Monday, April 6, 2015
ORNL in the News

Mason: new contract 'tremendous vote of confidence'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) UT-Battelle, a partnership of the University of Tennessee and Battelle Memorial Institute, has received a new five-year contract to manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/31

Graphene DesalinizationMethane To The Rescue! New Energy Efficient Graphene Desalination Membrane For The 99%

(Clean Technica) The folks over at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are hot on the trail of a new graphene desalination membrane, which could free up vast amounts of the world’s water resources for human use. Currently, according to the lab, more than 99% of the world’s water is undrinkable, much of that being locked up in seawater...4/3

Connecting vehicles

(R&D Magazine) ...Scientists with the Urban Dynamics Institute (UDI) at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are working to reduce travel time and fuel consumption by developing a computational framework for connected vehicle technologies that facilitate vehicle-to-vehicle communication...4/2

PhotovoltaicsOrganic photovoltaics experiments showcase HPC 'superfacility' concept

(Print Electronics World) A collaborative effort linking the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) with supercomputing resources at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory via the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) is yielding exciting results in organic photovoltaics research...4/6

Alvin WeinbergNew film on former ORNL Director Weinberg has premiere on April 23

(Oak Ridge Today) The world premiere of a new film on the life of former Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Alvin Weinberg will be held on Thursday, April 23, at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge. The film was written and directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker and Oak Ridge resident Keith McDaniel...4/1

Science and Technology

2011 Japan Tsunami Unleashed Ozone-Destroying Chemicals

(Live Science) The 2011 tsunami that struck Japan released thousands of tons of ozone-destroying chemicals and greenhouse gases into the air, a new study shows...4/3

Science and medicine have 'publication pollution' problem, according to medical ethicist

(Science Daily) The scientific community is facing a 'pollution problem' in academic publishing, one that poses a serious threat to the "trustworthiness, utility, and value of science and medicine," according to one of the country's leading medical ethicists. ...4/3

Energy and Science Policy

NanocubesU.S. takes possible first step toward regulating nanochemicals

(Science Magazine) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is ratcheting up its scrutiny of nanoscale chemicals amid concerns that they could pose unique environmental and health risks. Late last month, the agency proposed requiring companies to submit data on industrial nanomaterials that they already make and sell...4/2


Government spends millions to repair abandoned Y-12 building

(San Francisco Chronicle) The Knoxville News Sentinel reports ( Subscription required) the government has spent about $24 million over the past seven years for work that included repairs on two of Alpha-5's seven roofs and removal of all materials at risk of causing explosions. And there is still more that needs to be done. The repairs are necessary to mitigate some of the hazards the 530,000-square-foot facility poses to workers and the environment. Despite those hazards, there is no timetable for demolition...4/4

Beyond the “big box” approach — what are the costs?

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) When the National Nuclear Security Administration last year opted to follow the Red Team’s recommendations and change the strategy for the Uranium Processing Facility, a lot more happened than just scaling back the scope of the project and constraining the costs to keep it within a $6.5 billion budget...4/3

A Statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on P5+1 Nuclear Negotiations

( ..."The key parameters established today lay the groundwork for achieving the P5+1’s objective of blocking Iran’s four pathways to nuclear weapons: the two uranium pathways through Iran’s Natanz and Fordow enrichment facilities, the plutonium pathway at the Arak reactor, and the covert pathway."...4/2

Local and State

US Chamber Of Commerce Honors Knoxville Small Businesses

(The Memphis Daily News) ...Five Knoxville companies –The Tomato Head, Management Solutions LLC, Design Innovation Architects Inc., Visionary Solutions LLC and AMS Corp. – are among 100 companies nationwide selected for this year’s awards. Only one other Tennessee company made the list...4/4

UT scientists study Mars rover "ice cream sandwich" pics

(WBIR) Scientists at the University of Tennessee are part of a NASA team searching for life on Mars. Well, not actual living organisms, but evidence that the environment on Mars could have ever supported conditions necessary for life as we know it...4/2

Great Smoky MountainsSmokies one of many national parks awaiting millions in repairs

(WBIR) National parks in North Carolina and South Carolina face $442.7 million in backlogged infrastructure repairs, according to a new analysis by the National Park Service....4/2

Tom Rogers: Advanced industries present local opportunity

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) (Editorial) East Tennessee’s economy is positioned to grow like it’s never grown before. The Brookings Institution is writing a lot these days about advanced industries — those that invest heavily in R&D and whose workforces rely on highly educated workers...4/6