Thursday, March 3, 2016
ORNL in the News

Big milestone at ORNL reactor: 1 Million Megawatts Days

(Knoxville News Sentinel) At about a quarter past 10 on Saturday night, the High Flux Isotope Reactor achieved an amazing milestone — 1 million megawatt days of operation. It demonstrated the longevity and overall reliability of the world-class research reactor over the past half-century...2/29

3-D Printed Micro-Building Shares Its Energy with and SUV

(Wired News) ...From the beginning, Oak Ridge scientists Johney Green and Roderick Jackson saw AMIE as a chance to reimagine how we produce, store, and consume energy. Their plan: Connect two of the biggest energy sinks that people encounter on a daily basis—their house and their car—with an “integrated energy” system...3/2

UT, ORNL Scientists Gain New Insights into Atomic Disordering of Complex Metal Oxides

(Tennessee Today) A study led by UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory could soon pay dividends in the development of materials with energy-related applications...3/2

ORNL's Sabau and Wagner honored

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers Adrian Sabau and Robert Wagner have been appointed fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The honor recognizes their long-term engineering achievements...2/29

Researchers stack the odds for novel optoelectronic 2-D materials

(PhysOrg) Stacking layers of nanometer-thin semiconducting materials at different angles is a new approach to designing the next generation of energy-efficient transistors and solar cells...3/2

Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, March 2016

(Newswise) ENERGY – Treating biofuel in situ...VEHICLES – Dandy app...BIOLOGY – Breaking the barrier...ENERGY – Hot savings...3/2

Science and Technology

Cryptography Pioneers Win Turing Award

(NY Times) In 1970, a Stanford artificial intelligence researcher named John McCarthy returned from a conference in Bordeaux, France, where he had presented a paper on the possibility of a “Home Information Terminal.”...3/1

Energy and Science Policy

House and Senate Approve Measure Supporting Advanced Nuclear Energy R&D

(AIP) Republicans and Democrats in Congress are backing, with near unanimity, a bill that would promote collaboration on research and development of advanced fission and fusion energy reactors across the Department of Energy’s national labs, universities, and the private sector...3/2


CNS freezes internal job transfers at Y-12 and Pantex to focus efforts on new hires

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Because of the demands of hiring hundreds of new workers at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants, Consolidated Nuclear Security has announced a two-month suspension of internal job transfers...3/2

DOE Announces $80 Million in Funding to Increase SuperTruck Efficiency

( Building on the notable successes of the SuperTruck initiative, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkar today announced SuperTruck II, an $80 million funding opportunity, subject to congressional appropriations, for research, development and demonstration of long-haul tractor-trailer truck technology...3/1

Local and State

City of Knoxville partners with ORNL to show students possible future job opportunities

(WATE-TV) One problem brought up during the “Stop the Violence: A Community Conversation” forum was that more job opportunities are needed for young men of color. The City of Knoxville has been working to address these concerns and Wednesday the “Save Our Sons” program teamed up with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in an effort to show students what it’s like to work there...3/2

Environmental assessment for Oak Ridge airport finds no significant impact

(Oak Ridge Today) An environmental assessment has been completed for the transfer of 170 acres at Heritage Center for a general aviation airport in west Oak Ridge, and the assessment found no significant impact, officials said Tuesday...3/2

Inside the den: Biologists study black bears in hibernation 

(WBIR-TV) For the first time, biologists are using a new GPS tool to track black bears within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park...3/2