Thursday, June 16, 2016
ORNL in the News

Neutrons reveal unexpected magnetism in rare-earth alloy

(EurekAlert) A new study by a multi-institutional team, led by researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University, has revealed exotic magnetic properties in a rare-earth based intermetallic compound...Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and their collaborators used neutron scattering to uncover magnetic excitations in the metallic compound ytterbium-platinum-lead (Yb2Pt2Pb)...6/16

Drying Arctic soils could accelerate greenhouse gas emissions

(The Artic Journal) ...An international team led by Northern Arizona University scientists analyzed the results of 25 experiments from multiple research groups including the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...6/16

Federal funding for advanced nuclear technology R&D

(World Nuclear News) ...It will also provide over $1 million for three projects at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory for further materials and instrumentation research...6/15

Science and Technology

Mass coral death drives efforts to identify resilient reefs

(Nature) It has been a bleak year for the world’s coral. Ecologists have watched in horror as unusually warm ocean temperatures have prompted corals to ‘bleach’, or expel the symbiotic algae that provide much of their food...6/15

Energy and Science Policy

NSF Director Córdova Proposes Nine Big Ideas for the Foundation

(AIP) ... the National Science Board praised National Science Foundation Director France Córdova’s proposed set of nine new ideas for the agency – including six “research big ideas” and three “process ideas” that she believes will lead to transformative discoveries...6/14

Why is wind power New York's future? Let us count the ways

(Crain's) New York has been called the “Saudi Arabia of wind,” with offshore winds strong and steady enough to rival any in the world....6/16


DOE seeking to dispose of American Museum of Science and Energy, property

(Knoxville News Sentinel) For years, the U.S. Department of Energy has wanted to get out of the museum business. And for all those years, DOE has provided funding to keep the aging American Museum of Science and Energy afloat. Now, DOE has asked the fed's General Services Administration to "disposition" the property...6/14

Tennessee shares in DOE’s nuke technology awards

(Knoxville News Sentinel) State of Tennessee institutions received almost $3 million in funds out of the $82 million the Department of Energy awarded today for development of advanced nuclear technologies...6/12

Mercury cleanup at Y-12 could cost $3B

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The report, dated February 2016, states that the estimated cost for mercury remediation at Y-121 is between $1 billion and $3 billion. The report was prepared to outline the technology plans for mercury cleanup at Y-12, as well as DOE’s Savannah River Site in South Carolina...

Local and State

Vanderbilt’s contribution to Tennessine

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...” Vanderbilt initiated the efforts to  make the new element 117 and enlisted Jim Roberto in the effort. I am in fact the person who first  proposed to name it after the State of Tennessee to honor ORNL and VU who played the key roles in the discovery and this name was accepted in conference by the four members of the cooperation for submission to IUPAC, later joined by UT in the second  experiment...6/10