Thursday, March 26, 2015
ORNL in the News

Materials science duo advances next wave of alloys; work conducted at ORNL, UT

(Oak Ridge Today) High-entropy alloys—substances constructed with equivalent quantities of five or more metals—might hold the key to future manufacturing and construction, and two researchers from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville could help pave the way...Work was conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source and Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences in addition to UT...3/24

Rare-earth innovation to improve nylon manufacturing

(EurekAlert) ...The technology is discussed in the paper "Selective Hydrogenation of Phenol Catalyzed by Palladium on High Surface Ceria at Room Temperature and Ambient Pressure," by a team that also included Nicholas C. Nelson, Sebastian Manzano, and Aaron D. Sadow from Ames Laboratory, Steven Overbury from Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/25

UT’s Sheng Dai Helps ORNL with Major Desalination Breakthrough

(Tennessee Today) A team of experimentalists led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and UT has demonstrated an energy-efficient desalination technology that uses a porous membrane made of strong, slim graphene—a carbon honeycomb one atom thick...3/25

Researchers use neutron scattering and supercomputing to study shape of a protein involved in cancer

(Newswise) For living organisms proteins are an essential part of their body system and are needed to thrive. In recent years, a certain class of proteins has challenged researchers' conventional notion that proteins have a static and well-defined structure...3/25

Science and Technology

In Iceland’s DNA, New Clues to Disease-Causing Genes

(NY Times) Scientists in Iceland have produced an unprecedented snapshot of a nation’s genetic makeup, discovering a host of previously unknown gene mutations that may play roles in ailments as diverse as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and gallstones...3/25

This Scientist Invented a Simple Way to Mass-Produce Graphene

(Popular Mechanics) Caltech's David Boyd has done what scientists have been struggling to do for years: He says he's figured out a cheap, easy way to make graphene, and to make a lot of it. The kicker? He's using technology from the 1960s...3/20

Energy and Science Policy

House Appropriators Review FY 2016 DOE Office of Science Budget Request

(AIP) House appropriators met on March 17 to review the FY 2016 budget request for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science...3/24

President Obama on STEM Education

(AIP) President Obama spoke for 20 minutes yesterday at the fifth White House Science Fair. In addition to highlighting the projects of several of the 100 participating students, Obama made three announcements regarding access to broadband services, new private-sector commitments of $240 million for STEM education programs, and initiatives to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM fields...3/24


GAO cites lack of detail on costs, benefits of Y-12/Pantex contract; NNSA reports $80M in savings

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Government Accountability Office this week released a report questioning the total costs and potential savings of the competition that combined the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants...3/25

DOE landfill nearly full, another considered

(Oak Ridger) The U.S. Department of Energy's current Oak Ridge landfill is nearly full and a second landfill is being considered for development. The Oak Ridge City Council recently received an update on both of those landfills...3/24

Main Street Oak Ridge, Manhattan Project Park on Thursday’s agenda

(Oak Ridge Today) A vote that could help Main Street Oak Ridge, the redevelopment of the former Oak Ridge Mall, is on Thursday’s agenda. So is an open house on the new Manhattan Project National Historical Park...3/25

Planning to preserve history of K-25, which could be part of national park

(Oak Ridge Today) It was once the world’s largest building under one roof and part of the one of the largest industrial projects ever, a top-secret program to build the world’s first atomic weapons in World War II...3/25

Department of Energy, Department of the Interior and Army Corps of Engineers Renew Five-Year Partnership to Advance Hydropower

( The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of the Army for Civil Works announced today that the three agencies have extended their partnership to advance hydropower development for an additional five years...3/24

Local and State

TVA protects power grid from constant hacks and attacks

(WBIR-TV) ...The vital importance of power grids also makes them a target. A national investigation by WBIR's Gannett partners USA Today shows many power grids around the country are vulnerable to physical and cyber attacks...3/25

NPR correspondent claims science best heard bite-sized

(The Daily Beacon) Though NPR science correspondent Joe Palca did not break down the fundamental physics that knit a galaxy together, his lecture "Explaining the Universe in Two Minutes Or Less" focused on creating stories about science into understandable bites — pieces digestible for an audience with "the attention span of a gnat."...3/26