Monday, January 25, 2016
ORNL in the News

ORNL supports new projects to develop advanced nuclear technologies

(Oak Ridge Today) Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will support two new DOE-funded projects to explore, develop, and demonstrate advanced nuclear reactor technologies...1/22

Desert Beetle Led Scientists to Create Frost-Free-Zones that Help Prevent Frost

(Tech Times) Scientists have long been trying to find out some ways that can help prevent or slow down frost and it could find application in aviation sector..."Keeping things dry requires huge energy expenditures," said C. Patrick Collier, a research scientist at the Nanofabrication Research Laboratory Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a co-author of the study...1/24

Storms Are the Norm, Underground

(Frontiers in Energy Research) Geochemical processes alter subsurface fluid flow like storms alter air travel...Geochemical processes occurring inside and around the rock pores cause those changes in subsurface conditions, according to Carl Steefel and Lawrence Anovitz, from the Center for Nanoscale Controls on Geologic CO2...Winter 2015

HUD's Manufactured Housing Head Danner Speaks in Louisville

(Daily Business News) Pamela Beck Danner, Administrator for the Office of Manufactured Housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, addressed attendees at the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show...She said the 3D printed home and car produced in a collaboration of the Oak Ridge National Laboratories with Clayton Homes and others, as MHProNews reported Sept. 24, 2015, will be on display in Washington, D.C...1/22 

Science and Technology

Old Nuclear Fallout Proves Useful for Sea Turtle Clues

(NY Times) The endangered hawksbill sea turtle, an omnivore, apparently is going vegetarian, researchers in Hawaii have found. They suspect the change is related to the decline of Hawaii’s coral reefs...1/25

Energy and Science Policy

Research gets increasingly international

(Nature) China’s share of global science and engineering publications has pulled within a percentage point of those from the United States, according to the latest research statistics published by the US National Science Foundation...1/19

Massive Space Telescope Is Finally Coming Together

(NPR) This week, NASA is set to reach a milestone on one of its most ambitious projects. If all goes to plan, workers will finish assembling the huge mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope — an $8 billion successor to the famous Hubble telescope...1/26


DOE review finds deficiencies in safety-systems management at Y-12’s uranium storehouse

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy’s Office of Enterprise Assessment last month completed a “targeted review” of safety systems management at the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility — which houses the nation’s largest stockpile of bomb-grade uranium — at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...1/24

DOE reaches $74M settlements with New Mexico

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy today announced that it had reached settlements with the state of New Mexico to resolve claims associated with 2014 incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Los Alamos National Laboratory...1/22

Local and State

Bill would freeze tuition at Tenn. colleges, universities

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A pair of state legislators have filed a bill that would freeze tuition and mandatory fees at Tennessee's public universities until the 2018-19 school year and after that require full governing-board approval for increases greater than 2 percent above the consumer price index...1/25

Deep Freeze

(Tennessee Alumnus) ...Funded by a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Dimensions of Biodiversity program, the five-year Siberian study is designed to unearth the mysteries of permafrost that has never completely thawed since freezing 5,000 to 3 million years ago, potentially housing trapped, dormant microorganisms that could be revived and used in various ways...1/19