Thursday, April 2, 2015
ORNL in the News

tropical rainforestsORNL part of project to study how tropical forests respond to climate change

(PhysOrg) Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory will play key roles in an expansive new project that aims to bring the future of tropical forests and the climate system into much clearer focus by coupling field research with the development of a new ecosystem model...4/1

International Initiative Launched to Advance State-of-the-Art Digital Tracings of Neurons

(PR Newswire) The Allen Institute for Brain Science is spearheading a landmark international effort to define and advance the state-of-the-art digital reconstruction and analysis of single neurons...BigNeuron is a partnership with some of the leading research and computing centers around the world, including: Janelia Research Campus (HHMI); Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/31

Science and Technology

Glitch Fixed: Large Hadron Collider Is on Track for Restart

(NBC News) CERN engineers have resolved a problem that had delayed the relaunch of the Large Hadron Collider after a two-year refit. A statement from the research center just outside Geneva said that engineers sent a 400-amp jolt of electrical current through a fragment of metal that was causing an intermittent short circuit in one of the collider's giant magnets...4/1

EvapotranspirationDeforestation is messing with our weather, and our

(Science Daily) New research published in Nature Communications provides insight into how large-scale deforestation could impact global food production by triggering changes in local climate...4/1


Energy and Science Policy

House Science Committee Passes Bipartisan Weather Bill

(AIP) “The bill before us today will help us reclaim superior weather prediction and forecasting capabilities.  Our citizens deserve this” said Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) at last week’s markup of H.R. 1561, “The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2015.” ...3/31

A geoscientist’s take on new U.S. fracking rules

(Science Magazine) New federal rules aimed at making a controversial oil and gas drilling technique safer and more transparent reflect numerous suggestions from technical experts, says a geoscientist involved in the process...4/1

Here's Why Obama Is Approving Arctic Drilling Again

(Scientific American) For a leader who has made fighting climate change a priority, President Barack Obama's decision to approve Royal Dutch Shell's return to oil and gas exploration off Alaska was seen by many environmentalists as a contradiction...4/1


ORAU is awarded $7 million NRC training contract

(Oak Ridge Today) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has awarded Oak Ridge Associated Universities a five-year, $7.3 million contract to support radiation training activities for the agency. ORAU has assisted the NRC with similar training since 1992...4/1

More security problems at DOE

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Security concerns in one of the Department of Energy’s most sensitive operations — the Office of Secure Transportation, which transports nuclear weapons, bomb parts and special nuclear materials around the country — have been further fleshed out in a story by Greenwire, a subscription trade publication that covers energy and environmental issues...4/1

A Historical Tour of the Clean Energy Future

(Scientific American) Hoover Dam rose out of the frenzied efforts to combat the Great Depression. Similarly, the fields of heat-focusing mirrors in the California desert known as the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility might come to represent the frenzied efforts to keep the Great Recession from turning into a full blown depression...4/1

Local and State

Partnerships That Make a Difference: Habitat for Humanity and UT, For the Kids at UTK

(Tennessee Today) As part of the university’s successful Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application process, the Office of Research and Engagement has compiled a list of fifty of UT’s best community-campus partnerships...4/1

Regional firms receive ORNL’s 2015 Small Business Impact Awards

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory recognized local and regional companies with annual Small Business Impact Awards on March 27 at the weekly meeting of the East Tennessee Economic Council in Oak Ridge...4/1

Tech 2020 receives $250,000 to launch TennesSeed

(Bloomberg Business) Technology 2020 has received a $250,000 federal grant to launch an early stage fund that will provide financing for new companies in Tennessee. The TennesSeed Fund will focus its initial financing efforts around ideas in intelligent and sustainable transportation and logistics...4/1