Monday, May 18, 2015
ORNL in the News

GrapheneORNL demonstrates first large-scale graphene fabrication

(ChemEurope) One of the barriers to using graphene at a commercial scale could be overcome using a method demonstrated by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...5/18

Four ORNL scientists selected for early career research funding

(Oak Ridge Today) Four researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are among 44 scientists selected by DOE’s Office of Science to receive funding under the department’s Early Career Research Program...Christian Engelmann, Cory Hauck, Katharine Page and Chad Parish...5/17

ORNL ‘faces’ the future with 3-D scans

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are pushing the boundaries of facial analysis, using 3-D face scans to provide a broadly accurate tool for determining such things as a person’s age, race and gender. While there are reportedly other systems more accurate for specific demographics, such as age, ORNL’s early-stage technology may enable users to pinpoint multiple identifiers from a pool of features obtained solely through 3-D geometry of the face....5/15

Cameron RobertsOne of HFIR’s Youngest Users Impresses Staff with School Research Project

(Newswise) Cameron Roberts, a recent High Flux Isotope Reactor visiting research user, stands out from the usual queue of university academics, industry R&D staff, and DOE scientists—this user is a junior in high school...5/15

Science and Technology

New link between ocean microbes and atmosphere uncovered

(PhysOrg) Few things are more refreshing than the kiss of sea spray on your face. You may not realize it, but that cool, moist air influences our climate by affecting how clouds are formed and how sunlight is scattered over the oceans. Today, in ACS Central Science, researchers demonstrate that microbes in seawater can control the chemistry of sea spray ejected into the atmosphere...5/18


Energy and Science Policy

House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY 2016 NASA, NIST, NOAA, NSF Funding Bill

(AIP) It took about one hour yesterday for the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee to approve its FY 2016 bill providing funding for NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation...5/15


Peace activists who vandalized Y-12 released from prison

(WBIR) All three peace activists who vandalized Y-12 are out of prison. Attorney Marc Shapiro said Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were released from prison Saturday afternoon. Sister Megan Rice, 85, was released a several hours later...5/17

Local and State

After 36 Years, Nuclear Plant in Tennessee Nears Completion

(The New York Times) Tom Wallace started working at the Watts Bar nuclear plant as a young man in 1979, hoping he could eventually become a reactor operator. Mr. Wallace, 55, is still awaiting the plant's opening 36 years later, one of the longest building projects in the country's history...5/10

6 local cities make top 25 in Tennessee’s best towns list

(WATE) Six local cities make the top 25 for best towns in Tennessee. According to the website, local niche, Greeneville, in Greene County, is the eighth best city to live in. Local Niche factors several things in order to make their decision on the best cities which include: things to do, easiest commute, education, community, job, housing, crime and safety, health and fitness, outdoor activities, and weather...5/18

Hydraulics and Sedimentation Lab Holds Promise of Water Security

(Tennessee Today) Water-related issues are quickly shaping up to be a major concern around the world, and a new lab at UT hopes to tackle that concern. The Hydraulics and Sedimentation Laboratory officially opened this week, with the implications of its research already being felt....5/15

Knoxville CollegeKnox Heritage announces 2015 ‘Fragile 15′ list of endangered places

(WATE) The “Fragile 15″ list is based on nominations from members of Knox Heritage and the general public. The organization then creates strategies to save each site on the list. They also work with property owners, government officials, citizens and potential new owners...5/15