Monday, April 25, 2016
ORNL in the News

New State for Water Molecules Behaves Unlike Any Solid, Liquid or Gas

(Gizmodo) ...Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been experimenting to find out what happens to water when it occupies tiny spaces within minerals, to try and understand at the smallest scale what happens to water held in things like rocks and cell walls...4/25

ITER Plasma SurfaceFusion energy ties Oak Ridge to France

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, the largest fusion project in history and a stepping stone toward harnessing a long-elusive form of energy production, is under development at Cadarache in the south of France...The U.S. involvement in ITER is based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and that means that continuing controversies regarding the mega project's lengthening schedule and rising costs have ramifications in Oak Ridge...4/21

US Buys Iranian Heavy Water as Part of Nuke Deal

(ABC News) ...The United States is buying 32 metric tons of Iranian heavy water, a key component for one kind of nuclear reactor, to help Iran meet the terms of last year's landmark nuclear deal under which it agreed to curb its atomic program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief...They said the heavy water will be stored at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and then resold on the commercial market for research purposes...4/22

Kelly ChipsPhysicist aims for the stars with JENSA system

(PhysOrg) Physicists studying stellar explosions, the origin of life and just about everything in between could gain light years in precision because of a system inspired by a team led by Kelly Chipps of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/22

Science and Technology

Quantum ComputingEurope plans giant billion-euro quantum technologies project

(Nature News) The European Commission has quietly announced plans to launch a €1-billion (US$1.13 billion) project to boost a raft of quantum technologies — from secure communication networks to ultra-precise gravity sensors and clocks...4/21

Energy and Science Policy

Senate Passes Bipartisan Energy Policy Bill Loaded with Science Provisions

(AIP) ...This comprehensive and bipartisan omnibus energy policy bill reflects the policy contributions of 80 senators and is the product of ten legislative and oversight hearings, drawing from over 100 individual bills, and an extensive floor debate and amendment process...4/22

DOE

Energy Department must respond to MOX lawsuit by May 2

(The Post and Courier) The Department of Energy has until May 2 to respond to South Carolina’s multimillion dollar lawsuit against the department concerning a missed milestone at the Savannah River Site’s MOX facility...4/22

‘No measurable exposure’

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) As noted in a recent post, there have been more than 50 "events" in which radioactive materials were uncovered during the site preparation for the Uranium Processing Facility over the past couple of years, including a big piece of rad metal discovered on March 9. A government spokesman said the discoveries were an "anticipated project risk" at the old nuclear site...4/22

Cherry MurrayC&EN profiles Cherry Murray, Energy Department’s science chief

(Chemical and Engineering News) When the nation needs scientific advice, it often calls on Cherry Murray. The physicist and long time American Chemical Society member has served on at least 14 panels of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). These panels produced scientific reports that covered topics such as the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil well disaster and U.S. scientific competitiveness...4/25

Local and State

Haslam not ruling out possibility of more vetoes

(WBIR) On a day in which several House Republicans worried about the need to allow themselves to come back to Nashville in the event that Gov. Bill Haslam vetoes a second bill this year, the governor offered little reassurance that his veto pen was closed. "They have a constitutional responsibility and we do, too," Haslam said during a Friday afternoon press conference while sitting next to a panel of lawmakers...4/22

Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute in Chattanooga works to save 'underwater rainforest'

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Hundreds of freshwater fish, mussels, crawfish and salamanders — many of them found nowhere else in the world — make their home in the U.S. Southeast. In one waterway alone, Tennessee's Duck River, there are more fish species than in all of Europe...4/22