Monday, May 16, 2016
ORNL in the News

Plasma Oxidation TechnologyORNL exclusively licenses CO fiber estimate inventions to RMX Technologies

(PhysOrg) RMX Technologies of Knoxville, Tenn., and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed an exclusive licensing agreement for a new technology that dramatically reduces the time and energy needed in the production of carbon fiber....5/13

ORNL Director, FedEx Founder Awarded Honorary Degrees

(Tennessee Today) Thom Mason, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, received an honorary doctorate in science during the graduate hooding ceremony on Thursday, and Fred Smith, founder, chairman and CEO of FedEx Corporation, received an honorary doctorate in business at the Haslam College of Business commencement ceremony today...5/13

The senator’s view of the Summit

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., in a recent news release announcing the Senate's passage of FY 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, said something he's fond of saying. "Once again, the world's fastest supercomputer will be at Oak Ridge National Laboratory," Tennessee's senior senator (and chief architect of the appropriations bill) was quoted as saying...5/15

Solid ElectrolytesScientists find new path to highly-conductive solid electrolytes

(Materials Today) In a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, the electrolyte transports lithium ions from the negative to the positive electrode during discharging...Now, a team led by the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has used a state-of-the-art microscopy technique to identify a previously undetected feature, about 5nm wide, in a solid electrolyte...5/12

Science and Technology

MicrobiomesWhite House goes big on microbiome research

(Nature News) The US$121-million National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) will attempt to map and investigate these collections of microorganisms over the next two years, with help from multiple federal agencies, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) said today. Private investors will contribute another $400 million to the effort over several years...5/13

Energy and Science Policy

Senate passes Energy & Water Appropriations Bill

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Senate earlier today passed the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for FY 2017, which would provide a big boost in funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and would provide $575 million for continued development of the Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge...5/12

DOE

Y-12 EmblemY-12 garners six NNSA Sustainability Awards

(Y-12) NNSA recently recognized the Y-12 National Security Complex with six 2016 Sustainability Awards. Y-12 has a long history of being recognized for their environmental accomplishments, and this year was no exception as acknowledged by DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz...5/12

Argonne joins crowdsourcing effort

(Argonne National Laboratory) The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory will join an ongoing crowdsourcing effort established by DOE to develop energy-efficient building technologies, drawing on the creativity of the American public and the technical expertise of the national laboratories...5/12

CNS ‘satisfactory’ on managing weapons mission

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Overall, the contractor’s score was 57 out of 100, and CNS got some of its lowest scores on performance areas that carry the most weight on fees, such as a “satisfactory” rating on managing the nuclear weapons mission (35 percent of the at-risk fee)....5/15

A mercury research facility at creekside

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) A Field Research Station where Oak Ridge scientists can study mercury in East Fork Poplar Creek is still in the works, even though the Department of Energy recently pulled back its proposal to construct the facility at a natural area in Horizon Center. Mark Peterson, an environmental scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, said  methylmercury concentrations in water and fish are higher downstream than in the creek’s upper stretches near Y-12, where East Fork originates....5/15

Local and State

TVA files permit application to build small nuclear reactors in Oak Ridge

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) A week after scrapping plans to finish its mothballed nuclear power plant in Hollywood, Ala., the Tennessee Valley Authority today submitted an Early Site Permit Application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build and operate a new and smaller type of nuclear plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn...5/13

Scientists to discuss research at Knoxville bars

(WATE TV) Many scientists will be heading to Knoxville to meet… in bars. The Pint of Science Festival will be held at The Casual Pint May 23-25. The event gives residents to hear scientific research in a relaxed atmosphere. Scientists will discuss neuroscience, supercomputing, 3D printing, brewing science, hepetology and more at the global festival...5/16