Thursday, June 4, 2015
ORNL in the News

BioEnergy Science CenterORNL hails biofuel progress

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced Wednesday that development of a new strain of yeast may dramatically add to the efficiency of making biofuels from non-food plant matter, such as corn stover — the stalk and other non-edible parts of corn...6/4

Material Inspired by Moth Eyes Boosts Solar-Cell Efficiency

(Design News) Researchers at the department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed an anti-reflective and water-repelling -- also known as superhydrophobic -- glass coating based on a nanostructured layer of porous glass film...6/3

Parans ParanthamanORNL's Paranthaman honored

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Parans Paranthaman, a researcher in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Chemical Sciences Division, has been named a fellow of the American Ceramic Society.

ORNL contractor fined $112,500 for rad accident

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy has completed its investigation of a radiation accident last year at Oak Ridge National Laboratory — in which seven workers received internal exposures of highly enriched uranium — and ordered the lab contractor to pay a fine of $112,500 and take a number of corrective actions...6/2

Science and Technology

CRISPRCRISPR, the disruptor

(Nature News) Three years ago, Bruce Conklin came across a method that made him change the course of his lab. Conklin, a geneticist at the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, California, had been trying to work out how variations in DNA affect various human diseases, but his tools were cumbersome...6/3

Energy and Science Policy

PCAST Hears Update on First-Ever Quadrennial Energy Review

(AIP) The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) held a meeting on May 15 at the National Academy of Sciences to examine three major topics...6/2

FY 2016 Funding Bill for NASA, NIST, NOAA and NSF Moving on House Floor

(AIP) The House of Representatives has started its multi-day consideration of H.R. 2578, the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill....6/2

DOE

Y-12’s Secret City tours scaled back

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The plans for public tours of Y-12 during the Secret City Festival have been scaled back. Originally, there was a plan for visitors to take a bus ride up to the Chestnut Ridge overlook and also visit Alpha-3, one of the facilities used for enriching uranium during the WWII Manhattan Project...6/1

FernaldIG looks at legacy management of Fernald, Mound

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Dept. of Energy’s Office of Inspector General today released an audit report that looks at the legacy management of two closed sites — Fernald and Mound — both of which are in Ohio...6/3

Local and State

UT Scientists, World Partners Begin New Research at Large Hadron Collider

(Tennessee Today) UT joined world partners today in a new era of research as scientists began recording data from the Large Hadron Collider, the world's biggest and most powerful particle accelerator...6/3

Study: Tennessee ranks as fourth least-safe state

(The Tennessean) The Volunteer State ranks 48th on the personal finance website's list of the safest states to live in 2015, which includes all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The safest state is Massachusetts and the least safe state is Mississippi...6/2

City proposes one-cent tax rate increase; schools’ request would add seven

(Oak Ridge Today) The budget proposed by the Oak Ridge city staff on Monday includes a one-cent increase in the property tax rate. It would help maintain city services and allow for a 2 percent pay raise for city employees, Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson told City Council members...6/1