Monday, April 27, 2015
ORNL in the News

ORNL reports method that takes quantum sensing to new level

(EurekAlert!) Thermal imaging, microscopy and ultra-trace sensing could take a quantum leap with a technique developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/23

Nearly half of Americans threatened by earthquakes

(Economic Times) Nearly half of Americans - 150 million people - are threatened by possibly damaging ground shaking from earthquakes, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have warned... [Scientists] analysed the 2014 National Seismic Hazard Maps and the latest data on infrastructure and population from LandScan, a product of Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/26

SNS getting back on track

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Spallation Neutron Source today reached beam power just above 1 megawatt, gradually getting back to the desired power levels for neutron production and research applications. The SNS has endured a period of upset and uncertainty...4/24

DOE Invests $8M in Next-Gen HVAC Systems

(Energy Manager Today) ...Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will receive $1.4 million to develop a novel magnetocaloric air conditioner with the potential for efficiency improvements of up to 25 percent over conventional vapor compression systems...4/23

Science and Technology

BlastocystChinese scientists genetically modify human embryos

(Nature News) In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported editing the genomes of human embryos. The results are published in the online journal Protein & Cell and confirm widespread rumours that such experiments had been conducted — rumours that sparked a high-profile debate last month, about the ethical implications of such work...4/22

Global warming progressing at moderate rate, empirical data suggest

(PhysOrg) A new study based on 1,000 years of temperature records suggests global warming is not progressing as fast as it would under the most severe emissions scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)...4/21

Energy and Science Policy

Man With Solar PanelU.S. House panel would slash Department of Energy's applied research

(Science Magazine) Republican budgetmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives signaled their support for basic research and their reluctance to invest federal dollars in applied research today in their markup of a bill that would set the budget for the Department of Energy (DOE) next year...4/22

House FY 2016 National Nuclear Security Administration Funding Bill

(AIP) The full House Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill yesterday morning.  The House is scheduled to consider this bill next week...4/23


US Department of Energy reaches carbon capture milestone

(Energy Global) A group of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects supported by the US Department of Energy have safely captured 10 million t of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of removing more than 2 million passenger vehicles from the nation’s roads for one year...4/23

Ernest MonizMoniz sees progress, but not enough, in energy landscape

(USA Today) U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is receiving a lot of attention for his involvement in U.S. negotiations with Iran over Tehran's nuclear program. Helping Secretary of State John Kerry evaluate Iran's nuclear capability and the potential for an enforceable agreement is undoubtedly one of the weightiest assignments of Moniz's career...4/26

Local and State

New Oak Ridge Airport Awaits Review by DOE

(Memphis Daily News) For years, area business leaders and aviation enthusiasts have advocated the need for a general aviation airport in Oak Ridge to complement commercial air service provided by McGhee Tyson Airport, the largest commercial airport in East Tennessee...4/25

DOE offers expanded public bus tours of federal sites in Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. Department of Energy’s public bus tour of federal sites in Oak Ridge is now offered to visitors nine months out of the year, versus only summer months as in the past...4/25

Tennessee tourism tops 100 million visitors

(WATE) The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development announced that for the first time in history, Tennessee travel has exceeded 100 million domestic person stays for 2014...4/24

Secret City Wildbots alliance ranked No. 1 headed into finals at Robotics Competition

(Oak Ridge Today) The Secret City Wildbots made it into the elimination rounds today (Saturday, April 25) at the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship in St. Louis, Missouri...4/25