Thursday, June 1, 2017
ORNL in the News

Scientists identify novel microbial process that can break down toxic methylmercury levels

(Medical Life Sciences News) A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has identified a novel microbial process that can break down toxic methylmercury in the environment, a fundamental scientific discovery that could potentially reduce mercury toxicity levels and support health and risk assessments...6/1


Impact of New UT-ORNL Big Data Doctorate to Be Felt Across State

(Tennessee Today) The use of big data—collecting and interpreting vast amounts of information—has rapidly grown in importance across areas ranging from health care to nuclear security. To help meet that demand UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a first-of-its kind data science and engineering doctoral program...5/15

This Is The First Ever Nanoscale Image of a Living Cell Membrane

(True Viral News) Researchers have completed the world’s first scan of a living cell membrane down to a nanoscale level, revealing details that could finally resolve a longstanding debate on how they function...The research was carried out by a team of scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, who used a mix of genetic and chemical labelling techniques to add an isotope of hydrogen to the membranes of living Bacillus subtilis cells..5/31


Insight into enzyme's 3-D structure could cut biofuel costs

(Biomass Magazine) ...A multi-institution team used the neutron scattering facility at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Advanced Light Source synchrotron X-ray source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to study LPMO...5/30

Science and Technology

Biodiversity moves beyond counting species

(Nature) Ecologists are increasingly looking at how richness of traits — rather than number of species — helps set the health of ecosystems...5/31

In Antarctica, Scientists Are Lured to a Frozen Desert

(NY Times) Welcome to the McMurdo Dry Valleys, the largest ice-free region in Antarctica and one of the driest places on the planet. Most of the continent is covered in thick ice, but this place is a striking exception...5/29

Energy and Science Policy

President Trump Expected to Pull U.S. from Paris Climate Agreement

(Fortune) President Donald Trump is expected to pull the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though there could be "caveats in the language" announcing a withdrawal, leaving open the possibility that his decision isn't final...5/31

Trump Budget Cuts NASA Earth Science, Boosts Planetary Science

(AIP) The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposes to decrease funding for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate by about 1 percent relative to enacted fiscal year 2017 appropriations...5/30


Heavy particles get caught up in the flow

(EurekAlert) By teasing out signatures of particles that decay just tenths of a millimeter from the center of a trillion-degree fireball that mimics the early universe, nuclear physicists smashing atoms at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) are revealing new details about the fundamental particles that make up our world...5/30

CH2M-led Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, LLC. awarded Department of Energy Paducah Deactivation and Remediation Contract

(PR Newswire) The United States Department of Energy announced today that Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, LLC., a CH2M-led company with partners Fluor Corporation and BWX Technologies, Inc., was awarded the Paducah Deactivation and Remediation (D&R) Contract at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant...5/26

Local and State

Secret City Festival runs June 2-10 this year; 'all events free'

(Oak Ridger) Two weekends. Three weekdays. Seven days of celebration from June 2 through June 10 ... mostly at AK Bissell Park. And admission to all events is free...5/31

Proposal to eliminate ARC wouldn’t affect current airport funding, but could affect future funding

(Oak Ridge Today) The Oak Ridge Airport project has received $2 million in funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission, and that money wouldn’t be affected by the president’s proposal to eliminate the independent agency in the next fiscal year, a spokesperson said...5/31

Roane State EMS faculty use virtual reality to enhance instruction

(Oak Ridge Today) ...Several technologies are currently being used in order to introduce and expose students in the EMS program to the world of virtual reality. VR headsets with hand controllers, a Ricoh 360 degree video camera, and the Microsoft HoloLens were purchased to help in the process of integrating these new technologies into the existing curriculum...5/29