Thursday, February 20, 2014
ORNL in the News

ORNL microscopy system delivers real-time view of battery electrochemistry

(PhysOrg) Using a new microscopy method, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can image and measure electrochemical processes in batteries in real time and at nanoscale resolution...2/19

ORNL’s CASL, Westinghouse simulate neutron behavior in nuclear reactor core

(Oak Ridge Today) ...Technical staff at Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, supported by the research team at the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, or CASL, used the Virtual Environment for Reactor Applications core simulator (VERA-CS) to analyze its AP1000 advanced pressurized water reactor...2/19

Multiple proposals on CORAL, the next big thing in supercomputing

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Buddy Bland, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Leadership Computing Facility and the lab’s lead on the CORAL next-generation supercomputer project, said multiple proposals were received Tuesday. But Bland said he couldn’t say much else because the information is “procurement sensitive.”...2/19


U.S. Government Will Back Loans For Nuclear Power

(NPR) Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a multibillion-dollar loan guarantee Wednesday for building nuclear reactors in Georgia, underscoring the White House's plan for an "all of the above" energy strategy...2/19


What Should You Do With the World’s Most Powerful Laser? Study Proteins, Naturally

(Time) Forget about making James Bond wince or shooting down drones, scientists have found a much more appropriate use for the world’s most powerful laser — understanding proteins...2/18

East Tennessee

57 teams set for Tennessee Science Bowl

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy said 57 teams of high school students have registered for this weekend’s Tennessee Science Bowl, which will be held Saturday on the Blount County campus of Pellissippi State Community College...2/19

Researchers Use Kraken to Understand Weather and Climate

(Tennessee Today) ...Researchers at the National Institute for Computational Sciences are using the supercomputing power of UT’s Kraken to model how structures interact to help prepare accurate weather forecasts and climate predictions...2/19

energy & science policy

US, China to share policy ideas to fight global warming

(PhysOrg) The US and China, the world's two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, Saturday announced they were joining forces to share more information on trying to combat climate change...2/15

UK backs huge US neutrino plan

(BBC) US researchers have given details of a plan for one of the biggest physics experiments ever built...2/14

science & technology

Scientists Blast Plans for Nicaraguan Grand Canal

(Science Magazine) A group of scientists are fighting plans by the Nicaraguan government for a canal that would open a direct route for ships to pass between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean...2/19

To Help Trucks Burn Less Fuel, Streamline Trailers

(Scientific American) Trailers -- the big cargo carriers that transport much of the nation's goods -- could see major improvements in efficiency if the Obama administration chooses to regulate them...2/19

The World's Next Atom Smasher May Be 60 Miles Long and Run Until 2075

(The Atlantic) Scientists at CERN, the European scientific agency that runs the LHC, are kicking around the idea of a 100-kilometer (62-mile) machine that would fully encircle Geneva...2/19

Other Stories

Arsenic Flowing Into NC River Hit by Coal Ash Disaster

(CBS) North Carolina health officials are warning residents to steer clear of the Dan River, where a pipe from a nearby power plant is dumping unsafe levels of arsenic...2/19

World powers and Iran make 'good start' towards nuclear accord

(Reuters) Six world powers and Iran made a "good start" during talks in Vienna towards reaching a final settlement on Tehran's contested nuclear program, the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Thursday...2/20