Thursday, May 12, 2016
ORNL in the News

Neutrons tap into magnetism in topological insulators at high temperatures

(AAAS) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and their collaborators used neutron scattering to reveal magnetic moments in hybrid topological insulator (TI) materials at room temperature, hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the extreme sub-zero cold where the properties are expected to occur...5/9

Holifield Tandem ExperimentORNL's landmark accelerator completes a swan song series of experiments

(PhysOrg) Oak Ridge National Laboratory's 25-megavolt Tandem Electrostatic Accelerator received an opportunity for one last hurrah in a series of experiments that ended in late March, nearly four years after the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam (RIB) Facility at the Department of Energy national laboratory ceased operations...5/10

DOE Office of Science Selects 49 for Early Career Funding

(Photonics Media) The Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science has selected 49 scientists from across the nation to receive significant funding for research as part of DOE's Early Career Research Program....Travis S. Humble, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., “Accelerating Applications of High-Performance Computing with Quantum Processing Units,” selected by the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research...5/9

Neutron crystallography reveals structures of HIV-1 protease/drug complexes

(PhysOrg) Recently...a collaboration between Georgia State University, USA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA (ORNL), and the Institut Laue-Langevin, France (ILL) has used neutron crystallography to probe the structure of HIV-1 protease in complex with the clinical inhibitor darunavir, allowing details of the hydrogen-bonding interactions in the active site to be determined and revealing ways to enhance drug-binding and reduce drug-resistance...5/10

Science and Technology

Planet in SpaceKepler spacecraft rakes in nearly 1,300 planets

(Nature News) The latest batch of planets spotted by NASA’s Kepler space telescope is its biggest yet: 1,284 newfound worlds beyond the Solar System. The discoveries — which more than double Kepler's total planetary haul — were made possible by a new statistical method that can quickly analyse whether a signal is a bona fide planet or a false alarm...5/10

Energy and Science Policy

House Panel Holds Hearing to Assess US Investment in Fusion Energy Research

(AIP) During a House Science Committee hearing convened to examine the Department of Energy’s domestic and international fusion research programs, members asked pointed questions about the beleaguered ITER project and probed what the department could do to support additional approaches to fusion energy generation...5/11

DOE

Y-12 completes waste milestone 2 years ahead of schedule

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The government announced Monday that the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge had completed the disposal of 2,247 containers of so-called mixed waste – containing both radioactive materials and hazardous chemicals – more than two years ahead of schedule...5/9

Department of Energy launches podcast ‘Direct Current’

(Slashgear) Podcasts are popular again, and high-quality offerings are springing up all over the place. Newest among them is a series from the Department of Energy, which has announced (and published) its first-ever podcast. The podcast series is called ‘Direct Current,’ and it concerns itself with everything electricity...5/9

Wind Power BladeSandia National Laboratory engineers to showcase their blade design at Windpower 2016

(WindPower Engineering) In the first phase of the DOE-funded additive manufactured blade mold demonstration project, Sandia National Laboratories has designed the wind blade that will be built with the new molds...Using Sandia’s blade design, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is creating the molds by additive manufacturing...5/10

Local and State

The next frontier: Chattanooga companies learn about doing business with NASA

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) A Chattanooga company, American Bicycle Group, helped create the landing gear for an unmanned Mars rover that explored the red planet a few years ago. That's just one example given Tuesday of a Chattanooga area venture that has done business with NASA. About 150 business people showed up at a day-long conference at UTC to learn about opportunities with NASA, and especially with the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala...5/11

Secret City residents applaud Obama’s trip to Hiroshima

(USA Today) In this former secret city where the atomic bomb was born, longtime residents and officials Tuesday applauded the announcement that President Barack Obama will go to Hiroshima, Japan, where the world's first nuclear weapon was detonated...5/10