Monday, February 15, 2016
ORNL in the News

Irradiated Fuels Examination LaboratorySpent fuel arrives at ORNL; research under way

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy has confirmed that “research quantities” of high-burn-up spent nuclear fuel from the North Anna (Va.) Power Station have arrived at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/14

Scientists create ultrathin semiconductor heterostructures for new technologies

(PhysOrg) ...University of Washington scientists have successfully combined two different ultrathin semiconductors—each just one layer of atoms thick and roughly 100,000 times thinner than a human hair....The team obtained two types of semiconducting crystals, tungsten diselenide (WSe2) and molybdenum diselenide (MoSe2), from collaborators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/12

Ice Sheet Modeling of Greenland, Antarctica helps Predict Sea-level Rise

(Scientific Computing) The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets will make a dominant contribution to 21st century sea-level rise if current climate trends continue. ...PISCEES is a multi-lab, multi-university endeavor that includes researchers from Sandia, Los Alamos, Lawrence Berkeley and Oak Ridge national laboratories...2/11

Budget Request Reveals New Elements of US Exascale Program

(HPC Wire) ....We learn from the Office of Science’s budget proposal that ECP will be “managed according to the project management principles of DOE Order 413.3b” and that an ECP Project Office has been established Oak Ridge National Lab...2/12

Heat Maps of Working MaterialsThermal Cameras Reveal Materials’ Secrets

(NASA Tech Briefs) Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are pioneering the use of infrared cameras to image additive manufacturing processes in hopes of better understanding how processing conditions affect the strength, residual stresses and microstructure of 3D-printed parts...2/11

Yilu LiuUT, ORNL’s Liu Elected Member of National Academy of Engineering

(Tennessee Today) Yilu Liu, the joint UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair for Electric Power Grids, has been named a newly elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. Being elected to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer...2/8

Science and Technology

Layered Carbon MicrochipsResearch reveals carbon films can give microchips energy storage capability

(Science Daily) After more than half a decade of speculation, fabrication, modeling and testing, scientists have confirmed that their process for making carbon films and micro-supercapacitors will allow microchips and their power sources to become one and the same...2/11

Energy and Science Policy

Will a Reconfigured Supreme Court Help Obama's Clean-Power Plan Survive?

(The Atlantic) The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday sets up a battle between the White House and the Senate over who will nominate a new associate justice—a battle over governing norms and constitutional imperatives, played out in the most powerful republic in the world...2/14


Big cleanup costs big dollars in Oak Ridge

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge cleanup program achieved a milestone with the start of demolition of K-27 — the last of five gaseous diffusion plants at what once was the nation's largest uranium-enrichment complex — and the DOE said it expects to complete that job by the end of the calendar year...2/12

DOE Investment Brings Clean Energy to Federal Facilities

(ACH News) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $2.85 million in funding for four projects that will advance the development of renewable energy technologies at facilities across the federal government...2/12

Department of Energy Provides Major Funding Opportunities

(National Law Review) The start of the new year has brought with it numerous opportunities for energy tech funding from the Department of Energy. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been or are being given out to companies and research institutions across the country...2/11

Lighting Efficiency StandardsWhat Today’s Lighting Efficiency Proposal Is And What It Isn’t

( Today, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed an efficiency standard for General Service Lamps, better known as light bulbs. These issues are complicated, and there has been confusion about DOE’s work to ensure Americans have affordable and efficient lighting technology, so it’s worth understanding exactly what is happening today and how we got here....2/12

Most Precise Measurement of Energy Range for Particles Produced by Nuclear Reactors Reveals Surprises

(Newswise) An international team that includes researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has captured the most precise—and puzzling—energy measurements yet of ghostly particles called reactor antineutrinos produced at a nuclear power complex in China...2/12

Local and State

School voucher proposal stalls in Tennessee House

(WATE) The sponsor of a bill to help cover private school tuition for children attending some Tennessee's worst public schools says he will delay a vote until next calendar year. Sponsor Bill Dunn, a Republican representative from Knoxville, said there were no votes to go forward and tabled the measure...2/11