Monday, May 12, 2014
ORNL in the News

SuperconductivityClues for superconductivity in an iron-based material

(PhysOrg) ...“The Fermi surface is basically the ‘genetic code’ for causing a certain property, including superconductivity, in a material,” said Athena Safa-Sefat of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which led the research team...5/8

Think Nationally, Act Locally: How Americans Are Working for Change

(The Atlantic) Daniel Russell has no patience for people who consider the federal government the root of all evil. A 32-year-old IT technician at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, he's fond of citing the many examples of government-funded basic scientific research...5/9

Julie Ezold8 questions with nuclear engineer and single mom

(WVLT) It's a side of the Oak Ridge National Lab most people never see. It's also one of two reactor sites in the world that produces a radioisotope called Californium 252. Big words that produced even bigger results to help change our planet. Nuclear Engineer Julie Ezold manages the facility. "What we can use that for is to start up new, nuclear power plants", says Ezold...5/8

ORNL scientists participate in national study on climate change

(WATE) Fifteen scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory took part in a national study to examine the effects of climate change. The group focused on the impact of climate change on critical urban infrastructure including water, electric and transportation systems over the next 50 years...5/9

State and Local

Climate report: Rough weather ahead for Tennessee

(WBIR) Get ready Tennessee: Climate change means more heat stress and violent storms -- but less water overall -- immediately ahead. And by the way, your state pours into the atmosphere a lot of carbon, the element responsible for all this...5/9

Tennessee colleges explore 4% to 8% tuition hikes

(The Tennessean) Public universities in Tennessee could be looking at tuition increases that range from 4 to 8 percent as the Tennessee Board of Regents prepares to make up for reduced state revenue...5/9

Energy and Science Policy

House FY 2015 NOAA Appropriations Bill

(AIP) Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee released an unnumbered Full Committee Print to accompany the FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill...5/8

The scientific enterprise must change: A conversation on systemic flaws in biomedical research

(PhysOrg) That funding for basic science research in the U.S. is bordering on crisis is hardly news to any researcher submitting grant applications today...5/12

DOE

Oak Ridge completes field work on Recovery Act-projects

(EIN News) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (EM) has finished field work on the last Recovery Act-funded environmental cleanup project. Since 2009, EM has used the $751 million in Recovery Act funds to accomplish 27 projects, many of which included multiple subcomponents and extensive scopes...5/8

B&W begins layoffs at Oak Ridge centrifuge manufacturing hub; more on the way

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration is reportedly transferring funds from other NNSA programs to help support and maintain the American Centrifuge technology for national security reasons...5/9

Science and technology

Methane MessBacteria left a methane mess after spill

(Nature News) When the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon oil well sent some 400,000 tonnes of methane into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, many scientists and others feared it would linger...5/11

Milky WayFossil Galaxy Provides a Window Into the Early Universe

(National Geographic) A tiny galaxy lying just beyond the edge of the Milky Way has failed to evolve normally over the last several billion years, say astronomers, and it represents a sample of the universe as it was in its infancy, around 13 billion years ago...5/10

DEKA ArmDARPA-funded DEKA arm system earns FDA approval

(PhysOrg) DARPA launched the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program with a radical goal: gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for an advanced electromechanical prosthetic upper limb with near-natural control that enhances independence and improves quality of life for amputees...5/12

Ice LossIce-loss moves the Earth 250 miles down

(Science Daily) Scientists have revealed that Earth's mantle under Antarctica is at a lower viscosity and moving at such a rapid rate it is changing the shape of the land at a rate that can be recorded by GPS...5/12