Thursday, April 28, 2016
ORNL in the News

Titan taking giant steps while ORNL preps for next great supercomputer

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The whir of the computer room, discernible even with ear protection in place, is the background music for success at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ORNL, a global leader in scientific computing for decades, appears to be secure in that role, for now and the future...4/26

ORNL's supercomputing center fends off about a million attacks a day

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...According to Buddy Bland, director of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, the number of attacks is about a million a day. The access to the supercomputer is separate from the internet feed into the ORNL’s general network...4/27

Advances in extracting uranium from seawater

(Science Daily) Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers developed a fiber to adsorb uranium from seawater. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory exposed the fibers to Pseudomonas fluorescens and used the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory to create a 3-D X-ray microtomograph to determine that the fiber structure was not damaged by the organism...4/21

ORNL’s Fernandez-Baca honored

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Jaime Fernandez-Baca, a research group leader in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Quantum Condensed Matter Division, has been named a fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America...4/27

Science and Technology

New water purification system could help slake the world’s thirst

(Science Magazine) ...The approach is a new take on an old technology known as a solar still. These stills—large containers covered by clear plastic tarps or glass enclosures—direct sunlight onto a basin of salty water. Water evaporates, leaving salts behind, and then condenses on the plastic or glass, where it is captured...4/27

Energy and Science Policy

House DOE Appropriations Bill Boosts Fusion and High Energy Physics

(AIP) The House Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2017 spending bill which would boost fusion and high energy physics research within a nearly flat overall budget for the Office of Science...4/27

Professor explores how cities can switch to low-carbon grid

(PhysOrg) ...A University of Kansas law professor has authored an article detailing innovative approaches of cities and communities to cut carbon emissions and how the efforts will affect energy governance in years to come...4/27


Why Physics Needs Diamonds

( ...The gem is a key component in a novel system at Jefferson Lab that enables precision measurements to discover new physics in the sub-atomic realm -- the domain of the particles and forces that build the nucleus of the atom...4/26

Some K-25 land, five buildings in Oak Ridge marked for redevelopment

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy is on the verge of turning over 200 acres and five large buildings to the nonprofit that seeks to find new tax-generating uses for DOE facilities and land, and those transfers should help boost the organization's bottom line...4/27

Department of Energy Announces New Awards for Advanced Nuclear Energy Development

( Building on the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of Energy today awarded more than $5 million to undergraduate and graduate students in pursuit of nuclear engineering degrees and other nuclear science and engineering programs relevant to nuclear energy...4/26

Local and State

Tennessee metal manufacturer ramps up research

(The Fabricator) ...The president of MECO, a 125-employee metal manufacturer in Greeneville, amid the hills of eastern Tennessee, accepted a $125,000 voucher for innovation and product development as part of a new program—RevV!, the Tennessee Manufacturing Innovation Program—which was created by the state of Tennessee in partnership with the University of Tennessee and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/27

Los Alamos Historical Society director to discuss Los Alamos, Manhattan Project on Tuesday

(Oak Ridge Today) Heather McClenahan is the featured guest speaker at the May 2016 membership and public meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association. The meeting will star at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the Midtown Community Center at 103 Robertsville Road. Her presentation is titled “Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project: 1.5 Million Years of History in One Hour.”...4/26