Monday, May 8, 2017
ORNL in the News

Quantum Effect Between Object and Probe Could Enable Higher Resolution AFM

(Photonics Media) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have introduced the concept of a quantum-mechanical modality that capitalizes on squeezed states of probe displacement. The technique tracks the minute interactions between the probe of the microscope and the surface of the sample to locate the precise point where quantum effects stabilize the probe, resulting in more sensitive measurements...5/7

Building the future

(Blackbird Miltech) The personal satisfaction of helping bright young people see a future for themselves isn’t the only thing driving mentors of the FIRST Robotics program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Those volunteers are also helping build tomorrow’s maker workforce...5/4

Researcher Employs HFIR to Explore the Mysterious World of Quantum Spin

(Blackbird Miltech) Jie Ma, a professor from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, is using neutrons at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s High Flux Isotope Reactor to discover a three-dimensional image of the magnetic lattice of an oxide material (Ba2CoTeO6) containing quantum properties that could provide new insight into how electron “spins” can improve data processing and storage in computers. 

Bacterial boost for bio-based fuels

(Science Daily) "Electrical" bacteria are the key ingredient in a new process developed by the Department of Energy s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that recycles wastewater from biofuel production to generate hydrogen. The hydrogen can then be used to convert bio-oil into higher grade liquid fuels such as gasoline or diesel...5/5

Science and Technology

Men and WomenResearchers identify 6,500 genes that are expressed differently in men and women

(Science Daily) Men and women differ in obvious and less obvious ways -- for example, in the prevalence of certain diseases or reactions to drugs. How are these connected to one's sex? Weizmann Institute of Science researchers recently uncovered thousands of human genes that are expressed -- copied out to make proteins -- differently in the two sexes...5/4


Energy and Science Policy

Final FY17 Appropriations: DOE Office of Science

(AIP) The final appropriations agreement for fiscal year 2017 provides a 0.8 percent increase for the Department of Energy Office of Science. Five of the office’s six research programs are set to receive funding increases, while Fusion Energy Sciences will receive a 13 percent cut as further U.S. contributions to the ITER fusion facility are withheld...5/3


Construction could start this year on K-25 History Center

(Oak Ridge Today) Construction could start this year on the K-25 History Center at the East Tennessee Technology Park in west Oak Ridge, federal officials said. Plans also call for an Equipment Building and Viewing Tower at the site. Although the projects depend upon funding, the goal is to finish the work by 2019...5/4

Small modular reactor possibilities expand

(Idaho Falls Post Register) When the U.S. Department of Energy granted a site use permit in February 2016 to build a small modular reactor at Idaho National Laboratory's desert site, NuScale Power's design was the only one in the pipeline. Since then, 18 other reactor design groups have expressed interest in building at the desert site...5/4

Local and State

Holston DamTVA begins South Holston Dam upgrade project

(WATE TV) The South Holston Dam, which spans the South Fork Holston River is one of TVA's top plants in terms of value. The rock-and-fill dam's generating unit, rated at 49 megawatts, has degraded over the years, and now produces only 42 megawatts—a significant decline in power production. The powerhouse went into operation in 1951...5/6

Farmers worry fluctuating weather may impact TN crops

(WBIR TV) Fluctuating temperatures and weather patterns in East Tennessee might be taking a toll on the growing season. In the past week, East Tennessee felt record-breaking temperatures, both hot and cold. Jeff Fox, co-owner of the Fruit & Berry Patch, said he doesn't know how his crops will handle the drastic changes in weather but he's noticing change. His crops are still recovering from last year's drought...5/7