Tuesday, May 31, 2016
ORNL in the News

Perovskite OxidesResearchers use strain to engineer first high-performance, two-way oxide catalyst

(PhysOrg) Catalysts make chemical reactions more likely to occur. In most cases, a catalyst that's good at driving chemical reactions in one direction is bad at driving reactions in the opposite direction. However, a research team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has created the first high-performance, two-way oxide catalyst and filed a patent application for the invention....5/30


Johney Green Jr.Dr. Johney Green Jr. of Oak Ridge National Laboratory Named SAE International Fellow

(SAE) SAE International announced that Dr. Johney Green, Jr. was elected as a 2015-2016 SAE Fellow. Green was one of 18 SAE Fellow inductees recognized during ceremonies at the 2016 SAE World Congress, April 12-14 in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Green serves as the Director of the Energy and Transportation Science Division at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Science and Technology

Stampede SupercomputerTwo-hundred-terabyte maths proof is largest ever

(Nature News) Three computer scientists have announced the largest-ever mathematics proof: a file that comes in at a whopping 200 terabytes, roughly equivalent to all the digitized text held by the US Library of Congress. The researchers have created a 68-gigabyte compressed version of their solution — which would allow anyone with about 30,000 hours of spare processor time to download, reconstruct and verify it — but a human could never hope to read through it...5/26

Energy and Science Policy

House votes to bar buying heavy water from Iran

(Post Register) The House voted Wednesday to bar the U.S. government from future purchases of heavy water from Iran, undercutting the controversial nuclear pact with that nation and earning a certain veto threat on a key government funding bill. Wednesday night's 251-168 vote came on an amendment by Florida GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis to a funding bill for the Energy Department...5/26

COMPETES Update: Senate Holds Hearing, Bill Expected Soon

(AIP) After declining to take up the contentious America COMPETES bill which the House passed narrowly last spring, the Senate appears close to releasing its bipartisan take on the bill...5/27


Sandia National LaboratorySandia Labs management contract officially up for grabs

(FCW) The Department of Energy issued a solicitation on May 18 that opened up bidding on a Sandia National Laboratories management contract that's worth almost $3 billion. The lab's current management contract with Lockheed Martin's Sandia Corp., which has run the lab for the Energy Department's National Nuclear Security Administration since 1993, expires in April 2017..5/27

US advised to stick with troubled fusion reactor ITER

(Nature News) The troubled multibillion-euro nuclear-fusion project ITER has improved its performance and management, and the United States should continue to support the experiment at least until 2018, the US Department of Energy (DOE) said in a report to Congress released on 26 May...5/26

Alexander responds to ITER report

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) ...While he didn’t declare absolute opposition to ITER, Alexander noted there are other big science projects — including a second Target Station at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory — that should be given priority over ITER...5/26

Local and State

UCOR awards mini-grants for local school projects

(Oak Ridge Today) ...The Mini-Grant Program was designed to recognize and support excellence in teaching by providing funds to assist classroom teachers for specific projects or curricula, focusing primarily on science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, a press release said...5/30

cooling towerTVA is First Mover for SMR Early Site Permit

(Energy Collective) It is the first application of its type to be submitted to the regulatory agency. The ESP is for a 1,2o0 acre site about 25 miles southwest of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and nearby Knoxville, TN...5/30