Thursday, April 10, 2014
ORNL in the News

Simple driving tips can save gas, money, ORNL study says

(Oak Ridge Today) ...“There is fuel economy information and advice available for vehicle maintenance and carrying loads that is quite good, but very little published data to back it up,” said John Thomas, a co-author of the study and member of ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Science Division. “Certainly, suitcases strapped to your car’s roof and trying to keep up with a speeding Ferrari will adversely affect your gas mileage.”...4/9

ORNL, DOE, USEC and the enrichment future

(Knoxville News Sentinel) I talked with Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason earlier this week, and he wasn’t anxious to spell out details of ORNL’s upcoming role in managing the nation’s uranium-enrichment program. It’s still in development and would likely be clarified later this month, he said...4/7

ORAU Annual Report highlights impact of early career researchers on U.S. scientific mission

(Oak Ridge Today) With U.S. falling behind China and India in numbers of STEM graduates, strengthening U.S. scientific talent is critical, according to report Jason Hayward is applying his nuclear engineering research expertise to develop the next generation of high-resolution instruments for facilities like Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source...4/7

ORNL, local companies' collaborations paying off

(TMCnet) ...The lab has been on the forefront of securing federal investments in advanced manufacturing, developing in recent years the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and Carbon Fiber Demonstration Facility, both of which operate independently but also complementary to its older National Transportation Research Center...4/7

Science and Technology

How Japan Replaced Half its Nuclear Capacity with Efficiency

(The Energy Collective) ...Much of the electricity savings were initially driven by a popular movement known as 'Setsuden.' This movement emerged to encourage people and companies to save electricity and prevent rolling power cuts...4/10

Researchers bolster development of programmable quantum computers

(PhysOrg) University of Chicago researchers and their colleagues at University College London have performed a proof-of-concept experiment that will aid the future development of programmable quantum computers...4/10

Energy and Science Policy

A Good Day at House Science: Subcommittee Approves Bipartisan NASA Authorization Bill

(AIP) In less than a half-hour this morning the Space Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee approved a bipartisan bill that would establish important policy for NASA...4/9

Improved access to integrated biodiversity data for science, practice, and policy

(PhysOrg) The world's biodiversity is in an ongoing dramatic decline that despite conservation efforts remains unprecedented in its speed and predicted effects on global ecosystem functioning and services...4/8

 

DOE

Department of Energy Releases 2014 Strategic Plan

(Energy.gov) The Department of Energy today released its 2014 Strategic Plan, a comprehensive blueprint to guide the agency's core mission of ensuring America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions...4/7

ORAU team receives $150M contract to support sick nuclear worker program

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A team headed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities has won a new contract to provide support for the government’s sick nuclear workers compensation program...4/8

ORAU-managed beryllium lab has zero test errors in 2013

(Oak Ridge Today) ...ORAU manages the Oak Ridge lab for the U.S. Department of Energy. The lab processed nearly 4,100 beryllium lymphocyte proliferation tests, or BeLPTs, in 2013, the press release said. The laboratory is one of only three in the United States that can perform the BeLPT...4/8

New $244 million security system finally complete at Los Alamos National Laboratory

(Star Tribune) Federal officials say the problem-plagued $244 million security system to protect the most sensitive areas at Los Alamos National Laboratory is finally complete...4/3

New Desalinization Method From Livermore Lab Could Help California Through Drought

(CBS) Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab have come up with an innovative plan to preserve fresh drinking water during this drought. Scientists have a new way to take the salt out of saltwater...4/9

Local and State

CHAMPS: ORHS win at science fair

(Oak Ridger) Oak Ridge High School students Maria D'Azevedo, William Mason, Chris Romanoski, Sydney Buckner, Vicki Huang, Stephanie Andress, Kelsey Warmbrod, Thomas Colburn, Simon Mason and Loki Hondorf received awards for their research at the 62nd Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair (SESEF) at the University of Tennessee...4/8

Japan-Tennessee bond continues to blossom

(The Tennessean) ...Japanese have invested more than $15 billion here, creating 40,000 jobs. This makes Tennessee second only to California in terms of foreign direct investment from Japan...4/9