Thursday, May 21, 2015
ORNL in the News

Digitizing Neurons: Project will convert 2-D Microscope Images into 3-D Models

(Scientific Computing) A new initiative designed to advance how scientists digitally reconstruct and analyze individual neurons in the human brain will receive support from the supercomputing resources at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Led by the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the BigNeuron project aims to create a common platform for analyzing the three-dimensional structure of neurons...5/14

Tiny grains of lithium dramatically improve performance of fusion plasma

(PhysOrg) Scientists from General Atomics and the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have discovered a phenomenon that helps them to improve fusion plasmas, a finding that may quicken the development of fusion energy...Also working on the experiments were researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California-San Diego...5/20

Nuclear infrastructure at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In a press release from Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office, it was noted that the energy and water appropriations bill — which passed the subcommittee headed by Alexander on Tuesday — contains money for nuclear infrastructure at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. That includes funding for “hot cells and isotope production facilities,” the statement said...5/20

Senate bill has zero funds for ITER; Alexander says money could be better used elsewhere

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Alexander said the 2016 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill eliminates funding for the U.S. involvement in the big fusion project. He said that would save $150 million for next year alone. The U.S. effort in ITER is based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...5/19

ORNL breakthrough could enable wider application of graphene composites

(Environmental Guru) Graphene, a two-dimensional hexagonal lattice of carbon atoms, has great potential in a number of EV-related applications, including anodes, lithium-sulfur batteries and ultracapacitors. With current technology, however, it’s impractical to use on a large scale, and researchers have been limited to using small flakes of the material...5/20

Science and Technology

Scientists announce top 10 new species for 2015

(PhysOrg) A cartwheeling spider, a bird-like dinosaur and a fish that wriggles around on the sea floor to create a circular nesting site are among the species identified by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry as the Top 10 New Species for 2015...5/21


Energy and Science Policy

House Approves FY 2016 Defense Authorization Bill

(AIP) ...This bill sets policy and program spending limits for the Department of Defense and the nuclear weapons programs of the Department of Energy.  Actual funding is provided by appropriations bills...5/19

The High Cost of Dirty Fuels

(NY Times) A new report from the International Monetary Fund makes a compelling case for why countries should end subsidies for fossil fuels: It would save millions of lives...5/21


Energy Department Releases Report, Evaluates Potential for Wind Power in All 50 States

( In support of the President’s all-of-the above energy strategy, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced the release of Enabling Wind Power Nationwide, a report showing how the United States can unlock the vast potential for wind energy deployment in all 50 states—made possible through the next-generation of larger wind turbines...5/19

Black Box gets $33.4M telecom contract in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Mutual Telecom Services, a Massachusetts company doing business as Black Box Network Services or Black Box, has received a $33.4 million contract from the Department of Energy’s Integrated Support Center in Oak Ridge...5/20

Senate Energy & Water Appropriations Bill includes $430M for UPF; big money for DOE’s Office of Science

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Senate Appropriations energy and water subcommittee approved an appropriations bill for FY 2016 that includes $430 million for the Uranium Processing Facility and an unprecedented funding level — $5.144 billion — for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science...5/19

ORAU awards junior faculty grants totaling $175K

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge Associated Universities has awarded research grants to 35 junior faculty members at ORAU’s member institutions. The winners include Maik Lang, an assistant professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee...5/20

Local and State

Lamar Alexander urges less wind power in TVA's future plans

(Times Free-Press) ...Alexander, a member of the Senate energy and water subcommittee, urged TVA to follow the lowest cost options for energy in the future as it prepares a power plan this year for the next 20 years...5/18

Comcast bringing 2-gigabit Internet speed to Knoxville

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Knoxville soon will have access to the fastest residential Internet in the country when Comcast begins offering its 2-gigabit per second (Gbps) service to some homes next month...5/21

Senate Panel OKs $29M to Restart Chickamauga Lock Project

(ENR) Construction on a new Chickamauga lock should be revived this fall and startup work for the biggest construction project ever in Tennessee will continue next year under a spending bill endorsed Tuesday by a key Senate subcommittee...5/20