Thursday, January 28, 2016
ORNL in the News

Michelle Buchanan leads lab's efforts to solve our energy needs

(AAAs.org) ...Buchanan is the Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Department of Energy facility, in Tennessee. She has spent 37 years at ORNL, and now oversees four research divisions: the Center for Nanophase Materials Science, Chemical Sciences, Materials Science and Technology, and Physics...1/25

Advanced Nuclear Pioneers Assemble at Third Way Summit and Showcase

(University Chronicle) Third Way, in partnership with the Idaho National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, today hosted the first ever Advanced Nuclear Summit and Showcase...1/27

Team uses nuclear forensics to solve mysteries and safeguard materials

(PhysOrg) A group of nuclear detectives at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory takes on tough challenges, from detecting illicit uranium using isotopic "fingerprints" to investigating Presidential assassination conspiracies...1/26

Princeton Plasma Physics Lab Wins 80 Million Processor Hours on Titan Supercomputer

(Inside HPC) The U.S Department of Energy has awarded a total of 80 million processor hours on Titan supercomputer to an astrophysical project based at the DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory...1/27

Science and Technology

Research integrity: Don't let transparency damage science

(Nature) Stephan Lewandowsky and Dorothy Bishop explain how the research community should protect its members from harassment, while encouraging the openness that has become essential to science...1/25

A Search Engine for Your Memories

(The Atlantic) An inventor at IBM has patented technology for a cognitive assistant that could learn all about you, then remind you of a name you can't remember the moment you need to say it...1/28

Hawking's Latest Black Hole Paper Splits Physicists

(Scientific American) Almost a month after Stephen Hawking and his colleagues posted a paper about black holes online, physicists still cannot agree on what it means...1/27

Energy and Science Policy

State of the Union 2016: Obama Highlights American Spirit of Scientific Discovery

(AIP) In his final State of the Union address, President Obama provided an upbeat vision for the nation’s future that prominently includes American scientific discovery and leadership, also a strong theme of Obama’s past addresses...1/27

Senate Begins Debate on Comprehensive Bipartisan Energy Bill

(NY Times) The Senate on Wednesday started debating its first comprehensive energy legislation since the George W. Bush administration, a bipartisan measure meant to update the nation’s power grid and oil and gas transportation systems to address major changes in the ways that power is now produced in the United States...1/28

DOE

Got Solitons? Researcher sees problem as a solution

(PhysOrg) Sandia National Laboratories' Juan Elizondo-Decanini turned a long-standing problem into an idea he believes could lead to better and less expensive machines, from cell phones to pressure sensors...1/26

Local and State

Bald eagles on DOE’s Oak Ridge Reservation

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The bald eagle, the national bird of the United States and a magnificent bird of prey that for decades held a sacred spot on the endangered species list (it was taken off the list in 2007), has a presence on the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation...1/28

Oak Ridge small business wins DOD chemical, biological defense contract

(Oak Ridge Today) Omega Consultants Incorporated has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Army’s Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, or JPEO-CBD, under the Department of Defense...1/25

Tech 2020 shutting down in Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridger) The board of directors of Tech 2020 voted Tuesday to begin an orderly process to wind down operations after more than two decades focused on technology-based economic development activities in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge region...1/26

Nervous System Could be Map to Computing Breakthrough

(Tennessee Today) The next big leap in computing could be just around the corner, thanks to a project being conducted by UT’s College of Engineering and the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute...1/25