Thursday, May 15, 2014
ORNL in the News

Novel technique enables air-stable water droplet networks

(PhysOrg) ...Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a method to create air-stable water droplet networks known as droplet interface bilayers. These interconnected water droplets have many roles in biological research because their interfaces simulate cell membranes...5/13

Nukes aplenty

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Nuclear Energy Institute is having its annual industry fact-finding mission this week at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where a range of nuclear specialists and experts will get an upclose look at some of the lab’s nuclear-related facilities — including the Spallation Neutron Source and the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL)...5/13

DOE explores options for enriched uranium technology for national security

(Oak Ridge Today) ...USEC and UT-Battelle have signed a $33.7 million, five-month contract to continue operating centrifuges and conducting research and development activities on a uranium enrichment project deemed important for national security and possible commercial use...5/6

Science and Technology

More hurricanes moving to populated places, say scientists

(CS Monitor) Tropical cyclones worldwide are moving out of the tropics and more toward the poles and generally larger populations, likely because of global warming, a surprising new study finds. Atlantic hurricanes, however, don't follow this trend...5/14

Advance brings 'hyperbolic metamaterials' closer to reality

(Science Daily) Researchers have taken a step toward practical applications for 'hyperbolic metamaterials,' ultra-thin crystalline films that could bring optical advances including powerful microscopes, quantum computers and high-performance solar cells...5/14



Energy and Science Policy

Report Outlines Areas for Federal Investment and Cooperation in Optics and Photonics

(AIP) A report outlining opportunities for investment and cooperation in applied optics and photonics research was prepared by the Fast-Track Action Committee on Optics and Photonics (FTAC-OP) and presented to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Physical Sciences Subcommittee of the Committee on Science, National Science and Technology Council...5/9

California’s Thirst Shapes Debate Over Fracking

(NY Times) Enemies of fracking have a new argument: drought. Fracking a single oil well in California last year took 87 percent of the water consumed in a year by a family of four, according to the Western States Petroleum Association, an industry lobbying group...5/11

FCC To Unveil Proposed Rules To Govern Internet Traffic

(NPR) The Federal Communications Commission first announced it would propose new rules last month. In a blog post, Chairman Tom Wheeler insists the open Internet rules will help maintain what's called network neutrality...5/15


Fleischmann ‘encouraged’ by Red Team report, supports different approach to UPF

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, a member of the House Appropriations Committee who also sits on the Energy and Water subcommittee, said Wednesday he’s “encouraged” by the Red Team report (spearheaded by ORNL Director Thom Mason) that recommended an alternative strategy to the Uranium Processing Facility...5/14

DOE to transfer 25 acres to CROET

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. Department of Energy will transfer 25 acres at East Tennessee Technology Park’s Heritage Center to the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee, and officials have planned a Wednesday afternoon ceremony...5/13

Scaling down centrifuge work in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy has taken initial steps to preserve the American Centrifuge technology for national security reasons, but the available funding apparently won’t be enough to salvage many of the Oak Ridge jobs associated with the uranium-enrichment project...5/14

Three Grid Facilities You Should Know About

( From improving the resiliency of the electric grid to devising new ways to integrate low-carbon sources of energy, the Energy Department's National Labs are at the forefront of modernizing and securing our nation’s electricity infrastructure...5/14

Local and STate

Mayor Tom Beehan: Oak Ridge wants more than money from new Y-12 contractor

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan said he’d had a number of talks with officials from Consolidated Nuclear Security, the incoming contractor that will manage the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge in conjunction with the Pantex plant in Amarillo, Texas...5/12

Welcome to the Body Farm

(Mental Floss) Nicknamed “the body farm,” the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center is the oldest and most established of only four such facilities in the country. Since its inception in the early ’80s, its three wooded acres have been rife with corpses: bodies stuffed inside cars, enshrouded in plastic, rotting in shallow graves...5/14