Monday, March 30, 2015
ORNL in the News

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

(PhysOrg) 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...ORNL researchers are using neutrons and modeling to better understand the beta-catenin protein...3/26

New technology for nuclear detection

(PhysOrg) A new device created by researchers at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory is able to immediately collect airborne particles to help determine if radioactive isotopes are present. This device could prove to be a valuable asset to organizations responsible for monitoring nuclear activities worldwide...3/24

Science and Technology

A Real Ebola Vaccine May Be on the Way

(Popular Mechanics) As worldwide panic over Ebola quiets down to a murmur, researchers are hard at work trying to stop the next pandemic. Now a new vaccine may be on the way, thanks to a group of research scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison...3/25

What is the point of the Large Hadron Collider?

(BBC News) Every time fundamental research hits the headlines you can be sure that someone - maybe lots of people - will question whether it's worth it. And so it is with the restart of this mother of all physics experiments, ready after its two-year upgrade to explore uncharted corners of the sub-atomic realm...3/28

Energy and Science Policy

Senate Appropriators Review FY 2016 Department of Energy Request: ITER, Nuclear Waste

(AIP) “The Chairman and I were seeing little benefit from our participation in ITER” Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said at a hearing on the Department of Energy’s FY 2016 budget request...3/27

With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

(NPR) Never before in history has the U.S. had so much oil spurting up out of the ground and sloshing into storage tanks around the country. There's so much oil that the U.S. now rivals Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer...3/30


Researchers use Mira to peer inside high-temperature superconductors

(PhysOrg) Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) are using supercomputing resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, to shed light on the mysterious nature of high-temperature superconductors...3/30

Using magnetic fields to understand high-temperature superconductivity

(EurekAlert) Taking our understanding of quantum matter to new levels, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are exposing high-temperature superconductors to very high magnetic fields, changing the temperature at which the materials become perfectly conducting and revealing unique properties of these substances...3/26

Local and State

20th Anniversary Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit at ETSU May 27-28

(Oak Ridge Today) The Tennessee Valley Corridor will hold its 20th Annual TVC National Summit in Johnson City at East Tennessee State University on May 27-28...3/29

College of Engineering Part of Group Cited by President Obama

(Tennessee Today) A prestigious collection of institutes of higher learning, of which UT has been a select member, is about to get much larger at the urging of President Barack Obama...3/27

Preparing for the Manhattan Project Nat’l Historical Park

(Oak Ridger) “Congratulations. You have got a National Park in Oak Ridge.” So said Vic Knox, the head of the National Park Service team that has been visiting Oak Ridge since Tuesday, to the crowd of residents who packed into the A/B Room at the Civic Center Thursday morning for the Community Open House to welcome the visitors.

Mercury dispute in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It’s not unusual for the Department of Energy to be at odds with environmental regulators on details regarding cleanup projects in Oak Ridge...3/26