Thursday, January 9, 2014
ORNL in the News

ORNL researchers, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair elected APS fellows

(Oak Ridge Today) Two researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a University of Tennessee-ORNL Governor’s Chair professor have been elected fellows of the American Physical Society. The ORNL researchers are Viatcheslav V. Danilov of the Research Accelerator Division and Michael Scott Smith of the Physics Division. Steven J. Zinkle, formerly of ORNL and now a UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair, was recognized for his work during a 28-year career at the national laboratory...1/8

In-Depth: Clean Tech at the National Labs

(Breaking Energy) ... Thanks to federal and private sector investments, clean energy technologies like wind power, solar, LED lighting and electric vehicles are seeing dramatic reductions in price, while consumer demand surges...At Oak Ridge National Lab’s National Transportation Research Center, researchers from industry, academia, and other agencies can use state-of-the-art technologies, equipment and instrumentation to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and address transportation systems issues...1/8

DOE

B&W ‘not averse’ to starting over on Y-12/Pantex

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Today was the one-year anniversary of the NNSA’s awarding of the $22 billion combined Y-12/Pantex management contract to Bechtel-led Consolidated Nuclear Security...1/8

Protein Puzzles and Scientific Solutions

(Energy.gov) ...Puzzles fascinate scientists. Recently, a team of researchers working at the Energy Department’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) used its X-ray laser and significant computing power to solve one of nature’s most challenging jigsaws in practically a flash...1/8

 

National

The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet

(NPR) Walk through the produce section of your supermarket and you'll see things you'd never have seen years ago — like fresh raspberries or green beans in the dead of winter. Much of that produce comes from Mexico, and it's the result of the North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — which took effect 20 years ago this month...1/9

State & Regional

TVA system meets single-day electricity record

(Oak Ridge Today) Tennessee Valley residents set a single-day record for electricity use while keeping warm during this week’s arctic cold wave, the Tennessee Valley Authority said Wednesday...1/8

 

energy & science policy

NASA: International space station operation extended by Obama until at least 2024

(Washington Post) The international space station received a significant boost Wednesday when the Obama administration vowed to keep the laboratory in orbit at least until 2024, a four-year extension, NASA officials said Wednesday...1/8

science & technology

Cheap battery stores energy for a rainy day

(Nature) Power harvested from the Sun and wind is pouring into electricity grids by the gigawatt. That makes it ever more important to find an efficient and convenient way to store renewable energy for those times when the breeze dies or the skies cloud over...1/8

Is There a New Nuclear Kid on the Block?

(Scientific American) ...Small modular reactors – or SMRs, as they are known – are seen by the nuclear power industry as the most promising technology of the future because they avoid many of the safety problems of much larger power plants and are also easier and quicker to construct...1/8

New holographic process uses image-stabilized X-ray camera

(PhysOrg) ...A team headed by Stefan Eisebitt has developed a new X-ray holography method that will enable snap-shots of dynamic processes at highest spatial resolution...1/8

Other Stories

Bullying at work: Hard to define, even harder to ban

(Fortune) Since 2003, workplace anti-bullying bills have been introduced in 25 states. All have failed. Why this may be a problem best solved outside of the law...1/7

Nuclear Materials Report Shows Better Safekeeping

(NY Times) ...A report issued Wednesday on the security of deadly nuclear materials found steady improvement, with seven countries in the last two years giving up most of their uranium and plutonium that could be readily turned into weapons...1/8