of Energy announced that its Oak Ridge National Laboratory is partnering with Canadian nuclear company Terrestrial Energy Inc. to assist with TEI’s new Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR). The engineering blueprint stage for this GenIV reactor should be reached in two years. The reactor should come online in less than ten...1/7

'Seeing' hydrogen atoms to unveil enzyme catalysis

(PhysOrg) ...A multi-institutional research team led by Chris Dealwis from Case Western Reserve University has used the new IMAGINE instrument at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's High Flux Isotope Reactor to map an enzyme that could play an important role in anti-cancer drug development...1/8

Nuclear forensic experts prepare for the worst and hope to deter it

(Hartford Courant) If federal agents ever capture a stolen nuclear weapon — or have to investigate the detonation of one — they will turn to one of the most esoteric groups of detectives in the world...That's the aim of scientists at the Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is researching how the human body stores trace chemicals unique to different parts of the world...1/7

Science and Technology

From a Pile of Dirt, Hope for a Powerful New Antibiotic

(NY Times) An unusual method for producing antibiotics may help solve an urgent global problem: the rise in infections that resist treatment with commonly used drugs, and the lack of new antibiotics to replace ones that no longer work...1/7

Manipulating the "spin" of electrons on nanomagnets to create faster, more energy-efficient computers

(PhysOrg) Computers are basically machines that process information in the form of electronic zeros and ones. But two MIT professors of materials science and engineering are trying to change that...1/8

Energy and Science Policy

Cape Cod's Offshore Wind Project In Jeopardy

(NPR) [Audio] A controversial offshore wind project under development in Cape Cod has lost both of the buyers for its power. Without financing, Cape Wind is missing deadlines to deliver...1/7

Freezing Out Young Scientists

(Inside Higher Ed) Ten years ago, a report from a National Academy of Sciences committee sounded an alarm about the barriers that young biomedical scientists face in launching their research careers. If improvements aren’t made, the report warned, there could be dire consequences to the future of biomedical research in the U.S...1/7

DOE

Will MOU spur shipments of U-233 waste to Nevada?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Over the holidays, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a Memorandum of Understanding that “formalizes” a working group that’s discussing multiple issues — including DOE’s disposal plan for uranium wastes that are fissionable and highly radioactive...1/6

Secretary Moniz Announces $125 Million OPEN Solicitation for Transformational Energy Projects

(Energy.gov) U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced today at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars that the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is issuing its third open funding opportunity announcement, OPEN 2015, for up to $125 million...1/7

Local and State

President Obama to launch manufacturing hub during Knoxville visit

(Oak Ridge Today) ...The manufacturing innovation hub will be a private-sector partnership that will attract more well-paying middle-class jobs in high-tech manufacturing to Tennessee, said Dan Pfeiffer, an assistant to the president and senior adviser...1/8

UT Knoxville and Institute of Agriculture Earn Carnegie-Engaged Designation

(Tennessee Today) UT Knoxville and the UT Institute of Agriculture have earned the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for collaborating with community partners to address society’s most pressing needs...1/7

State sues TVA over leaky coal ash storage at Gallatin plant

(WATE-TV) The state agency charged with protecting the environment is suing the Tennessee Valley Authority over its coal-burning power plant in Gallatin...1/7