Monday, April 4, 2016
ORNL in the News

ORNL-NIST Team Explores Nanoscale Objects Using Microwave Microscopy

(Everything RF) The researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated a non-destructive way to observe nanoscale objects and processes in conditions simulating their normal operating environments....4/4

Trustees Approve Renaming of the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences

(Tennessee Today) The UT Board of Trustees approved a proposal today to rename a joint UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory research institute. The Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences is now the Shull Wollan Center—A Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences, named in honor of two esteemed physicists and pioneers in neutron scattering, Clifford Shull and Ernest Wollan...4/1

Lipid BilayerBroadening the bilayer

(PhysOrg) To better understand the biological processes that govern lipid raft formation—processes with broad implications for research ranging from how cells regulate proteins to how viruses invades healthy human cells—researchers at the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are using two world-class research facilities to study the presence and formation of these nanoscale lipid patches...3/31

Wireless ChargerWireless charging system for EVs is nearly as good as plugging in

(MSN Money) Wireless charging for electric cars is already affordable, but it's still pretty limited: it's not the quickest option, and it's not even on the radar if you're driving large vehicles like trucks. Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are close to licking those problems once and for all, though...4/4

Oak Ridge National Lab director to receive honorary degree from UT

(WVLT TV) The UT Board of Trustees approved a proposal today for Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason to receive an honorary doctorate in science. He will be UT's 13th recipient. Mason, an experimental condensed matter physicist, will receive the degree and deliver remarks at the Graduate Hooding ceremony set for 5 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Thompson-Boling Arena...4/2

SNS illustrates the ups and downs of science

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) High-end science can be kind of fragile. That message continues to emanate from the Spallation Neutron Source, one of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's signature facilities and an internationally important research destination. Despite its wondrous capabilities for studying the structure and properties of materials, the SNS is periodically hamstrung by operational issues....3/31

Science and Technology

NASA Considers Its Next Flagship Space Telescope

(Scientific American) NASA is facing a mind-boggling challenge: predict the state of astronomy two decades from now and design a telescope for that future. This feat of forecasting is necessary because NASA’s flagship missions, the Hubble Space Telescope–scale observatories that redefine our understanding of the universe, require at least that much advance planning...3/30


Energy and Science Policy

35 Nobel Laureates Urge Further Reductions in Use of Highly Enriched Uranium

(AIP) In a letter addressed to attendees of the Nuclear Security Summit occurring this week, a group of 35 Nobel laureates urge transition away from use of highly enriched uranium in naval and research reactors and encourage development of non-radioactive alternatives to certain medical radioisotopes...4/1



DOE formally approves 6 tons of waste to WIPP

(The Current-Argus) The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant received some good news on Wednesday: the Department of Energy formally approved a plan to deliver six tons of non-pit plutonium to the plant once the facility is reopened...4/1

Argonne continues to pave way for improved battery performance testing

(Eurekalert) Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have demonstrated that the design and placement of a tiny measurement device called a reference electrode enhances the quantity and quality of information that can be extracted from lithium-ion battery cells during cycling...3/31

Local and State

Wind Farm$2.5 billion wind energy project blows closer to Memphis

(Memphis Business Journal) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) approved the proposed Plains Eastern Clean Line transmission project on March 25. "This is the last major regulatory hurdle," said Mario Hurtado, executive vice president of Development at Clean Line Energy...3/31

Tennessee reaches $2B mark for sick nuclear workers

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Residents of Tennessee have received payments and medical care totaling about $2.1 billion from the government's compensation program for sick nuclear workers. Most of the claimants once worked at the nuclear facilities in Oak Ridge or are surviving family members of former workers at Y-12, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, K-25 or other sites in the Atomic City...4/4

Students nationwide travel to Knoxville for battle of the bots

(WATE TV) Dozens of robotics teams from around the country visited Thompson-Boling Arena April to compete in the sixth annual Smoky Mountain Regional. Organizers with the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST Robotics, had to move from its past venue of the Knoxville Convention Center because of competition’s growing popularity...4/1