Thursday, April 3, 2014
ORNL in the News

Mason: ‘no huge surprises’ in proposed ’15 budget

(Knoxville News Sentinel) I talked earlier this week with ORNL Director Thom Mason and asked him about the lab outlook for FY 2015. Last time we talked, he hadn’t yet seen the detailed budget info. This week, he indicated there were “no huge surprises” in the budget documents, and he was generally positive about what he’d seen...4/3

Building a neutrino detector with scraps and ingenuity

(PhysOrg) ...The steel is just one component of an ambitious project that's unfolding at Duke and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee—a project asking big physics questions on a small budget...4/2

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, April 2014

(Newswise) SENSORS – Bridge failure warning...COMBUSTION – Supercomputer igniting advance...ELECTRIC GRID – Forecasting system licensed... REFRIGERATION – Look ma, no refrigerants...4/1

New 'SuperTruck' delivers 10.7 mpg for tractor-trailers

(WBIR-TV) Ten miles per gallon might not seem like the best gas mileage in the world. However, it is revolutionary in terms of huge tractor-trailers that haul cargo across the country. On Tuesday morning, Cummins, Peterbilt, and the Department of Energy rolled out the new "SuperTruck" at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/1

Democratizing science with high speed networks

(PhysOrg) In the burgeoning world of nanotechnology, researchers see many potentially useful properties at the interfaces of materials called metal oxides—from magnetoresistance (the reason a hard drive can write to memory) to superconductivity (the basis of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology)...4/1

Science & Technology

Program Looks to Give Bees a Leg (or Six) Up

(NY Times) ...Here in California’s Central Valley, researchers are trying to find assortments of bee-friendly plants that local farmers and ranchers can easily grow, whether in unusable corners and borders of their land or on acreage set aside with government support...4/2

Super-Intense Laser Stretches Farther Than Ever

(Popular Science) Scientists have been able to get a super-high-energy beam of laser light to travel farther than ever—a little more than seven feet, in a lab demonstration...4/2

Energy & Science Policy

House Science Committee Members Share Common Concerns about FY 2015 NASA Request

(AIP) While House Science Committee members probably will never agree about how much funding NASA should receive in the next fiscal year, there are common concerns that both Republicans and Democrats expressed about the FY 2015 budget request at a recent hearing...4/2

White House Unveils Climate Data Initiative

(AIP) The Administration announced plans for a Climate Data Initiative on March 19 as a part of a series of actions which began with President Obama’s June launch of a Climate Action Plan...4/1

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DOE

Red Team reaches ‘strong consensus’ on alternative strategy for UPF

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Red Team has reached a “strong consensus” on a possible alternative strategy for the Uranium Processing Facility and will devote the next two weeks to polishing their work...4/1

ORISE: Number of health physics degrees up for undergrads, down for grads

(Oak Ridge Today) The number of college students graduating with majors in health physics has increased slightly for bachelor’s degrees, but decreased for both master’s and doctoral candidates...4/2

The Science of the Very Fast and Very Small

(Energy.gov) ...From Oak Ridge National Lab's Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences to Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry, scientists at the Energy Department's National Labs are conducting innovative research at incredibly small scales that has the potential to improve, and even revolutionize, many sectors -- from personal electronics to public health and beyond...4/2

East Tennessee

Study: Tenn. has sixth-lowest state-local tax burden

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Tax Foundation, a non-partisan research organization that specializes in tax policy, said Wednesday that Tennessee residents have the sixth-lowest state-local tax burden in the country...4/2

Knoxville recognized for economic stability

(WBIR-TV) The City of Knoxville is getting a AAA rating for its economic and financial stability...4/2

State selling award-winning ‘green’ house in Norris

(Oak Ridge Today) ...The house is a technologically advanced reinterpretation of the historic homes first built by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1933 as part of the Norris Dam project. It has become a nationally recognized model for efficient and sustainable living...4/2