Thursday, April 21, 2016
ORNL in the News

Water BottleResearchers at Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Lab create recyclable plastic of the future

(WZTV) Imagine a plastic that's not only 10 times tougher than your car bumper, it's also "green" and recyclable. Thanks to researchers at Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), it's no longer's reality...4/20

Chemistry consortium uses Titan supercomputer to understand actinides

(PhysOrg) Radioactive materials have long been a part of American history—from the Manhattan Project to the development of nuclear power. The materials central to these innovations are actinides, or elements 89-103 on the periodic table that release large amounts of energy when atoms are split...4/19

ORNL Forges Connections for Sturgeon Conservation

(Newswise) Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are taking a closer look at how sturgeon, a prehistoric—and now imperiled—group of fish species may better be helped to get around the dams that block their migrations...4/18

Oak Ridge volunteers celebrate 20 years of Smokies service

(The Knoxville News Sentinel)...The group known as "Help the Smokies" got its start in 1996 on the first Smokies Volunteer Day. Their first project was Metcalf Bottoms picnic area, and since then these volunteers from Oak Ridge's Consolidated Nuclear Security at the Y-12 National Security Complex and UT-Battelle National Laboratory [sic] have made it their mission to refurbish park recreational facilities enjoyed by visitors from around the world...4/20

Mismatched Layers LatticeORNL-led group grows aligned monolayers of lattice-mismatched semiconductors

(Semiconductor Today) ...Stacking different materials on top of each other usually only works when the individual materials have very similar crystal lattices with a good lattice match. In contrast, the researchers have grown high-quality layers of very different two-dimensional (2D) materials, broadening the number of materials that can be combined and thus creating a wider range of potential atomically thin electronic devices...4/19

Science and Technology

Recent warmer winters may be cooling climate change concern

(PhysOrg) The vast majority of Americans have experienced more favorable weather conditions over the past 40 years, researchers from New York University and Duke University have found. The trend is projected to reverse over the course of the coming century, but that shift may come too late to spur demands for policy responses to address climate change...4/20

Energy and Science Policy

Senate Moving Fast on DOE Spending Bill that Defunds ITER

(AIP) The Senate is moving rapidly to pass a Department of Energy appropriations bill which would provide a $50 million increase to the Office of Science and zero out funding for the ITER fusion project...4/20




Pondering repairs in Y-12’s production complex

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) I received an unconfirmed report that Y-12 management is planning to tear down a small  facility near Beta-2 (Building 9204-2) in order to install scaffolding to do repair work on Beta-2 — which houses the plant’s weapons work with lithium...4/20

Earth From SpaceTo fight global warming, Senate calls for study of making Earth reflect more light

(Science Magazine/AAAS) Budgetmakers in the U.S. Senate want the Department of Energy (DOE) to study the possibility of making Earth reflect more sunlight into space to fight global warming. Earth's reflectivity is known as its albedo, and the request to study "albedo modification" comes in the details of a proposed spending bill passed by the Senate appropriations committee...4/19

Local and State

Tenn. legislature passes bill to allow gun carry on campuses

(WATE TV) The Tennessee General Assembly has passed a law that would allow teachers and other employees with handgun carry permits to be armed on the campuses of the state’s public colleges and universities...4/20

Cleveland, Tenn., added more jobs in the past year than any other U.S. city

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Cleveland, Tenn., led the nation in the past year in the share of new jobs added from February 2015 to February 2016. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said employment in metropolitan Cleveland jumped by 9.3 percent in the past 12 months, according to the most recent statistics available, adding 4,968 jobs in the two-county area...4/20

Knox County given 'F' grade on air quality

(WVLT TV) In one of the worst areas for air pollution, the American Lung Association gave Knox County the an F grade. But, director of the Knox County Health Department, Martha Buchanan says that grade could be misleading. She says Knox County falls within EPA standards and the air quality has actually gotten better in recent years...4/20