Monday, June 6, 2016
ORNL in the News

ProspectPROSPECT experiment will search for sterile neutrinos, thanks to $3M DOE grant

(Yale News) The U.S. Department of Energy grant from the Office of High Energy Physics will be used to build a first-of-its-kind, short-distance detection device for the Precision Oscillation and Spectrum Experiment (PROSPECT)...The detection instrument will be constructed at Yale’s newly renovated Wright Laboratory and later be deployed at the High Flux Isotope Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Tennessee....5/31

Aluminum-Cerium-AlloysNew alloy promises to improve energy efficiency of engines

(Design Products & Applications) Researchers have developed aluminium alloys that are both easier to work with and more heat tolerant than existing products...ORNL scientists Zach Sims, Michael McGuire and Orlando Rios, along with colleagues from Eck, LLNL and Ames Laboratory in Iowa, discuss the technical and economic possibilities for aluminium–cerium alloys in an article in JOM, a publication of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society...6/6

CombustionGE uses ORNL’s Titan to study combustion

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) General Electric has used Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan supercomputer — a Cray XK7 system capable of more than 20 million billion calculations per second — to simulate combustion and increase the efficiency of GE’s H class natural gas-powered turbines, which are reportedly the most efficient turbines of their kind...5/31

Tom WilbanksSalute to an ORNL star

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) As I prepare for retirement at the end of the month, one of my heroes beat me to it. Earlier this week, on the 39th anniversary of his arrival, Tom Wilbanks retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Wilbanks is a celebrated scientist, valued spokesman for the research staff at the Oak Ridge lab, and one of the genuinely nice people I've encountered in my career. No one has been kinder or more helpful to me, sometimes in awkward situations when asked to comment on delicate issues of the day...6/2

Science and Technology

Greening of the ArcticGreening Arctic: Impact of climate change in high latitudes

(Science Daily) The northern reaches of North America are getting greener, according to a study that provides the most detailed look yet at plant life across Alaska and Canada. In a changing climate, almost a third of the land cover -- much of it Arctic tundra -- is looking more like landscapes found in warmer ecosystems. ...6/2

Energy and Science Policy

House Passes National Defense Authorization Act, Debates ‘Star Wars’ Sequel

(AIP) Last month, the House passed its version of the annual defense policy bill. The legislation contains various controversial components, including a provision which directs the Missile Defense Agency to begin development of a space-based missile defense system...6/3


Lockheed Martin planning Sandia bid

(Albuquerque Journal) Defense giant Lockheed Martin announced Thursday that it will bid to retain management of Sandia National Laboratories. Matt Kramer, director of external communications for Lockheed Martin's Space Systems division, told the Journal that the company is "proud" of its 23-year partnership with the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees work at the nation's nuclear weapons labs, including Sandia...6/3

Finally in Sight, $1-a-Watt Solar Milestone Shows Long Road Ahead

(MIT Technology Review) This week energy forecaster GTM Research predicted that the price of building big solar-power farms will drop below $1 a watt by 2020. That's a big deal because it's seen as the threshold below which building solar power arrays becomes competitive, without subsidies, with the cost of fossil-fuel plants. It's also the target set in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative. But there are important caveats....6/3

PositronsA plasma tube to bring particles up to speed at SLAC

(PhysOrg) A team led by scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has reached another milestone in developing a promising technology for accelerating particles to high energies in short distances: They created a tiny tube of hot, ionized gas, or plasma, in which the particles remain tightly focused as they fly through it...6/3

Local and State

Ed WestcottEd Westcott exhibit opens Friday

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) An exhibit featuring the photographs of Ed Westcott, the government’s Oak Ridge photographer for the World War II Manhattan Project and the years that followed, will open Friday at the UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St., Knoxville. The exhibit [will] run through Aug. 6....6/2

Study: Tennessee's economic growth strong

(Maryville Daily Times) Economic growth in Tennessee has surged ahead of the nation’s pace of growth in recent quarters, according to a new economic study from the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee...6/3

Launching A Startup? Take A Look At Tennessee

(Huffington Post Business) When you hear the word "startup," Silicon Valley or New York City likely come to mind. And, while both of those hubs are entrepreneur hotspots, an unlikely location has been attracting startups from all over the country: Tennessee...6/3