Monday, May 5, 2014
ORNL in the News

Approaching the island of stability: observation of the superheavy element 117

(Science Daily) ...Evidence for the artificial creation of element 117 has recently been obtained at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research...In a powerful example of international collaboration, this new measurement required close coordination between the accelerator and detection capabilities at GSI in Germany and the unique actinide isotope production and separation facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the U.S...5/2

Student at Bredesen Center Wins $50,000 ORNL Prize

(Tennessee Today) Andrew Lepore, working out of the Materials Science and Technology Division through the center, recently won a prestigious ORNL-related prize at the Next Big Idea competition...5/2

Society of Automotive Engineers honors Storey, Wagner, SluderStorey-wagner-sluder

(Oak Ridge Today) Three researchers from the Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory received major awards at the recent Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress...5/4

Reducing soot in diesel power

(Science Codex) Nine U.S. diesel engine manufacturers and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using their collective horsepower to tackle the perennial industry-wide problem of efficiency-robbing soot in engines...5/2

Science & Technology

Global warming not uniform around the globe: Some areas were recently cooling

(Science Daily) New research shows the first detailed look at global land surface warming trends over the last 100 years, illustrating precisely when and where different areas of the world started to warm up or cool down...5/4

Inexpensive, flexible large area neutron detectors to monitor movement of fissile materials

(PhysOrg) Researchers in the US are capitalising on the falling cost of TFT-based flat panel display manufacture to produce inexpensive, flexible large area neutron detectors to help monitor the movement of fissile materials...5/5

Energy and Science Policy

NASA Holds Exploration Forum Outlining Pathway to Mars

(AIP) NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other officials outlined the agency’s pathway to Mars during an April 29 forum.  Robotic exploration; the role of the commercial space sector in low-Earth orbit; development of the Orion Capsule, Space Launch System and Ground Systems Development...5/2

Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

(Science Magazine) First there was “global warming.” Then many researchers suggested “climate change” was a better term. Now, White House science adviser John Holdren is renewing his call for a new nomenclature to describe the end result of dumping vast quantities of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases into Earth’s atmosphere: “global climate disruption.”...5/2

DOE

NERSC Contracts with Cray for $70 Million Supercomputer

(Data Center Knowledge) Cray has been awarded a $70 million contract to provide a next-generation Cray XC supercomputer to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). The new system, named Cori after bio-chemist and Nobel Laureate Gerty Cori, will help support more than 5,000 scientists annually on more than 700 projects in the areas...5/1

Red Team’s review: relocate 9212 work to other Y-12 facilities, minimize new builds, restructure the federal management

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) In an effort to keep costs under control, meet national security needs in the years ahead and get out of old facilities before unsafe conditions force their shutdown, the so-called Red Team has proposed wholesale and urgent changes in the government’s plans for building a new Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge...5/1

Hearing focuses on avoiding new propane shortages

(htrnews) The federal government must do more to avoid another propane shortage like the one last winter that devastated farmers and homeowners in some regions, Democratic and Republican senators said Thursday...5/2

U.S. Claims of Nuclear Weapons Retirement, Dismantlement ''may be misleading'' GAO

(Salem News) Yesterday the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the results of a two-year audit of Obama Administration efforts to meet nuclear warhead dismantlement goals, a responsibility of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)...5/2

State and local

Burchett's budget includes money for dangerous intersections

(WBIR) Knox County Commission is set to vote on Mayor Tim Burchett's budget proposal at the end of this month. Earlier this week, we learned he is proposing millions of dollars to help fix dangerous intersections in the county. Burchett is focusing on four intersections in his 2015-2019 Capital Improvement Plan---three in West Knox County and one in East Knox County....5/3