Thursday, March 10, 2016
ORNL in the News

ORNL associate lab director to discuss discovery of elements 115, 117; super-heavy nuclei; 'island of stability'

(Knoxville New Sentinel) Jim Roberto, an associate laboratory director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will discuss the discovery of elements 115 and 117, super-heavy nuclei, and the “island of stability” during a Wednesday evening talk next week...3/8

ORNL's Benchmark Data Set Validates Global Nuclear Reactor Codes

(Newswise) ...To demonstrate the accuracy of computer codes for predicting the isotopic composition of used nuclear fuel and other radioactive waste, researchers in the United States have conducted experimental studies aimed at accurately characterizing used nuclear fuel to ensure it can be stored safely and efficiently...3/9

DOE spending $28M to reduce risks at Y-12, ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy is spending $28 million this year to reduce the risks at several old facilities at Y-12 and Oak Ridge National Laboratory until enough money is available to tear them down and complete the cleanup...3/7

Illuminating the Universe's Ignition 

(Scientific Computing) Paul Shapiro can speak confidently on this topic because he and a multi-institutional research team have been using supercomputing resources at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to simulate this phenomenon with unparalleled detail and accuracy...3/9

Oak Ridge National Lab Testing Next-Gen Wireless Charging for EVs 

(NGT News) With support from the Vehicle Technologies Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Hyundai America Technical Center Inc. have been working since 2012 to demonstrate wireless charging on a variety of plug-in and electric vehicles (EVs)...3/9

Science and Technology

Methane Has Never Looked So Beautiful

(NY Times) What looks like a page ripped from an alien’s dream journal is actually a frozen lake containing methane bubbles trapped in icy cells in Alberta, Canada...3/8

All 2.3 Million Species Are Mapped into a Single Circle of Life

(Scientific American) Researchers from a dozen institutions recently completed a three-year effort to combine tens of thousands of trees into one diagram, most readable as a circle...3/1

Energy and Science Policy

Federal policy reverses benefits of alternative fuel vehicles

(PhysOrg) Alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), such as electric vehicles, can reduce U.S. petroleum consumption and can also potentially reduce emissions. However, a new Carnegie Mellon University study finds that under U.S. federal policy, AFV sales trigger the opposite effect...3/9

DOE

CNS says 507 jobs already filled

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Consolidated Nuclear Security, the government’s managing contractor at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants, clarified some details of its hiring campaign Wednesday and said about 500 of the new jobs — out of a total of 1,150 — are being filled at the Oak Ridge plant...3/9

DOE Science Appropriations Hearing Focuses on Facilities Upgrades and Exascale Efforts

(AIP) Members of a House appropriations subcommittee did not appear to oppose any major thrusts of the president’s fiscal year 2017 budget request for the Office of Science...3/8

SuperTruck II project announced by Department of Energy

(CCJ Digital) The Department of Energy announced Tuesday its SuperTruck II initiative, which will push manufacturers to improve heavy-duty freight efficiency by more than 100 percent over the most fuel efficient tractor-trailer combo from 2009...3/2

Turning Windows into Solar Panels

(Energy.gov) Researchers in the Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics at Los Alamos National Laboratory are seeking to transform everyday windows into solar collectors by harnessing the unique properties of quantum dots...3/7

Local and State

Traffic could be affected by large electric condensers being moved from ETTP

(Oak Ridge Today) Traffic on Highway 58 and Highway 95 could be affected for two weeks starting Thursday by large, slow-moving equipment removing parts from a former electrical switchyard at the East Tennessee Technology Park in west Oak Ridge...3/8