Thursday, February 18, 2016
ORNL in the News

Outlook positive as SNS resumes operations

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Spallation Neutron Source was restarted last week for the first time in 2016, and most signs were positive as the research facility emerged from its month-and-a-half winter maintenance period...2/17

Titan Probes Depths of Biofuel’s Biggest Barrier

(Newswise) Ask a biofuel researcher to name the single greatest technical barrier to cost-effective ethanol, and you’re likely to receive a one-word response: lignin...2/16

Energy Department Announces Ten New Projects to Apply High-Performance Computing to Manufacturing Challenges

(Energy.gov) The Energy Department today announced $3 million for ten new projects that will enable private-sector companies to use high-performance computing resources at the department's national laboratories to tackle major manufacturing challenges...2/17

Getting ‘real data’ on high-burn-up nuke fuel

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Oak Ridge National Laboratory last month received 25 spent fuel rods from the North Anna Power Station in Virginia...2/17

Science and Technology

The Research Pirates of the Dark Web 

(The Atlantic) After getting shut down late last year, a website that allows free access to paywalled academic papers has sprung back up in a shadowy corner of the Internet...2/9

Unusual Molecules Shine Light on New Applications

(NY Times) Ben Zhong Tang was stumped. A chemist at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, he was looking at a powder that glowed bright green under ultraviolet light. But when the powder was dissolved in a clear solution, the glow disappeared...2/15

Energy and Science Policy

FY 2017 Budget Request: Increases for DOE Science Stand Out

(AIP) In a year when overall spending is being held steady, the Department of Energy and its science programs stand out as winners in the President’s fiscal year 2017 budget request...2/17

Budget 2017: Read our roundup of Obama's science funding requests

(Science Magazine) What at first glance looks like modest good news for National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the president’s budget—a $825 million increase—is instead drawing dismay and a lot of head scratching...2/9

DOE

Charter Steel Kicks-off Better Plants Commitment with In-Plant Training and Employee Engagement Event

(Better Buildings) Charter Steel joined U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program in October 2015. Since then, the manufacturer of carbon and alloy steel rod, bar, and wire has set an overall company goal of reducing energy intensity by 25 percent over 10 years among their three U.S. facilities in Wisconsin and Ohio...2/10

Local and State

TVA considering sale of unfinished nuclear plant in Alabama

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Tennessee Valley Authority said Wednesday that it is considering whether to sell its unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, started in 1974 in northeast Alabama and mothballed for the past 28 years without ever producing any electricity...2/17

Physicist’s Study Examines Potential Benefits of Rising Energy Costs

(Tennessee Today) It’s rare that additional fees are welcome, but as physicist Steven Johnston and his colleagues suggest, sometimes they can actually be a pleasant surprise...2/17

McSween Receives President’s Award for Discovery

(Tennessee Today) Harry “Hap” McSween, Distinguished Professor of Science, received the President’s Award for research on Tuesday following President Joe DiPietro’s State of UT address. The award honors discoveries and applications of knowledge...2/17