Thursday, March 16, 2017
ORNL in the News

ORNL Develops Two-Dimensional MXene Materials

(PEN) Direct evidence confirms structure of conductor promising for energy, catalysis, electronics....Recently, ORNL scientists using state-of-the-art scanning transmission electron microscopy, or STEM, provided the first direct evidence of the atomic-defect configurations in a titanium-carbide MXene synthesized at Drexel University...3/15

New 2-D detector promises expanded neutron scattering capabilities for WAND users

(PhysOrg) The WAND instrument, beam line HB-2C, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's High Flux Isotope Reactor, recently received a new detector for improved characterizations of materials in extreme environments at the microscopic level—courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Both ORNL and LANL are Department of Energy laboratories...3/14

Science and Technology

Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find

(NY Times) The Great Barrier Reef in Australia has long been one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders, so enormous it can be seen from space, so beautiful it can move visitors to tears. But the reef, and the profusion of sea creatures living near it, are in profound trouble...3/15

Energy and Science Policy

NIH, DOE Office of Science face deep cuts in Trump's first budget

(Science Magazine) President Donald Trump's first budget request to Congress, to be released at 7 a.m. Thursday, will call for cutting the 2018 budget of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $6 billion, or nearly 20%, according to sources familiar with the proposal...3/16

DOE

The US government just declassified 750 nuclear-weapons movies and put a bunch on YouTube

(Business Insider) ... after more than 55 years of collecting dust, the US declassified 750 of the high-speed films — and released dozens of the digital scans on YouTube. A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists led the rescue effort over the past five years. The films are made of nitrate cellulose and slowly decompose in the air while releasing a vinegar smell, according to an LLNL release...3/16

NuScale's Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Keeps Moving Forward

(Forbes) ...The first commercial NuScale power plant is planned for construction on the site of the Idaho National Laboratory for the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) and operated by experienced nuclear operator Energy Northwest...3/16

Local and State

Zinkle Awarded High Honor for Work in Materials Research

(Tennessee Today) Joint UT­­–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Nuclear Materials Steven Zinkle was recently awarded the Robert Franklin Mehl Award, one of the most prestigious given in his field...3/13

Construction on Oak Ridge Airport could start late next year, early 2019

(Oak Ridge Today) There are additional steps and approvals required, but if all goes well, construction on the Oak Ridge Airport on the west end of town could start in late 2018 or early 2019, officials said Wednesday...3/15