Monday, May 11, 2015
ORNL in the News

New clothes dryer saves time and money

(WVLT) Doing laundry could be a lot faster and cheaper. "It originated when we saw how a conventional humidifier works," said Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher Momen Auyuyoub. Watching the water turn into mist, he had an idea. "We took that idea and wanted to see if it's going to work to dry fabric," he said...5/8

Your own energy 'island'? Microgrid could standardize small, self-sustaining electric grids

(Communicati.net) When Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher Yan Xu talks about "islanding," or isolating, from the grid, she's discussing a fundamental benefit of microgrids -- small systems powered by renewables and energy storage devices...5/8

UTC And Oak Ridge National Laboratories Named Sustainable Transportation Award Winners

(The Chattanoogan) The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in conjunction with Clean Air Month, recognized the outstanding efforts made by Tennessee governments, businesses, industries, public and private institutions of higher learning, and utilities to reduce transportation-related energy...5/7

Graphene imageImproved graphene sheets purify water

(TCE Today) ENGINEERS from the US and Saudi Arabia have found a way to repair leaky holes in atom-thick graphene membranes, potentially paving the way for use to quickly purify high volumes of water...The researchers, from MIT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, led by mechanical engineering professor Rohit Karnik, use chemical deposition and polymerisation in their repair process...5/8

ORNL ramps up plutonium-for-space program

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is heading the government’s effort to reestablish a domestic supply of plutonium-238 for the U.S. space program over the next decade, using the High Flux Isotope Reactor to produce the unique isotope of plutonium and a series of shielded hot cells and special labs to separate and purify the intensely radioactive material...5/10

Science and Technology

U.S. and European Scientists Sign Cooperation Pact

(The New York Times) Laying the groundwork for what they said would be a new era of scientific cooperation, leaders of European and American particle physics initiatives signed an agreement at a White House ceremony on Thursday to share the spoils of their research in the coming decades...5/7

Energy and Science Policy

Threat of Sequestration to U.S. Defense Technological Superiority Highlighted at Senate Hearing

(AIP) “We urge you to support all of this valuable work” said Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, when discussing various programs to maintain U.S. military superiority....5/8

DOE

Y-12 ProtestorsSabotage convictions overturned for Y-12 protesters

(WBIR) The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the most serious convictions of a nun and two other activists who broke into a Y-12 uranium facility in July of 2012. The panel overturned the trio's sabotage charges against Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed. The 2-1 opinion determined the trio's actions did not amount to sabotage.

Local and State

Polluted SmokiesThe State Of Our Air

(WUOT) Knoxville and the communities that surround the Great Smoky Mountains have been dealing with dreadfully poor air quality for generations. In recent years, however, the news has actually been encouraging...5/5

State Seal With ChairHaslam postsecondary education initiatives showing success

(WATE) Gov. Bill Haslam's initiatives to boost postsecondary education degrees in Tennessee are showing success. Recent enrollment figures show high interest in three programs the Republican governor launched as part of his "Drive to 55″ initiative, which aims to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with a degree or certificate beyond high school from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025...5/7

City raises concerns over DOE’s proposed nuke landfill

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The city of Oak Ridge is raising concerns about the Department of Energy’s plans for a new landfiill to dispose of radioactive and hazardous wastes generated during cleanup projects on the government’s Oak Ridge reservation...5/8

Knox County mayor’s budget will not include a tax increase

(WATE) The mayor’s office said Mayor Tim Burchett does not plan on including a tax increase in his budget. The budget will be presented Monday at 9:00 a.m. Superintendent Jim McIntyre was told that the budget will not support a request for new schools...5/11