Monday, February 1, 2016
ORNL in the News

Creativity, nuclear ideas are set to flow at summit

(The Las Vegas Sun) Next month, about 200 of the most gifted engineers and scientists you can squeeze into a single meeting room will be sharing PowerPoints at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory near Knoxville, Tenn. They will not be rocket scientists, but they might as well be...1/31

UT, ORNL to participate in NNSA-funded research

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration this week announced a grant award of $25 million to a consortium led by the University of California at Berkeley to pursue research and development in nuclear science and security...1/29

Proton DensityGerman Researchers Use Cray XK7 Titan Supercomputer to Study Laser-Driven Radiation Therapy

(AZO Optics) ...To observe these atomic-scale interactions happening many times per second, Bussmann's team is using the Cray XK7 Titan supercomputer located at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility located at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)...1/28

Historical whodunits: Sleuthing doctors piece together ancient deaths

(Havasu Herald-Sun) ....To solve the riddle of [Oliver] Cromwell’s death, Mackowiak this year invited a new kind of sleuth to weigh in. While Saint hit his books, computer specialists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee fed details of Cromwell’s medical history into a network of supercomputers...1/31

U.S. Backing 3D Printing to Develop Cheaper Wind-Turbine Blades

(The Washington Post) The U.S. Energy Department of Energy is investing in 3D printing technology that may shave 5 percent from the cost of making wind-turbine blades...The agency is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and several companies to develop 3D printing processes for turbine blades that will require less materials and fewer man-hours to produce...1/29

Nuclear ForensicsSpecialized ORNL team uses nuclear forensics to solve mysteries, safeguard materials

(Homeland Security News) From the Manhattan Project in the 1940s to the High Flux Isotope Reactor's 50th anniversary and its selection as an American Nuclear Society Nuclear Historic Landmark, the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been the preeminent destination for nuclear R&D...1/29

Science and Technology

ArXiv rejections lead to spat over screening process

(Nature News) A heated debate about arXiv’s screening policies has flared up after a high-profile physicist said that moderators at the popular preprint server rejected reasonable papers without justification...1/29

Expedition recovers mantle rocks with signs of life

(PhysOrg) An international team of scientists - recently returned from a 47-day research expedition to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean - have collected an unprecedented sequence of rock samples from the shallow mantle of the ocean crust that bear signs of life, unique carbon cycling, and ocean crust movement...2/1

Energy and Science Policy

Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Nuclear Energy Legislation

(Cape May County Herald) The U.S. Senate approved overwhelmingly legislation, introduced by Sens. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) and Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) that would increase collaboration among private industry, universities, and national laboratories to facilitate the development of advanced nuclear technologies...1/29

DOE

DOE’s big cleanup workshop set

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy said it will hold its second National Cleanup Workshop, in conjunction with the Energy Communities Alliance and Energy Facility Contractors Groups, on Sept. 14-15 in Alexandria, Va...1/31

LeafEnergy storage: You’ll never be-leaf what makes up this battery

(R&D Magazine) Scientists at the University of Maryland have a new recipe for batteries: Bake a leaf, and add sodium. They used a carbonized oak leaf, pumped full of sodium, as a demonstration battery’s negative terminal, or anode, according to a paper published yesterday in the journal ACS Applied Materials Interfaces...1/29

Low-enriched uraniumNRC cites Y-12 for uranium export violation

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a notice of violation to the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant for shipping Canadian-origin enriched uranium to Jamaica for use in a reactor there...1/28

Local and State

Chattanooga group buys global energy efficiency firm

(Bloomberg Business) Three years after Daniel LeVan moved to Chattanooga and opened a consulting office for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (EES) in Hamilton County's business incubator, the former banker, controller and CFO has assembled a group that has purchased the worldwide operations of EES...1/29

Gov. Haslam to deliver State of the State Address

(WBIR) There will be no shortage of news this week as lawmakers return to Nashville for the fourth week of the session. The jammed-packed week will feature everything from the governor's annual State of the State address and budget to several items related to education. Here are just a few things to keep an eye on...2/1/16

Report: Tenn. job growth and consumer spending continue to rise

(WATE) Job growth and consumer spending continue to rise, providing a boost to both the state and national economies, according to a new report from the University of Tennessee's Center for Business and Economic Research. The 2016 Economic Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee says there was a huge increase in new jobs nationally in 2015, with the lowest national employment rate since 2008. Those, along with falling gas and food prices, led to consumption reaching its highest growth rate since 2006...1/29